On Saturday, Broke Millennial turned two. While I still feel like a bit of a novice, blogging years are somewhat like dog years and making it to two is about the equivalent of a sweet 16. I spent my real-life sweet 16 going to prom, so this version is much cheaper.
I founded this blog to answer questions I heard my peers asking about money and to improve my own knowledge. About eight months into blogging I interviewed for a job with a public relations agency who works for Bank of America. During one of the seven interviews I went through, an interviewer asked me, “Why did you start writing your site? I find people often begin side projects when they’re feeling unfulfilled at work.”
Frankly, I’d never thought about a lack of creativity and enjoyment at my then-job to be an impetus for me starting this site. But it was. I missed writing (I studied journalism in college) and I felt I could be doing something productive with my downtime. I had never read another personal finance blog. I had never heard of the term “side hustle”. I never thought this could turn into a money maker or more importantly, completely change my career.
Luckily, I didn’t take the job staying in PR with Bank of America as a client. In fact, I turned it down because when they offered me the job, I was informed I’d have to deactivate Broke Millennial and cease all freelance writing.
Many readers have probably seen a drastic drop off of in posts in the last six months. In large part it’s because I’m more satisfied at work and do a lot of writing and editing during the day. However, in year three of Broke Millennial, I’d like to focus back on building this site and expanding my freelance work.
Now, let’s give me a moment to #humblebrag about some of my favorite moments from 2014.
Highlights from this year
- Quoted and pictured in USA Today print and online
- Did more broadcast segments including great podcasts and this fun one for AOL
- Syndicated to Business Insider (admittedly they seem to prefer to US News & World Report pieces)
- Started working for MagnifyMoney.com – it’s pretty epic to be with a startup from launch
- Began writing for US News & World Report and had work syndicated to Yahoo! Finance
- Continued writing for DailyFinance
- Went to my first FinCon and meet some of my favorite bloggers in person
- Got nominated for and had a great time losing at the Plutus Awards
- This Is America, Right?
- Rommates: A (possible) Financial Nightmare
- Want to Save a Fortune (and Your Marriage)? Ditch the Fancy Wedding
Post I Was Embarrassed To Publish
- Confession: I Didn’t Have a Savings Account (yup, embarrassing)
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THANK YOU so much to you, you person reading this right now, for reading/subscribing/following/commenting/emailing/making this site become a community and afford me a platform to discuss the importance of millennials understanding money.