It’s hard to believe that it’s been 4 years since I first started the blog Coupon Geek. It was just a personal blog where I shared deals I was finding with my family and friends so I could quit overloading their email inboxes. Jump ahead 4 years and there’s more than 60,000 of you here as readers. I’m just in shock daily that so many of you continue to share your lives with me.
While blogging can be a juggling act sometimes, balancing family time and blog time, it’s something that you gradually learn how to handle with time. This doesn’t mean that it’s always a perfect balance, but just one that’s a little easier. After my first year, I almost gave up the blog world as I was struggling with that balance then. But I was very fortunate to have several blog friends that helped me find my way. I’m sharing this in case there are any new bloggers that stop by. Don’t ever think that you are the only one that struggles with this–almost every blogger I’ve talked to has been almost overwhelmed with the juggling.
I get asked quite often by new bloggers for advice. And here’s what I usually tell them:
1) Always treat your readers the way you’d want to be treated if you were following a blog. Keep in mind their time is precious and always be honest with them–even when you make a mistake! We are human and mistakes happen. Readers are incredibly forgiving.
2) Always live up to the promises that you make to your sponsors/advertisers. It’s the best way to build up relationships with them. But at the same time, only accept sponsors/advertisers that are truly the right fit for your readers.
3) Never let it stop being fun. Blog from the heart and if your passions change, it doesn’t mean your blog can’t. Always be who you are. If you feel it has stopped being fun, give yourself a little break as sometimes we fall into a “funk” and just need time away.
And to my readers I just want to extend a big thank you for continuing to support Coupon Geek after all these years! You are all truly a blessing to me and I’m so thankful that you choose to spend your time with me. I’ll continue to keep finding you deals, coupons, freebies, etc to help you save some money and fill up those mailboxes with goodies.
I was hoping to have a celebratory giveaway today but timing is just off this week for me as I’ve been focusing on preparing for back-to-school time. (I can’t believe it’s already here!!) But make sure you check back next week as I’ll have a bigger giveaway and an announcement of something very new!
Many thanks again for a wonderful four years!
Jaycie aka “Coupon Geek”