The Green Swan: Six Months in Flight
Hello $wanigans! Hope you are all doing well today. Believe it or not, last week marked my six month blogaversary. Time has certainly seemed to fly by the last six months. I must say, it has been a great last six months and I’m very glad I ended up taking the leap into the blogging world. While there has certainly been challenges along the way, it has been a great project and hobby for me. It has been a blast getting to know the PF / FIRE community better and interacting with readers and I look forward to the next six months!
Thank You Readers
Before I go any further, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, my many regular readers, especially those that began following my blog from the beginning. I started this blog with the initial goal in mind for it to be a resource for others trying to get their personal financial house in order and help them get on the path to becoming financial independent (FI).
Realizing that I could reach FI at a young age took me a while to fully comprehend and believe, and I want this blog to help others make the same realization and help them along their way. And it isn’t just for the high income earners and Ivy League/Private College graduates, but for average Joe’s like myself.
I have tried to accomplish this mission by sharing personal stories while also explaining my stance on various personal finance topics which tend to be contrary to much of the conventional wisdom put out there by financial advisors.
I am thankful you have enjoyed following The Green Swan!
Side Benefits of Blogging
There have certainly been a number of side benefits to blogging including it being my own form of a personal finance journal, a resource for my future reference, an avenue to interact more closely with various members of the FIRE community (other bloggers and readers alike) to seek advice and opinions, and, yes, even the potential opportunity to generate some income and write-off some expenses from the tax man. If you happen to be “the tax man”, it has not been much and everything is tracked within accordance of the rules so no need to come find me…
By all accounts, I consider my first six months to be an overwhelming success. I’ve learned a ton about starting and running a blog. From crashing the site twice and being ready to put it out to pasture after the first blow-up (thinking it was unrecoverable…) to this post being my 50th published article and attracting over 30K monthly pageviews, it has been a heck of a journey so far.
There are a few accomplishments I wanted to highlight for everyone, especially those that have only just recently stumbled across my blog.
First and foremost, I published an eBook! The Green Swan eBook is over 30,000 words and 82 pages on normal 8.5 x 11 paper. The book itself was a year in the making and I’m super proud of getting it out there to help others on their path toward financial independence. While it was initially a pet project of mine, it took a life of its own with the launch of the blog. I’ve been very thankful and humbled by the recent increase in sales and the positive feedback I’ve received. If you haven’t checked it out yet yourself, I hope you do now.
Secondly, I’ve had the opportunity to guest post on many notable sites. These guest posts or features have been very instrumental in networking with other members of the PF/FIRE community as well as really helping to expand my audience. Thanks again to all of you who have provided me with these opportunities!
And lastly, I thought I would highlight some of my tops posts. If you haven’t had a chance to give them a read yet, I hope you consider doing so.
- Net Worth Explosion (>4K pageviews!)
- The Path to a Million: Finding the Elevator
- Four Frugal Life Lessons
- My Investment Portfolio
- What Slackers, Vacations, Storms and Mansions Have in Common
- Revealing Early Retirement Plans to Family Accidentally (74 comments)
- The Path to a Million: Finding the Elevator (70 comments)
- Emergency Fund Alternatives (64 comments)
- College Tuition Estimate (60 comments)
- Why Bad Things Happen in Threes (58 comments)
My Personal Favorites / Notable Posts
- Is the Enmity Justified for Payday Lending
- The Next Move: Dublin or London
- Cold Brew Coffee to the Rescue: My Coffee Revelation
- The Green Condor
- My Mansion Fantasy
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With all that said, I’d again like to thank all of you, my readers! I hope you continue to find my articles insightful, relevant, inspirational and empowering. I hope you consider sharing my blog with friends and family!
Thanks for taking a look!
The Green Swan
Work Harder, Work Smarter, Retire Earlier and Find Your Beach