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Weekly Round-Up and Goals Update #2

You have had a busy week and probably a busy weekend as well. It’s Sunday – kick your feet up and enjoy some high-quality reads as well as my recent goals update!

Weekly Round-Up

I read dozens (if not hundreds) of articles every week. Here are a few of the best ones I have read from this past week:

How to Save Like the Rich and Upper Middle Class (Hint: It’s Not With Your House) – by The Wall Street Journal – Almost everyone in my life has been a fan of house hopping. In other words, they buy a house, live in it for a couple years, put out the “For Sale” sign, earn a few bucks, and buy a bigger house with their bigger down payment. This is the epitome of middle class mentality… and it will never make you rich. I’m glad I broke free of this mentality – read this article and you might too.

5 Best Money Moves to Make in Your 40s – by Retire by 40 – With my personality, I’m typically about 15 years ahead of the average person, so this article relates to my recent actions perfectly. I have eliminated my debt, minimized my lifestyle inflation, and have started working on increasing my income. There are some great tips in this article. Have a look and prove me right. 😉

It’s Impossible to Stay Retired Once You Retire Early – by Financial Samurai – I’m sure I will feel exactly like Sam when I retire. I have worked hard all my life and have a love for learning new things. I also enjoy helping people. My “retirement” will probably be best described as “financial freedom” because I won’t have to work but will still choose to because I enjoy what I’m doing. If you think you might retire early someday, this will probably be a good read for you.

Goal Actions This Past Week

My goals are to, by the end of the year:

Here is what I have done this past week to improve these metrics:

  1. Transferred my site to a VPS server. It costs more, but my site is now about twice as fast as it was just a week ago – making it much more enjoyable for everybody, including me!
  2. Updated my “About Me” page again – this time with my articles of mine that were featured on popular sites
  3. Started personally thanking each new follower on Twitter and telling them to check out my site
  4. Started using my Facebook page for more personal thoughts and financial temptations – people seem to like it and I am getting more “Likes” than ever
  5. Wrote two very solid posts this past week. I was hoping one of them would get picked up on a popular site, but no luck yet.

Progress, Week 2 of 52

I have some mixed results from this past week. Some good and some bad, but that’s going to happen when analyzing data on a weekly basis. I still feel like I am doing all the right things and will continue with the plan that I have in place. Here are the results from Week 2.

My Facebook fans have increased from 538 to 545

20150110 - Facebook followers

My Twitter followers have increased from 1,783 to 1,789

20150110 - Twitter followers

My subscribers have decreased from 1,096 to 1,090. These numbers tend to bounce around and are not always the most accurate, so I’m not concerned about this one.

20150110 - Subscribers

My monthly visitors are plummeting like a rock, from 7,827 last week to 7,539 this week. This is a little discouraging, but my numbers have been pretty consistent from day to day (between 200-300 visitors each day). I just need a couple of big sites to pick up my articles like they have in month’s past. It will happen – you just never know when.

20150110 - Monthly Visitors

Overall, things have been pretty good. While some numbers might be down, the overall activity on my site has definitely gone up (posts have more comments, more likes, and more Tweets), which is a HUGE positive. I can’t wait to see what this next week brings!

Are you working on your goals? Have you seen any successes?



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. Quite precise goals for the year with specific steps, too. I hope you’re going to achieve all of them. This year I’m trying to cultivate a good habit every month that can help me be successful in life, like waking up early, exercising, etc. Still a lot of things to work on but I think 2015 is a good year.

    • Sounds like you have some good goals yourself FQA! Goals for exercise and getting up early are excellent steps to make for a good year. I just did some cross country skiing for my exercise yesterday! 🙂

  2. I have my plans all set up, now I am just doing all of the work to start seeing the results. I hope to have most of the work done by this weekend and can then start tracking the results of all that hard work.

    Good luck on getting picked up by a bigger site….I know all too well how you can’t predict when it will happen, but it’s great when it does!!

    • By THIS WEEKEND? Whoa, you are some kind of super hero. Did you want to edit my book too?? Because that isn’t going to be done by this weekend…. 😉 I can’t wait when that big site picks up one of my articles. Then I’ll just have to keep that ball rolling!

  3. Derek, it’s interesting to see that the # of visitors has declined while all of the other engagement figures rose.

    • Hi AB. This just seems to be an anomaly and is happening because I had a huge day about 40 days ago. Since this has slipped off my 30-day tracker, it seems like the interest in my site has gone down. In actuality though, the trending on a per day basis is on the rise. We should see this reflected in the numbers within a week or two I would say. Thanks for the comment!

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