Tight Fisted Miser Turns 10

by Andy Hough on February 28, 2017

I published my first blog post on Tight Fisted Miser way back on January 28,2007. It is hard to believe I’ve been writing this blog for over ten years now. I’ve been blogging even longer than that. My mostly abandoned Bank Bonuses blog was started back in December 2005. That makes me one of the longest running personal finance bloggers around.

This blog got off to a pretty good start when I first published it. I was able to attract a small amount of readers right away and my audience slowly and steadily grew for the first few years of this blog’s existence. Part of that was probably due to there being a lot fewer blogs around back then. I also wrote better and more frequent blog posts back then. I never kept track of site stats, but I think this blog’s reach peaked sometime in 2011. That was also my most profitable blogging year. I made about $20,000 from my blogs that year. I made just a little over $1000 from my blogs last year. My audience and income have both diminished considerably in the last few years.

The blog is still alive though. One of these days I will get back to blogging regularly and hopefully build the blog back up to where it used to be. It won’t be too soon since I’m working now, and then I’ll be in Europe, and then I’ll be hiking. But after I’m done with all of that I just might get the blog going again. In the meantime I will at least have my monthly income and expenses reports. I started this blog to show that being frugal allows you to have a decent life without earning a lot of money. And I feel like I’m still living proof of that. I hope to keep this blog going for another 10 years. To all who are still reading this blog, thank you for reading.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Super Saver March 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm

TFM,

Congratulations on your 10 year blogiversary. Not many bloggers still remaining from that time period.

SS

2 Andy Hough March 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Thanks, I’m barely blogging anymore, but I am one of the few remaining.

3 Jon March 3, 2017 at 6:04 am

You inspired me for sure. Thanks for sticking around so long. Enjoy building up your bank account, have a great time in Europe and with hiking, and let us know how things are going every once in a while.

4 Andy Hough March 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm

Thanks, Jon. It is good to know my blog inspired someone.

5 Dividend Growth Investor March 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm

You were one of the first blogs I started reading in the end of 2007/early 2008. I always enjoyed reading your monthly reports on income/expenses and frugality.

Hope you can turn things around!

DGI

6 Andy Hough March 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm

DGI – Thanks. Your blog was one of my inspirations to start buying stocks back in 2008, which turned out pretty well.

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