I did something scary 8 years ago yesterday. I bought my own domain. I became CommonCentsMom that day. I have been blogging already for about 4 years on MSN Spaces and Xanga ( Who remembers them?) I decided I wanted to share more about how I was saving money. What greeted me? A huge amazing life that I had no idea was about evolve.
When I started CommonCentsMom in 2008, I was living in rural Nova Scotia and working in a call center. I simply wanted to share with my family and friends how I was saving. I was part of several money saving forums and regularly sharing deals and frugal tips but having been a mom on welfare I wanted that for no other woman. I wanted to share my story with others.
Along the way, things changed. I found this world called Social Media. In 2009, I joined Twitter, before it was a big thing. I found Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Periscope and Blab along the way as well. All of a sudden I had a voice. A voice that was being listened too.
Along the way I have helped raise thousands of dollars for those displaced in the Wesley Street fire. I promoted several charitable events, I attended event after event and even spoke at a few. I was called a blogger to read more then once people and publications that make a difference like the Financial Post.
For the first few years, CommonCentsMom was in existence ( ie the first 2 years), I never made a dime off my blog. Yes, I received a few things free but more times that naught when I talked about a brand, sale, or event it was often because I bought it and was using it and loved it or attended the event.
By the time 2010 rolled around, I was working in the Social Media industry full-time. I started the first personal finance chat in Canada long before any of the banks or any financial services companies knew it was a thing. The hashtag #CDNmoney has been on twitter for almost 6 years now.
By 2010, I started to earn money ( just a little from my blog). I can still remember the first brand to pay me money to talk about them. I still RT and share them even though they stopped paying me a long time ago. My blog has given me so many opportunities like traveling with all the mayors on the Via Rail’s Ocean trains route when the Ocean celebrated its 110th year. The blog has allowed me to meet some of my idols. Now, I even call a few of them friends!
What is best of all after 8 years, the amazing relationships I have built with thousands of readers over the years. The real friendships made because of my blog. I think of where and how I met people like my friend Marcy Berg, Shannon Mischuk, Donna Marie ( who hired me), Liz Strauss, Cate, Diane, Lisa and the list goes on. Really all I have to do is look at my friend list on any of my social channels and I know I am blessed.
To say thank you, I am doing something different. It’s a surprise. Hope you all are okay with that.
I will be sending out 8 envelopes to 8 of my readers. In each will be a gift from me to you. Each will have a value of at least $25.00. My way of thanking you for reading, for being apart of my life. I thank you for joining me on this ride.
No rafflecopter for this one, simply in the comments let me know how long you have been a reader and if you have a favourite post that I wrote. Let me know do you follow me on any of my social platforms, if yes which ones? What do you enjoy about CommonCentsMom.
Thank you for reading, thank you for being part of my community.
If you want to give me a gift, share one of your favourite posts of mine on your favourite social media channel.
*Giveaway ends March 10th at 11:59 pm ( Open to Canada and the US)
* For an extra entry share the giveaway and leave me a link where you shared it.