Life and Death of a Blog

Many of you noticed. Distilled Dollar was, well, off-the-air for a month.

Naturally, this led to questions:

  • “When’s your next post?”
  • “I believe I was accidentally unsubscribed?”
  • “Are you alive?”


Needless to say, the blog is very much alive, and we have been hard at work aiming to reach an even higher savings rate by being frugal with our money and our time. Tuesday’s 2,000 word post does just that. The goal? To save over half our income with 14 Frugal Strategies during this year’s Frugality Challenge.

We’re beyond excited with the increased savings and the increased level of overall life-satisfaction and, dare I say it these days, happiness.

Life and Death of a Blog

Alongside the Frugality Challenge, I have been working on the transition from side hobby to full time with this blog. I’ll be spilling the details very soon on the transition, but for now, there is one thing we are working on…

…As part of the process of developing course content and video content, one question popped up which I thought was great:

“What’s your #1 Challenge when it comes to Money?”

Instead of going on about the various challenges I faced going from paycheck-to-paycheck to saving over 60% within 3 years, I’m more curious to hear about the biggest challenge you face today. I appreciate the time. The longer the answer, the better. These money problems are akin to onions- plenty of layers to peel away until the true core is revealed.

Here’s a unanimous one question survey set up if you dare to answer!

Hah, not sure why I said dare, other than money can be daunting at the best of times.

Challenges and Cycles

As part of our month off from posting on Distilled Dollar, I had to think about the various challenges in the first cycle of DD. Building something from scratch to being able to leave a full time job is a serious amount to discuss, so perhaps that conversation is best saved for another day.

What is your #1 Challenge when it comes to Money?


P.S. All survey answers will be address in the weeks to come. The more detailed your response, the better as I’ll be able to tackle the topic and get you the right answer. Here’s the link one more time for the survey. Thanks again as you made it possible to transition from side hobby blogger to full time.

8 comments… add one
  • Peter Sep 7, 2017, 3:05 am

    Man, you scared the sh*t out of me. For a moment I was thinking you quit blogging…
    Happy to hear this news TBH, you deserve it. Good luck going full-time.

  • Jay Sep 7, 2017, 6:53 am

    Thanks for the update, and glad to see the posts again. Hope you enjoyed your month off!

  • Mrs. Picky Pincher Sep 7, 2017, 7:57 am

    Woohoo! I hope you’re able to convert this blog into a kickass full-time gig. 🙂 I love seeing people become full-time bloggers (I’m a little jelly, too, tbh!).

    Glad to hear you’re alive. 🙂

  • Dave @ Married with Money Sep 7, 2017, 8:07 am

    Oh nice I’m looking forward to seeing more. I was wondering what happened!

  • Ms. Montana Sep 7, 2017, 8:53 am

    It’s awesome you are going full time! Congrats on the transition!

  • Working Optional Sep 7, 2017, 5:25 pm

    Awesome that the blog will now be a bigger part of your lives (and ours). Good luck!

  • Cody @ Dollar Habits Sep 11, 2017, 5:08 pm

    Full-time with the blog?!?! That is so awesome. I can’t wait for the details. Glad to have you back!

  • Dennis Sep 12, 2017, 7:41 pm

    Congrats on making the decision to go full time on your blog. I think my biggest challenge is to stop focusing on cutting costs and keep focusing on my top line. A good example is the apple watch sales which were able to create new revenue streams. I want to do that in my own life rather than just try to live smaller.

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