Crystal Thanks for visiting! My name is Crystal and I proudly live in the heat, humidity, and hurricanes of Houston, TX with my husband and our foster dogs. Hope to see you in the comments soon!

I Know I Haven’t Been Sticking to My Schedule Here…

I realize my posting schedule has been a bit spotty here.  I promise I am not just stringing you along to dump you in a month, lol.

I’ve been trying to get Budgeting in the Fun Stuff a little more streamlined so I can burrow out some more time to grow Crystal Clear Thoughts, Dog’s Life For Me, and a new idea I have…Totally Money Blog Carnival.

Needless to say, if I truly want to keep up with all 4 of these sites, I have to get organized and make up an actual schedule of some sort.  I’m just not quite there yet.  I do promise I will not let this blog die like so many others laying in the blogs-that-never-were fields online, lol.  It’ll just be a little spotty for the next 2-3 weeks.

My overall plans seems to be leaning towards using BFS to make my money, lol.  So BFS will remain more business-like, scheduled, and cover all things personal finance.

CCT will be an actual web log of all the stuff going on in my head, so that is where you will see the behind the scenes looks at what is to come.   

Dog’s Life For Me will only be updated when I have pets on my brain.  It is mainly a place I created simply since I had no where else to go on and on about animals, lol.  Feel free to contact me to guest post at any time.

Totally Money will be on a strict weekly schedule.

In short, please stay tuned.  I will not leave you hanging no matter what.  :-)

Link Love Sunday

Hi everybody! Every Sunday I will be listing the Top Referring Sites to Dog’s Life For Me and some achor text to each site. I’d like to thank the sites that are helping me reach my goal to blog full time by 2012!

Top 4:

1) Budgeting in the Fun StuffMake Money

2) Enemy of DebtOctober Confession

3) Crystal Clear ThoughtsExercise

4) StudenomicsHow Much a Pet Will Cost You

Link Love Sunday

Hi everybody! Every Sunday I will be listing the Top 3 Referring Sites to Dog’s Life For Me and some achor text to each site. I’d like to thank the sites that are helping me reach my goal to blog full time by 2012!

Top 3:

1) Budgeting in the Fun StuffMake Money

2) Crystal Clear ThoughtsExercise

3) Everyday Tips and ThoughtsMy Dream Retirement…

Link Love Sunday

Hi everybody!  Every Sunday I will be listing the Top 5 Referring Sites to Dog’s Life For Me and some achor text to each site.  I’d like to thank the sites that are helping me reach my goal to blog full time by 2012!

Top 5:

1)  Budgeting in the Fun StuffMake Money

2)  Crystal Clear ThoughtsExercise

3)  YakezieTop Personal Finance Sites

4)  Fun Stuff For DogsMother-In-Law Won’t Listen

5)  Everyday Tips and Thoughts15 Inexpensive Things To Do In The Fall

October 2010 Blog Statistics and Income Update

As I’ve been saying at Crystal Clear, I want to blog full time by 2012. To reach that goal, I need a bunch of traffic on all of my blogs. Specifically, I want 25,000 unique visitors a month at BFS by August 2011 and need to be making $25,000 a year total by the end of 2011. I figured the best way to keep my eye on the prize is to hit monthly targets.

Between that and the fact there seems to be major interest in the subject, I’m starting a new update around the 1st of every month of blog statistics and the income generated. I’ll also do a huge 1 year update at the end of every year and an anniversary update as well. I’ll post DLM stats here and you can check out Budgeting in the Fun Stuff and Crystal Clear Thoughts to see theirs too.

Here’s how we did in October 2010:

  • Alexa Ranking: 564,369
  • Visits:  234
  • Unique Visitors:  174
  • Pageviews:  417
  • RSS subscribers: 0
  • Twitter followers: 2
  • Traffic breakdown: 20.51% Referring Sites, 63.25% Direct Traffic, 16.24% Search Engines, 0% Other
  • October Income from DLM: $0
  • My goals for November:

  • Alexa Ranking: 558,000
  • Visits:  260
  • Unique Visitors:  200
  • Pageviews:  460
  • RSS subscribers: 5
  • Twitter followers: 5
  • Traffic breakdown: 20% Referring Sites, 60% Direct Traffic, 20% Search Engines, 0% Other
  • November Income from DLM: $0
  • Any questions, comments, or advice?

    Thanks for the New Header!

    I just wanted everybody to know that the awesome new header was a very kind donation from Ninja at Punch Debt in the Face.  Thank you Ninja!

    Also, since you all know I am the opposite of techy, Evan from My Journey to Millions was kind enough to put it into place.  Thank you too Evan!