Thanks a million to all of you! In late June I crossed over the 1,000,000 lifetime pageviews, so I can officially say that I'm a millionaire at something. The first million is the hardest, right? I know it hasn't been the fastest that a blog has been able to reach a million views but I can honestly say it's been a lot faster than I expected. Especially after the painfully slow start. Don't believe me? Here's a chart of all my monthly pageviews as well as the cumulative total. I didn't cross the 100,000 lifetime views until my 20th month.
Of course blogging is a lot like dividend growth investing. It takes time to build up an audience just like it takes time to build up a portfolio of some of the best companies in the world. And now the hard work from the previous 3.5 years is paying off. In most months now I can get between 40 and 50 thousand pageviews. That's absolutely phenomenal to me!
Personal finance and investing continues to be a taboo topic in our everyday lives which is why I love being a part of this dividend growth investing and blogging community. Thanks to this great blog network there's a ton of people that I can contact to bounce ideas off for just about anything. It could be an investing idea, valuation models, how to grow my blog or just about anything. I don't think I've run into someone yet that hasn't been ready and willing to help with any questions that I have. It's such a supportive group and having a bunch of like-minded individuals pushing me along continues to motivate me.
It's always inspiring to see the new bloggers come onto the scene because I remember what it was like to be in the very early stages of blogging and investing. Everything is so new and fresh and the excitement at the very beginning is through the roof. Things will get harder and some bloggers have dropped off the scene, but for anyone just starting out don't give up and stick with it. Even if your blog doesn't become the leading source on any topic and you couldn't even dream of pursuing blogging full-time, the benefits of the community are worth far more than anything else.
It's been a great 3.5+ years and I have complete plans to continue this journey for another 3.5 years and more. I have a lot of ideas floating around my head for where/how to take my blog but unfortunately nowhere near the available time to address those ideas fully. For starters I need to carve out some time to get my blog swapped over to Wordpress and self-hosted. That will open up a whole lot more possibilities for where I can take my little home on the internet. Something else I'd really like to get done is to get a logo designed for Passive-Income-Pursuit. It'll help to make things more cohesive across the various media avenues. Those are just two things on my list of things to do and if anyone has any help/thoughts/guidance on those feel free to pass them along.
Thank you all for following along and as always if there's anything in particular you have a question about, feel free to ask. Also, thanks to all of you for helping to make this dividend growth investing and financial independence community what it is. I continue to learn from all of you and you all keep me motivated to push through towards my goal of financial independence.
On to the next million!