Yesterday I enjoyed interaction with fellow Texas blogger Crystal from Budgeting in The Fun Stuff blog.  She was guest blogging at a personal finance blog I have followed for the past six months, called

On Crystal’s comments, I noticed a reference she made to the Yakezie Network, and how much assistance she received from that group to grow her blog.

So, I headed over to Yakezie to find out what it was all about.  Turns out the content there intersects at a place I am interested in (personal finance and lifestyle).   There I also read about the “Yakezie Challenge”.  The goal of the Yakezie Challenge is to grow your blog through “selflessly promoting others”,  something that resonates well with who I am as a person.

I am marking today as the start of my 6 month challenge.  The goal is to crack the top 200,000 site rankings on  That will be a tall order, since at present my humble blog is located at number 11,775,772!  The method is to selflessly promote others, and to write consistently.  I have already set a goal of writing 5 days a week, so the consistency requirement resonates well.

So…off I go.  Up and up!

Update:  After only 12 hours of participating in the Yakezie Challenge, my Alexa rating has improved from 11.7 million to 9.1 million!  I will keep updating this improvement!