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This post is going to get a little more personal but I feel like I should share it. I hope you enjoy.


I was sitting down with my family, almost in shock that another school year’s end is starting to show up. I’ll admit it,  I was feeling a little down about my progress online. I have this achiever’s syndrome where I’m always wanting to be farther along than where I am right now.

And Then My Family Ganged Up on Me…


My wife told me to stop and think, then to write out everything I’ve done and accomplished. She reminded me of that morning last year, on our family trip in Canmore. It was then that I decided I was going to try this “blogging thing” and see where it takes me. I remember it well, I was sitting by this stream and I thought “I need to do this.”.


As a complete aside, I took a rock out of the stream and have kept it at my desk to remind me of my start. Every time I’m at my desk and take a pause I play with this rock and it reminds me of that fateful day and making the decision to start.

The creek



Writing Out Everything

After that I wrote out everything I had a pretty good list of what I had done. I thought I would share this, since come 1 year there will be more to add to this list. I hope.


I was pretty floored by what’s happened in 6 months.


Blogging has changed my life and opened up new doors for me. If you are interested in starting a blog you can get my step by step tutorial here.


Launching this site was big,  I had thought about it for years, talked about it with friends for even longer, and coming up with my first post  “How to pay off your mortgage in 5 years” was a big thing to celebrate.


Giving Myself Permission to be Terrible


A Look Back on My First 6 Months of BloggingWhen I started this blog it was after I had enrolled in the Academy from Internet Business Mastery. I figured it was worth spending a little money instead of figuring everything out on my own.


Man was it worth it! They were able to guide me along very quickly to find the success I have found here. They encouraged me to start and I’m glad I did. If you are interested in more info you can check it out here or email me: andrew (at) familymoneyplan (dot) com I highly recommend them.

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My one rule for this year was to keep writing. More importantly, I gave myself permission to be terrible in the beginning as long as I would keep at it and learn as I go. So I apologize if it’s been a rocky start for you reading this, but I really have enjoyed the last 6 months. I look forward to the many years ahead.

Some Firsts Along the Way


Here were some of the other firsts along the way, I celebrated everyone, and still do:

  • First comment
  • First tweet, and retweet and like, page like, pin, Facebook Group members
  • First YouTube Video, View and Subscriber (currently sitting at 1, whoever you may be, Thank you!!!)
  • First Facebook fans – (Seriously every one that likes my page puts a big smile on my face.)
  • First Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest Followers (Thank you for following!)
  • First iTunes mention (via a podcast)
  • First Rockstar Article (This blew up my site and gave me a first glimpse of traffic that you can get)
  • First money made online. (It starts with a few pennies, but I realized you can actually make money online, neat!)
  • First Guest Posts, Interviews, Photo shoot, and a whole bunch of other things that I can’t go into all of them

By the Numbers


Since this is a numbers based community I’ll throw out some of my first 6 months stats, these probably pale in comparison to some others, but I know when I hit my 1 year I’ll want to look back at how I did so far.


Facebook Likes 44


Pinterest 7


Instagram 12 (just started last week)


Twitter followers 4494


Posts 56


Comments 113 (Thank you to everyone who comments, I love the interaction)


Alexa ranking was 541,000 overall and 14,156 in Canada, it changes everyday but the stats are good motivation to keep writing daily.


Here Are Some Notables From My First 6 Months Online


  • I’ve been interview by a national magazine publication, by a writer that I have followed for 15 years. The best part is that they found me, not the other way around. Which I was way too shy to approach.
  • I’ve had the opportunity to interview a published author. Which was way cool!
  • I’ve had the ability to connect with fellow bloggers and find a community with who I belong and fit in.
  • My blog has been read in 88 countries, 1373 cities in the first 6 months. WOW!
  • I’ve had several people guest post on my site and vice versa which has been so cool! (I use “cool” a lot)
  • My writings have been featured on several prominent sites and there are several more in the works.
  • Most Importantly I found You! Thank you for reading and visiting my site, you have no idea how much you being here motivates me to keep writing
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Thank you to those who supported me, and especially to you for reading and commenting. It puts wind in my sails, and I’m very grateful that you have been willing to read my ramblings.

I promise better things are to come.


What I’ve learned in the first 6 months

The list is super long here, but here goes some of the key ones I have taken so far.


  • Post a few times a week. This gets you up the learning curve quicker, and it gets you in the habit of writing more often. I love having the Monday and Wednesday posts as it keeps me motivated to come up with different ideas.
  • Comment and interact with people. Before I started, I had this idea that everything was one step removed online, it’s not. The world is open and it’s fun. I’ve had so many great interactions with others, I love it!!!
  • Take action everyday.  It doesn’t matter if it’s writing for the garbage so you get in the habit of being a better writer, interacting with people, or posting on Twitter, it’s all progress. Learn to look at it as daily progress, and enjoy it.
  • Be personal, this is your life and your story. Embrace it.
  • Love the journey as you go along.
  • Keep a list of topics you want to write about and ideas to explore. That way the well never runs dry. Checking my list it’s way over 100 post ideas.

Important people along the way


I was incredibly shy to approach anyone with any questions I had. So I feel like I should give these people a proper shout out. But there are so many people that I would feel terrible if I left anyone out. They have always been great to interact with and I’m very thankful for their advice and support.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate the help. I owe you all for such amazing support!

Most Importantly: Thank you to you!


Thank you! You are reading this and it’s my biggest motivation. I hope I have served you well so far, and can continue to do so into the future for many, many years.


I’m not sharing any of this to brag, but to hopefully inspire you to start that project you have been thinking about. Lean into it a little and see where it goes.


You never know where it might take you. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


P.S. If you are wanting to start your blog, do it now! My regret is that I waited so long before I started. Bluehost is having a sale on this week and it’s the cheapest time of the year to get started.

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    Thank you for posting this! I recently started a pf blog as well and seeing your progress over the past 6 months is encouraging. Congrats on your success and perseverance!

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    Cheers to the first 6 months and to next 6 months and beyond! The snowball is just starting to roll…

    3.5 months into my first 6 months 😉

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    Congrats. I am 2 months in. We have an offline business (financial education via seminars and books) but I felt that we were not reaching a large enough audience and wanted to take it online via a blog with resources. If you are aware of any groups that are open to new members I am always interested to help others and ask others as well. Nobody is as strong as everybody!

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      That’s great that you made the choice to go online Bill. I’m still finding my way with online groups. If I find any I’ll be sure to let you know. I agree there is more power in bigger numbers.

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    This post was timely for me! I just finished generating a list of why I am writing my blog and what do I hope to accomplish and what am I looking for… Your post was a good reminder to review what I have accomplished. Just setting up the web page and writing that first post was HUGE. Thank you!

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      I’m glad I could help. It’s important to know what you are trying to accomplish and to celebrate all the little accomplishments along the way because they make up the big accomplishment!!

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    Congratulations! You’ve done an amazing job in 6 months, and this is so encouraging for me and my sister. Our 6 month blogiversary is in August. Your advice about reaching out to others is spot-on.

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    It is posts like this that give me hope. I am in my first month of blogging, so it is nice to see others having such progress in what is ultimately a short time. I hope I am in your place in another 5+ months. Congrats on your progress!

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    Congrats to your decision to change your life through blogging, and to your accomplishment. it is really common to everyone to look on what they haven’t done instead to focus on what they have accomplished. Looking forward to hearing more of your successes, and one day be featured on IMBA podcast. Goodluck

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    Congrats on all the great progress so far! That is an incredible journey in only 6 months!!

    You provide a lot of great feedback and inspiration for people (like myself) who are only getting started. Thanks for being an excellent role model.

    Keep up the great work!

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      Thanks Matt. The biggest thing in getting started is to celebrate all the first that happen, because there are a lot of them. A good idea would be to write them all down as you go, unlike the brainstorming my family imposed on me haha

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    I agree with Matt wholeheartedly! It is great to see others blazing a trail and providing inspiration for those of us who are just starting out. Congratulations on the Alexa ranking; before long, you’ll be in the top 200,000.

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    You’re doing awesome Andrew!

    Just found this blog recently (thanks to you reaching out 😉 ) and I like what I see! That’s great that you’ve been able to consistently post. I find that my biggest challenge as SOMETHING always comes up breaking my proposed weekly post schedule.

    Blogging has been one of the best things to happen to me too. I wish you continued success!

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      Thanks Vic! Great to see you on here. I like the twice a week posting. It’s gotten me addicted to writing again. I find myself waking up earlier everyday so that I can write more. Keep at it, you are doing great!

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    This is so cool. =) We do a “year in review” every new years. The hubs and I write down every good thing that happened in the previous year. It is a great way to celebrate but also focus the planning for the upcoming year. I just started blogging and am excited to see what the 6 month mark will look like!

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    Impressive stats Andrew and good on ya for sharing them with the community. Like many here I’m a new blogger (2.5) months and have been loving the learning curve and sense of positive energy coming from my fellow bloggers.

    I’m working on ways to get my readership up and get more subscribers on board all the time. It does take more work than I originally thought but it is enjoyable work.
    Great tips on staying motivated. I already do several of those.
    – Martin

  13. Vicki


    Very encouraging Andrew. You’re so right about consistency being important with writing.

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    Encouraging post, Andrew. You’re so right that consistency is the key! That’s what I’ve discovered too.

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    I enjoyed reading this. It is very inspirational as I am just starting out too. Thanks for sharing a more personal side.

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      Thanks for commenting Beth. Starting out is a lot of fun. I keep having to remind myself that it’s not a sprint. There’s some many things I want to do.

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