Another year gone, and so much to share!
Today is the fourth birthday of the blog, so as is now the tradition I wanted to share my highlights from the last 12 months and reflect on some of the big changes that took place.
What really blows me away is just how many people are reading my little blog. In the 12 months up to today just under one million people read the blog. ONE MILLION! I hope I’ve been able to save people a lot more than £1 each, but even if that’s all that’s been saved, that’s still £1 million!
There’s been a big increase this year and in part I think that’s down to me moving the blog from something I did in evenings and weekends to on average two full days a week. Alongside a redesign last March, Be Clever With Your Cash has benefited from more time – and more writing.
The articles and deals
And I’ve written a lot. In the last year I’ve published 125 articles here on Be Clever With Your Cash. And the scary thing is I’ve stil hundreds of ideas I didn’t have time to write about! Plus there were so many fab deals I was able to find and share with you.
I’d also imagine you didn’t get a chance to read every single one of those – even if you are the most dedicated of readers ;). So here are my highlights from the last year:
How I tried investing but ended up blagging it
Why I didn’t tell you I went on holiday
My 11 current accounts and why I’ve got each one
I also started making a lot more video content for you on my YouTube channel, with this my fave. I was first with the story that morning, and the video was picked up by a few national newspaper websites. Lots more to do here in 2018 though!
I’ve also produced 44 episodes of the Cash Chats podcast. Here are a couple of my favourites which I think are well worth a listen.
A big award win
I guess the highlight of the year was picking up Financial Blog of the Year at the 2017 Headlinemoney Awards. It’s billed as the Oscars of the personal finance journalism world, so to win best blog was just amazing!
I also was delighted to win Best Money Saving Blog and Best Money Vlog at the 2017 SHOMOs awards, which recognise the best of UK Money Bloggers. Ok, yes I do run the awards, but I’m not involved in the judging so it was lovely to be recognised by my peers!
One of the weirdest things about how my career has changed since starting the blog is that I’m now asked to appear on TV and radio as an expert. I’m used to sitting behind the camera and microphone, not in front of it!
Though I’ve done less telly this year, I still popped up on Rip Off Britain and Right on the Money, both on BBC One. And I’ve also done a lot more radio, including talking on BBC 5 Live a few weeks back, and regular appearances on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio London.
I’ve also continued writing for Moneywise magazine and Reader’s Digest, alongside guest blogs and articles for many websites.
It’s a genuine delight for me that I get to share my ideas and passion with so many people. Hopefully 2018 will see this continue!
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