Just the other night my husband and I were reflecting on reaching the two year mark with Six Figures Under. It’s pretty crazy to think that I have been sharing the ins and outs of our finances with the world for two years now!
Honestly it doesn’t seem like it has been that long.
At the same time it feels like it’s been forever. I can’t remember what I did in the evening back in the days before blogging.
While I usually don’t blog about blogging, I think that sticking with something for two years is worth celebrating! To make the celebration more exciting, I have a fantastic giveaway! Feel free to scroll past my nostalgic reflections to get to the excitement.
I’m not sure of the official date I should celebrate, so I decided to go with a blogiversary season, instead of a date. Two years ago in September I bought my domain name and starting writing SixFiguresUnder.com. It was October before I had enough posts up that I felt comfortable inviting any visitors.
I had actually planned to wait a little longer before going public, but one of the big blogs I follow had an article about paying off student debt. I couldn’t keep quiet, as paying off student debt is the premise of this blog. I shared my two cents (probably more like ten cents) in a thoughtful comment on the topic, and just like that readers started showing up!
That comment became my unofficial official blog launch.
Top Ten Posts of All Time
I thought it would be fun to take a peek at the top ten posts on Six Figures Under of the past two years (judging by number of pageviews). Counting down to the number one post, they are:
Thinking about a blog? Just start!
I had been reading blogs for a decade before starting this one. I had toyed with the idea in the past, but always feared that I was already too late in the game. Seasoned bloggers had archives full of amazing posts (which were cleverly cross references in current posts). How could I ever catch up?
The truth was I didn’t have to. It’s not a contest. There’s no winner. I finally started my blog for five reasons, none of which involved competing with anyone. Slowly but surely, I built my own archives of awesome posts.
You can do it too! Don’t let comparison deter you from getting started. I spent very little to get my blog up and running. I can even show you a step-by-step tutorial for setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog (the best kind if you plan to ever earn anything from your blogging).
Everyone’s a Winner
I wish all of my awesome readers could win a KitchenAid, but that’s just not in the budget! The good news is that if you don’t win, there’s still something for you!
Mark from Bare Budget Guy is offering my readers a way to get great prices on new, name-brand appliances. The first 100 to sign up will get instant web access to insider deals on everything from toasters and blenders to refrigerators and washing machines. If you are in the market for large or small appliances (or something in between), then you’ll definitely want to check out the special, direct-from-manufacturer prices on brands such as KitchenAid, Maytag, and Whirlpool. It’s great for some holiday shopping or filling a need at home.
Enough of my reminiscing. Let’s get to the good stuff! I have partnered with Mark from Bare Budget Guy to bring you an awesome giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer! My favorite part is that you can choose your own color! You can get it to match your kitchen or surprise your mom with her favorite color.
For those not versed in KitchenAid, a 5-quart bowl has the capacity for 4 loaves of bread, 9 dozen cookies, or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes. It comes with the pouring shield, dough hook, flat beater, and wire whip.
Between baking bread, making cookies, and shredding chicken, I use my KitchenAid daily. It’s definitely my most-used kitchen appliance. Oh, and that wire whip makes excellent meringue. I know you’ll put this baby to good use too!
The giveaway will run through midnight (Pacific Time) on Monday Nov 2nd. I will email the winner who will have 48 hours to respond. I’ll announce the winner in my weekly newsletter on Nov 7th.
Good luck to everyone! After you enter, be sure to go take a peek at the insider deals on appliances!