Almost exactly 2 years ago, on 28th July 2013, the first post of this blog was published.
Stumbling upon Mr Money Mustache and Early Retirement Extreme earlier that year, I was really inspired to write and document my own philosophy and experience. Moreover, I had benefited greatly after setting up camps on various local financial blogs for years and felt that it was time to pay it forward.
After handing almost $200 bucks of cash to BlueHost to create this website, I told myself that minimally, I had to commit a year to blogging. And honestly, that promise appeared really daunting, even if I had already drafted almost 3 months worth of posts within the first few weeks. #Kiasu
Amazingly, two years have passed. 162 posts, 17 pages, 1,444 comments, and close to half a million page views. The numbers tell a pretty good story but doesn’t really capture the essence of why I blog and continue to blog.
Admittedly, there were times when I felt like giving the whole thing up. Periods like Feb-March 2014 and Jan-Feb 2015 (when posts were few and far between) spring into mind. However, the pride and accomplishment from writing a well thought-out post, the positive encouragement from readers and relentless support and endorsement from fellow bloggers kept me going and reminded me of why I wanted to write and blog:
To be a positive influence for others in personal finance and beyond
I know that’s a pretty lofty mission. But seriously, besides blabbering about personal finance and investments, I have felt the need to occasionally delve into social and even political issues. The desire to share certain viewpoints which might have been marginalised was just too strong and I hope you, the reader, benefited from it even if your primary interest for popping by was just to learn how to semi-retire earlier and easier. 🙂
Because even though I have not earned a single cent from this blog (yet), I have learnt alot just by sharing my limited knowledge and experiences. Invitations to attend courses and seminars, gatherings and lunches to know new and interesting people and meaningful conversations and interactions on the comments page (an example is this with Entrepreneur) were very much invaluable and priceless.
Thanks for following and reading up till this point. I have probably rambled for far too long. But well, since I actually forgot to celebrate the blog’s 1st Anniversary last year, this relatively long and self-indulgent post can be justified, eh? 😉
Anyway, to become a stronger influence, I have decided to take on a more active role on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter & maybe even Instagram (want to know what I have for breakfast, lunch and dinner without the need to stalk me?).
And of course, yes, I have started drafting a potential E-book. This has been an ambition of mine for the longest time and it should eat up alot of my time in the coming months. More on this in an upcoming post?
Lastly, before you close this tab, I just wanted to point out that one main thing that causes a blog like this to sizzle or fizzle is readership. If you have enjoyed my writing thus far, do click “like” on my Facebook. It REALLY helps.
Knowing that I have a wide outreach does provide me with further motivation to write more articles. And if you share articles you liked on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social platforms that you are a part of, this can potentially start a positive cycle and bring in even more readers.
P.S. Dear wife, even though I might spend more time typing away on this “free” Toshiba laptop on weekday evenings as compared to giving back massages for you, you can see that you are really more important than this blog. Afterall, I NEVER forget our anniversaries and of course, your birthday.