The Green Swan: Six Months in Flight

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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.

Most Read

Most Comments

My Personal Favorites / Notable Posts

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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

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  • Thanks for your efforts in all you do in the blogosphere. Not only your own site but getting out and about and commenting on many sites. That is powerful as we share our knowledge and support through both these mechanisms. Well done on all of that!!

    • JW

      Thank you Mr Pie. Reading and commenting on many other blogs has been very instrumental in knowing and understanding the community, improving and tailoring my approach to blogging, and being part of the conversation. So many great blogs out there and yours had been one I’ve especially enjoyed reading. Thanks!

  • Congrats on the 6 month anniversary! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and am glad there are people like you out in the PF blogosphere. Like you, it also took me a while to realize that FI and ER were actually achievable without eating Ramen and living in a van down by the river. Anything we can do to share that with others and help destroy that whole super frugal Ramen “trailer life” stigma that sometimes seems to be attached to FIRE is great.

    Thanks for sharing your perspective!

    • JW

      Thank you, Mr SSC! With you as my doppelganger (I still laugh how similar our experiences were with the kid’s ear infections etc) we’ll continue to get the message out. Thanks for the comment!

  • Wow, congrats of the half year anniversary! I didn’t know we are the same age (my blog turns 6 months Nov 1st). It’s awesome to see the progress. And kind of crazy to wonder what might happen if we keep this up for (gasp!) a few years. Glad to hear you are liking it so far!

    • JW

      Oh I didn’t know that either. Your 6 month is just around the corner!

      Haha no kidding. Thanks Ms Montana!

  • You’re dong a great job, GS – keep up the good work! You’re sharing valuable info that’s helping LOTS of people. Congrats!

    • JW

      Thanks Laurie! I appreciate the comment.

  • Thank YOU GS! Yours is one of the first blogs I started reading earlier this year and I’ve really enjoyed the content. And over 30K pageviews a month, just one word for that – wow! Truly awesome and a testament to the good work you are doing!

    Keep up the good work!

    • JW

      I’m glad you found my site early, Jon, I’ve appreciated your comments all along!

      Thanks, Jon!

  • Wow – impressive stats. I love your perspective on the site being a journal for future reference.

    Keep up the great work! Oh and 30k/month!! That’s awesome!

    • JW

      Thanks, Distilled Dollar! You’ve been a great resource throughout the last six months.

  • Congrats on the blogiversary! And congrats on your great success so far. I’m sure there is much more to come. Thanks for continuously putting out thoughtful content and for making the rounds and joining the discussion around the web as Mr. PIE noted.

    • JW

      Thank you, Matt! I’ve always appreciated your comments and feedback as well. The journey continues…!

  • Congrats! Wow, for whatever reason, I didn’t even realize that you had only been blogging for 6 months. Your blog was so well established that I figured you had been blogging for much longer than that! Keep up the good work. Really appreciate all that you do.

    • JW

      Ha I appreciate that, Financial Panther, but yea only six months. It feels like longer for me too…:)

  • Joe

    Great job! Congrats! Keep at it. You’re doing really well.

    • JW

      Thanks Joe, that means a lot. I’ve really enjoyed following your blog and the mentorship you provide!

  • Congrats! It’s amazing how much you’ve accomplished in six months. I really enjoy following your blog. And I’m looking forward to the 1 year review.

    • JW

      Thanks, Kelsey! I appreciate you following my journey.

  • Congrats for the 6 months. You did indeed achieve a lot in that time.
    Keep blogging, I keep reading!

    • JW

      Will do! Thanks so much, ATL!

  • Congrats also! I am not an FI blogger, but I find the information and stories inspirational & it helps keep me on track when we encounter “bumps in the road.” Thank you for sharing. Finances are very personal & your willingness to share does, as you said, help others. Wish I had such resources in my 20s.

    • JW

      Thanks, Lady Locust! I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed following my FI journey.

  • Congrats and thanks for sharing your update! I’ll be (swan) diving into some of the most read/commented posts you listed and look forward to reading more from you in the next 6 months : )

    • JW

      Haha good one, I like what you did there! Thanks for giving them a read!

  • Congrats on the half year anniversary! I always enjoy stopping by and appreciate all the work you do, not just here but also commenting on other blogs. Always very insightful!

    • JW

      Thanks, ERN, I appreciate you visiting!

  • Swan on, JW! Keep up the good work, and congrats on all the great accomplishments!


    • JW

      Thank you, Libre!

  • Hey there JW, we both started blogging around the same time so I must be due a 6-month blog celebration as well. I’ve been reading your blog pretty well from the beginning and it amazes me how you seem to come up with consistently great material and publish twice a week. I don’t know where you find the time. Anyway, don’t stop now and let’s celebrate again at our 1- year anniversary.

    • JW

      Yes that’s right, I’m proud to say I’ve enjoyed reading your blog from the beginning! Thanks Martin, I’ll look forward to simultaneously popping a bottle in six months with you!

  • Ty

    Congrats on the milestone TGS and here’s to an even better next six months!

    • JW

      Thanks, Ty!

  • Wow congratulations! 30k page views a month.. that is absolutely fantastic! Keep up the great work / helping others reach FIRE!

    • JW

      Appreciate it, Finance Solver! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Congratulations GS. You’re killing it! Keep up the great content and interaction with this awesome FIRE community. I wish you lots of continued success.

    • JW

      Thanks Michael, it’s been a blast and I’ve always enjoyed checking out your site!

  • 30k in one month. That’s incredible, especially for being up on the web for only six months. I always appreciate coming onto your site and learning something new. Thanks for sharing each week 🙂

    • JW

      Thanks, Mustard Seed! 30k does seem like a lot but hopefully I continue to see slow and steady improvement. It’s been a fun journey.

  • Congrats, JW. I’ve really enjoyed your blog and voice.

    • JW

      Thank you, Emily. I appreciate you stopping by and giving it a read!

  • Congratulations on a really successful 6 months JW – you have built your site up really well since you first launched. You’ve come a long way since your solar panel posts 🙂

    Really looking forward to see where you go next (blogwise and geographically – lol).


    • JW

      Haha thanks, Tristan!

  • Congrats! I echo the above comments about not realizing you’ve been doing this only 6 months. I’m excited to see what one year will look like. Excellent job! Thanks for pointing out your popular posts. My next read is about how you”accidentally” revealed plans to the family.

    • Edit: I didn’t realize the post I mentioned was a guest post. I’ve got a lot more reading to do on your site!

      • JW

        Yeah I should have noted that was a guest post. Thanks for browsing around. It’s been a pleasure following your blog recently as well, especially knowing you’re in the Charlotte area as well!

  • ADI

    Congratulations on your six month blog-iversary! I loved your frugality post with the Frugalwoods – really changed a lot of preconceived ideas about frugality. I’ve been an avid reader since!

    • JW

      Thanks, ADI! Glad you enjoyed that post and hope you continue to enjoy following the blog.

  • Congratulations Green Swan!

    You have done amazing things in the first six months. This is my first visit to your blog.j

    Wish you many more successes in the months and years ahead!


    • JW

      Thanks, Michael! I appreciate you stopping by and hope you continue to enjoy reading the blog.

  • Congratulations on reaching your 6th month mark! The blog is doing great. Here’s to another 6 months…and another…and another!

    • JW

      Thank you, Francesca! It’s been a fun journey, I certainly hope to keep it going and going and going like the old energizer bunny. 🙂