Apr 102015
 

I’ve been blogging for awhile now and it’s been a pretty fun experience for me so far. This hobby has allowed me to meet interesting people online which have continued into real friendships offline and encourage me to research all kinds of interesting financial topics that I would have otherwise not learn about. It also helps me flush out my ideas and shower-thoughts further by spelling them out into words. Some people have asked me how to go about creating their own piece of real estate on the internet so today I thought I’d share how to start a blog.

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Reasons you may want to start a blog:

  • To keep yourself accountable
  • To write and learn about something you feel passionate about because you enjoy it
  • To keep a record of your goals and accomplishment
  • To compliment your career or other aspects of life
  • To earn some side income
  • To express yourself online using words, pictures, or video (ie: vlog)

My reasons for blogging today are the same as when I started 5 years ago; to track my progress to become financially independent and share my journey for anyone who wants to read it. So far it’s been a pretty enjoyable experience. :)

There are many ways to start a blog. If you just want to blog about your cat for your family and friends to see then you can use a service such as tumblr.com, weebly.com, blogspot.com, or wordpress.com. You’ve probably seen some of these sites around online. :) These kinds of blogs take a few minutes to set up and are pretty straight forward. But if you want your blog to have a wider appeal, own your domain name, and have more customization options then you probably want to create a self hosted blog. This means it won’t be free, but you get to have complete control and ownership of the files on your blog, and instead of having a website like www.YourBlogName.blogspot.com, you will actually have www.YourBlogName.com, or whatever name you choose. This can be a little tricky to set up so let’s go over some key details.

Creating a Self Hosted Blog

Step 1: Register your domain name. There are many registrars out there, but hosting companies like bluehost.com will allow you to register a website as well as host all your site’s contents with them. I’m going to use Bluehost as an example. My blog is being hosted on their servers. There are a few different pricing options but it appears they currently have a deal going on right now.

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After signing up for an account at Bluehost it’s time to register a domain name, which is your website’s url. You can either choose a new domain name, or transfer over an existing one if you already have one registered elsewhere. When creating your domain name I would try to keep it easy to remember, and not too long, and don’t add dashes “-” or other weird symbols. Also try to keep the name relevant to your blog’s purpose. For example if you enjoy blogging about vegan recipes or writing restaurant reviews you could try to register the domain: myveganfoodblog.com. After this step you will be taken to your site’s cpanel page. 3-Domain Registration

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Nov 132014
 

IMAX at Home

If you happen to have $3 million just lying around you can install a home theater system, IMAX style. :) The 3D theater company will install one of its screens, along with the projectors, seats, and lighting all in the comfort of your very own house. Actually, most houses won’t even fit the installation. IMAX needs a room that’s a minimum of 21 feet wide, and 20 feet deep, plus 10 feet of additional space for the projection. That’s roughly a 600 square feet room, except it also has to be 12 feet high, lol.

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Once it’s installed you can watch Hollywood blockbusters the day they hit theaters. You just have to pay $500 per movie. :) You can also watch sports, play video games and stream concerts on the large, crystal-clear projection screen and custom sound system.

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Aug 292014
 

Time again to learn about you, the readers. 😀 Last year freedom 35 blog visitors were asked to choose which superpower is the most useless. Results below. Thanks to everyone who voted (^_^)

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Being able to moonwalk, but only when on the moon is the most useless power with almost 30% of the votes. I agree with this sentiment. This ability seems absolutely pointless to the 99.999999% of the world’s population who will never set foot on the moon. Speaking of which, did you guys hear about the new restaurant on the moon? It’s out of this world 😀 *ba dum tss!*

Well actually the food is not bad, but there is no atmosphere. 😆

Anyway, the least useful superpower with only 2 votes appears to be the ability to turn gold into silver. But that simply means it’s the most useful ability out of all the options given. Since one pound of gold is currently worth 65 times the same weight in silver there are no financial benefits to this superpower. But silver is a better conductor than gold and is used more in electronics so perhaps there is merit from an industrial perspective. Also, if someone is being chased by a vampire or werewolf this superpower could come in handy, as long as you know, there just happens to be gold nuggets lying around at the time 😉

What other useless superpowers can you think of? Surprisingly more people voted in this one than the other poll which asked people to choose which actually useful superpower they want to have.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone 😀

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Random Useless Fact:
The dry style of ginger ale was invented by Canadian John McLaughlin, the founder of the Canada Dry brand of soft drinks.

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Jul 022014
 

So I Googled my blog for fun, to see if it shows up on the front page. Well in doing so I have discovered something else that’s quite interesting. It appears people on the internet who aren’t bloggers have been talking about my site. 😀 So I’ve decided to share some of those comments with you guys today. I’m too lazy to type out everything so I just took snippets of screenshots instead. Below are some examples of what people on different forums and message boards had to say about Freedom 35 Blog.

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Apr 252014
 

Thanks to readers like you I’ve been added to the list of Top Finance Blogs over at Modest Money. Looks like I’m in the top 100 which I’m pretty happy about :) Check out some of the other finance sites on that list if you want some weekend reading. Thanks to Jeremy for making the list :0)

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On a side note. Remember how I said before that to become smart investors we have think like burglars, and be on the lookout for windows of opportunity? 😀  Well recently I ran into an amazing opportunity. A couple days ago I heard on the local radio station while driving to work that Rich Dad workshops are happening in the Greater Vancouver area this week 😀 I was so excited I signed up right away. Rich Dad is a financial education brand created by Robert Kiyosaki, author of the popular book Rich Dad Poor Dad. Some of you may have seen my Tweet announcement earlier on this blog.

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I’m glad at least one of my readers was interested in this learning opportunity too. So we actually went to the workshop together :) I’m surprised there wasn’t more interest though.

So what did I get out of this 2 hour workshop? In short, a lot! 😀

First, there’s the complementary educational CD with a sticker price of $39.99. The contents in it include how to find investment reports, how to prosper in the “new economy,” and more. Then there’s also the free notepad and amazing ball point pen supplied by the hotel, also free (^_^) I go to so many of these seminars I never have to buy paper and pens anymore 😎  #setforlife

Second, the presenter, Katie, did a great job of getting the audience motivated about taking control of our money. The first thing we need in order to accomplish anything significant is passion, and she certainly inspired that in the audience :) It all starts with a “burning desire.” Desires lead to actions, which leads to results. I’ll come back to this point a bit later.

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