This week marks the 2nd birthday of my blog! I’m so proud of how Brian Thompson Financial has grown since that first post about finding my voice. This last year has been particularly amazing with the coming of marriage equality, a feature on me and Ben in the NY Times, and an appearance on the Suze Orman Show finale.
Later in the week, I’ll share what I’ve learned over the past year in the blogging business, but I first want to express gratitude for the year that was.
I’m Grateful that I get to Write About What I love: It’s really nice to have something that I’m passionate enough to write and read about all the time. Personal finance finds its way into about every aspect of my life, whether in my relationship, my job, or how I choose to spend my free time. I’m grateful to have found a topic that makes me happy and also makes me money.
I’m Grateful For the Connections Made: Through blogging, I’ve connected with so many people that I know I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I hung out with one of my very favorite personal finance writers, interacted on Twitter with people who I’ve been reading or listening to for a while, and met many readers that have interesting stories. Becoming a part of the broader personal finance community has been a great experience.
I’m Grateful For the Hard Times: Blogging is hard work at times. There are moments when I haven’t wanted to write or didn’t felt like I was putting out my best work. Yet working through those difficulties has reminded me how resilient and disciplined that I can be. And looking back, those long nights have been worth it.
I’m Grateful For My Husband: From day one, I’ve always had at least one person reading every post that I write. He’ll give me constructive criticism about a post being too wordy or complex, correct typos, or just say “I really enjoyed your post today.” That kind of support is invaluable to me, and I hope I provide the same love and encouragement in return.
I’m Grateful For My Readers: The readership for Brian Thompson Financial has increased tenfold since the blog first started. Whether at work, through email, or even just hanging out, people that I know give great feedback and encouragement about the different topics. And even people that I never met, tell me how much they appreciate my writing or that they’ve found the information helpful. Thank you to everyone who continues to read. I really appreciate it.
I can’t express enough gratitude for everyone that has helped bring the blog to this point. I have a couple of exciting things in the works, and I hope you come along for the ride. I’m looking forward to what year three has to offer.