Happy birthday, Mr. Blog – You’re 1 year old today!

Published November 16, 2015   Posted in Having some fun

Celebrate

It’s a celebration baby! Let’s rock this joint!

Today is a very special day in the life of Mr. Blog, aka: ThinkSaveRetire.com – he turns one!  A year ago today I published my first post about Starbucks and the retirement-killing habit that the place has quite literally turned into for a lot of people.

I got exactly zero comments on that particular article. How sad. Nobody read the blog at that time, so I was writing primarily for myself. That’s okay – I’ve actually done that quite a bit in my life!

I suppose I should say something about “I can’t believe it’s been a year already!”, but honestly, I don’t feel that way.  Yeah, it seems like about a year has gone by, and I’m largely proud of the progress that this blog has made during that time.

One year in, I’ve written around 190 posts, all available from the blog’s archive page. Tens of thousands of hits a month. Requests for sponsored posts (which I have declined…every one). Over 850 900 920 Twitter followers. Sorry Mr. Facebook page, I’ve largely ignored you. That’s my bad.

I wrote every damn post except for one. While in Glacier National Park, my blogging buddy Chris over at Money Mozart penned my one and only guest post, Achieving your permanent paradise. Thanks again, Chris.

To be honest, I am not exactly sure what I am supposed to write in this post, but it seems like a blog’s first anniversary is special enough to warrant something. How about I talk about what I have in store for the blog in the future?

Cool, let’s talk about that. What do I have in store?

Actually, I don’t know. 

I know that post-retirement, the blog will remain active. My wife and I will be enjoying a life of full time travel in an RV. Our FullTimeExplorers.com blog will be the place where we post about our adventures, but I plan to keep this blog very focused on the softer side of financial independence and early retirement. The net worth will probably disappear from these pages, but we’ll continue posting our budget.

I’ll probably continue mocking the stupid buying habits of the typical consumer-oriented American, of which I was once very much a part of. But I’ll do it from a coffee shop with my laptop at 10am on a Tuesday morning, retired, hopefully worry free. Sounds like fun!

The blog will probably turn more retirement-focused, but that’s only a guess at this point. I always like to approach my writing from my current position in life, so it only stands to reason that after we call it quits, future content will possess the sweet flavor of early retirement. We’ll see.

I may begin looking into opportunities to expand the blog by including additional content from external sources, but those plans are still very much in their infancy. If I do choose to go down that road, it won’t be immediately after retirement anyway.

My favorite blogging landmarks from the first year

I would like to be able to say that I like all my posts equally, but of course, I don’t. Some rock my world more than others, and several landmark posts and milestones along the way are definitely worth remembering.

Blog milestones:

A few notable posts from the first year of operation?

Other favorites from over the year:

Today is more than the blog’s 1st birthday

All in all, I’m happy. I’m happy with my life. I am happy with the goals that my wife and I have set out for ourselves. And the more I thought about Mr. Blog’s first birthday, the more I realized that today also signals the one-year anniversary of our dramatic lifestyle change.

It may not be one-year to the day, but it’s darn close – I started this blog well after my wife and I had decided to retire early, but we did not begin to significantly change the way that we lived our lives until the completion of our honeymoon, which we took in Hawaii after our October 4th wedding.

It has been amazing what we were able to accomplish in one year’s time. Through the power of our DINKness, we’ve been able to save an average of 70% of two pretty darn good salaries in a very low cost of living area. Once we retire towards the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, it would have been about two years since we made the decision to retire early.

I owe a lot of the success that we’ve had to this blog and especially the people that we have met along the way. The truth is the blog and all the comments keep us motivated. Reading other blogs gives us ideas to try, keeping us productive and focused.

What we’ve learned in one year’s time is stunning to me.

Happy birthday, Mr. Blog.  Enjoy a yummy and delicious post, on me!

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Comments

45 responses to “Happy birthday, Mr. Blog – You’re 1 year old today!”

  1. Mr. Groovy says:

    Hey, Steve. Congratulations. Love your posts. And I love that you’re retiring next December. Mrs. Groovy and I got you by a couple of months. Our retiring date is October. But you’ve got us by twenty years. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to those future posts about your RV adventures.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Groovy! It is definitely looking like next year is going to be one magically awesome year for many of us in the early retirement community! 🙂

  2. Congrats! You have accomplished so much in one year, from the blog growth to early retirement plans.

  3. Congrats on hitting the one-year mark!!!

  4. Congratulations Steve. It sounds like you’ve worked your ass off and all that work has resulted in some big wins. What a year eh?

    Wishing you great success in year 2!

    Laura Beth

  5. Maggie says:

    Congrats Steve! Happy Blogoversary. It’s been fun being a part of the ride and I’m excited to see where ti goes into the retirement days!

  6. Jason Fieber says:

    Steve,

    Congrats on the blogiversary! That’s awesome!

    Even more awesome is everything else going on. You’re happy, healthy, and close to being able to retire DECADES earlier than most people. Life is good, my friend.

    Looking forward to seeing where life takes you guys.

    Cheers!

  7. Jaime says:

    Happy anniversary. I’ve really been enjoying reading your blog and past articles. I’d love to read what comes after a couple achieves FI. =)

  8. Tawcan says:

    Congrats on the blogiversary Steve, it’s quite an achievement when many blogs failed to get the the one year mark. Even more awesome is the fact you’re set to retirement date earlier than previously anticipated.

  9. Congrats on the blogiversary. I have to admit that I havent really spent looking through your blog and its new to me…will be adding it to my reading list and looking thru your posts over the coming days.

    R2R

  10. Jim Wang says:

    Happy birthday! Many blogs don’t make it to 1 year, kudos to you, keep it up. 🙂

  11. Congrats. Found my way here from MMM. I’m glad your blog’s birthday is 11/16, as it’s my human birthday!. I’m still dreaming of FI, but soon. I look forward to rooting around in your blog to learn more on how I can supercharge my FI dreams.

  12. Congratulations Steve! One year is quite the milestone. Thanks for sharing your journey so openly. Life must be pretty exciting for you and the mrs. right about now.

    I look forward to hearing about you future life on the road. Some of my most memorable trips in life were in an RV. 🙂

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Michael! Yup, life is going pretty darn well right now and should prove to be very, very exciting come this time next year. Moving into an RV will sure as hell be one interesting experience, and I will document that the best I can here on the blog. 🙂

  13. Hey, happy blogiversary! I only discovered your blog very, very recently, but it was immediately clear that you’d been doing this for a while. 🙂 Congrats on all the writing and connecting with people — it’s crazy to think what a difference a year can make.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Sarah! I agree, one year really can make all the difference, especially when you’re in such a welcoming and positive community as this. To say that I love my readers is quite the understatement.

      As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

  14. Freedom40 says:

    Congrats Steve! Great job on achieving the one year milestone and penning so many posts! That’s some dedication and stick-to-it-ness! Clearly the success you’ve seen here is due to the hard work you’ve put in and the great content you put up. I look forward to continue to read your posts. Oh – and maybe you can consider continuing the Net Worth updates even in post retirement. It would be interesting to see how this moves (or doesn’t?) when you have much less income coming in…

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Freedom40. Yup, my work-from-home gig allows me the freedom and flexibility to produce more content than I originally thought, and it’s definitely worked out for the best.

      We may leave the net worth up there for a while after retirement to demonstrate the effect that the new lifestyle is having. It will be interesting to see how all that plays out once we both quit working full time. 🙂

  15. Mr. SSC says:

    Congrats Steve! It’s been fun reading and I look forward to more in the future, especially over at your explorer blog.
    I also have my favorite posts, and my all time is my April fools post this year about using Monte Carlo simulations for betting on the ponies. Not super helpful for financial advice, but fun to write. 🙂

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Mr. SSC. Nothing wrong with some fun posts! Being serious all the time is definitely not something that I like doing either – as you can probably tell! There were some really clever April Fools posts that I’ve seen, yours included!

  16. I remember writing my first post and putting my heart and soul in to it. I still think it is my greatest post I have written and my greatest finance lesson that I have ever learned. After I published it I had so much pride in my accomplishment. Then I realized probably my most important post and topic would be read by no one besides me. Not totally true, but it sure takes a while. Congrats on the milestone.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Lance, appreciate the kind words. Yup, agreed on the first few posts – we do tend to put quite a bit of time and effort into those, but unfortunately they don’t get read until our blogs get to be more popular – and even if they do get popular, it’s rare that the comments on our early articles ever contend with the number of comments of our more recent posts.

      Oh well – all’s well that ends well in my book! 🙂

  17. ARBM says:

    Congratulations on 1 year! Your journey is such an inspiration… I am very excited for you, retirement is so close!

  18. NursePKJ says:

    Congratulations on reaching a year!!. I just stumbled across your blog recently. I am truly enjoying your style of writing. Thanks for taking the time to blog, share your thoughts and ideas, and help foster a great online community of like minded thinkers! Please keep up the great work, I will continue to follow your work and look forward to many more posts! All my best, NursePKJ

  19. Congratulations on your one-year blogiversary! 🙂
    (I didn’t make that up; I’ve seen it somewhere before. Probably Twitter)

    Anyway, keep up the great work!

  20. Congrats on the blogiversary! And on having such a kick-ass year! You have inspired more than one post over on our blog, so thank you! Keep up the great work. 🙂 (And on the sponsored posts and guest posts, we’re with you — zero sponsored and one guest post. Are we control freaks? Or we just want our blog to be our chronicle? Who knows…)

    Hope you guys have a great weekend!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks ONL! I appreciate the kind words, and believe me the inspiration goes both ways. 🙂

      And for me, I just want the blog to remain our chronicle, at least until we officially retire. After that, who knows. 🙂

  21. Congrats Steve! Keep it up.

  22. Chris Muller says:

    Hey Steve – congrats on reaching 1 year with the blog. That’s more than many people can say about theirs. It’s easy to say “this is too much work and I’m not even getting paid”, then quit, but you’re sticking with it an I appreciate that (and who knows, maybe you are making money from the blog). I appreciate the fact that you just write for you, and what’s important to you. Readers will (and apparently have!) come to read. Lastly, I want to thank you for 2 things. First, the guest post opportunity. I didn’t realize it was the only guest post you’d ever featured, so I feel honored! Second, you were the first person to ever comment on my blog, and I’ll never forget that. It’s very easy to give up in the early going when nobody is reading your stuff, and your comments told me that at least SOMEONE was reading it. I also like to think we’ve become buddies over the past year, which is cool too. Thanks again Steve, and congrats on your one year!

    • Steve says:

      Hi Chris – Appreciate your message, and I definitely concur that we’ve become buddies over the past year. You write amazing posts on these topics and I’m always eager to read every one of your posts. But you’re right, this is very much a labor of love at the moment – other than a few dollars here and there from the Google ads, I don’t make money on this site. And that’s okay, at least for now. 🙂

      Thanks again Chris – I’m definitely glad that I stumbled upon your blog all those months ago!

  23. TheMoneyMine says:

    Congrats Steve, 1 year is a milestone worth celebrating!

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