Blogiversary! Is that what it is called? Anyway this site is 1 years old.

Today is the 1 year mark (or Blogiversary) of this site.

What a difference a year makes and what a year it has been. This site started on October 26th, 2016 and by all accounts (actually just my account) is successful.

Let’s recap what a crazy year this has been

  • It all started with the post Fun for Free and I was just surprised to find the featured photo is upside down. Much like a rare stamp, I am sure the photo will add value to this site.
  • Soon there after, Donald Trump was elected President. I think this was a surprise to many, particularly in Blue leaning states or cities. That same day, I published a positive note on 10 reasons Doctoring is awesome.
  • Then I bought a million dollar home as discussed here and here. Something I never thought I would do.
  • The year went by with little fanfare until hurricane season hit. Then climate change reared it’s ugly head and likely exacerbated 3 major hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico and the largest wildfire in modern California history. Needless to say, FEMA has been very busy lately.
  • I was caught in that wild fire and that home I bought has recently turned to ashes. Fortunately I have more than adequate homeowner’s insurance which I recommend everyone make sure they are insured up.

So how can I consider the above a success? Well…

Success

So what does success look like? It’s different for each person. For me it is publishing 2 to 3 articles a week and meeting amazing people. My community has grown from 0 on-line to about 30 people I regularly communicate with. Oh and I am profitable. Thank you site sponsors for your support! Further thank you to MedInsure Group (site sponsor) for making sure I am adequately covered even when I was not paying close attention.

My blogging/personal finance community includes some amazing friends in the community including Physician on Fire, Fritz, J Money, Liz the Chief Mom Officer, Rogue Dad, Karl at GoKinfo, and many more.

On a whim?

I didn’t start the site on a whim, I had always wanted to write. Somehow I landed on the topics of dollars, debts , doctoring, moderatism/contentment, and being a dad. Though admittedly I have not written much on being a dad.

The name Dads, Dollars, and Debts was chosen and I started writing using Square Space. By February 26th I switched over to WordPress and for some reason changed my name from DadsDollarsANDDebts.com to DadsDollarsDebts.com. I discussed what I learned in my first 4 months blogging here.

This once changed led to a loss of readership from about 4000 a month to about 1000. That is lesson #1, Do not switch your sites URL unless you really are compelled. It is a bad idea and complicates things.

My stats before the switch included 10,946 views with a 4,724 in February 2017 alone. For the next 4 months from March through June I had 12,900 views reaching the 4,000 monthly view month again in June.

So my assessment, stick with your original URL and it takes about 4 months to get to 4,000 views.

Here is the overall site stats since the switch in February 2016.

A slow and steady incline! These stats are missing my first 4 months of traffic because the computer those stats likely melted in a blaze of glory with my home.

Most popular post

Not surprising, my most popular post was on my evacuation from the Tubb’s Fire. This was likely due to both the timeliness of the post and the fact that I shared it on social media as myself. Goodbye anonymity and hello page views!

Since publishing the post on October 14th, over 5,000 people have read that post. My next most popular post does not even come close at 676 views where I discuss starting a tax advantaged account, published in August.

Outside of the Tubb’s Fire article, most spikes in traffic are due to being mentioned on Physician on Fire. So thank you POF.

Spikes in page views courtesy of POF.

 

Referrers

As for referrals, they made up most of my visits, though 31.7% of my readers landed on my site directly.

 

Of the referrers, it is no surprise that Physician on Fire was the top referrer for the year.

ND Nation was a distant second, but they only shared 1 post (the Tubb’s Fire), impressing me with their mobilization power.

My own old site, DadsDollarsANDDebts.com, referred 329  sessions to my site.

 

Countries

Finally for the states, here is a map of countries from where viewers have seen my posts. I am missing a few countries here and there, but Africa is particularly absent. Maybe I can improve that next year.

 

Blue is good…the bluer the more people visiting my site.

What next?

So what is the new year going to bring? Well I plan on writing about my process after loosing my home. This will include how insurance works, how rebuilding and permitting work, and any other general bits of knowledge I gain. I also will be discussing how downsizing from 3200 square feet to 700 square feet is going for a family of 3 + dog.

I also have some posts already in the books waiting to be published. Those have nothing to do with fire (hot fire that is) and more to do with FIRE (early retirement fire).

Thanks to all of the support over the last year and particularly the last few weeks. I truly appreciate it. It has been a fun year and a trying few weeks, but life is about uncertainty and change. The easier we can role with it, the better off we all are.

Have fun in FinCon to my fellow PF bloggers.

 

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DadsDollarsDebts

I am a Dad and Doctor trying to find financial freedom by owning my dollars and debts. Helping dads with their finances so they can focus on the family.

28 thoughts on “Blogiversary! Is that what it is called? Anyway this site is 1 years old.

  • November 3, 2017 at 5:57 am
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    Congrats on the first year, EJ! Most blogs (I’ve read 95%) go dormant within the first 6 months. So you’ve already defied the odds by sticking around more than a year.

    I see solid growth on that chart and there’s no reason to think it won’t continue to rise. Best of luck moving forward with the blog and life itself after all you and your family have been through.

    Cheers!
    -PoF

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    • November 3, 2017 at 6:55 am
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      Thanks PoF…I do indeed believe you have read 95% of the Internet…not sure how you do it, but keep it up.

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  • October 31, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    Just realized that our blogs were born only 3 days apart from each other. Now we definitely need to celebrate! I believe I found you through PoF and I am so thankful that I did. I have really enjoyed your posts and can not wait to see what year 2 holds for you. Cheers to continued success!

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    • October 27, 2017 at 6:11 am
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      Thanks Doc! The life will come…as will the home I suppose. I hear patience is in a virtue in all things, particularly home construction.

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  • October 27, 2017 at 3:57 am
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    Congrats on the progress. As the dad for two little ones myself, blogging while being a parent is definitely not for everybody. Congrats on the progress so far. I just celebrated 2-year blogiversary in September.

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    • October 27, 2017 at 5:07 am
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      Congrats to you! 2 years is a big mark as I suspect most blogs end well before that. And parenting with blogging can be a challenge, but I think it is worth it.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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    Happy blog anniversary! I’m sorry to hear about the traffic loss after the url switch and your home.

    I’m glad the traffic is picking back up. I hope you will figure out the housing situation smoothly.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm
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    Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary! You certainly do have much more blog fodder after your evacuation and loss. I think everyone has been in awe of your grace during this most trying time. Personally, I would not be handling it so well so hopefully I’ll learn from you. Wishing you lots of success and many more blogiversaries to come.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 10:29 am
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    Congrats on the one year milestone. It takes a unique perspective to survive a crappy experience with the resilience to turn it into something that can teach and motivate the rest of us. Looking forward to what the next year has in store for you.

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    • October 26, 2017 at 10:31 am
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      Thanks Crispy…hopefully your not crispy from a house fire. Appreciate the support!

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  • October 26, 2017 at 7:17 am
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    Congratulations on the one year! The first serval years are the hardest. And then who knows what the future may hold afterward?

    Sam

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    • October 26, 2017 at 7:52 am
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      Thanks Sam. It’s been fun for sure and I am going to keep doing it while it remains so…plus now I have a whole bunch of new material to write about.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 7:12 am
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    Happy blogiversary! Here’s to many more years of blogging. I think making blogging friends is about 90% of the fun part of blogging. Wow a lot has happened in the last year- I didn’t know you bought your home within the year 🙁 I hope your new home gets rebuilt quickly… Thanks goodness for insurance.

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    • October 26, 2017 at 7:46 am
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      Sadly it is unclear what rebuilding will be like. With 5% of the homes lost permitting and contractors are gonna be swamped.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 6:35 am
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    Congrats on your Blogoversary! Wow, what a year. I’m glad to have become friends with you during the year, as are the many other bloggers who are talking fondly about you at FinCon. Good luck getting back on your feet, many folks are behind you, and willing to help however we can!

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    • October 26, 2017 at 6:48 am
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      Thanks Fritz! Wish I could be there with you all. Thanks for the kind words too. Very nice to hear that you all are there for support. Meeting with the insurance adjuster today, so hoping for some more info.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 5:58 am
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    Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I’m barely starting my own blog so it’s cool to see your progression through your first year. Thanks for sharing and I’ll be following your blogs on rebuilding.

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    • October 26, 2017 at 5:59 am
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      Thanks and keep at it. 1 year is a milestone but I will know I am really in it to win it at 3 or 5 years

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  • October 26, 2017 at 5:25 am
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    Congrats on one year. I look forward to reading about the rebuild. While certainly a bad situation, it will be interesting to see how you rebuild from it. A clean slate presents opportunities.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 3:00 am
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    Happy one year. Isn’t it strange just how much things can change in one short year? I’m glad you’ll be writing about the insurance and rebuilding process, I think that’ll be very helpful to others who are facing the same situation. And I’m honored to be counted among your friends DDD. Maybe we’ll meet in person at the next FinCon.

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    • October 26, 2017 at 5:31 am
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      Thabks Liz and you are definitely in the ranks of friends! Have a good week at FinCon.

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