The Monroe on a Budget project
This blog and website ran from January 2007 to March 2015 as a digital media project of The Monroe News.
It became a success story well beyond what we had imagined. I was ranked for a long time in the top 200 personal finance blogs according to WiseBread. There also were numerous print and social media spinoffs that included a weekly newspaper column that ran for three years. You’ll find more of that information, along with our target audience and my personal story, on my “about” page
But we made the decision on Feb. 11, 2015, to wrap this up and my Thank You column that explains why was published March 3, 2015.
The website archives will remain up for reference. The category keywords on the left side of desktop view of this site, along with the ones found on each post, can guide you through a range of family finance topics including my couponing tips, back to school tips, weddings on a budget ideas, and articles for those seeking financial assistance.
The newspaper column will be an occasional installment, but not a weekly one.
I’ll decide what to do with the social media accounts for this project on a case by case basis, depending on the reader traffic on each of those pages.
UPDATE on Jan. 29, 2016: The Monroe on a Budget remains on hold, as with my newsroom duties during the past year there hasn’t been time to revive it. In the meantime, The Monroe News is under new ownership and we are in the transition stage as management decides what projects will continue or wrap up.
The reason I won’t convert it into a freelance effort is that the income potential isn’t there to reimburse me for the time involved. If this project couldn’t pull in enough sponsorships, ad revenue and speaker fees during the recession and then the couponing craze to spin off as an independent project, and it didn’t even at that point, well, it’s just not going to happen.
Monroe on a Budget will always be one of the highlights of my career and a portfolio piece. Beyond the fact it was a heck of a lot of fun, I’ve taken what I learned about running a website, the digital media news curve, and social media tie-ins to handling such duties on behalf of The Monroe News and our sister paper, Bedford Now. If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to lately, check out my digital media and portfolio site.