First of all, a HUGE thank you to Dan for having us on his blog!
We are Tawnya and Sebastian. We started Money Saved is Money Earned to help the average individual by picking up the financial education slack. Tawnya is a teacher and Sebastian is a retired financial analyst, and between us, we have a wealth of knowledge about financial systems and those related to finance that effect how we view and use money. We want to help you begin using the system instead of being used by the system!
Sebastian emigrated from India when he was 22, and we both live in Portland, Oregon. We both love the outdoors, sports, traveling, and especially our Portland Trail Blazers!
1. How long have you been blogging?
We launched the blog March 7th of 2018, so we’ve been in business about 2 months.
2. Are you a full-time blogger or do you also have another job/career?
Tawnya works full-time as an elementary special education teacher but will blog mostly full-time this summer. Sebastian is retired but keeps himself busy with volunteer work as a financial coach at Catholic Charities Portland, as a board member for Mental Health America, and co-blogging.
3. What got you started into blogging?
Both of us are passionate about finances and have ranted about how businesses and banks trick people into bad financial decisions for years. We wanted an outlet to share our thoughts and help people avoid these mistakes. We hope to get ahead of potentially bad decisions with young people by teaching them BEFORE they begin making these financial decisions. We also wish to help those that have already gotten into some trouble finding a way out.
4. What is your blog about and how does it help others?
Our blog is about finances and money. We hope to teach people how financial systems work. Knowledge is power! Understanding finance is the key to taking control of your finances and reaching your money goals.
5. What is working for you and your blog? Why?
We spent several months writing articles and planning before we launched the website, which worked really well. We realized that there was so much to do once we launched, and we’re really glad we did all that prep work. Since the launch, we’ve had a lot of success connecting with other bloggers, promoting our content, and consistently launching new content. We’ve also had success waiting on trying to monetize and just focusing on getting ourselves up and running.
6. What did not work out so well for your blog? Why?
Nothing has really not worked out yet, but we’re still pretty new. The main issue we’re having is that we aren’t reaching our target audience, as our audience so far has been mostly family/friends and other bloggers. We are currently working on brainstorming ways to better reach our target audience of younger people and people who are struggling financially.
7. What tools are you using that you can introduce my readers to?
We are using Bluehost for hosting because it was recommended by other bloggers. We’ve also heard some bad things about Bluehost but we have yet to experience that. We’re using WordPress for the website, Boardbooster for automatic pinning to Pinterest, and Canva for designing pictures/pins. We also use MailChimp for our email list because they are free up to 2,000 subscribers. Furthermore, we use Unplash, Pixabay, and Pexels for royalty free photos. As for social media, we’re using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and StumbleUpon.
8. What piece of advice would you give to someone who is interested in starting a blog?
Don’t rush into it. Make sure you have a solid plan in place BEFORE you launch the website because there is so much more to blogging than writing content. We know a lot of bloggers who teach people how to blog tell you to just start and go from there, but we think that it’s a huge mistake to impulsively start this journey without some serious planning and forethought. There is so much to keep up with and we are so glad we had material ready for months in advance before going live.
9. Where can everyone find you?
Our website is http://moneysavedmoneyearned.com, but you can also follow us on social media.
Or send us your comments or questions.
Thanks so much for having us and we hope to hear from you all soon!
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