Happy 1st Birthday Debt Roundup!

happy 1st birthdayYep, that’s right. Debt Roundup is one today. A year ago today, I wrote my first post and opened up my financial life to all of you.  A lot has happened since the start of this blog. I have met some great people and I have been able to share my story on a national level. I never imagined what could have come from starting this blog, but I have really enjoyed it.

That being said, a year is a long time in the blogging world, but it doesn’t mean it is the end.  I have been thinking of other ways to reach people, so I have a little surprise for you.  Check out the video below for more information.

There are many more people that I would like to thank for helping me throughout this year, but I don’t have enough space to do that. You know who you are and I have really appreciated getting to know all of you. Thank you!

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Grayson Bell

Grayson Bell

I'm a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $75,000 in debt ($50,000 in just credit cards). I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a WordPress maintenance and support company, along with another blog. It is Empowered Shopper, which helps people get information about products they want to buy. You can also check out Eyes on the Dollar, which is a great blog that I co-own.


  1. August 26, 2013 at 5:36 am — Reply

    Congratulations Grayson!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:03 am — Reply

      Thank you Pauline, I appreciate it.

  2. August 26, 2013 at 6:06 am — Reply

    Hey congrats Grayson, and Happy Birthday Debt Roundup! Here’s to many more years!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:04 am — Reply

      I really appreciate it FI

  3. August 26, 2013 at 6:16 am — Reply

    Congratulations – I had assumed you’ve been blogging for a number of years based on you having over 300 posts!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:04 am — Reply

      Thank you. That is what many people have told me.

  4. August 26, 2013 at 6:50 am — Reply

    Huge congrats friend!!! I can’t believe your only one! Loik forward to many more posts!!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:04 am — Reply

      Thanks Catherine!

  5. August 26, 2013 at 6:58 am — Reply

    Happy anniversary. You have developed a very popular blog in the first year. I am closing in on the one year mark and I am not even close to your level of success.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:05 am — Reply

      Thank you Jane. We all work at different levels, but as long as you are happy with your progress. Congrats to you for nearing the one year mark.

  6. August 26, 2013 at 7:04 am — Reply

    Great video mate and congratulations on the 1 year milestone. I can’t believe that you blog is actually younger than mine (by a few weeks) I always assumed you had been around for years.

    I think the video posting is a great idea and I had been toying with the idea myself, but I have been struggling with the content that I would talk about. Perhaps I should just take the plunge like you have and see what comes of it.

    Anyway, great job on the blog and hopefully you have many more blogging birthdays to come 🙂

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:05 am — Reply

      Thanks Glen.

      I thought about it for some time and then just decided to get a webcam and see where it goes. I just want to try something a little different this year.

  7. August 26, 2013 at 7:10 am — Reply

    Happy Anniversary Grayson! I definitely will be subscribing to the weekly newsletter!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:05 am — Reply

      Thanks DC. Nice to have you on the newsletter.

  8. August 26, 2013 at 8:07 am — Reply

    Congratulations on a memorable occasion. I’m sure the next year will be just as fruitful.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

      Thank you James.

  9. August 26, 2013 at 8:09 am — Reply

    Awesome Grayson! Happy 1 year!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

      Thank you Kasey.

  10. August 26, 2013 at 8:22 am — Reply

    Congratulations on your 1st year! Keep up the good work, I really enjoy your blog.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

      Thanks Mark and I am glad that you enjoy it.

  11. August 26, 2013 at 8:33 am — Reply

    Good job sticking with it for a year. Here’s to many more.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:07 am — Reply

      Thanks Edward. A year was hard, but I am more energized now.

  12. August 26, 2013 at 8:35 am — Reply

    Happy blogiversary!!!!! Hope you had a great weekend!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:07 am — Reply

      Thanks Holly. I had a great weekend and I hope you had one as well.

  13. August 26, 2013 at 9:14 am — Reply

    Happy Blogiversary my friend! Great work on the video post. I’ve given some thought to doing that myself, but I don’t want to drive away readers, Lol! Keep up the great work sir and thanks for the special shout out.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:07 am — Reply

      Thanks John. I don’t think you would drive readers away ;). You are most welcome on the shout out. Well deserved.

  14. August 26, 2013 at 9:37 am — Reply

    Congrats on one year!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:07 am — Reply

      Thank you Michelle for all of the support.

  15. August 26, 2013 at 9:47 am — Reply

    Yay!! I’m so, so happy for you and it’s been so nice getting to know you!! Also, I really like the whole “queen of your domain” title. Perhaps I should go by “Your Majesty” from now on. 😉

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:08 am — Reply

      Thanks Cat. You are the queen of your domain. I would start going by “Your Majesty”. I think it will be catchy.

  16. August 26, 2013 at 10:37 am — Reply

    Congrats Grayson! Reaching the one year mark is a big deal. I know how hard it is to keep up a blog for that amount of time. Love the video feature. Looking forward to what you have for us in year two!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:08 am — Reply

      Thanks for continuing to stop by Brian. I am glad you like the video feature.

  17. August 26, 2013 at 10:39 am — Reply

    Congrats Grayson! Wow, only a year and you’ve already done so much for the industry! Keep it up!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:09 am — Reply

      Thank you Joshua. You are making quite the name for yourself as well.

  18. August 26, 2013 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Best wishes Grayson for another successful year!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:09 am — Reply

      Much appreciated Kurt.

  19. August 26, 2013 at 10:52 am — Reply

    Congrats Grayson! You’ve done an amazing job on here in just 1 year and who knows what the future holds for Debt Round Up, great things I think.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:09 am — Reply

      I appreciate the kind words Adam. I hope great things come for DR.

  20. August 26, 2013 at 11:15 am — Reply

    Congrats and Happy 1st Birthday! Hopefully there will be many more to come.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:09 am — Reply

      I am hoping there are many more to come as well. Thanks Andrew.

  21. Girl Meets Debt
    August 26, 2013 at 11:48 am — Reply

    Yay Happy 1st Birthday to Debt Round-Up!!! This was a great video Grayson 🙂 Here’s to many more birthays!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:10 am — Reply

      Much appreciation GMD. I am glad to have you as a reader.

  22. August 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    Congrats! It seems like we have a lot of people that are celebrating their 1 year blogging anniversary. Heres to many more to come!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:10 am — Reply

      There are quite a few celebrating them. Thank you for your kind words.

  23. August 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    Congratulations, Grayson!! What a great first year you’ve had and here’s to many more years of success!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:10 am — Reply

      Thank you Shannon. I always appreciate your support.

  24. August 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    YEAH HOMIE! Congrats on 1-year, pretty awesome milestone. Obviously, you have flourished, and video is a great move. Also, awesome beard.

    Thanks for the shout-out, glad I can be part of the fun 🙂

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:11 am — Reply

      Haha, thanks for the love for the beard. Thank you for helping me out this past year Jacob.

  25. Kim
    August 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm — Reply

    Happy Birthday! 🙂

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:11 am — Reply

      Thank you Kim.

  26. August 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    Congratulations Grayson. Best wishes on continued success. Looking forward to watching you head towards 5 years!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:11 am — Reply

      I am hoping to make it to five years and beyond. Who knows!

  27. August 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm — Reply

    congrats on one year!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:11 am — Reply

      Thank you Tara. I appreciate you as a reader.

  28. August 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    Congratulations Grayson and to many more years of fun in the blogosphere!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:12 am — Reply

      Thank you for your help over the year Mr. CBB!

  29. August 26, 2013 at 5:57 pm — Reply

    Only one year?! I found this mind-blowing! Congrats, Grayson.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:12 am — Reply

      Haha, I guess that is a good thing. Thanks for being a loyal reader Erin.

  30. August 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm — Reply

    Happy, happy blog birthday, Grayson!!! What a great video – I love the video series idea. Know that you have really impacted all of us as readers too, Grayson. For Rick and I personally, you’ve been a tremendous source of wisdom and encouragement, so, thank you for that. Can’t wait to see what next year brings for the Debt Roundup family. 🙂

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:12 am — Reply

      Thank you for this comment Laurie. I really appreciate it. This is why I blog here!

  31. August 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm — Reply

    You are one of the rockstars. Happy blogiversary. I’m looking forward to year two.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:13 am — Reply

      Well, thank you Kim. I don’t consider myself a rock star, but I will take it when it comes from you.

  32. August 27, 2013 at 12:17 am — Reply

    Congratulations and happy one year of blogging! I love the idea of doing videos. It’s something different and refreshing. It can be easier to watch someone than read. More bloggers should do it =)

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:13 am — Reply

      Thanks E.M. I hope the videos will bring more people and keep them engaged.

  33. August 27, 2013 at 1:14 am — Reply

    I feel like I’m crashing the birthday party uninvited and a bit late (this is my first visit here), but congratulations are in order nonetheless. I’ll bet the year went by extremely fast. Here’s to continued success!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:14 am — Reply

      Never uninvited Mr. Utopia. Thank you for stopping by for the first time. I appreciate all of my visitors and readers.

  34. August 27, 2013 at 5:39 am — Reply

    Wow, congrats Grayson! I feel like I’m finding out that all of these blogs I look at as the old guard are actually relatively new. You’ve definitely done a great job building this site into something special in such a short period of time. Nice work.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:14 am — Reply

      There are many that aren’t that old. I think you are going to be wildly successful yourself. Thanks for the kind words.

  35. August 27, 2013 at 7:03 am — Reply

    Happy blog birthday. Whoot whoot. And congratulations. And to many more.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:14 am — Reply

      Thank you Taynia. I appreciate your support.

  36. August 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm — Reply

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!!

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:15 am — Reply

      Thank you Michelle. I appreciate you taking time to stop by and offer encouraging words.

  37. Nick (@ayoungpro)
    August 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    Congrats Grayson. One year is awesome!

    • August 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm — Reply

      Thank you Nick. I really appreciate the support.

  38. thepotatohead
    September 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    Congrats on your first year Grayson!!! I like the video entry, it’s great to be able to put a face to the blog now. Here is to a very successful year two!

    • September 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm — Reply

      Thank you. I appreciate it and glad you enjoyed the video entry.

  39. September 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm — Reply

    Congrats on 1 year! Looking forward to what the next year brings on your blog

    • September 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm — Reply

      Thank you Kyle.

  40. September 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Happy Birthday!

    Great success for such a young website, but I can see why given your penchant for marketing. I’ve taken a few mental notes for my own site.

    • September 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm — Reply

      Thank you Jack. Glad my site’s marketing could give you some tips.

  41. September 9, 2013 at 9:17 pm — Reply

    Hey, Congrats Grayson! Like FI mentioned above, as this week marks my first as well, I thought you were around much longer. Well Happy 1 year! Looking forward to your future posts!

    • September 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm — Reply

      Thank you Anthony. I really appreciate it.

  42. chad@stockmarketandi
    October 27, 2013 at 12:51 am — Reply

    Likewise. Congratulations. It seems that the burn out phase for most bloggers is 6-9 months. I think once you best that you get better and more determined as your audience grows. Good Luck.

    • October 28, 2013 at 8:59 am — Reply

      Thank you and congrats to you Chad. If you can break past the year mark, you are going to be doing better than most bloggers that get tired after a few months.

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