You can see the questions highlighted below and then the responses taken directly from *Save For House* .
Why did you start blogging?
There are many reasons I started blogging and following are the top four highlights. First, I really enjoy writing however have a technical day job. I rarely get the opportunity to write at work and started blogging to get back into writing.
Second, I am a firm believer in the power of writing your goals down. I look at my blog as a living and growing compilation of my personal goals. By commemorating my goals in writing, it is easier for me to hold and measure myself against them.
Third, I feel I have some good knowledge about finance and want to give back. Last, I’m striving to expand my sources of passive income. Blogs and websites are a great way to generate some additional income on top of my regular job, especially in the longer term as my blog grows in size.
How long have you been blogging?
I am new to the blogging scene and started my first website, Save For House, in October 2007.
Are you a part time blogger or full time blogger?
I am a part time blogger and have a very demanding day job that occupies around 50-60 hours per week. I really enjoy blogging and developing my websites and devote around 10-15 hours per week, usually at the expense of sleep. 🙂
What keeps you motivated?
My motivating factors are threefold: First, I love getting feedback from my readers. This is always very encouraging and motivating.
Second, I stay motivated because my blog is so closely related to my ultimate goal in life, owning my own house. Writing about this goal is really fun and exciting.
Last, seeing passive income just start to come in (via Google AdSense) is very motivating.
Do your loved ones know about your blog?
Do you disclose real numbers on your blog?
I disclose real numbers in the sense that I often run real word examples. Looking at my money saving tips in real numbers always helps highlight how much money can really be saved. In terms of disclosing my personal finances, I don’t go into much depth beyond the high level examples.
Are all the posts true events or do you make up stories?
My posts are 100% true events. The most interesting blogs I have read often talk about someone’s individual life experience. I try to bring that level of realism and authenticity to my own blog.
What three bloggers inspire you the most?
Aaron Wall from SEO Book – http://www.seobook.com/blog – I learned so much about building a website from Aaron’s eBook and blog. He has really inspired me to create my own website and blog and stay motivated.
Matt Cutts from Google – http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/ – I am very interested in Search Engine Marketing and enjoy reading this Google insider’s perspective.
Free Money Finance – http://www.freemoneyfinance
What is the most important thing you want your readers to take from your blog?
It is possible for everyone to own their own home and also achieve financial freedom with hard work, determination, and some creative thinking. Stay motivated!
What do you wish you knew before you started blogging?
Since I hand coded my website from the ground up, I wish I knew a bit more about HTML earlier on. I have had to revise my code a few times and it has been an iterative learning experience. At the same time, I have learned so much from this experience that I definitely would not change it at all.
This one is easy. Rather than a tip, I would like to draw attention to my money management hero, Robert Kiyosaki. I have learned so much about life, personal finance, and money management from Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad and many other great books. I had been thinking about writing a blog for quite some time and it’s really his books that motivated me to just go out there and do it.
What is the best thing about blogging?
Owning a website that is 100% my own and helps people learn about finance everyday is a great feeling.
What is the worst thing about blogging?
Blogging is great but I must say it has taken a toll via lack of sleep.
What would your readers be most surprised to find out about you now?
I am in the process of developing another website in tandem to Save For House that’s all about investing in gold and precious metals. I really enjoy investing in stocks, especially those of gold and oil mining companies.
What are your plans for the blog in the next 12 months?
I’m looking forward to introducing more of a visual aspect into my site in the form of images and videos. My site is mainly text based at this point and I really want to improve the visual appeal. As usual, I’m also really excited to have a pipeline of 25 or so more articles that I’m diligently working on during my free time!
End of Interview
Thank you *Save For House* for answering all of the questions. It was very interesting for me to find out these things about you since I follow your blog and I now feel like I know you better.
Please check out *Save For House* and come back next week as we head over to *My Financial Odyssey*.
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