2013 was a huge year for Passive-Income-Pursuit thanks to all of you readers. At the end of 2012 the readership base, based off pageviews, was still growing but was around the 8k per month mark and my goal was to increase my pageviews to 10k per month by the end of the year. Fast forward to the end of November and all of you readers stopped by a whopping 26k times. Guess I was a bit short-sighted in that 10k goal. I'm not going to rest on my laurels, as past performance is no indication of future results. I've got some plans and a huge backlog of posts that need to get written up so now I just need to find the time to be able to sit down and concentrate on the writing. I just hope to be able to continue creating some solid content for all of you. I'm hoping to take Passive-Income-Pursuit in a bit of a different direction, but don't worry the bulk of the content will remain the same.
This FI/ER/DGI blogging community continues to grow and I learn so much from each and every one of you. It seems like once a week I get to find out about some new blogger and learn their story and why they're pursuing whichever goal it is that they're after. My own journey started once I was laid off and actually enjoyed the time out of work as it gave me a taste of what I could turn my life into. It was then just a matter of figuring out how to get to that point on my own terms and not due to being laid off.
Thanks again to all of you that have stopped by, commented, or shared any posts through the various social media networks. I hope that 2014 treats all of us well and we continue to make progress toward our own goals. As always, if there's any subject matter you'd like me to dig into a bit more please let me know either through the comments or the contact form on the side bar of this page and I will do my best.
In case you're new here or happened to miss some of the posts from 2013, here's a bit of a recap.
Top 5 Viewed Posts of 2013
1. Stock Valuation Method - Dividend Discount Model: This was the last in article in my series on different stock valuation methods but it was one of my favorites as it gets down to the nitty gritty of valuing a company purely based off the dividend and its' growth.
2. Proctor & Gamble Dividend Stock Analysis: Just another stock analysis on one of the best companies you can find. A 50+ year dividend growth streak sure is hard to beat.
3. I need your help: I was struggling for some different investment ideas as the markets bull run continued to be long in the tooth. Heck the markets barely even took a breather in 2013. It was pretty crazy to see how quickly some of you responded. Seriously, go check the comment times versus the post times. This also happened to be one of my most commented on posts of the year as well.
4. Determining the dividend growth rate of your portfolio: Math nerd alert! I love getting to crunch some numbers when it comes to finances and this post details exactly how to set up a spreadsheet to determine the overall dividend growth rate of your portfolio.
5. 2013 Goals - 1st Half Update: At all of the quarter marks throughout the year I like to check in to see if I'm on track to hit my goals and what can be improved. Well, at the quarter marks I'm posting about it, I check the progress on at least a monthly basis.
My personal favorites for 2013
1. How getting laid off was the best thing for my finances: I cover a lot of my background and why it is I chose to strive for FI/ER by using dividend growth investing. I've learned so much since then but there's still so much more to learn.
2. Stock valuation method: Okay, I'm kind of cheating on this one as it's a series and not just one post, but this was one of my favorite group of posts to research and write. Not only did I learn more about each method, but it also serves as a place for new dividend growth investors to go to learn. When I started out with dividend growth investing, I didn't find a lot of resources covering how to value stocks, since the starting valuation can make a difference in your future results. As I started to learn some different methods, I knew I wanted to create a series that covered some of the methods to go about determining a valuation to see if you're getting a deal.
3. Another one bites the dust: It's not the most well-written post or the most insightful, but if you would have told me when I started that I would blog for 2 years on a regular basis and be quite successful at it I wouldn't have really believed you. It's been an amazing 2 years and I can't wait to hit 3..and 4...and 5...
Thanks again to each and every one of you. I don't want 2014 to go by just yet, but I kind of do just so I can see all the progress that you've all make in the new year. Some of you are going after some big projects whether it's creating more resources about dividend growth investing, starting your own business, or even starting on your own journey with investing towards financial independence or early retirement. I wish all of you the best in 2014 and have a happy new year!