Is this blog dead? No, but…

Published March 20, 2017   Posted in Having some fun

ThinkSaveRetire.com is a blog I started to chronicle our path towards early retirement. Now that I’ve reached that goal, I am confronted with a question that I had never anticipated answering: Where do I take the blog? Is it dead? Maybe just…hibernating?

I’m going to unloadย a little more honesty for you good people. I’m sure you’re used to that by now… ๐Ÿ™‚

From an early retirement standpoint, mission accomplished. Job done. Good for me…moving on.

But, I would be kiddingย myself if I tried to make you good people believe that I continue to value the time I spend maintaining this blog as much as I have in the past. Frankly, I don’t. I feel like I’m moving on to bigger and better things – both personally and professionally, and I promised myself that once this stopped being fun, a change needs to be made.

Truthfully, I did notย start this blog to get a bunch of hits. Although I sometimes strut around on Twitter with some blog accomplishment, I genuinely don’t care. I don’t care about running the most popular blog. No fucks given about SEO.

Now, what’s next? Rest assured that I have absolutely no intention of shutting down the blog because my wife and I accomplished our goals. Instead, the blog needs to change its focus. It no longer follows our journey towards early retirement because we’re there. And,ย I am sure you noticed that I’ve eliminated my Wednesday posts.

For the past couple of years, my regular publishing schedule included a new article Monday and Wednesday with the Friday Feasts going out…you guessed it, on Fridays. Now, I’m nixing the Wednesday article. My hope is to maintain a Monday and Friday posting schedule as much as possible as my wife and I travel the country.

No promises, but that’s my goal. When life gets in the way, life will come first. Travel will come first. Getting out in the middle of nowhere without Internet access and beautiful scenery comes first. The blog comes somewhere after that.

And yes, this blogย will remainย an outlet to funnel shit straight from my brain and onto the digital screen. What kind of shit?

Ah, now we’re talkin’.ย I have thought a lot about that question lately.

What’s next for ThinkSaveRetire.com?

This is where I would love some feedback from the congregation. You may have already noticedย an influx of guest posts, and that is something that I hope to continue. I love giving other writers an outlet to offer their own perspective on money, jobs and lifestyles.

For example:

I also covered severalย non-financial related topics in the not-so-distant-past:

What next?

First, I have an announcement to make. I have officially joined the Rockstar Finance team! I am in a CTO-type role in Rockstar and spearhead a lot of the technical and development efforts that stem from J$’s brilliance. We have a LOT planned for the future of Rockstar and its influence within the community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Isn’t retirement amazing? I quit full-time work at 35 and I’m easily busier now than I was before. The main difference? I am doing things that I truly enjoy. No more time cards. No more performance reviews. No more eight to 10 hour days working on projects that I really don’t care one way or another about. When I want a day off, I take a day off. Or maybe two. This…is livin’.

But, what about the blog?

I plan to keep the weekly Friday Feast posts around at least until we begin traveling. Thereafter – honestly, I don’t know. Curating articles for the Feast takes a great dealย of time. Reliable Internet access is a must. At the moment, it is tough to predict whether or not these posts will continue. Time will tell.

Like I said, no more Wednesday posts. Monday and hopefully Friday, at best.

I am taking a page out of the Essentialism book and will strive to never publishย another blog post again that’s greater than 1,000 words unless absolutely necessary. Substance beats word count, and I’m taking that to heart going forward (this post has 921 words!).

I would love to cover more lifestyle-related topics, especially unique or uncommon ways of life.

My goal is to make this blog more approachable toย those who may not already live within the PF community. Basically, appeal more to a mainstream audience without clickbait headlines or those insipid “10 ways to…” articles. I hate those.

The one thing I do know is this: I want this blog to be fun. Fun to write and fun to read. The second that this blog stops being fun…I’m done. Out. This means I will probably continue to swear and post stupid memes. Write about more light-hearted topics instead of boring personal finance stuff. Whatever suits my fancy.

What would you like to see? Are there any topics that you guys would love to see covered in more detail on the blog? If so, let me know in the comments section below.ย 

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100 responses to “Is this blog dead? No, but…”

  1. Congrats on joining the Rockstar Finance team!!! That’s awesome and I know you’ll have a ton of fun working with J$. I’ll honestly be curious to see how you fill your time in retirement. FIRE is one of the goals in the FI community so I’d love to hear your perspective if retirement is meeting expectations or if you ever miss your colleagues and the traditional work environment.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks MSM. That is definitely a good topic to cover…something that I’m sure most aspiring early retirees are very, very interested in knowing. Appreciate the idea!

  2. Uh oh, don’t give J$ any ideas about performance reviews or time cards! He might figure out what a slacker business partner he has ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I hope you’ll keep using this blog as a platform for writing about your thoughts and retirement experiences whenever the muse strikes you. Many of my favorite FIRE bloggers have disappeared from the face of the earth post-retirement. That’s understandable, but you have too many exciting future plans to not share with us once in a while! But hey, no need to make it feel like a job.

  3. Can’t wait to see where the blog takes you. Or I guess I should say where retirement takes the blog! Awesome stuff!

  4. I hope you stick around for quite some time in the future. Your blog is truly a staple in the community.

    Reading about stuff other than finance is definitely cool with me. After all, I’m chasing FIRE so I can quit the cubicle and spend more time doing fun stuff. If you’re writing about the fun stuff – I’m going to read it. I’m sure I’m not alone here.

    Congrats on joining the Rockstar Team! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Go Finance Yourself says:

    Steve, I’d love to hear more about how you manage your money in retirement. What are you investing in? What is your strategy? etc. There’s a lot of different ways to live off your retirement nut and I’d be curious to read more about what you’re doing.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Go F Yourself – good topics, no question about it. I will plan an article that dives deeper into how we manage our money. It’s so simple that it probably won’t take 1,000 words. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’m new to the site, but I’ve really enjoyed learning about your journey. It’s inspiring to people like me still punching the time card and surviving the cubicle farm. In my humble opinion, I think you’re doing the right thing here. After all, it’s your site and your life. Do it as long as you still feel you have something to offer. There is still plenty here for people to learn from and use in their own lives.

    And, hey, if you’re looking for more guest writers, I would be happy to help! Best of luck as you continue to figure out what to do.

    Take care,

    Dave

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Dave, appreciate the comment. I think you said it best, “Do it as long as you still feel you have something to offer”. Beautiful!

      And right now…I believe I do.

  7. First, great to hear your sticking around. I look forward to seeing the new direction. Doing technical stuff with rockstar seems to suit you so I’m also not suprised there. I’d love to hear how your handle finances post retirement. I’d also love reading more about the financial side of boondocking.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks FTF – good call on the money side of boondocking. It won’t be long now before we begin getting real experience living out in the middle of nowhere, off grid. I’m sure by this time next year, I’ll have PLENTY to say on this subject. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Matt @ Optimize Your Life says:

    Life should always come first. Especially in a community where we stress this idea, it would be disingenuous to force yourself to blog more often just because you felt obligated.

    Personally, I would love to see insights that you uncover in your new life. You’ve stepped off of the well-trodden path, so anything you can report back on what it’s like and what you learn would be great for the rest of us hoping to follow suit.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Matt – that will definitely be one of my focus points…to illustrate the best I can what it’s like living on this path. Both the good as well as the bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Good for you, Steve! That’s what life is all about, and not that you’ve reached FIRE I would expect nothing less of you than for you to do what “suits your fancy”. I love how you’re keeping it real.

  10. Good for you!

    And speaking as an avid reader, I would much prefer fewer, quality articles than the same old same old I can get anywhere else.

    In addition to interesting lifestyles, I love hearing about how people’s relationships with money evolve over time – lessons learned, habits changed, what they would or would not do differently. Or really about anything even tangentially related to money and happiness.

  11. Apathy Ends says:

    Congrats Steve! Love this site and am glad that you are going to be hanging around here and Rockstar for the foreseeable future.

    You know your priorities, do whatever is at the top of the list and don’t look back!

  12. TheRetirementManifesto says:

    “When life gets in the way, life will come first.” Really? Man, you are MESSED UP! Get a life. You know the ONLY thing that matters is your Congregation! Preach to us, Brother Steve. Where will we go without you? What will we do? How will we think?

    I couldn’t be happier for you! You SHOULD question everything you’re doing right now! I love that you’re taking on a more active role with the Rockstar Forum, and I hope we go weeks without hearing from you why you’re “dry camping” in the middle of nowhere! We know you’re out there, and you’re having fun! If and when that includes us, we’ll rejoice. When it doesn’t, we’ll understand!

    Congrats on FIRE at 35, now go out and enjoy what you’ve worked to build for yourself!

    • Steve says:

      Ha! Thanks Fritz. I know that it’s going to be a fun ride, and I fully intend to document it all right here on the blog…as well as on YouTube. It’s going to be tremendous fun to experience. And, it begins shortly!

  13. SR says:

    I was hoping you would continue to share the “early retirement experience”. I would love to see how you settle in to it, what issues you run into, and how you handle them. The last year has been really interesting. Those of us who are still working can learn from what you and your wife are doing and hopefully it will help us make a more successful transition. (Plus, I just really enjoy seeing what you two are up to.)

    • Steve says:

      Thanks SR – we will be sure to keep you fine people up to date on what we’re doing. Hopefully, it’s stuff that you guys will actually want to read! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Miss Mazuma says:

    First off, congrats again on retirement. I know it’s a few months In but I’m guessing it’s taken this long to truly sink in! Of course, congrats on joining the Rockstar team as well. My favorite people are Rockstar related and you are no exception! You are the perfect example of what we are all working toward – ditching the job we HAVE to do to be able to do the work we WANT to do in life. So happy for you!!

    Also, I love the direction TSR is headed. I don’t know how you managed a 3x a week schedule when employed!! I can barely get one out a week. Ha! I love hearing of your travels, life in the RV, and of course the Friday Feasts are introducing me to some great bloggers. Keep it up, man!!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Miss Mazuma! Very much appreciate your words of encouragement. Honestly, I don’t know how I managed three posts a week either, but hey…that’s definitely in the past now. I have too much to do, now, that I actually want to be doing. Funny how that happened! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. We’ll miss the more frequent posts, but quality over quantity, right? Time for you to focus on what you really want to do! (and keep us in the loop!)

  16. esimoney says:

    I found out I’m busier in retirement than I was while working. How did that happen? It’s because now I have so many things I WANT to do (versus HAVE to do).

    Congrats to you on this new phase and enjoy yourself completely!

  17. Congrats on the Rockstar Finance team, Steve – that sounds awesome!!

    I do enjoy reading your posts, so I’ll miss that with the cutback. But it’s time to live your life the way you want to, so have a blast! And I’ll take less content over none any day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    — Jim

  18. Arrgo says:

    Always enjoy your posts and point of view but can understand changing things up a little. Im sure it takes a lot of effort to do multiple quality posts every week. Very cool teaming up with J$. You can work on something you care more about than the mundane corporate stuff and do it on your schedule. Like I say, I dont mind doing some work, but its full time commitment plus commute time that kills me. Good luck.

    • Steve says:

      Totally, Arrgo. I generally enjoyed what I did for a living, but I definitely did NOT enjoy doing it full-time for a company. It’s not nearly as enjoyable that way.

  19. Slow Dad says:

    You worked hard to buy yourself the luxury to choose how you want to spend your time. That paid off and now you have the freedom to exercise that choice.

    Do what makes you happy, leave the rest of it behind.

    Thanks for producing an entertaining and informative blog charting your progress, not least because you actually made it to your stated goal. It has been great to follow along, and vicariously learn some of the lessons you shared along the way.

    • Steve says:

      You’re very welcome, Slow Dad, and thanks for reading. I only hope that my writing throughout the rest of 2017 is just as entertaining. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. A Monday Friday schedule with guest posts seems very reasonable. Also, congrats on your new role with J$ – should be an awesome time!

  21. We’d love to hear about your travel plans, not just where you’re going, but how you made those decisions. We just realized we spent the last two years focused on one goal and haven’t yet considered what life on the road looks like (especially with pets). Haha.

    • Steve says:

      Ha! That’s easy to do. Good on you for staying focused…but of course, “seeing the forest for the trees…”, or something like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Matt says:

    Can you put down what you have invested in for the past 6 months and your Roi on those? I would like to see what your returns have been.

  23. Mr. SSC says:

    I echo others in saying, I’d love to hear more about actual post-retirement life. So many bloggers just taper off writing and then seem to quit writing altogether once they pull the trigger on retirement – I’m looking at you Living A FI. ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be nice to hear occasionally about if any investing strategy has changed – I’m guessing no, or what other things are going on, like this post about joinging the Rockstar Finance team and other stuff like that.

    Like you, as soon as it gets to be “not fun” I’m done with the blog. It’s not there yet, so the posts will keep coming out.

    Remember, Less but Better.

    • Steve says:

      Yeah, I wish Living A FI would start posting again…I always really enjoyed reading his blog. But alas, I also know what he’s going through. Just too much FUN to have now. But yeah, writing about post-early retirement life. Definitely on my to-do list for writing this year.

      • less4success says:

        I was about to leave almost the exact same comment (even using LAF as an example of a blog I wanted to follow into and through ER — that is the most fun part ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Angelica says:

    I’m very happy for you and wish you all the best. I’ll certainly keep an eye out for new posts, but it’s really good to hear that you’ve accomplished your goals and can now enjoy the rewards. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with this community and best of luck to you in all your future endeavors (not that you need luck when you’ve got a sound strategy)!

  25. Congrats on the Rockstar gig! It’s great you aren’t going anywhere, but I love how you are prioritizing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m currently reading Essentialism – and it has spurred some huge changes in my mindset. I plan to read it again (and again), until it all sinks in.

  26. mamafishsaves says:

    Congrats on joining the Rockstar team! Sounds fun and I look forward to hearing from you whenever life gives you the time! I’m sure, as always, it will be entertaining and informative ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. RB40 says:

    I still enjoy your blog so I hope you keep writing. Retire by 40’s focus was on the journey to retirement. Once I quit working full time, then I wrote more about being a stay at home dad. Also, a lot of people are still skeptical about ER. So I focus on blogging if I can stay retired. That’s been easy because the economy has done so well. We’ll see what happens when we get a big recession. Mrs. RB40 is trying to ER soon so that’s another topic. There are plenty of stuff to write about.

    • Steve, congrats on all you’ve accomplished! I’ve truly enjoyed following you along your path to ER. I hope you continue to write, if only on occasion, but will definitely understand if you don’t wanna or can’t post when you are enjoying life on the road or camping in nature. I know we’ll hear from you in the Rockstar Finance Forums so that helps ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats again! Holler out when/if you guys head to Michigan!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks RB40. Yup, I think there will be plenty to write about as well. Every stop we make will hopefully spur on something else. We’ll see. Only time will tell, and I’m looking forward to finding out.

  28. RootofGood says:

    I made the same transition gradually at Root of Good. First it was dropping from multiple posts per week (fun at first; eventually felt like work) to weekly (not hard to spew out some words during the week and polish it up Sunday night for a Monday AM release). Then I got busy with other stuff and eventually moved to a couple posts per month (including my monthly financial update which keeps me cognizant of what I’m spending). Now I don’t fret if I don’t get anything up in the month between the monthly financial update posts.

    It’s called early retirement for a reason. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Steve says:

      “Itโ€™s called early retirement for a reason.” – totally, Justin. This is about doing whatever makes us happy, even if those things are different than whatever we were doing back when we worked for a living at a full-time job. No frets indeed!

  29. Glad your going to be sticking around Steve! Don’t feel bad about posting less — you’re going to be living an exciting life and that will ultimately translate into more exciting posts!

    Share those adventures and I’m certain the audience will stick with you.

  30. Hey, congrats on joining the Rockstar team. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see what Rockstar does! I was already blown away by the #GivingCards.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Mrs. Picky Pincher. Yeah, that’s one of the reasons why I joined Rockstar. Its influence is amazing, and that is definitely something that I want to be a part of!

  31. Chad Carson says:

    Ha, ha. You definitely settled into the “I don’t give a shit” attitude of early retirement with this post. Good for you.

    I think tangential topics are great. After all – it’s YOUR blog. People will follow you if it’s interesting, they won’t if it’s not. It’s got to be fun for you to write or none of us will have fun.

    For topics – I think your story-telling is fun and helpful. Who do you meet, what do you do, what do you think about when you’re traveling around as an early retiree? Even when it’s totally unrelated to personal finance, other newbie and veteran FIRE readers will dig that, I think. It’s kind of like your photography. The pictures speak for themselves.

    Congrats on the Rockstar gig! Good folks congregating over there!

    • Steve says:

      Hehe, thanks Chad. Good point about my photography – that is also something that I’d love to start incorporating more of (hence the Photo/Video of the Week in the Friday Feasts). I love story telling…just don’t have quite the imagination to churn out weekly copy…yet!

  32. Mrs. BITA says:

    Congratulations on the Rockstar Finance position, I bet you guys are going to have so much fun together.

    I’m glad you’re planning to keep the blog going. I hunger for post-retirement stories. I need to live vicariously for the 45 months I have left before my FIRE date. I look forward to reading about your travels and all the earth-porn that I expect will accompany your stories.

  33. ddn says:

    Here’s some suggestions : travel blog (write about your adventures, highlights for the week kinda deal). Guest post is the way to go if you want to write less or spotty internet connection, or have some guest writing partners. Also maybe it’s a good time to reorganize the blog so that you can have a cliff note version of how you and your wife get to early retirement, so other can replicate (work, make a bucket load of money, save and invest a ton, financial windfall, early retirement..) and also a novel version for those who want the nitty gritty detail. Enjoy early retirement, looking forward to those type of day myself.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks DDN. The Cliffs Notes idea is a great one…and something that I’ve considered in the past as well. I may need to re-approach that particular idea and figure out how to make that happen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. There’s (we assume!) a heck of a lot of years between the day you retire early and the end of our time here – I hope you’ll be sharing how you’re living those days and years and how you’re keeping it sustainable as we age and times change. Most especially, as a money blogger myself, I’m most interested in how you keep the money working for the long term. I think most of us see it as doable in the early years but we don’t see those FIRE folks later in the journey of BEING retired.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Revanche. Yup, I can totally see that. Time will tell whether or not I continue blogging THAT long. But, it could happen. I’m definitely in this for the long haul…so long as it keeps being fun.

  35. Tawcan says:

    Exciting times ahead Steve. Congrats!

    Posting less is totally fine. Don’t worry about it.

  36. Congrats on joining the Rockstar Finance team! Reading what you are doing with your life now that you are retired makes so much sense to me – and of course life comes before a blog, even though your words will be sadly missed!

    Onwards,
    Carl

  37. The Rockstar Finance team is awesome – and you are an amazing addition! Your blog rocks – no matter the topic. I’d love to read more about your travels, how your health insurance works out and other side gigs that come up as time goes on. I get offered jobs every week – and even though I don’t need a job, it will be fun to see what things come my way. I’m sure you’ll have a ton to keep sharing – as long as you’re having fun sharing it!

    • Steve says:

      It’s amazing what opportunities exist out there when our minds aren’t clouded by full-time work. There’s just so much that we miss. Those job offers probably won’t stop after you call it quits. If you’re good at what you do, you’ll always be able to find work…if you want it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. You relax, Steve! Take it easy! Post one, maybe two times a year if you like…I’ll take that sweet SEO nectar off your hands. For your sake, of course.

    Also I have some stock picks if you’re interested. For a small fee. Because I like you.

  39. Nick True says:

    Congrats on Joining the Rockstar team Steve! That’s so awesome. Hanna and I are getting closed to renovations on our Airstream, hopefully we’ll be able to join you soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll be excited to see where you decide to take the blog!

  40. Adam says:

    Hi Steve.

    Would be horrible if the blog stopped, so i’m glad you will keep it going. Most of the blogs i read, the really good ones, make you feel like part of the story. Us all rooting for the blogger to hit FIRE much as we are rooting for ourselves.
    Then they reach FIRE and disappear. The usual 5 stages of grief process follows ๐Ÿ™‚ i seem to stay in the denial phase for a long time. Surely theyll come back, right? They can’t just leave us hanging like this…
    Anyway, what i would like to see in the way of future posts, is just more stuff about what your FIRE is like, how the money side works out long term, where you are travelling, whats great about life after work, whats the challenges if any… Basically just the continuation of your story… Thats why we are here, to see how it all ends… Or continues.
    Surely, the fun part of the FIRE journey is the FIRED bit, so there oughta be plenty of material for a post FIRE blog!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Adam – completely understand! No intention of leaving you good people hangin’. I will definitely write about what FIRE is like, and may intertwine some travel-type stuff as well. Both the good and the bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Congratulations on joining the Rockstar team! That’s awesome, I bet you’re going to have a blast lending a hand over there. I’d love to see the post-FIRE journey too, since people do tend to disappear entirely once they RE. Although we all understand that life has to come first – after all, you didn’t decide to RE to run a blogging empire, right? You did it to do the things you want to do.

    • Steve says:

      True that, Ms. Chief. No intention of building an empire over here…just have fun and talk about whatever makes me happy. Luckily, FIRE does indeed make me happy. That’s on the docket for post-retirement writing!

  42. Laurie says:

    Traveling all over the country? Sounds heavenly! I’d love to hear about how it feels to wake up with no schedule. I woke up this morning, hustling to make breakfast, get kids dressed, out the door. How does it feel to get up day after day with no fixed schedule? How will you guys decide when, and where, to travel? Looking forward to seeing you over at Rockstar Finance!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Laurie – we definitely hope that it turns out just like that…heavenly. But if it doesn’t, no worries – we will adjust and settle down somewhere, probably on a beach.

      The ability to manage my own time has been absolutely incredible, and it’s BY FAR the best part of early retirement. I get up in the morning and every day is mine to do as I please. No kids, but a couple of dogs. Walking them is relaxing, now, rather than just something that I gotta do. If I wanna watch YouTube or Netflix in the middle of the day, I will. No guilt. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  43. Congrats on Joining your new team. Hope you’ll make a little place in Rockstar Finance for foreign language blogs ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I have and still enjoy your blog. Congratulation in reaching your initial goal which was to become financially independent. I dont mind reading about the next step in your life. That could help us find good reason to reach financial independence even faster !

    • Steve says:

      Thanks much! The foreign language capability is on our task list, but probably not for a while yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Appreciate your readership, LeDividende!

  44. Congrats on the role with Rockstar Finance. #dreamjob. I think the two posts a week will even get difficult to maintain. I’m posting twice a week now and it’s challenging. Congrats on hitting ER and for having the flexibility to do what you want in life!

  45. financeswithpurpose says:

    Congrats on the new role, and it’s disappointing to see you step back – but way to go! I’m realizing that’s one sad thing around here: the best bloggers retire then jump into other things. That’s part of why my blog’s focus includes what the other things might be, looking ahead, although, like you, I’ll continue blogging even afterwards; writing is part of my passion. Looking forward to more posts.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks much! Yeah, those who retire early do tend to find other ways to fill their time. It’s interesting how that happens, in fact. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. tirelessworker says:

    All the best for your new role, it sounds like a very exciting challenge! I think the best thing about early retirement is getting to work on things and project that you truly care about and want to do them well. No longer working just because of the pay cheque, but working because you are driven and inspired to do something good!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Tireless Worker. The difference has been truly amazing. Working because I want to…because it’s something that I believe in. And if I want to stop and do something else, I will. My choice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Good for you man! Enjoy every minute of your freedom. Oh and document some of it. That’s all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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