I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I started blogging! It was tough to juggle full time work, a baby, and a blog over the first two years. However, the last 3 years really flew by since I left my job. Wow, what can I say? English was one of my weaker subjects in school. I have always done better in math and science classes. It goes to show you that anything is possible. I think the biggest lesson I learned from this experience is that you can get better at anything. I’m a much better writer now than I was 5 years ago and I still have a lot of room to grow. I can’t thank you enough for your support. I really appreciate every reader and your encouragement helps me keep blogging.
5 years ago…
Wow, a lot has changed. Back then, I was an engineer at Intel and I was going through a difficult period in my life. My job wasn’t the right fit anymore and it caused a lot of unhappiness. I knew I had to get out of there, but I wasn’t sure how. At first, I thought I could change companies or job position and keep on being an engineer. But then, I started reading a lot of personal finance blogs and an alternative idea formed in my mind. Would it be possible to quit engineering? That’s when I thought I’d try blogging and see where it goes. I figured it would be interesting to share my journey with everyone. Hey, if it didn’t work out, I could always find another corporate job.
Luckily, this stay at home dad/blogger lifestyle is working out very well. Today, I have a lot more time to spend with RB40Jr. and I love my life. I wouldn’t have been able to get to know my son as well if I kept working full time. This blog was a huge catalyst and it transformed my life.
The next 5 years…
Can I keep blogging for 5 more years? I don’t know, but I hope so. Someday, it feels like I have written about every personal finance topic already. Let’s face it, the struggle to retire early is a much more compelling story than being a stay at home dad. Luckily, our challenges are not quite over yet. Now Mrs. RB40 is trying to retire by 2020. She saw how much my life has improved and she wants to follow her own agenda, too. She used to be a workaholic so I thought she’d keep working, but I was wrong and so was she. We’re not quite ready for her to quit her job yet, but I think we can do it by 2020. Follow us and see if she can retire early, too.
Blogging was tough in the beginning. We had just a few readers and growth was slow. Who in their right mind would retire this early anyway? Fortunately, it seems the early retirement movement is gaining momentum. More and more workers are looking for an alternative to retiring at 65. Not everyone wants to follow the beaten path. I’m sure everyone dream about early retirement sooner or later and Google led many of those people to us.
Let’s see some data from Google Analytics.
Users (readers): 1,762,742
That’s mindboggling! I haven’t paid attention to the pageviews in a long time. We are almost at 5 million views. And we had more readers than some small (tiny) countries! More people visited Retire by 40 than the population of Guinea-Bissau. Let’s see if we can surpass Latvia next year.
Actually, the growth has flattened out over the past year. I haven’t put as much effort into growing the blog and it shows. I will probably have to wait until RB40Jr. starts kindergarten to put any kind of serious effort into more growth. Being a dad is the higher priority right now.
Apple Watch Giveaway!
As a thank you to everyone, I’m giving away an Apple Watch Sport! Actually, I received this as a prize from Personal Capital. They released their retirement calculator in June and quite a few people signed up through Retire by 40. I thought I’d give this prize back to the community. Also, I don’t have an iPhone to pair the Apple Watch with. 🙂
All you need to do is leave a comment and enter via rafflecopter below. Perhaps you can suggest a topic you’d like to read at Retire by 40. The prize is the Apple Watch Sport with a blue band.
Good luck everyone and thanks again for your support!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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