Although I purchased the domain name and played around a bit with website layouts a long time ago, the first real post I made on this website was one year ago today on July 13, 2010. It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging and writing these “Life After Bankruptcy in Canada” articles for a year already. To date, there are 26 articles (including this one). That’s roughly one article every two weeks, although I’ve been rather inconsistent with the frequency. I always publish at least one article a month, usually on a Tuesday. Some months I publish several articles.
How This Website Came To Be
I get inspiration from my own life experiences recovering from Bankruptcy in Canada. In fact, last month marked my three year anniversary of my bankruptcy discharge. I also get inspiration from YOU, my loyal, as well as occasional visitors to my website. At first, I was writing to myself. Nobody knew of this website. Then I noticed that Google and other search engines picked it up and I was getting visitors as a result of online searches.
Back when I was discharged from my bankruptcy in June 2008, I noticed that there was virtually no information available to Canadians about what to do after being discharged from a bankruptcy. There was plenty about what to do before bankruptcy, how to file for bankruptcy, etc. But nothing on what to do after the bankruptcy had been discharged. There was some information for Americans, but in many cases, the information was only partially, if at all applicable to Canadians. Me being the inquisitive type, had begun to amass quite a bit of information through phone calls, in person visits, trial and error and observing my own credit reports. Knowing how hard this information is to find for Canadians, I decided to share it. I figured if I was curious about it, other Canadians must be too. And I was right.
It’s always interesting to check my Google Analytics account and see what search terms people are using to find this site, and where they live. This site gets an average of 15 visitors a day. When I launched the site, I wasn’t even getting 15 visitors per month! I’m humbled with how popular this site has become. Every month since this site’s inception there has been an increase in visitor traffic. Currently about 84% of visitors are new, and 16% are returning. People from all across the world have landed on this website, but the vast majority are from Canada. Not surprisingly, the majority of those visitors come from the most heavily populated parts of Canada, like southern and eastern Ontario. Next is the Lower Mainland of BC (Greater Vancouver area). Other areas include the Montreal area, Alberta (especially Edmonton) and a bit less from the rest of the Prairie provinces. There are also a fair number of site visitors from the Maritime provinces. Overall, it seems reflective of the population distribution in Canada.
Don’t worry – there’s no personal identifying data available. In fact, I can’t even tell which city a specific search came from.
Your Questions and Feedback
I always enjoy getting your questions. I can’t guarantee I can personally answer every single one, but I do my best. If you have a question you would like to submit anonymously for me to consider writing a blog article about, please submit your question to me here. Due to the increased popularity of this website, the spam bots have also discovered it, so I had to put up a “Captcha” text where you have to type the words you see in squiggly text. I know some of them are hard to see, but you can hit the little “refresh” square in the Captcha box to try another one. I’ll see if I can get a better form with good spam protection so I can do away with the Captcha text.
To be honest, once I noticed people were actually reading my articles and submitting questions, I became more motivated to continue with this website. Kind of like an accountability factor. I strive to post as often as possible. In an ideal world, once a week. In reality, sometimes it’s just once a month. But I promise to post at least one interesting and useful article each month. More when I can. So keep those questions coming in! I get some great ideas for things I would have never thought of otherwise. If I can answer it, I will.
Since the questions come in randomly and I get my inspirations for subjects on articles on the spur of the moment many times, you’ll notice that there is a lot of good information on this website, but it doesn’t follow any logical order. I’ve attempted to make it easier by assigning each article a relevant category or categories. But I’m working on publishing a book called “Life After Bankruptcy Canada – How to get Your Life and your Credit Back on Track after Bankruptcy in Canada.” It will be organized into logical chapters so that similar information is together. Plus, if any of the information needs updating, I will take care of that as well. But I’m still working on that book. It needs a bit more content and a bit more time on my part. Until then…
Let’s throw a little virtual party to celebrate the one year anniversary of this website! Here’s to many more good years! 🙂