As you can see from the Archives page, I started this blog back in November of 2014 without really knowing how far I wanted to take the blog, nor if people would actually pay attention to what I write. After several exciting months of involvement in personal finance blogging, it turns out that people are. Recently, I got my
150th 200th follower on Twitter. Cue applause.
From an overall statistics perspective, the blog also enjoys several thousand page views a month (which equates to a couple hundred “uniques”, otherwise known as unique visitors whose visit to my blog, regardless of how many pages are accessed, is only counted once).
This may not seem like a whole lot after nearly 6 months in operation, but I am extremely happy with it. Aside from commenting on other blogs, I don’t advertise my blog anywhere. My visitors truly are organic – coming through other blogs, forum posts or search engines. This has truly been a labor of love – I foot the hosting bill. The ads that I display on the site, which aren’t many, do not cover the costs yet. I don’t display sponsored posts from companies, either.
I am honored that you’re a visitor. Seriously, I really am. The truth is I’ve put a lot of time into making this blog as useful as I can by bringing in my own personal perspective on the issue of financial independence and early retirement. With my wife’s help, we’ve built ThinkSaveRetire.com up into a blog that not only presents my thoughts on the issues of happiness, minimalism and living smart, but my wife’s mastery of numbers (budgets!) and love of learning (Friday Feast!).
I also have a monthly podcast going that gives me an opportunity to talk a little bit about the previous month. I have toyed with the possibility of producing a more active podcast, but that probably isn’t imminent at this point.
Long story short, I appreciate your support. This blog is not just about my wife and I. I want to give my visitors a new perspective on the issue of living smart and retiring early. If I can get through to just a single person, I would consider that a wonderful success.
Once again, thank you.
Steve is a 38-year-old early retiree who writes about the intersection of happiness and financial independence. Steve is a regular contributor to MarketWatch, CNBC, and The Ladders. He lives full-time in his 30′ Airstream Classic and travels the country with his wife Courtney and two rescued dogs.