Happy birthday, Mr. Blog – You’re 1 year old today!

45 thoughts on “Happy birthday, Mr. Blog – You’re 1 year old today!”

  1. Hey, Steve. Congratulations. Love your posts. And I love that you’re retiring next December. Mrs. Groovy and I got you by a couple of months. Our retiring date is October. But you’ve got us by twenty years. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to those future posts about your RV adventures.

    1. Thanks Groovy! It is definitely looking like next year is going to be one magically awesome year for many of us in the early retirement community! 🙂

  2. Steve,

    Congrats on the blogiversary! That’s awesome!

    Even more awesome is everything else going on. You’re happy, healthy, and close to being able to retire DECADES earlier than most people. Life is good, my friend.

    Looking forward to seeing where life takes you guys.

    Cheers!

  3. Congrats on the blogiversary Steve, it’s quite an achievement when many blogs failed to get the the one year mark. Even more awesome is the fact you’re set to retirement date earlier than previously anticipated.

  4. Congrats on the blogiversary. I have to admit that I havent really spent looking through your blog and its new to me…will be adding it to my reading list and looking thru your posts over the coming days.

    R2R

  5. Congrats. Found my way here from MMM. I’m glad your blog’s birthday is 11/16, as it’s my human birthday!. I’m still dreaming of FI, but soon. I look forward to rooting around in your blog to learn more on how I can supercharge my FI dreams.

  6. Congratulations Steve! One year is quite the milestone. Thanks for sharing your journey so openly. Life must be pretty exciting for you and the mrs. right about now.

    I look forward to hearing about you future life on the road. Some of my most memorable trips in life were in an RV. 🙂

    1. Thanks Michael! Yup, life is going pretty darn well right now and should prove to be very, very exciting come this time next year. Moving into an RV will sure as hell be one interesting experience, and I will document that the best I can here on the blog. 🙂

  7. Hey, happy blogiversary! I only discovered your blog very, very recently, but it was immediately clear that you’d been doing this for a while. 🙂 Congrats on all the writing and connecting with people — it’s crazy to think what a difference a year can make.

    1. Thanks Sarah! I agree, one year really can make all the difference, especially when you’re in such a welcoming and positive community as this. To say that I love my readers is quite the understatement.

      As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

  8. Congrats Steve! Great job on achieving the one year milestone and penning so many posts! That’s some dedication and stick-to-it-ness! Clearly the success you’ve seen here is due to the hard work you’ve put in and the great content you put up. I look forward to continue to read your posts. Oh – and maybe you can consider continuing the Net Worth updates even in post retirement. It would be interesting to see how this moves (or doesn’t?) when you have much less income coming in…

    1. Thanks Freedom40. Yup, my work-from-home gig allows me the freedom and flexibility to produce more content than I originally thought, and it’s definitely worked out for the best.

      We may leave the net worth up there for a while after retirement to demonstrate the effect that the new lifestyle is having. It will be interesting to see how all that plays out once we both quit working full time. 🙂

  9. Congrats Steve! It’s been fun reading and I look forward to more in the future, especially over at your explorer blog.
    I also have my favorite posts, and my all time is my April fools post this year about using Monte Carlo simulations for betting on the ponies. Not super helpful for financial advice, but fun to write. 🙂

    1. Thanks Mr. SSC. Nothing wrong with some fun posts! Being serious all the time is definitely not something that I like doing either – as you can probably tell! There were some really clever April Fools posts that I’ve seen, yours included!

  10. I remember writing my first post and putting my heart and soul in to it. I still think it is my greatest post I have written and my greatest finance lesson that I have ever learned. After I published it I had so much pride in my accomplishment. Then I realized probably my most important post and topic would be read by no one besides me. Not totally true, but it sure takes a while. Congrats on the milestone.

    1. Thanks Lance, appreciate the kind words. Yup, agreed on the first few posts – we do tend to put quite a bit of time and effort into those, but unfortunately they don’t get read until our blogs get to be more popular – and even if they do get popular, it’s rare that the comments on our early articles ever contend with the number of comments of our more recent posts.

      Oh well – all’s well that ends well in my book! 🙂

  11. Congratulations on reaching a year!!. I just stumbled across your blog recently. I am truly enjoying your style of writing. Thanks for taking the time to blog, share your thoughts and ideas, and help foster a great online community of like minded thinkers! Please keep up the great work, I will continue to follow your work and look forward to many more posts! All my best, NursePKJ

  12. Congrats on the blogiversary! And on having such a kick-ass year! You have inspired more than one post over on our blog, so thank you! Keep up the great work. 🙂 (And on the sponsored posts and guest posts, we’re with you — zero sponsored and one guest post. Are we control freaks? Or we just want our blog to be our chronicle? Who knows…)

    Hope you guys have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks ONL! I appreciate the kind words, and believe me the inspiration goes both ways. 🙂

      And for me, I just want the blog to remain our chronicle, at least until we officially retire. After that, who knows. 🙂

  13. Hey Steve – congrats on reaching 1 year with the blog. That’s more than many people can say about theirs. It’s easy to say “this is too much work and I’m not even getting paid”, then quit, but you’re sticking with it an I appreciate that (and who knows, maybe you are making money from the blog). I appreciate the fact that you just write for you, and what’s important to you. Readers will (and apparently have!) come to read. Lastly, I want to thank you for 2 things. First, the guest post opportunity. I didn’t realize it was the only guest post you’d ever featured, so I feel honored! Second, you were the first person to ever comment on my blog, and I’ll never forget that. It’s very easy to give up in the early going when nobody is reading your stuff, and your comments told me that at least SOMEONE was reading it. I also like to think we’ve become buddies over the past year, which is cool too. Thanks again Steve, and congrats on your one year!

    1. Hi Chris – Appreciate your message, and I definitely concur that we’ve become buddies over the past year. You write amazing posts on these topics and I’m always eager to read every one of your posts. But you’re right, this is very much a labor of love at the moment – other than a few dollars here and there from the Google ads, I don’t make money on this site. And that’s okay, at least for now. 🙂

      Thanks again Chris – I’m definitely glad that I stumbled upon your blog all those months ago!

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