Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Another one bites the dust...

Last week on November 6th marked the 2 year anniversary of Passive-Income-Pursuit and I continue to be stunned that anyone would be interested in my thoughts on personal finance, financial independence, early retirement, and my favorite dividend growth investing.  Over the last 2 years I've written over 400 posts.  Some good, some well not so much.  But my writing style continues to evolve and I feel that I've grown a lot as a writer.  Seriously, go check out those first posts compared to now.



When I first started Passive-Income-Pursuit, my original plan was to write about general personal finance with a tilt towards investing.  Though as time passed, I found myself wanting to write more and more about dividend growth investing and now it's almost exclusively about investing.  There's several blogs out there that cover the budgeting/saving/frugality of general personal finance much better than I ever could but I noticed that there just didn't seem to be as much focus on the next step of what to do with those savings.

Obviously my financial situation has completely changed.  Back in November of 2011 I had just recently found my current job after being out of work for around 1.5 years.  I was only 4 months into the new job.  Over that time my net worth has grown from just over $60k all the way up to just under $300k.

Through this great community of my fellow DG/DIY investors and FI/ER bloggers I've learned so many things and continue to be inspired on a daily basis.  When I first started Passive-Income-Pursuit I had no idea what to really expect.  I never expected for the blog to grow into anything close to where it's at now.  It took me over 13 months to reach 20k pageviews for the blog, and no that's not on a daily or weekly basis, that was total pageviews.  But this year I'm averaging over 16k per month and all of you wonderful readers have stopped by to help me rack up over 163k pageviews through October.  If you'd have told me when I started that there would be readers from over 143 countries, there's no way I'd have believed you.

Some of y'all's favorite posts so far this year have been:

How getting laid off was the best thing for my finances

Stock Valuation Method - Dividend Discount Model

Proctor & Gamble Dividend Stock Analysis

Why we chose a 30 year mortgage when we can afford a 15

Over the next year my plan is to continue to grow Passive-Income-Pursuit's reach and the quality of the content.  I have some plans in place and lots of ideas for posts.  However, I always want to give my readers what they want so if there's any topic in particular you'd like to see me cover, a stock to analyze, or anything else, feel free to let me know in the comments or by email.

I want to thank everyone that continues to check in with what's going on here.  It never ceases to amaze me the passion and determination that so many of you have.  Continue working towards your goals and here's to another year.

29 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary!
    400 posts are a whole lot!
    I would appreciate at least 400 posts in the future to read more! :-)

    And: As a owner aof PG, I will immediately read your linked article!
    Thanks a lot!

    regards
    D-S

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    1. D-S,

      I hope to be able to give at least 400 more posts over the next 2 years! It's been an amazing experience as I've gotten to share ideas and connect with several bloggers that are somewhere along the same journey as myself. Not everyone is pursuing early retirement, and I'm still torn on whether that's what I want to do, but we're all striving to be better investors and improve our financial stake.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Congratulations JC! You have really put a lot of time and energy into this site and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow!

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    1. w2r,

      Thanks so much for your continued support. I never expected anything like this and while I know there's several blogs that have better metrics than mine it's always motivating to see the numbers continue to get better with every month. I have a lot of ideas for posts and will probably make the jump to self-hosting sometime next year so that will be a big project to undertake.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Congratulations on the 2 year anniversary, PIP.

    Keep up the great work...your blog and your story is an inspiration to all.

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    1. Roadmap,

      This 2 years has flown by. I actually thought it was 3 but it's only been 2. I just hope to continue inspiring, teaching, motivating, and learning for years to come.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Great job with all the posting. It's a real achievement to write on such a regular basis over two years. Keep it up!

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    1. Headed Home,

      There's times where setting aside the time to write gets difficult. Whenever I'm home I find it hard as there's always so much stuff to take care of that ends up distracting me. I really don't know how some people are able to do it while working a full time job. Luckily I can write during my job as I'm just monitoring computers by myself. If anyone ever tries to say that blogging is a passive income source, I'd just laugh in their face.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Congratulations. I've been reading your blog for about 3-4 months now and use it as a resource in my investing decision making. Keep up the great work.

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    1. BidAsk,

      I hope to continue learning myself and it's a great honor that you come here as a resource. Glad to have you as a reader.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. PIP,
    Congratulations to you for 2 years of blogging and growing your net worth. Your site is one that inspired me to start writing about my finances. Keep up the great work.

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    1. RBD,

      While I don't expect a lot of people to write about their finances, I do hope that more and more people start taking control of them. It's the only real way to make any lasting changes. Thanks so much for the kind words. It's always so motivating to me to continue down this journey when I hear others' stories and how I've touched them.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Congrats on the 2 years! Your blog inspired me to start working on my own blog but also get my investment strategy set up. I love your analyses and I hope to start mine in the next few weeks!

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    1. FDI,

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I've said this so many times but it's true every time, it always inspires me when I hear from someone about how my blog has helped them in some way. Setting up the investment plan is the first step. Whether you want to make it very complex or very simple, you need a plan in place. Personally I believe that DGI is one of the best strategies for the individual investor. What's not to like about investing with some of the best companies in the world? I'll definitely be stopping by to check out your blog and I'm looking forward to your analyses!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I am a recent visitor to your site and now marked this one as must keep on reading site.
    Its a great that you have managed to come up with 400 posts for the past 3 years.
    Congrats and surely we will enjoy your posts.

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    1. Dividend Mom,

      I never realized that it was up over 400 posts until I started getting this post together. It's been an amazing experience when I think back on it. Thanks so much for the kind words and glad to have you as a reader. I have a lot of plans and ideas in place, now I just need to sit down and hammer out the details.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Congrats on 2 years! It flies by, doesn't it?! I look forward to the next 400 posts! :)

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    1. First Million,

      Time sure does fly by! All the better reason to have as much of it to do as you please!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Pursuit,

    Congrats on your 2-year anniversary! 400 posts is some serious writing. That's awesome!

    Great job with the investing, writing and the net worth. $300k net worth is simply phenomenal. You can measure your worth in millions at this point rather than just thousands. You're worth more than 1/4 of a million dollars. Pretty cool!

    Keep up the writing and investing, brother.

    Best wishes!

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    1. DM,

      It's been an awesome 2 years and so many things have changed and improved much more than I would have ever thought. It's crazy to think that so we'll all be able to reference our own financial states in terms of millions. I'm so glad to be a part of this great PF blog niche about DGI/FI/ER.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Happy 2 years! This is one of my favorite blogs and I'm glad to see you're having so much success with it!

    Wow, $60k to $300k in two years... can't wait to see where you'll be in another two!

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    1. FI,

      Thanks so much for the compliments. I love what you're doing with the rental properties because it's another way to skin the FI cat. You've been able to go so far in such a short time with your passive cash flow that it's truly amazing. Sometimes I wish I could skip forward to see what things are like.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. PIP,

    You are killing it buddy. Keep up the good work. You've made some impressive strides towards a goal of FI. I look forward to reading the next 400 posts. You are putting out some quality content. Keep it up!

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    1. AAI,

      I wish I could say I've made as much progress as you have on your own journey. The amount you're able to save and invest on a monthly basis is just awesome. I hope the next 2 years will be even better for all of us.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. WE,

      Glad to have you keep coming back! It's been a busy last week or so and unfortunately the blog has suffered a bit. I love this community of FI/ER/DGI bloggers.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Love your posts PIP! Keep it up for another 2 years. Maybe I can get you on wordpress eventually lol

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    1. Evan,

      Another 2 years is definitely in my plans! Getting the blog swapped over to wordpress is actually one of my goals for next year. Any tips would be much appreciated!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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