Cracking Retirement Birthday 2

Happy Birthday Cracking Retirement

It is Cracking Retirement’s 1st birthday. On the 18th September this blog turned 1. If I liken it to human development, it is at best a toddler, just learning how to make its voice heard and starting to walk unaided. As some of you may have noticed from my post earlier this week, I am in Madrid at the minute, so it passed without comment, until I checked the date this evening.

On 18th September 2016, I was beavering away in my study setting up my website with BlueHost, having a bit of a panic as I wondered what on earth I was up to. Was I too arrogant thinking that people would bother reading what I was up to?

Like every good birthday celebration, it’s a good idea to take a look at the year gone by….

My stats are pretty small, compared to other bloggers, but given that I had a shot at blogging from 2010 to 2012 when I think I had less than 100 views, I am doing a lot better. At that stage, I just decided it was a waste of time, and deleted the lot! However, this time, I am a lot older and wiser. I understand a little more about the world of blogging, and have decided I will persevere.

Total views for the year – 11,508

Total posts – 68 (average 5.5 posts a month)

Busiest month – October 2016 – 12 posts! (The novelty hadn’t worn off…)

Most successful post – Our Drawdown Strategy. this was part of a chain gang, and it brought lots of new people to my site.

Guest Posts

I even have a growing band of people who have kindly given me their email address, to receive regular updates.

To start with, I felt I was drowning as I related in Blogging It’s a Dark Art, however I am slowly becoming more confident, but I still have a long way to go. There are so many new things still to learn.

However, I have learnt that you really need to put real time into blogging. It’s not a lightweight enterprise. You need to join forums (fora to be more correct, but the term is less widely used!) So I was introduced to the UK Money Bloggers which has been really friendly, and introduced me to lots of Facebook Groups. I joined a US based Rockstar Finance group, where I have met a whole new group of online friends. The help and advice I have received from across the world has been amazing. I also now have a Facebook Page, an Instagram Page, a twitter account, even a Pinterest page.

However I am really enjoying the journey. At least the first year has given me a base to build on. I am hoping to introduce more guest blogs. We’ll see how that goes. When I did my start of year Dream Big, I wanted to

  • achieve 50,000 views
  • start basic affiliate marketing / monetizing the blog by June 2017, with an aim to build a second income stream
  • post at least 1 blog every 2 weeks, including over my holidays
  • achieve a email list of 100 subscribers
  • get featured on Rockstar Finance

The outcome 9 months into the year is that I have a way to go to get to 50k views. I have purposefully held off any attempt to do affiliate marketing. I have decided I will let the blog find its own niche first. I have pretty much met the ‘1 post every 2 weeks’ even when on holiday. The subscribers are good, but I have yet to feature on Rockstar Finance.

So what will the year ahead bring for Cracking Retirement.

  • For the author (me!) – a busy year ahead with lots of travel, lots of metal bashing and great health and fitness
  • For the website –
    • 500 subscribers
    • a more settled niche
    • a rockstar finance shout out
    • some new guest posts on my blog

Here’s to another successful year.

Meanwhile time to get back out into the glorious sun!

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Cracking Retirement Happy Birthday



  1. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Kevin, it has certainly been an interesting year.

  2. Happy blogiversary, Erith! We loved hosting your post. It gave us a lot to think about.

    Wishing you many more years of happy blogging!

    1. Thanks Mrs Groovy. I’ve got to say hadn’t realised quite the work that went into blogging but I am enjoying it.

  3. Belated blog birthday wishes! Roll on the next year!

    1. Thanks weenie.
      It’s been an informative year, so I start me second year blogging far more knowledgeable, to say the least.

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