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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #22


First of all, I would like to apologize to all of my readers that were looking for this post yesterday (I usually write my goals update and weekly round-up on Sunday). Like many of you, I was vacationing and soaking up some sun on this holiday weekend!

I had a great time on my vacation, but now it’s time to get back to work! So, here is my goals update and weekly round-up!

Goals Update

For the month of June, I want to simplify my focus. I know that I need to continually provide valuable information for my current readers, but I also need to attract new readers. My free eBook and monetary promotions certainly help attract new readers, but rather than depend on these, I’d rather bring in new subscribers through another medium: a professoinally written eBook.

Here are my goals for June:

  1. Raise my subscriber numbers to 200
  2. Complete the 1st draft of my new eBook – regarding staying out of debt (vague I know, but I’d rather not give away the title before its release! 🙂
  3. Continually post 3-4 new articles every week for my wonderful readers

And that’s it! I’ll start giving my updates on these goals next week. For now, let’s review the current subscriber numbers!


As you can tell by this chart, I have raised my subscriber numbers from 15 to 153 in about 5 months! Because of this rapid growth, the subscribers charts actually predict me to have over 200,000 in one more year! Haha, while that would be nice, I don’t see that as 100% realistic.

Here are the subscriber goals I have been shooting for since April 2011:

  • 114 subscribers by July 1, 2011 (I’m currently at 153 subscribers! Woot! Looks like I already blew this projection out of the water!
  • 247 subscribers by October 1, 2011 – This is the next goal! Only 96 subscribers to go! 
  • 1,154 subscribers by April, 2012

Weekly Round-Up

I have read and written many articles worth listing this week, and here they are!

Articles I Wrote

I have been fortunate enough to land some writing jobs lately. I am a staff writer for Passive Family Income, Bucksome Boomer, and Prairie Eco Thrifter. Here are the articles I wrote for their sites this week:

What is the Best Credit Score? – @ Passive Family Income

The Two Pillars of Money– @ Bucksome Boomer

Work Harder, Then Work Smarter– @ Prairie Eco Thrifter


I have also started writing articles for Technorati. Since there are such a broad range of topics, I have branched out beyond personal finance on these articles. I know it’s unrelated to the site, but I thought you might find it interesting to see what I’m up to. 😉

Gas Prices Are Going Down…For Now

Obama Administration Purchases 116 Chevy Volts

Martha Stewart is Back On Top!

Other Great Reads:

Why Do We Think We Are So Good As Investors – Dividend Guy Blog

Moving Out? Don’t Throw that Old Furniture Out, Find a New Home for it on Kijiji. – Invest it Wisely

What to do when everything is overpriced? – Intelligent Speculator

Diversify Your Retirement Savings Now! – Everyday Tips and Thoughts

Dividend Yield: Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF) – The Passive Income Earner

Centavos Model Portfolio Haz Sad Face 101 Centavos

Looming Debt Crisis – Should I Raise Cash? – DIY Investor

Pursuing a Higher Education after Entering the Job Market- Is it Worth It? – Young and Thrifty

Save Taxes: Negotiate A Reduction in Your Assessed Value– Prairie Eco Thrifter

Should We Refinance the Rental Home? – Retire by 40

Waiters and Waitresses: Don’t Blame Me For Your Bad Tips – by Money Mamba



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.


    • Thanks LaTisha! I feel like I’m getting somewhere. I can’t wait to tackle this next eBook!

    • I don’t really realize how much I do I guess. I put in a couple of hours a day pretty consistently, and it’s finally starting to pay off! 🙂

  1. Thanks for including my article on Prarie Eco-Thrifter! And congrats on your increasing long subscriber list.

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