Thanks to an increased effort in August, I accomplished all personal goals set and vastly improved page views over the previous month!
To be honest, I haven’t put this much effort into blogging since I started working full-time again back in December 2016.
In fairness, a lot of life happened during the beginning of 2017. Admittedly, things that happened put me off track and led to confusion.
Unsurprisingly, it trickled into my overall attitude and writing.
In addition, it was difficult to know which direction to take the blog during my year off.
As early readers know, I began with the concept of eluding the 9 to 5 through day trading. But as time went on, my interest in day trading dwindled.
Furthermore, I’d previously read The Intelligent Investor by Ben Graham. I knew it wasn’t wise to speculate with more than 10% of my portfolio.
As I alluded to in my guest post for Apathy Ends, day trading and blogging were not the only reasons I eluded the 9 to 5.
To put it bluntly, my year off was basically a self-funded, self-developed therapy session. And I needed it to reset.
However, it came to an abrupt end around the end of 2016 since I wasn’t day trading or earning enough money from blogging.
Before I knew it, I was back in the 9 to 5 world that I had been so desperately tryna escape.
But, just like everything in life, there are trade-offs.
Now that consistent cash flow is coming in, I have an opportunity to build a dividend income portfolio, and I get to write about the process on this blog.
When reflecting back on the entire journey, I’m extremely grateful with how things went, and I’m very happy with the direction of this blog!
With that said, here’s what I accomplished last month:Personal Goal-setting & Accountability - September 2017 Click To Tweet
Accountability for August
Publish 5 blog posts — Achieved. 6 blog posts were published in August.
Increase page views — Achieved! You’ll see in the blog report for August.
Grow social media — Achieved. The primary networks (Twitter and Pinterest) are both up.
Grow dividend business — Achieved. Annual dividend income was increased by $27.74 in August through a combination of dividend raises and investments.
Save 21% of my income — Achieved. 23.92% of my net income was saved.
Personal Goal-setting for September — Goal-setting for the pursuit of FI
Publish 6 blog posts. Since I published 6 blog posts in August, I don’t see any reason for publishing less in September.
Increase page views. I have a figure in mind, but I can’t share it because it might provide too much insight on the upcoming blog report for August.
Page Updates. Since I eventually want to reach financial independence through blogging and dividend investing, I am planning on putting more of a focus on monetizing this blog. However, I will only ever endorse products and services that I personally use, and I will only collaborate on value providing projects that help others. I truly enjoy blogging and just want to be able to spend more time working on it.
Save 21%. Although I saved nearly 24% in August, I’m going to maintain the 21% savings rate goal that I set last month. I will maintain this rate for a few months before looking to increase.
Grow forward dividend business income. Seeing that I added $27.74 in annual income during August, I am aiming to add $25 plus in September.
As most of the readers know, all personal goal-setting is written with financial independence in mind.
Although it may sound repetitive, I believe in the concept of speaking things into existence.
The deeper I dig into blogging, the easier it becomes to visualize myself actually blogging full-time.
To conclude, back before the start of the 2010 NBA season, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls said,
“Why can’t I be the MVP of the league?”
He ended up accomplishing it!
Moreover, with the 2017/2018 NBA season approaching, I’m wondering why can’t I be a full-time blogger and dividend investor?!
Question: What goals are you working on this fall?