Whelp guys, after 9 years of dreaming about this thing, 5 years of thinking I should probably do something about it, and then 3 months of actually *taking action* on it, I’m proud to announce that our industry’s very first blog directory is now live.
You can check it out here :) –> RockstarDirectory.org
We started only adding up the expected stuff like blogger name, website, category, and popular social channels, but over the months we kept adding more and more to it, and eventually we came out with a full-blown database where you can not only find blogs much faster and easier, but can also drill down and find all sorts of other juicy demographics too.
- The sex of the blogger
- The age of the blogger
- Their race (!)
- The financial stage they’re in (do they have dual income households? single income? retired?)
- If they have kids or not
- Their net worth!
- The city/state/country of where they live
- And most recently added, their main *profession*
Now not everyone was comfortable disclosing all of this info, and that’s of course fine (we asked everyone to submit their own data to get the most accurate results) but out of the 680+ bloggers we are tracking, I’d say a good majority of them spilled all the beans :) And the data is so fascinating!!!
I put on my statistician hat for a few minutes the other day to get a quick lay of the land (and that’s all it literally took – a few minutes – because it’s all open and easily accessed!), and here were some of my findings:
- 56% of the bloggers are male (36% are female and 8% are teams)
- 49% of bloggers are in their 30s (21% are in their 20s, 17% in 40s and 8% in their 50s & 60s)
- Of those who disclosed their race, 82% are white, 9% are Asian, 4% are African American, and 3% are Hispanic or Latin
- 37% of all bloggers have kids (of which 54% of households have dual incomes, and 46% single)
- 34% of all bloggers are DINKs (Dual Income No Kids) and 21% SINKs (Single Income No Kids)
- 4% of all bloggers tracked are RETIRED :)
- 23% of them (154) publicly disclose their net worths (ranging from -$532,304 to +$5,000,000)
- We’re blogging from 6 of the 7 total continents
- We span 20 different countries, including Romania, Guatemala, South Africa and Israel!
- The most commonly held profession so far are those in IT, followed by Engineers – not as many financially-related jobs as you’d think?
- And we have at least one blogger who is an opera singer, flight attendant, model, physicist, patent examiner, nuclear contractor, firefighter (2, actually!), librarian, and costume designer.
If you know any financial bloggers in Antarctica or any of the other 176 countries, please do send them our way :)
Here’s a screenshot of the home page:
We were about to launch this puppy after aggregating all that data, but then we thought – why not soup up all our older Best Blogs list and Net Worth Tracker, and even merge over our original PF Directory resources too? If we’re trying to make this a go-to place for anything financial online, why not smash it all together?
So we did.
And here are the direct links to some of these new pages (also found in the main nav bar):
- Best Blogs List
- Up and Coming Blogs
- The Upgraded Blogger Net Worth Tracker!
- A Map of where all the bloggers live
- List of Freelance Writers in our community
- List of Coaches in our community
- List of Financial Advisors in our community
- NEW: List of those blogs we recently added once you’re bored with the main 680+ :)
- And dozens of others…
We have a list a mile-long of other things we’re already working on adding to it (podcasts are next, as well as those blogs that have gone inactive and those that have died out so we can start compiling a solid archives), but figured it was finally time to stop building and get this thing out to the world. It does no good if no one knows it exists, right?
So please check it out, poke around, send me any feedback or requests/problems you find with it (I’m sure there’s a few), and then please please PLEASE pass it around!
I want this to help as many people in our community as possible, and the more friends sharing it the better shot of making that happen :)
I’ve already gotten some pretty cool notes about physical meet-ups now being formed in local cities, as well as other related bloggers connecting and never knowing each other existed, and it’s effects like this that remind me why I turned down that million dollar deal the other month. To think none of these projects would have seen the light of day had I just given up on my visions KILLS me!
We now have a thriving forum of over 700 people chatting about money and entrepreneurship/ blogging, a charity and cool #GivingCards project that’s done almost $4,000 of good in only two months, a handful of new Original Series over on Rockstar Finance, and now this robust Directory.
5 years of doing the same thing over and over again to now launching 4 major endeavors in the past 4 *months*. Pretty wild…
I’m exhausted as hell, but man do I feel alive :) And now it’s time to hit pause and focus all our energy on making these projects the best they can be for our community. Every single thing we’ve built was with *you guys* at the core of it, and I really hope it helps everyone out.
Thank you for always following along and encouraging me, and a special thanks to Steve Adcock from ThinkSaveRetire.com who single-handedly built the infrastructure for this Directory himself, and to my long-time friend, and philanthropy partner, Nate St. Pierre for continuously pushing me to think bigger.
Any questions/concerns/ideas, drop them in the comments below as always :)
PS: If you end up doing anything cool with this data, please let me know!! I want to see all the interesting ways our community uses it!!
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!