The Comeback

I’ve been here before: I blogged about personal finance, I networked, I participated in the Yakezie challenge and then I left. A few weeks later I tried to come back but life took over, and I left again. If you are reading this and you remember me (hopefully, you do), you are, probably, thinking Here she is again! If you are a new reader, you probably are thinking What the Hell is she talking about? In that case, keep on reading and maybe it will all make sense at the end.

I have to admit that ever since I left the personal finance blogosphere almost eight months ago, I kept looking back, thinking about how much I miss talking to my blogger friends, and being a part of the PF blogging community. It became apparent to me that blogging became a big part of my life and when it was gone, an empty space was created in my life.

I am not going to explain or justify my reasons for abandoning blogging. But I want to tell you, my readers, this: I am glad to be back and I am looking forward to start from a clean slate. From time to time I even wonder if I have this unexplainable urge to challenge myself to build a project from zero, develop it into something good, and then desert it… and later on start from the beginning again. It sounds odd even to myself but I do wonder sometime.

Before I decided to come back to Yakezie and personal finance, I posted a question on Yakezie forums if I would be accepted back into the challenge. After I pushed a “post” button, I was not just nervous, I was afraid. People tend to be afraid of the unknown. Would I be accepted back? Would my question be ignored? Would I get some angry replies?

None of this happened. Instead I got the warmest welcome ever! It was not just encouraging. It was inspiring. Yet again it proved how welcoming, caring and supportive Yakezie community is. Guys, you rock!

Without any further ado I am declaring that I am joining the Yakezie challenge. Here is the short recap for those who do not know what it is all about:

Yakezie is the largest personal finance and lifestyle blog network that exists on the web.

- The 6-months Yakezie Challenge requires active participation in the Yakezie community by promoting, supporting and helping others to improve their Alexa rank while improving your own. Networking and building relationships is the best part of the challenge!

- The goal of the challenge is to reach Alexa rank of 200K, 150K, or 100K at the end of six months. My current Alexa ranking is 2,461,974.

Are you with me? I hope you are.

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33 Responses to “The Comeback”

  1. Welcome. I wasn’t around when you were here before, but I am always glad to have another person in the pf community. I look forward to reading your blog. Good luck with your new beginning.
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  2. Melissa says:

    Looking forward to reading more!
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  3. MD says:

    Welcome back. How will we hold you accountable for sticking to it this time around?

  4. Welcome back! We hope you’ll stick around and we’ll help you in any way possible!
    Briana @ 20 and Engaged recently posted..Yakezie Carnival October 24, 2011 – Just Do It EditionMy Profile

  5. Eric says:

    Welcome back! I am sure you will do great things.
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  6. Hey Aloysa,
    Welcome back! I think you have short attention span like I do. It’s difficult for me to stick with something long. I started playing guitar and got mediocre at it and then stop. Same story with a bunch of other hobbies. :)
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    • aloysa says:

      Well, you are staying with blogging for quite awhile! So, you attention span is not that short. Or you finally found what you REALLY want to do. :)

  7. David @BROKEandFAT says:

    Aloysa, I am with you! I joined the challenge today as well. Your site is beautiful. I am adding you to my blogroll now.
    -David

  8. Don says:

    I relate too. Some of us are joggers in live, keeping a nice and steady pace. While other like you and I are sprinters, we get there quick take a break then sprint to the next challenge. I believe it’s my nature. Actually, I’m surprised I’m still around after 2 years…

    Welcome back! You definitely add to the pf blogosphere!

  9. ProfitsOn says:

    Welcome to the challenge!

  10. I’ll be reading you! This is my first time on your site, and I also just joined the Challenge today.
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  11. 101 Centavos says:

    Look forward to more stories about the old country. Nice to “see” you again.
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  12. I wasn’t here when you used to write. Read a few forum posts of yours. By the extent of your preparation and site design prior to posing your first article, I am pretty sure you were a seasoned blogger. Well all the best!

    Too early to say about your writing style, will keep reading
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  13. MoneyCone says:

    Welcome back Aloysa! Glad you reconsidered!
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  14. PKamp3 says:

    Welcome (back)! I’ve seen some good things since joining Yakezie as well, it’s a great network!
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  15. Welcome!
    Looking forward to reading more..have heard good things :)
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  16. Welcome back Aloysa! I was a new challenger when you first left so I’m happy to see you back!
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  17. Buck Inspire says:

    Welcome back stranger. You were missed. Hope you fill us in on what you were up to during your blog retirement. Good Luck, glad to have you back, and most importantly, have fun! :)
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  18. Well, I hate it when one of my favorite bloggers quit writing. You and the Girl with the Red Balloon are back and all is right with the world.
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  19. Welcome back! Looking forward to reading your writings again :)

    To clarify (because I ran into some people telling me I had “failed” because they misunderstood the rule) – the challenge is to make it to 200k AND have been blogging for AT LEAST 6 months – not necessarily making it to 200k within 6 months of challenging.
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  21. Welcome back! I’m enjoying your posts on Everything Finance, and found your blog through the Yakezie Challenge. Keep in mind: the Blogosphere IS big enough for everyone. You have a great nice blog – I’m looking forward to hearing more from you. One last thought: Life only happens if we let it. Pick your battles, and prioritize what’s most important to you. ;)

  22. Welcome to the challenge. :-) Good luck.
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