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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #24


Do you ever wonder what my goals are for this site? What am I striving to accomplish from week to week? This post is a series of weekly summaries that tells my readers what I have done in the previous week, and what I plan on doing in the future.

This past week has been extremely busy again, and it seems like that’s going to be the story for this entire summer. We have weddings to go to, graduation open houses, and we are in the process of buying our first house. While time is sometimes difficult to find, I want to make sure that you know that I am committed to this site. I have regular readers as well as many visitors who are counting on me to provide some financial knowledge that can help them in their daily life. I fully intend on providing quality articles for years to come and will not let my readers down.

To show my commitment to this site, I have set goals for this June as well as more long-term goals into next April (for my subscriber goals).

June Goals

1) Raise my subscriber numbers to 200 – Unfortunately, my subscriber numbers are growing stagnant. This should turn around in the next week or two; there is normally a lull in subscribers after a big promotion. Currently, my subscriber numbers are at 169 (only up 1 from last week). I need to finish my next eBook as soon as possible to draw some more attention here to the site.

2) Complete the 1st draft of my new eBook – my new eBook has been collecting dust with all of the activity in our lives lately. I am going to lock myself in a room today and work on the 1st draft. Hopefully, I can get through the 1st chapter and get the ball rolling on it. Completing the 1st draft of the book by June 30 is still a very real goal of mine.

3) Continually post 3-4 new articles every week – I have continued to do this without missing a day because my readers are incredibly important to me. Without new material, there will be no new readers, and without readers, this site makes no impact. I will certainly keep this practice alive in the future.

Goals for April 2012

I have a goal to hit 1,154 subscribers by April, 2012. I have made excellent progress on this goal thus far, and I will not rest until I hit that number. Thanks to all of you that are currently supporting this site with your subscriptions!

Weekly Round-Up

I have read quite a few great financial articles this week. First though, take a look at some that I have written:

Passive Income With a Pinball Machine@ Prairie Eco Thrifter – If you like Warren Buffett, you’ll love this article.

How Do You Earn Your Money?@ Bucksome Boomer – Robert Kiyosaki taught me one of the most important lessons of my life, so I decided to highlight it in this post. Read it; it might just change your life.

Other Sites

The rest of these articles are great reads that I’ve had, and I’ll love to share with you. If you have the time, make sure to visit a couple of these to learn a little something more.

10 Money Tips for Students and Recent Grads @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

Car Purchase Do-Over and Over and Over @ Retire by 40

3 Reasons Why I Squirrel Away My Money @ Invest it Wisely

Make a Plan to Reduce Your Debt @ Passive Family Income

If We Could Have One Financial Do-Over @ My Personal Finance Journey

Half of Americans Are “Financially Fragile” – How Not to Be One of Them @ Free From Broke

Credit Union Checking Fees @ Yes, I am Cheap

Don’t Get Trapped By Fixed Expenses @ Everyday Tips and Thoughts

$100 or Less for Happiness @ Punch Debt in the Face

Groceries vs. Restaurants @ Narrow Bridge Finance

Spend Less or Earn More? Which One Will Help You Save More Money?@ The Centsible Life

My Favorite iPhone Apps @ Buck Inspire

How to Haggle for a Bargain@ Squirrelers

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff Shares Her Biggest Financial Mistake@ Super Frugalette

Have Your Dream Wedding at McDonalds @ krantcents

Green Your Summer: Sign up for a CSA @ Sustainable Life Blog

Calling You For Career Advice in Finance @ Beating the Index

Extreme Couponing: What I Would Stockpile @ 20 and Engaged Married

Are Hybrid Cars Worth the Money? @ Free Money Wisdom



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 link. I am in good company.

    • Yes you are. These sites are certainly created by some great writers! I always get some great reads out of them all.

  2. Thank you for both mentions!!! Have a great week!

  3. Good luck with your goals and thanks for the mention!

    • Thanks Buck. I like the new look of your site. It’s much cleaner and friendly.

  4. Thanks for the mention!

    Your perseverance will pay in time!

    • Thanks Beating the Index. If I could get one thing for Christmas, I think it would be a PageRank! 🙂

  5. Keeping up the posts can be tough, but it’s also a good way to get yourself out there. Thanks for the mention!

    • Thanks for the comment Kevin! I really have to work ahead soon with the posts too since I’ll be vacationing much of July!

  6. Thanks for the mention!

  7. I’ve found giveaways the best way to get subscribers; so my growth slows in between big giveaways.

    • Yep. Sounds like the same story I’m having. I’m not worried. I’m sure my subscriber numbers will start climbing again soon.

  8. 200 subscribers sounds like a great goal; I’d be interested in hearing more from you about what you do that’s most effective in getting more subscribers. Good luck with your goals!!

    • I’ll make sure to post about that soon! It would be valuable information to know how to gain subscribers!

  9. Thanks for mentioning my article on being financially fragile!

    • No problem Glen! You’ve got a great site, and that was a great article!

  10. Thanks for the round up.I have got some interesting articles here.Hope you will fulfill your dreams on time.

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