Joining the Yakezie Challenge

Gentle Readers,

I read about the Yakezie Challenge before I started this blog, but I worried that I would not be serious enough to commit to what it requires. Luckily, I love blogging and have many ideas for posts. While past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results, I am comfortable in saying that I am officially joining the Yakezie Challenge.

If you are a fan of Call Your Girlfriend, it is similar to Shine Theory. When your friends do well, you do well. Their shine rubs off on you. I love interacting with people who are fascinated by anything. Maybe you learn about esoteric topics from them, or maybe they let you know about an unpublished event that would be amazing to sit in on. You never know what will happen when you are open to interesting people.

Fascinating people make great friends. They inspire you to do and be better. It is a joy to be friends with people who are living their dreams.

I have always been a fan of promoting others and encouraging them on their journeys – no matter where they are going. Outside of my blog life, I help connect people with the jobs and relationships and books they desire. I love learning what sparks my friends’ joy. A joyful person is wonderful to see.

The details

The Yakezie Challenge is the brain-child of Sam of FinancialSamurai and he describes it in this post. Of course, I’m going to to bring out his relevant information below.

To join the Yakezie Challenge :

1) Install the Alexa toolbar if not already and comment what your current Alexa ranking is. (Done.)

2) Write consistently 2-4 times a week on your own site and consider guest posting around the community including on to raise your profile. (In process)

3) Install the Yakezie Challenger Badge. (Done)

4) Announce on your blog that you have joined the Yakezie Challenge. (Here we are)

5) Selflessly promote others and build relationships. (In all of life)

6) Stay committed and consistent over the next 6 months!  (In process)

7) Introduce yourself on the Yakezie Challengers Forum and get to know your fellow Challengers and Members. (I’m not clear if this is still being updated)

8) After you’ve completed the 6-month challenge, let everyone know how it worked for you. If you’ve done it as intended, you could be invited to become an official Yakezie member. (See you on December 6, 2016!)

Persistence in relationship building is the key. You must show up for people. This is an online version of that. I like it a lot.

As of today, June 6, 2016, my Alexa ranking is 14,000,562 internationally and 1,489,921 nationally.

December 6, 2016 is six months from now.

Before December 6, 2016, I need to:

  1. Complete 27 weeks of 2-4 posts a week.  Or 54-108 posts.
  2. Get to 200,000 on Alexa. That is a 13,800,563 (international) or 1,289,920 (national) difference. This is definitely the hardest portion of the goal. ZJ Thorne is my first experience of blogging. I don’t know tricks. I just want to share my story and my learning. Hopefully that content will appeal to other people, but that remains to be seen.
  3. Support other bloggers in their goals. A delight.

Do you think the Yakezie Challenge is still achievable in light of how many blogs there are in 2016?

Author: ZJ Thorne

Lesbian on the path to Financial Freedom

  • Mrs. Groovy

    Yes I definitely think it’s achievable even with the numerous blogs out there. Especially for you, since you’re a go-getter. The worst that can happen is you don’t meet the goal. But you’ll still reap the benefits of improving your habits and your blog.

    Mr G says you’re welcome to guest post on FiG anytime. It can be new material or something from the past you’d like us to republish.

    • It is a nice challenge in that the worst that can happen is that you become a better blogger.

      Thank you for your generous offer. I’ll need to think about what is appropriate for your audience, but I will definitely take you up on that offer.

  • Financial Slacker

    Congratulations on joining the Challenge!

    I signed up on April 22 with an Alexa ranking of 6,827,959. After about 6 weeks, my ranking has dropped to 1,324,584. Publicly declaring my participation in the Challenge has definitely motivated me to keep writing.

    Feel free to reach out to me or any of the others and let us know if there is anything we can do to help – guest postings, social media, etc.

    And have fun!

    • That’s amazing progress! Well done.

      I will reach out. Thank you. This community really is wonderful.

  • Congrats! I haven’t had the balls yet to step up and take the challenge. I want to, but I’m too afraid so I’m making excuses with myself. Fear of failure? Probably. I tell myself that I’m unsure of being able to meet the writing commitment. I was posting 2-3 times per week consistently until the building remodel I just did, where I had to taper back to one post a week for a handful of weeks in order to not go crazy. Now the remodel is done so I’m back up to at least 2 per week, but I’m concerned that if I sign up for a commitment to post at least that often, my brain will sabotage me and I won’t be able to keep up with it. Insane, I know.

    I’m excited to see your progress, and I’m sure you’re going to kick butt!

    • I shared your fears before I started. I’ve found that the longer I blog (big ole four months here), the more ideas I have. Since my situation requires such constant monitoring with my heavy debt, I have the easy weekly net worth update.

      I have already seen mega progress on the Alexa front. It’s worth it.