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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #15

Here are the goals that I have for myself, and the progress I have made on them this past week.

My Goals And Plans

  1. Write at least 1 guest post per week in order to attract new readers — I wrote 3 in the week prior, so I really didn’t focus on this too much this week. I did get a response and will have one of my articles posted on the 21st! πŸ™‚
  2. Write an e-book that will only be available to my subscribers (projected date of completion, May 1, 2011) — I have decided on my e-book title and content. I have laid out the entire book and am now making minor adjustments to the layout. The book should be complete by the end of this week! Everything is going as planned.
  3. Continue to write well-thought-out articles 3-4 times per week  — Yep, did this. I feel like I have had some great articles last week, and I have some great ones to come!
  4. Provide downloadable documents to help others with their personal finances — I haven’t started this yet, which is somewhat discouraging, but they shouldn’t take long. I still project a completion date of May 1, 2011 for this.
  5. Offer email postings that will only be available to my subscribers, as a thank-you for their loyalty — I did not write a special email this week because I did not want to bombard my loyal readers with emails. I’ll send this special email every 2 weeks. 
  6. Hold giveaway contests where the subscribers will automatically be entered to win! — I just wrapped up a contest a couple of weeks ago. I will most likely hold another one in  May to kick off my e-book.

With these actions, I aim to hit the subscriber projections:

  1. 114 subscribers by July 1, 2011 (Ahhh! I have some work to do!)
  2. 247 subscribers by October 1, 2011
  3. 1,154 subscribers by April, 2011

Subscriber Tracking

Unfortunately, (which is where my charts on subscribers came from) has not been operational since last week, so I can’t show you the nifty charts that I’ve fallen in love with.

Honestly though, not much has changed. I currently have 67 subscribers, but would like to ad 7 more before the end of the month for sure. I still have 20 days, so I’m not too worried.

This Website in General

I have so many things that I would like to do with this website (even beyond the goals above), but time only allows me to do so much. Keep your eyes open for changes though. They’re coming! πŸ™‚

Weekly Round-Up

This week, some of us Yakezie members decided that it would be fun to do a blog-swap on the topic, “What Motivates You to Be Financially Responsible?”. My post was featured on the blog, “Thousandaire”, and the rest are featured in the links below (thanks goes out to Kevin for hosting the swap and also for providing all of the links!).

  • Kevin posted on my site about how he got snubbed for “most likely to succeed” in high school. That has been his financial motivation.
  • Khaleef writes about how how his faith drives his finances at My Personal Finance Journey
  • Jacob shares the three things he does to keep focus and motivation at KNS Financial.
  • Andrea writes about how she is finally done with debt even though her friend might not be at Money Sanity.
  • Alan shares 5 Great Reasons to be Financially Responsible at So Over Debt.
  • Kevin (Editor’s note: great name) talks about experiencing the world at Financial Success for Young Adults.
  • LaTisha D Styles says Financial Freedom Brings Options at Debt Eye.
  • Robert tells the world 10 Things That Motivate Him to be Financially Responsible at The Single Saver.
  • Denise talks about real life Horror Scenes and their Financial Impact at The College Investor.
  • Jason shares how three little monsters, better known as children, keep him financially focused at Narrow Bridge.
  • Eric just wants to Live the High Life, whether that’s being active and single today or settling down in the future, and shares at Live Real, Now.
  • Penny talks about making a big change and saving a quarter of her family income for the sake of her children at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff.
  • Crystal wants to live well today and retire early, and she has the plan to make it happen at The Saved Quarter.
  • Justin talks about taking after his financially responsible mother and wants to provide for his family at Mom’s Plans.
  • Melissa talks about finding enough money to send her kids to Japanese school so they can learn their dad’s language at Money is the Root.
  • Dave learned his lessons about gambling in college and now wants to retire young. Check out his story at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance.
  • Joe is about to be an asset millionaire, but he’s in it for the kids, not the money, and shares at Invest it Wisely.
  • Kevin (Editor’s note: another great name) shares a powerful story about growing up in poverty and taking control of his life as an adult at Smart Money Focus
  • Money

    AUTHOR Derek

    My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


    1. Thanks for the mention! I don’t think I’ve ever posted a blog update, maybe I oughta do one one of these days…

      • The blog update really keeps me on track for my goals. If I don’t do what I say, I’m sure one of my readers will let me know!!! πŸ™‚

    2. +1 to your subscribers goal…just added the site via RSS. Once I have more posts, maybe I’ll try a blog update too. πŸ™‚

    3. it’s great to see how you list your goals in such a transparent manner… it’s absolutely motivating cos you have solidified your commitment in writing and it’s now somewhere out there vibrating in the world wide web. I look fwd to the e-book!

      • It really does hold me accountable! That’s the great part about letting people in on your goals! πŸ™‚

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