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2017 Best of Retire by 40


2017 Best of Retire by 40Happy Holidays! I hope you had a great Christmas with family and friends. This year, we had a low key holiday and just stayed home. I was planning to drive down to visit my brothers in California, but Mrs. RB40 didn’t want to go. She has been out of town for work a bit too often this year so she wanted to stay home. Actually, that worked out perfectly. I’m a bit sick and I wouldn’t have been able to drive 11 hours to California. Besides, Portland received a light dusting of snow, just enough to make the sidewalks icy. Anyway, we stayed home and had a relaxing holiday instead. We all had a good time opening presents and playing with our new toys. And today (Tuesday), we’ll go see The Last Jedi together. It should be a lot of fun.

Best of Retire by 40

2017 was a pretty good year for me here at Retire by 40. We had about 1.5 million page views this year which is about the same as 2016. It would have been better if traffic grew, but that’s pretty tough now at this stage. I’ve been blogging since 2010 and I’ll probably need to make a big change to increase traffic significantly. Anyway, I think 1.5 million page views isn’t too bad. That’s a medium size blog, right?

On the bright side, my online income just about doubled from last year. I added some new affiliate partners this year and they worked out very well. I hope next year will be even better, but you never know. My experience is that an affiliate partner usually works well for a year or two and then the income declines over time. So I need to find new affiliate partners that perform better. See, this part time blogging gig isn’t that easy.

For 2017, I published 97 articles. That’s about 2 every week. This pace works really well for me right now. In previous years, I posted 3 times per week. That pace was good when I was newer, but it’s a bit too grueling now. It gets more difficult to come up with a new topic because I wrote almost 1,200 articles since 2010. There is only so much you can write about early retirement.

Anyway, I’m going to take it easy this week and enjoy the holidays with the family. So here are best posts from Retire by 40 in 2017. If you missed it the first time, now is the chance to catch up before we move on to 2018. Enjoy the holidays!

How to start blogging and why you should

How to Start Blogging and Why You Should – This is my guide on how to start blogging. I’ve gotten good feedback on this post and it helped many people get started. However, I need to update this post and add a stern warning about how blogging can take up a lot of time. Non bloggers don’t know how time intensive it can be. I also need to write a follow up post on how to gain readers. It can be discouraging if you don’t get many comments on your blog posts.

Passive Income 2017

How We’re Generating Passive Income in 2017 – This post was the most popular post this year, but I cheated a bit. I update the post every month and repost it. It probably got a bit repetitive for regular readers. For 2018, I plan to do an update every quarter instead.

How Serious Are You About Early Retirement?

How Serious Are You About Early Retirement? Take my pop quiz and see how serious you are about early retirement. Check it out if you missed it the first time. This one was fun.

Retiring at 65 is a terrible idea

Retiring at 65 is a Terrible Idea – Most workers aim to retire around 65, but I think it’s a terrible idea. My mom is 69 and she doesn’t function well anymore. YMMV, but I’m really glad I retired way before 65. I need to enjoy my life while I’m still physically and mentally healthy.

How to starting investing in dividend stocks

How to Start Investing in Dividend Stocks – This one is helpful for new investors. It seems the “how to” articles are pretty popular. I probably should write more of these.

Why I prefer DIY retirement planning

Why I Prefer DIY Retirement Planning – See why DIY retirement planning is a better fit for some people. A financial advisor can be helpful for many people, but not everyone.

Read this before buying your first home

Read This Before Buying Your First Home! – Did you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger was a millionaire before he became an action movie star? Read how a penniless immigrant became a millionaire.

Are you worth more than you earned?

Are You Worth More Than You Earned? – Here is a saying that everyone should know by now, “It’s not how much you make, it’s how much you keep.” See if we’re worth more than we earned through the years. This is actually really difficult. Only 16% of our readers earned this bragging right.

How will you invest with low stock market return?

How Will You Invest with Low Stock Market Return? I can’t believe how well the stock market did in 2017. It’s pretty amazing. However, the stock market won’t continue to rise forever. We’ll see a downturn at some point so all of us should figure this out before it hits.

My best investing advice for recent college grads

My Best Investing Advice for Recent College Grads – The best time to start investing is when you’re young. See my advice to one young reader. The comments also had a ton of great advice.

My secret to a happy early retirement

My Secret to a Happy Early Retirement – Let’s face it, early retirement isn’t for everyone. However, if you’re making a go at it, check out my secret. I love early retirement and it keeps getting better.

5 Years after early retirement

My annual early retirement update – It’s been over 5 years since I left my engineering career and life is great. Early retirement is maturing like fine wine for me. It’s pretty amazing it’s been that long already. It sure didn’t feel like 5 years.

Am I too cheap for doing yard work?

Am I Too Cheap for Doing Yard Work? – This is my best gripe post in 2017. We were forced to spend $360 for leaf blowing in our small communal backyard. It’s frigging ridiculous. I thought this post was pretty funny, check it out.

Alright, that’s it for 2017. I’ll be back in 2018 with more posts about early retirement, financial independence, passive income, goals, being a stay-at-home-dad, blogging, and more. Thank you for reading. I really appreciate every single one of you.

Happy New Year and may 2018 be as good as 2017 for all of us! Best wishes to everyone.

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Joe started Retire by 40 in 2010 to figure out how to retire early. He spent 16 years working in computer design and enjoyed the technical work immensely. However, he hated the corporate BS. He left his engineering career behind to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger at 38. At Retire by 40, Joe focuses on financial independence, early retirement, investing, saving, and passive income.

For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.

Joe highly recommends Personal Capital for DIY investors. He logs on to Personal Capital almost daily to check his cash flow and net worth. They have many useful tools that will help every investor analyze their portfolio and plan for retirement.
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  • Accidental FIRE December 26, 2017, 3:53 am

    Congrats on another great year Joe! Your blog seems like it’s providing some nice income and you deserve it, you’re one of the early voices in this space. No need to try to grow it more if you like the level of work and the results.

    Happy New Year!

    • retirebyforty December 26, 2017, 10:37 am

      Thank you! I would like to grow traffic, but I don’t want to change much. It’s going very well already so I’ll just keep at it for now. If there is a big decline, then I’d need to fix it. Happy New Year!

  • Mrs. Adventure Rich December 26, 2017, 3:54 am

    Happy end of 2017! I really enjoyed reading your blog and following your journey this year 🙂

    • retirebyforty December 26, 2017, 10:38 am

      Thank you for the encouragement. I really appreciate it.

  • [email protected] December 26, 2017, 4:48 am

    Joe – My favorite was “Working till 65 is a Terrible Idea.” You nailed it with that one. Have a happy new year. Thanks for showing us that retiring at 40 is possible and for all the great content this year.

  • Jim @ Route To Retire December 26, 2017, 5:44 am

    Congrats on another year, Joe and thanks always for the inspiration! Looking forward to reading more in 2018.

    Enjoy your New Year’s!

    — Jim

    • retirebyforty December 26, 2017, 10:39 am

      Happy New Year. Great job with your blog this year too. Good luck in 2018!

  • Ms. Frugal Asian Finance December 26, 2017, 6:08 am

    I’m so glad you posted this list. I started blogging on March 21, so I missed some of your best posts. I’m going to binge read your blog now hehe. Happy Holidays! ^.^

    • retirebyforty December 26, 2017, 10:40 am

      Happy New Year! You’ve done really well with your blog in this first year. Good luck in 2018.

  • Angela @ Tread Lightly Retire Early December 26, 2017, 7:19 am

    Thanks to you, I did finally start a blog and am about to hit the 6 month mark in January! The personal finance community is the best and I’m so glad I finally decided to be an active participant.

    • retirebyforty December 26, 2017, 10:41 am

      You’re welcome! I hope you’re enjoying blogging. It takes up a lot of time, but it’s a great hobby.

  • [email protected] December 26, 2017, 12:56 pm

    Congrats on another great year Joe. I always enjoy reading your blog and Wow 1.5 million page views that’s awesome, you work hard and deserve it. 2018 will be a great year!

    • retirebyforty December 26, 2017, 9:15 pm

      Thank you! 1.5 million page views sound like a lot, but it’s very little compare to big time bloggers. They have millions of view every month. I’m a bit jealous. 🙂

  • Lily | The Frugal Gene December 26, 2017, 2:42 pm

    Loving all the adorable photos of you and Jr together too! <3 the one on the swing is so sweet!!

  • Rebecca December 26, 2017, 10:13 pm

    I actually really enjoyed your monthly passive income snapshots and feel like they give a good idea of different things to think about as an individual investor. I hope that you consider keeping it monthly.

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2017, 9:08 am

      Thank you for your feedback. I’ll put the passive income snapshot on a dedicate page. You can view it anytime and I’ll update it once per month. Let’s try that in 2018 and see how it goes. If it doesn’t work as well, then I’ll go back to monthly update on the main page. Happy New Year!

  • Mr.Love December 27, 2017, 5:55 am

    Joe! This year, I took the decision of staying Indoors this Christmas and yes I did it.

    Just this morning, I published a post about my experience staying indoors for Christmas… I’m happy you too enjoyed your Christmas indoors.

    Aaaand hey! 1.5M Page views is huge and I think you’re doing great. I found some interesting posts I missed and I’m owning you a fat THANK YOU!

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2017, 9:09 am

      Yeap, we stayed inside the whole day for Christmas. It’s icy and cold outside so it was a no brainer. 🙂
      Thank you as well and Happy New Year!

  • [email protected] December 27, 2017, 6:17 am

    Really enjoyed reading your blog this year – you are one of the top ones on my blogroll.

    Your article on starting a blog got me going, and while its still in its infancy, I am enjoying it.

    Congratulations again, and keep up the excellent writing!

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2017, 9:09 am

      Thank you for following Retire by 40! I’ll need to follow up with you on blogging offline. Happy New Year!

  • Tom @ Dividends Diversify December 27, 2017, 7:15 am

    Joe, 1.5 million page views is unbelievable. You truly have built a loyal following and should be very proud of that. My goal is to achieve about 10% of your success in blogging. I like to observe how you go about your business here as a model to follow. Please continue to share your successes and challenges in the blogging world during 2018. Happy holidays and get well soon. Tom

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2017, 9:10 am

      1.5 million is pretty darn good for a former engineer. Usually, we’re not good writers. 🙂
      Thank you and Happy New Year!

  • Tom December 28, 2017, 2:22 pm

    2017 was the year I discovered the FI community and I just recently discovered your blog! Thanks for the roundup. I look forward to reading more in 2018.

    One thing I’d be interested to learn more about is your comment in https://retireby40.org/blog-income-wrap-2016/. You said “The advertising environment was changing and it took me a long time to adapt”. What did you mean by this? Perhaps the topic for a future post 🙂

  • Dividend Income Stocks December 28, 2017, 6:34 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    I always love coming to your blog to read interesting articles. I may not always comment, but I visit regularly. You inspire a lot of people to follow a similar lifestyle.
    All the best in 2018!

    • retirebyforty December 29, 2017, 6:44 am

      Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement. Happy New Year.

  • birds of a fire December 29, 2017, 7:25 pm

    Hey Joe! Really enjoy your content. I’m a bit lazy (and so is everyone I hope) so it would be easier for me to look at all your articles if they’re in an “all posts” like MMM does here:

    I’m sure you’d get a lot of binge readers clicking on the cool titles :).
    Also, not sure which Ad company you use, but I hear there’s a big discrepancy in what people are paid across them. 1.5 million visitors is a ton! Here’s hoping I get there one day :).

  • GYM December 31, 2017, 1:06 pm

    1200 articles since 2010!! Amazing 🙂 I hope to go down to 2 times a week once established too. The pictures of RB40 JR over the years are adorable!

    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018 to the RB40 family!

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