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Goals Update and Weekly Round Up #18

Typically, this goal update happens every Sunday, but something very special is going to happen that’s going to take its place, my eBook is going live! Along with that will be a very special giveaway (to one lucky winner), but we’ll keep the prize a secret until tomorrow. Until then, here’s the weekly update.


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’m still keeping up with this quite well! This past week, I had my article, “How Much Are You Really Paying for that New Car?”  at (a very popular site).
  2. Write an e-book that will only be available to my subscribers (projected date of completion, May 1, 2011) — I think I’m actually going to make it! Today is revising day, and then we’re done! It’s really looking great, and I hope that it will be a great resource to all of you!
  3. Continue to write well-thought-out articles 3-4 times per week  — Yep, did this, plus a couple extra. I was an overachiever this week! ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Provide downloadable documents to help others with their personal finances — I can’t believe that I haven’t gotten to these yet! Shame on me, but maybe there will be some time today to put my ideas together.
  5. Offer email postings that will only be available to my subscribers, as a thank-you for their loyalty — I sent one out last week, and only those of you that are subscribers know what it was about! Don’t you feel special? ๐Ÿ˜‰
  6. Hold giveaway contests where the subscribers will automatically be entered to win! — Yep. I think there’s going to be a huge kickoff for the eBook tomorrow. $100 gift card anyone? 

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

  1. 114 subscribers by July 1, 2011 (I’m currently at 77 subscribers and feeling pretty good about this number)
  2. 247 subscribers by October 1, 2011
  3. 1,154 subscribers by April, 2011

Subscriber Tracking

4-30-2011 Goals Update

4-30-2011 Goals Update 2

Alright, so for some reason, the subscriber charting isn’t really keeping up with my actual numbers this week, but we’ll go with them anyway. It’ll give me more incentive to get my butt in gear and increase my subscriber numbers a bit more.

My 12 month projection used to be 1,154 subscribers about a month ago, so in theory, if I were keeping up with projections, I should really have those numbers above 1,154 by now (since 12 months from this date is a month later than the original projection), but sadly, I am not. My new predicted number of subscribers is 466 ๐Ÿ™ .

My solution? To keep moving forward and come up with great ideas for attracting new visitors. I do have my eBook releasing tomorrow, so while it may not perform instant miracles, it should help increase the credibility of my site and therefore, increase my subscriber numbers.

Weekly Round-Up

This week, us Yakezie members did another blog swap! This time, it was about being homeless. If we found ourselves homeless, how would we turn our situation around and get back on our feet? I loved this project! Take a look at the various posts below.

I posted my article at Debt Free Divas with a plan to go from $4 to a millionaire, titled, If I was Homeless and Poor.

Smart Money Focus posted at Life and My Finances reminding us that the U.S. is still seen as a place of luxury with Thank God I’m Homeless in the U.S.!

If you were here yesterday, then you saw the post by Toni from Debt Free Divas, about securing shelter first. Poor or Homeless.

LaTisha posted at Smart Money Focus about using education to help with Homeless but not Hopeless.

My Personal Finance Journey posted at The Saved Quarter with how he would Improve His Situation If Homeless by working for tips.

The Saved Quarter posted at Debt Payer about Getting Out of Poverty before you are even in it.

Debt Payer posted at Modern Tightwad. This is my personal favorite because it reads as a story in first person narrative. What Would You Do if You Were Homeless?

Modern Tightwad posted at My Personal Finance Journey with a clever idea for bathing. A Homeless Plan to Guard Against Hopelessness.

Khaleef from KNS Financial posted at Money Talks about humbly asking for help and getting back to full recovery.

Money Talks posted at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance and had an idea for getting immediate cash and food in one fell swoop with I’m Homeless, Now What?

Barbara Friedberg posted at Narrow Bridge with a backup plan for taking on the challenge of poverty with You’re Homeless…Now What?.

Narrow Bridge posted at KNS Financial with How To Recover From Being Broke by first taking responsibility.

Bucksome Boomer posted at Debt Eye about hard work with Poverty Can Teach Lessons for Life.

Debt Eye posted at Retire by 40 with What if You’re Homeless? and mentioned how any job would be worth it.

Retire by 40 posted at The Single Saver with What I Would Do If I Were Homeless and suggested starting a small business.

The Single Saver posted at Bucksome Boomer and mentioned the best defense is a good offense with How Do You Plan for Financial Disaster?



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 Martin! I’m setting everything up for it right now!

    I very much like to schedule things – it certainly isn’t spontaneous, but I think everyone likes a bit of structure once in a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Good luck with the e-book…I am always willing to host guest posts from Yakezie members

  3. Thanks for listing all of the blog swap. Thank you also for the encouraging words. I was nervous writing it as a first person narrative. I didn’t want to offend anyone and I was worried for some reason it might. Glad it seems that is not the reaction. Everyone did a great job on a challenging topic.

  4. Very excited about the ebook! Going to check it out now. Good job putting it out on schedule!

    • Thanks LaTisha. Not only am I satisfied with the final product, but I’m also pleased with my ability to set a goal (finish the eBook by May 1) and hit it! It feels good. Hope you enjoy the book!

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