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Awesome Articles and Gains on Goals #13

Every week I read dozens of personal finance articles. Some of them are absolute crap, others are okay, but there are always a handful that impress me more than all the others. These articles are the ones that I like to share with you, my loyal readers.

Top 4 Personal Finance Articles From This Past Week

This past week I found four of those impressive articles. Have a look and enjoy, but don’t forget to read about the progress I’m making on my site below!

Make Money Blogging – by Retire by 40 – Have you ever thought about starting a blog to make some money? It’s certainly not easy today, but it’s still doable. Check on this post for some real-world experience and advice.

Do You Live Life by Design? – by Untemplater – I absolutely love how this article begins – “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn. Put simply, design your life or someone else will.

Pay Down Debt or Invest the Cash? – by Don’t Quit Your Day Job – This article will get you thinking. While it is true that cash is worth less every year and debt is also worth less with time (due to inflation), you have to consider the factor of risk. What is your take? Pay down debt or invest? Or both at the same time?

How to Get Hired If You Are Overqualified or Don’t Need the Money – by Financial Samurai – This was an intriguing post that many would not necessarily relate to, but it’s still intriguing and worth the read. If you follow the advice that I offer on my site, there will be a time in your life when you earn more money via passive income than you would at a job. So, if you really want that job (because you believe in the mission and would love the challenge), how could you convince the employer that you wouldn’t just leave after a year? Crazy thoughts, but valid.

My Goal Progress After Week #13

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

I wrote some solid articles this week and made some more progress on my overall goals. So let’s get to it!

Monthly Visitor Numbers

My monthly visitors continue to improve – now at 14,296 – very close to my year-long goal of 15,000. But, with a few spikes in the numbers this past month (due to other sites picking up certain articles), it’s going to be hard to hold. Hopefully my regular daily visits will continue to increase so I can grow my monthly numbers far beyond that 15,000 mark. To do this, I just need to keep writing amazing content!

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Subscribers are holding steady up near the 1,241 mark and I’m averaging one or two new subscribers every day. So hopefully, we’ll just see these numbers to continually go up!

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Facebook Friends

My recent focus has been on my Facebook friend numbers. For whatever reason, my numbers suddenly dropped from 572 down to 566 last week, but there was no indication of anyone de-friending me, so I assume it was some blip in the Facebook count. Since then though, I have been posting my articles, other great articles that I found around the web, and random thoughts of my own just for kicks. My readers are loving it and I have brought my Facebook numbers to a new high at 574. AND, when I post on my Facebook account, this automatically creates a Tweet, which is increasing my popularity on that social platform as well. Boom.

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Twitter Followers

My follower numbers on Twitter continue to climb. I am now at 2,020, well on my way to much larger numbers by the end of the year. Hopefully new followers will come out of the woodwork at an exponential rate, because while I am growing fast, I need to grow faster to reach my goal of 3,000 followers by the end of the year.

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Progress is still being made here at LifeAndMyFinances, but faster progress would always be nicer. I will continue to learn and grow and write those kick-butt articles that I have been known for. Keep an eye out for the article tomorrow. It should be a popular one. 🙂



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.

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