I think we’ll keep at it for a bit longer

One year

When I started this blog, I put a reminder on my calendar one year out.  I wanted to commit to trying this for 12 months.  I had forgotten about it until it prompted me this morning that tomorrow, April 10 is its one-year anniversary from my first post.

If I can trust the analytic tool built into this thing, it says I get more views in a day or two now than I did an entire month early on.  I feel some of my better stuff came during those earlier months so I thought I’d take this opportunity to call out a few.

This post inspired by NZ Muse.

Most popular post was (and will forever remain) How Vanguard will save me $2700 – primarily because J. L. Collins references it within his indelible Stock Series.

Most commented post was We are moving to…Pomegranate?

A post with the most useful information was My Wealth Manifesto

A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved was Introduction to cFIREsim

My favorite post was Work Your Dream Job and Become Financially Independent

A post that almost didn’t get written and whose success surprised me was How to be a one-percenter

The post I most want to rewrite is The Eighth Wonder of the World (because it has a powerful message but wasn’t written that well)

The post I was most scared to push publish on was Pursuit of happiness?

Most amusing search term used to stumble upon this site was “bucking blonde bottoms”

Blogging has been a lot more fun (and a lot more work) than I anticipated so yeah, I think we’ll keep at it for a bit longer.  Thanks for your continued engagement.  Another Spain update will happen late next week.

14 thoughts on “I think we’ll keep at it for a bit longer”

  1. Happy Anniversary ! I for one am glad you will stick with it a bit longer. I am looking forward to the morphing to a travel blog. That’s where my head is at now . It was nice reading the old stuff. Bucking Blond Bottoms?? Lol! I love it!!!

  2. Congratulations! I think it’s amazing how blogs have become a go-to resource for everything from travel to food to personal finance. I had no financial plan when I moved to Spain (fresh out of college), and I still don’t, so it’s one question I’m not great at answering when people inquire. I direct them here!

    1. Thanks Cat. Yeah, I’m now of the belief everyone should have a blog of some sort. They turn into nice online journals and open up so many other contacts that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

      In terms of financial stuff, especially when it comes to investing, look no further than J.L. Collins’ site that started out as letters to his daughter about how to think and handle money. He articulates this stuff in a fun, straight forward, and engaging way that I feel should make sense to just about anyone.

  3. Hey Buck…

    Thanks for the shout out.

    Glad to hear I’ve played some small part in your well-deserved success.

    Also glad to hear you’re re-upping for another year!

  4. Hey Buck! Thanks for a little recap of noteworthy posts. I missed a few that I’ll have to check out now.

    I certainly appreciated the cFIREsim post. I ended up playing around with it for a while and it’s one of my recommended tools now.

    Your calendar reminder “tickler” is such an awesome tool. I have “search for employment opportunities” on a weekly reminder (set to go off at 8 am every Monday morning). In case I ever find myself hating early retirement and wallowing in boredom and self-loathing. So far I haven’t felt the need to find a job. 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Haha. I’m calling shenanigans on your weekly 8am reminder. Glad to hear you liked the cFIREsim post. Bo does a good job with it and I find that tool fascinating.

      1. No joke! The reminder still pops up every Monday. I set the weekly reminder up while I was still working to remind me to never become complacent in any job. To remind me there are plenty of other options out their in the labor market for me. And to remind me that I’m the only one responsible the choice of where I’m working at the moment.

        I figured I would leave it to remind me working is always an option if living the dream of early retirement ever gets stale.

    1. Yeah, I can see the relation to counting it like dog years. I guess that makes you what, easily over the hill? 🙂

      I look forward to quitting my job next month so that I can finally change my avatar to a real picture of me. Mine looks so stupid next to yours.

  5. Hi Buck, I thought about you today because I have a bit of a question. Long story short, I may have an opportunity to learn Spanish at work, but I must choose between Spanish (Latin America) and Spanish (Spain) – I most likely may choose the former. This led me to thinking about you and your efforts to move to Spain. Is your family already learning Spanish? In the WI area, Spanish is a widely spoken language, though I’m thinking it’s more the Latin American one (like what is offered in most high schools around here). Has your family been preparing by learning a ‘different’ kind of Spanish (the “Spain Spanish”)? I guess I don’t know what/how big the difference is (if there is any). Do you have any input? (I thought maybe it is similar to how Swedish (what I took in college) is similar to other Scandinavian languages: for example, two people in a conversation could each speak their own language (Swedish for one, Norwegian for the other) and still have a pretty basic understanding of the other.) Thanks!

    1. Interesting. I’ve never heard of training making that particular distinction (Latin American vs Spain Spanish). It makes a bit of sense, however, since it is a bit like learning American vs British English. While the foundational stuff is the same, there are obviously a few dialect and vocabulary differences – the same goes for Spanish. I feel the differences between the two types is minimal, however.

      When I was growing up and learning Spanish, I learned a decidedly Latin American Spanish – mainly because all of my teachers had learned and/or had ties to those countries. This is the type of Spanish my boys are learning in school as well (from teachers from Peru, Ecuador, etc – none have been from Spain).

      Other than some vocab, slang, and the normal difference in dialects that is common from country to country, the biggest difference between the two flavors is this: the use of ‘vosotros’. Latin America doesn’t use the informal, plural, “you all” verb conjugation called ‘vosotros‘. Hence, I never learned those conjugations in school (they always use the formal “you all” – ‘ustedes’). It wasn’t until I studied in Spain that I first heard and tried to use ‘vosotros’. I kind of felt cheated that it never came up in my studies.

      Obviously if you know where you ultimately will be using your new Spanish language skills, I’d suggest electing the appropriate choice. If you are just going to be using it in the U.S., it is probably safe to say most will be of the Latin American kind. Just don’t let the use of the ‘vosotros’ verb construction throw you if you end up talking to a Spaniard 🙂

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