September Review (Being an Accountant of Time, Statistics, and Achievements)



(Let them eat steak! But not too much!)

I’ve gotten pretty good at grilling steak, especially a thick ribeye. It doesn’t need much seasoning—in fact it’s best if you don’t overdo it—just a little salt and pepper.

4 minutes on one side. Flip. 3 minutes on the other. Make sure it’s the right color. Don’t over think it either, since the longer you wait, the tougher it gets.

My first steaks were like rubber on a platter, but it’s something I’ve honed over the years, since I grill year round. In July, you’ll see me with tongs, flip flops, shorts, and a beer. In January, I’ll be in my down jacket, warming myself over the grill.

I find my grilling experience not too different from starting JMC.



Aug 2016 Sept 2016
Monthly Giving: $0 $0
YTD Giving: $0 $0
Giving Since Inception: $0 $0
% Toward Goal: 0.0% 0.0%
Page Views 1,133 1,264
m-o-m Change: n/a 11.6%

You’re going to read this a lot for most of the first year: We gave zero because we made zero. I’m going to have to find witty ways to write “zero” month after month. I thought about taking it off and just informing you that, unless otherwise noted, assume it’s zero, but I wanted to stare it in the face to challenge me to keep going. Also, I wanted to be fully transparent and show you the wins as well as the losses.

I expect page views in the coming months to be lower since I’m now going to a Monday and Thursday posting schedule. See why in the “What we could do better” section.

I don’t think of zeros as losses while we’re starting out. I’m in the high-learning/low-earning phase of the curve (although I’ll always be learning).

I hope one day the many zeros will turn into a number with many zeros behind it. I am undeterred.


(For readers who have been following us from the very beginning—like 2 months ago—you’ll see that we value process and review, and it’s no different when it comes to JMC. We’ll even share ways we fell flat on our face.)

What we did well:

  • Became more efficient. My writing hours have shortened to 5 hours on average as I’ve mixed in shorter posts with my usual longer ones. I love analysis, and writing about it is fun. But as a reader, sometimes it can be a lot to chew on if the next, meaty post was coming 2 days later. It’s nice to serve steak, but people don’t want it every meal.
  • Became more “social.” I joined a few FB groups for bloggers and signed up for Pinterest!
  • Made the site easier for new guests. If you haven’t noticed, we added a New? Start Here page. Since we’re 31 posts in (including this one), with a potpourri of topics, I added this page to help readers get acquainted with us. I’ll be adding to it as time goes on.

What we could do better:

  • Promote more: I’m taking a tip from Michelle Schroeder Gardner and trying to do more promoting. I’ll do this by engaging more in social media and guest blogging on other blogs.
  • Post more before 5pm: I find that when I post after 5pm, the posts get fewer page views. They seem to get lost in the shuffle. This means that I need to get my writing done earlier. (The theme that is developing seems to me that the key to blogging is being able to write quality posts consistently and in short amount of time to allow time to promote and making the website a better experience for readers)
  • Learn more about side hustles: In August and most of September, my process wasn’t any good. I spent so much time writing that I had no time to actually really learn about the different side hustles. So starting now, I’m posting on a Monday and Thursday schedule in order to free me up to learn (and implement what I learn) about side hustles as well as promoting JMC. Mondays will generally be what I know about money in the old economy, while Thursdays will be about what I’m learning about making money in the new, Automatized Age. I’ll mix in something different every once-in-awhile.

Previous Goals:

  • Be smarter about social media. Well, I’ve certainly participated more by joining and participating in Facebook groups for bloggers. I also signed up for Pinterest (as mentioned! But… have no idea how to use it yet. Baby steps!). I’d say achieved.
  • Reduce writing time on my posts. Writing time has gone from 6-10 hours per post to about 5-7. Achieved.
  • Connor writes a post. We’re working on a few ideas. This is still in process.

New Goals:

  • Guest blog on one blog.
  • Submit a post to the Huffington Post.
  • Spend an hour on Pinterest, learning how it works.
  • Dedicate at least 1 hour a week working on my side hustle.
  • Batch my writing for the next 2 posts before I go on vacation to Greece.
  • Implement Google Search Console (Admittedly, I’ve been trying to do this today without any success)
  • Refinance my mortgage.

Next Monday: What to Do if You Make Six Figures

Next Thursday: Introducing JMC’s Side Hustle

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  • Lauren Fortenberry October 13, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    We grill our zucchini the same way!

    The views will come – your audience is out there, but they’re still trying to find their way to your writing. When you make it big on HuffPost and vacation in Greece multiple times each year, remember the little people 🙂 Until then, enjoy the sights.

    • justmakingcentscom October 13, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren! I’m encouraged that great writers like you take time out to read my posts.

      (Zucchini: another twin thing we do!)

      • Lauren Fortenberry October 13, 2016 at 9:02 pm

        I know! When I saw the picture, I couldn’t escape a comment 🙂

  • Take Risks Be Happy (@takerisksbhappy) October 14, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I think it is great that you openly disclose what has worked for you in the past, and what you are going to change to do better. It also takes courage to put money status updates that are (for now) blank. I think I should do the same thing and write posts about where I am trying to go and what I can do to improve. Might help me think through my process!

    Best of luck with everything and thanks for the post!

    • justmakingcentscom October 14, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you! I take a “trust, but verify” approach to many things, so I hope that readers can see that I’m being transparent about my thoughts and actions. It also makes me better if I sit down and review the month. It’s a habit that I believe leads to success.

      Hopefully readers looking to replicate what I’m doing can accelerate their learning by avoiding my mistakes!

      I would love to read your reports if/when you start them!


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