We interrupt your regularly scheduled blogging to bring you this important announcement.
ANGRY RETAIL BANKER IS ONE YEAR OLD TODAY!!!!!
That’s correct, my Angry Retailites (I’ve got to get a fan name for you guys), this is the first anniversary of Angry Retail Banker.
It was a year today that the very first post on this blog went up. Okay, it was that generic “Hello World” post that WordPress automatically starts you with, with my first real post, “A Misconception On How Banks Make Money”, being published the next day, but I still count it.
You know, I almost wasn’t going to do it at first. Blogging, I mean. I had read about the benefits of blogging, but I was never a computer person. I didn’t care much for blogging, but I always enjoyed writing. I joined revenue-sharing sites and wrote for them. A great way to learn what makes a good article and what doesn’t, as well as teach you the basics of how to post articles and pictures, but that’s about it. It’s being an employee as opposed to owning your own business. Some of these sites are very good, but others game the system and make up their own rules to ensure that only their top dogs make any money.
And after getting my articles denied for trivial reasons one too many times, I decided enough was enough.
After speaking with MMD of My Money Design and reading a great in depth article on how to start a blog and make money from it on Great Passive Income Ideas, I decided to forge ahead, pay for the hosting, and create my own space on the Internet.
And thus, an angry retail banker became the Angry Retail Banker.
A Perfect Fit
Unlike OJ Simpson’s hand and the infamous glove, this blog was the perfect fit for me. I had been in retail banking just long enough to have a credible opinion on roughly everything about it and I had done other writing projects in the past (that were never completed and have been seen only by me and very few others, unlike this blog which has been shared with the whole world since day one). I had advice to give and stuff to say, and what better way to say it than through a blog?
A blog that was mine. There’s no editors denying my articles because of whatever reason they decided that day. And there’s no boss telling me what type of conversations I “need” to be having with my customers or how many times I need to say their names in order to satisfy the requirements of a potential mystery shop. No, I’m the boss and I’m sure there will be no abuse of power that comes with being the sole owner of this blog.
Once the blog was up, I could take all the angry rants that I had in my head and put them on digital paper. I always had something to say about my nastier customers, or about why the bank does this or that. People who’ve heard my rants couldn’t help but notice the hint of truth they had and the weird sort of sense they made. So why not let the world hear me?
At the same time, I could also offer the advice on banking I could never give to people as a banker, either because I can only speak to one customer at a time or because I’m not allowed to give the customer the frank advice they need. But here, I can!
And I could monetize everything in the process. Those aforementioned revenue-sharing sites were my first foray into passive income, or at least my first into non-investment passive income. And there were plenty of ways for me to pursue and achieve passive income, but I’m neither a photographer nor a frequent credit card user. Like I said, I needed the right fit, and blogging was the way to go.
And it was a great decision for me. Besides being therapeutic, I’ve been entertaining and educating millions (tens) of people with ways to safely use your debit card and where to order checks, and stories of stupid customers and 911 calls. I’ve met other awesome bloggers out there as well, and I’ve seen my traffic steadily rise since I started. This month so far, I have 75% of the traffic that I got for last month. But December is only half over and I can’t wait to see the results.
Triumphs And Setbacks
I’d share some blogging tips and advice with you guys, but I’d rather get some respectable traffic first. I’m not the Angry Retail Blogger; I’m not as qualified to give you advice on your blogging as I am to give you advice on your banking. Other bloggers have done it on their one year anniversaries, but not me.
But I can share some of my triumphs and setbacks.
Learning how to use WordPress effectively was one major triumph. It’s hard to believe that someone who can’t get a DVD player to work can run a website, but here I am. But I’ll say, it’s much easier once everything is fully set up and all the difficult parts are behind you.
Changing to the Genesis theme, getting all the Adsense ads where you want them to be, customizing your menus, do you know how hard all that crap is!? I’ll go on Youtube to follow the advice of the people on there (I’ll watch videos titled “How To Put An Adsense Ad At The Top Of Your WordPress Page”) and despite doing everything exactly as they were doing, literally click-for-click, whatever I was trying to do still wouldn’t work. Mucking around with the code is terrible too. Let’s just say that getting that ad on the header to fit properly was way more difficult than it should have been.
And my logo? Holy Brooklyn Rage, Yugi (nyeh?), that took a full day to do! If I hadn’t fallen in love with my logo the moment the artist I commissioned to make it showed it to me, my blog would still look like this:
But I powered through that, through system errors and issues with updates and plugins, and am now powering through a different issue; lack of readership and earnings.
But I’m working on both of those. Been adding new pages to my site in the last month or so (a Blogroll and a Book review page are always nice, and a Disclaimers page should help with credibility and SEO (at least according to Rich)). I’ve also been researching profitable long tail keywords using Long Tail Pro.
Soon I’ll be a blogger that people the world over wonder “Man, how does that guy make so much money a month from his blog?” My dream is to be accused of inflating my online income.
But I also want to be a blogger that people get frustrated with because they’re bored and I haven’t put new content up in two days. I want to be a blogger who is on everyone else’s blogrolls. I want to be a blogger who people learn from, a banking blogger that people trust more than their own bankers. And an all around entertaining blogger whose rants and raves both anger, amuse, inspire, and set off mental lightbulbs.
I have many triumphs and setbacks behind me and many more ahead. But for that ultimate goal, to create a popular and profitable blog, I’m working on it.
Anniversary Shout Outs
And so I’d like to segue my first year into my second with some thank you’s.
Thanks to all the coworkers I’ve had who have taught me everything about banking over the years (and who I am still learning from), and to the managers who’ve believed in me and put their names behind mine. I hope I’ve done and continue to do you guys right.
Thanks to all the good customers I’ve had over the years. For all the complaining about the customers I do, I’ve gotten to know many great people over the years. I’ve seen some of them move away, some of them get devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and even some of them pass away. But talking to–and being able to help–those customers has always been a privilege. This does not extend to my stupid and nasty customers despite giving me enough writing material for an entire encyclopedia. You all can go invest with Bernie Madoff.
Thanks to MMD for talking me into doing the blog, and for letting me guest post on his site. My first guest post ever! Also for the ton of advice he’s given me.
Thanks to Rich of Redeemed Finance and Bryan of Just One More Year as well, also for letting me guest post on their sites as well. Bryan, you really seem to be enjoying this blog. And so I hope you and everyone else continues to do so.
And a big thanks to all of you out there who read Angry Retail Banker. Whether you share it on social media, buy products through my affiliate links, or just read an article and enjoy, it means a lot to me to have people taking the time to come to my blog of all the millions and millions of websites out there on the Internet, Hidden Internet, and all other Internets. Thank you!!!!
Hopefully Year 2 will truly be something special!
Readers–What do YOU think!? Did you enjoy my first year as a blogger as much as I did? Did you learn from the site or have fun watching my meltdowns? What would you like to see going forward? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!