In the last year I've written 263 posts (one each day Monday through Friday), you all have left about 460 comments, and there have been about 75,000 page views. While certainly not record breaking, I find that humbling and very rewarding. I didn't even know if this blog would exist 365 days later, and the mere fact that I've hung on and actually found things to talk about for this long is pretty astonishing.
The reason I've hung in there is because of all of you. You've commented, made suggestions, and kept me going. To each and every one of you who has dropped by my little corner of the internet I sincerely thank you, and hope that you stick around.
I decided in my first year of blogging (if I could last that long) that I wouldn't worry about gaining readers, monetizing, or adding graphics. I figured writing each day would be a significant chore in and of itself, and any readers I happened to get would just be a bonus. Part of me thinks year 2 is my year to start to blossom, but there are still times when simply writing is about all I can handle on top of my other commitments. There's also something freeing about not worrying too much about popularity, and instead just focusing on the writing and what I want to share from my experience.
My prediction is that I won't change things up too much over the next year, but never say never.
Now let's get to the important stuff - the money! In the last year, I have been more disciplined than ever, in large part to this blog. Each month I post our networth updates, and each quarter I post our budget reviews, and I simply don't want to let you guys down. So let's check in and see how far we've come with the help of all of you.
In the last year.......
- Our networth has increased by $215,547.30, or 187%
- We increased the number of years we could live off of our savings at our current spending rate by 6.05 years
- We have saved $134,941.20 in our 401K's, HSA, and saving accounts
- We have saved 71% of our take home pay
- Have have saved 77% of all money available to us (take home pay, hsa contributions and 401K contributions)
In addition to all of these hard facts, we've brought our spending down in numerous areas, we've invested more than we ever have by orders of magnitude, and we started tracking our predicted retirement day. I've also gotten great tips, tricks and ideas from commenters that have saved us money and changed how we think.
Without all of you we never would have made it this far, so thank you. And please continue to stop by, read the posts, and share your ideas.