ThinkSaveRetire.com is a blog I started to chronicle our path towards early retirement. Now that I’ve reached that goal, I am confronted with a question that I had never anticipated answering: Where do I take the blog? Is it dead? Maybe just…hibernating?
I’m going to unload a little more honesty for you good people. I’m sure you’re used to that by now… 🙂
From an early retirement standpoint, mission accomplished. Job done. Good for me…moving on.
But, I would be kidding myself if I tried to make you good people believe that I continue to value the time I spend maintaining this blog as much as I have in the past. Frankly, I don’t. I feel like I’m moving on to bigger and better things – both personally and professionally, and I promised myself that once this stopped being fun, a change needs to be made.
Truthfully, I did not start this blog to get a bunch of hits. Although I sometimes strut around on Twitter with some blog accomplishment, I genuinely don’t care. I don’t care about running the most popular blog. No fucks given about SEO.
Now, what’s next? Rest assured that I have absolutely no intention of shutting down the blog because my wife and I accomplished our goals. Instead, the blog needs to change its focus. It no longer follows our journey towards early retirement because we’re there. And, I am sure you noticed that I’ve eliminated my Wednesday posts.
For the past couple of years, my regular publishing schedule included a new article Monday and Wednesday with the Friday Feasts going out…you guessed it, on Fridays. Now, I’m nixing the Wednesday article. My hope is to maintain a Monday and Friday posting schedule as much as possible as my wife and I travel the country.
No promises, but that’s my goal. When life gets in the way, life will come first. Travel will come first. Getting out in the middle of nowhere without Internet access and beautiful scenery comes first. The blog comes somewhere after that.
And yes, this blog will remain an outlet to funnel shit straight from my brain and onto the digital screen. What kind of shit?
Ah, now we’re talkin’. I have thought a lot about that question lately.
What’s next for ThinkSaveRetire.com?
This is where I would love some feedback from the congregation. You may have already noticed an influx of guest posts, and that is something that I hope to continue. I love giving other writers an outlet to offer their own perspective on money, jobs and lifestyles.
- Millennial Money Man wrote about full-time blogging
- Making Sense of Cents wrote about life on the road
- Miss Mazuma wrote about her glamorous career as a flight attendant
- Dollar Habits wrote about the horror of traditional retirement.
I also covered several non-financial related topics in the not-so-distant-past:
- A follow up article about how we STILL don’t want kids
- How to make stunning photos on the cheap
- The truth about SSL and SEO for us bloggers
- My blog showcase with a bunch of newer PF blogs
- A complainy-pants post of my pet peeves
First, I have an announcement to make. I have officially joined the Rockstar Finance team! I am in a CTO-type role in Rockstar and spearhead a lot of the technical and development efforts that stem from J$’s brilliance. We have a LOT planned for the future of Rockstar and its influence within the community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
Isn’t retirement amazing? I quit full-time work at 35 and I’m easily busier now than I was before. The main difference? I am doing things that I truly enjoy. No more time cards. No more performance reviews. No more eight to 10 hour days working on projects that I really don’t care one way or another about. When I want a day off, I take a day off. Or maybe two. This…is livin’.
But, what about the blog?
I plan to keep the weekly Friday Feast posts around at least until we begin traveling. Thereafter – honestly, I don’t know. Curating articles for the Feast takes a great deal of time. Reliable Internet access is a must. At the moment, it is tough to predict whether or not these posts will continue. Time will tell.
Like I said, no more Wednesday posts. Monday and hopefully Friday, at best.
I am taking a page out of the Essentialism book and will strive to never publish another blog post again that’s greater than 1,000 words unless absolutely necessary. Substance beats word count, and I’m taking that to heart going forward (this post has 921 words!).
I would love to cover more lifestyle-related topics, especially unique or uncommon ways of life.
My goal is to make this blog more approachable to those who may not already live within the PF community. Basically, appeal more to a mainstream audience without clickbait headlines or those insipid “10 ways to…” articles. I hate those.
The one thing I do know is this: I want this blog to be fun. Fun to write and fun to read. The second that this blog stops being fun…I’m done. Out. This means I will probably continue to swear and post stupid memes. Write about more light-hearted topics instead of boring personal finance stuff. Whatever suits my fancy.
What would you like to see? Are there any topics that you guys would love to see covered in more detail on the blog? If so, let me know in the comments section below.
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.