In July of last year I unleashed my very first blog post onto the world. Being relatively new to both our community and blogging as a whole, I couldn’t think of anything better than a standard income and expenses report. Over time those monthly savings rates posts took the central stage in my blogging effort, nicely complemented by other subjects like index funds, dividend growth strategies, and financial independence ramblings. Today I publish my 100th post.
We’ve come a long way during that time. Not only has the layout of the No More Waffles blog changed substantially, the content gained much needed quality and depth, at least in my opinion. The very first people to comment on my writings are, however, still regular readers. Fellow Belgian and dividend investor Geblin still tags along for the ride and Will from First Quarter Finance also makes a surprise visit in the comment section once in a while, for example.
That’s why I’d like to firstly thank you guys for sticking with me. During the past 100th blog posts a whack-ton of people visited, read and commented on No More Waffles. I’ve met people online who I now consider friends, who taught me more than I could ever imagine from keeping a blog, and who felt inspired by what I’m trying to achieve and now wish to do the same.
I have grown tremendously as a person and most of that is because of you. So thank you.
A special thanks goes to Jason from Dividend Mantra. He single-handedly showed me what dividend growth investing could do for me. Other people who deserve a shout-out are Trevor from Dividend Life whose views and insight I respect to no end, Keith from DivHut for showing that slow and steady wins the race, The There’s Value household and Weenie because they’re awesome Brits, Tawcan – Canadian and father extraordinaire, The Dividend Family Guy for his positive attitude, and Tyler from Dividend Hustler for being the nicest person I’ve ever met. And of course, J Money for driving tons of traffic through his top community picks at Rockstar Finance.
And the list above is by no means exhaustive. Blogging expanded my horizon and comfort zone immensely. Very few moments in life compare to what I’ve experienced the past few months. Leaving my parents’ home, starting university, or entering the work force for the first time and enjoying my job probably are the only other life changing experiences that come close.
This blog allows me to vent – or should I say complain? – about things no one in my personal life likes to talk about. Indeed, I’ve had my share of awkward conversations in the past, but at least now I know I’m not alone in my views. Even though I always believed in what I imagined saving and investing could do for me, our community and its zealous members showed me the ropes – and I hope to have returned the favour to at least a couple of you.
By providing Excel and Google Sheets spreadsheets featuring a budget tracker and a dividend income tracker, I wish to provide the tools necessary to keep a budget, to save as much as possible, and to keep tabs on investments. On top of that, I took the first steps towards an encompassing Euro area dividend champions list called the Euro Dividend All-Stars.
However, the journey towards my 100th blog post wasn’t all moonlight and roses. Blogging is a ton of work – yes, I know that sounds weird for someone who is trying to gather as much assets as possible so he doesn’t need to work anymore. At the beginning of the year I definitely took on too much, and while I have dialed back I still feel like I do overburden myself sometimes.
The past few weeks, for example, I haven’t nearly put enough time into keeping up with everyone as much as I would love to. On top of that my mail box continues to remind me of an alarming 100+ unread e-mails. So if I haven’t gotten back to you, it’s because I also only have 24 hours every day to work with even though I wish I could slow down time.
Despite the fact that this blog is on my mind quite a lot, I have decided for myself that life is more important than pumping out sub-par content. The past couple of weeks I spent most of my free time with friends or outdoors instead of working on new posts. I wouldn’t want to sin against my only financial independence rule to never, ever say no to drinks with friends, now would I? After all, if I want to Win for Life, then there’s no point in missing out on life in trying to do so.
Once again thank you for being such an incredibly generous and stimulating audience. I hope to be able to write the same thing another one hundred posts down the line!