Today, I want to discuss one question that has been on the back of my mind for a while. Can we retire early without a successful blog? The personal finance community is full of bloggers who retired early or want to retire early. However, some of these retirees are getting a hefty income from their blogs. Their examples may not be very easy to follow without such an income in retirement.
In fact, I believe that there are three problems together in this situation. First of all, as I said, can we retire without a blog income? We are going to try to answer this question.
Second, and probably more important, you should be wary of some blogger examples. Due to the high income they get, some bloggers do not use the 4% withdrawal rule that they advertise. That means that you cannot compare your situation and their situations since they are still investing after having retired. Their net worth keeps increasing after retirement. This is not because the 4% rule is working. This is because they do not have to withdraw from their principal. And this is not a common case for most people who try to follow the path to Financial Independence (FI).
Finally, I believe that you should sometimes be careful about affiliate links. They may be here mostly because the blogger wants the affiliate money and not because it is a really good product in which the blogger believes. This is not directly related to early retirees. But this is entirely related to how bloggers are monetizing their blogs.
In this post, I want to discuss these three problems in details. I think it is really important knowing about that. I went a bit overboard with the length of this post. But I think it is an important subject that deserves more coverage.
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It is already the end of the first month of 2019. I am still doing the mistake of writing everything with 2018 so far. I need to get used to the new year. So far, the year started well for us and our finances.
In January 2019, we managed to save a nice percentage of our income! This is great to start the year with more than 50% of savings in the first month! Moreover, the stock market finally started recovering from the terrible last months of 2018. With this, our net worth got a very jump ahead!
As you read this post, I will already be in China where I will be celebrating Chinese new years with family in law. Thanks for the magic of scheduling posts, you will still be able to read my posts! I shall be able to read comments normally.
In this post, we are going to see what happened to us and our finances during the month of January 2019.
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Now that the year is over, I thought it would be interesting to see which of the posts I wrote in 2018 have been the most popular. Therefore, I collected the list of the Top Five posts from the blog in 2018.
For this Top Five list, I took the five most visited posts of the year, counting page views. I did not take any pages from my blog into account. In fact, the most popular page on the website is the home page, closely followed by the About The Poor Swiss page. I should note that this may not be the best metric to check popularity. Indeed, some posts are older than others and as such have more views than really recent ones. Moreover, even though some posts have a lot of views, they do not have a lot of comments. So this is not a perfect list. Regardless, I thought it would be interesting to see what come out!
Stay tuned for the five most read articles from The Poor Swiss blog in 2018!
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I cannot believe it is already the end of the year! This month went by so fast. And this year also crazy fast. It is already the end of December 2018. So, it is time for another monthly update!
This month was pretty calm. We did not do many things and not really substantial happened with our finances. Since this is the end of the year, some recurring bills are arriving now. There are also the recurring costs of gifts for our family and friends. But we have not been very spendy on that part for this year. We have been able to save 49% of our income this month. We are trying to limit gift giving and prefer doing things with friends and family.
And while nothing crazy happened for us, the stock market continued its fast decline. We are getting very close to bear market territory now. With this, we were not able to grow our net worth this month. We will have to watch the market closely next month to see how it goes.
Stay tuned to learn everything that happened to us and our finances in December 2018!
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There are many people who do not know what they will do in retirement. If you are serious about reaching financial independence and retire early, you should already know what you would do in retirement. You will have a lot of time on your hands.
I already know that there are a lot of things I would do more once I retired. There are a few things I really wish I had more time to do. It is my hope that in retirement, I will be able to do more of these things.
In this post, I am going to describe the changes for me in retirement. As you will see, there are a lot of things I would like to do more in my life. I am also going to describe how I am going to organize my days. Of course, this is only a thought experiment. I am far from retirement. A lot of changes will occur in the meantime. But it is still a nice thought experiment.
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It has now been over one year that I have started blogging. I have already talked about why I am blogging. Now I want to talk about how I am blogging. I am going to cover most of the things I do when I blog. I am not going to cover things I do that are not related to blog posts. But I am going to go through everything I do while writing new blog posts.
From writing new blog posts to finding images for them and share them on social networks, I am going to try to cover all the aspects of blogging. You will see that even for a small blog like mine, it is a considerate amount of work to write blog posts.
I am hoping that this will be interesting for people interested in blogging and beginner bloggers like me. Do not forget that this blog is still quite young and I should be considered a beginner ;)
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I cannot believe it has already been one year since I started blogging. On October 10th 2017, I wrote the first blog post of The Poor Swiss. I have learned a lot of about personal finance in that year. And I have also learned a lot about blogging. Even though this was not my first blog, I still had a lot to learn. And I still have a lot more to learn now!
In this post, I am going to talk about my first year of blogging. If I say this year, it will the year of blogging, it will not be 2018 ;)
Recently, I have talked about the reasons why I am blogging. Now, I am going to share numbers about how the blog is doing. I am also going to share the things I did right and the things that did not go well. However, I still have a lot of work to do to improve this blog. I am hoping that it gets better over time.
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This post is not about my blog but about other blogs! As I mentioned several times in the past, I am reading many other personal finance blogs. Some blogs are purely about investing and some blogs are entirely about Early Retirement. However, all of them contain some important lessons if you are on the road to Financial Independence (FI). Some of them helped make the Financial Independence and Retire Early (FIRE) movement as popular as it now. I think it is also important to share with the community and not only focus on a single blog.
There are several reasons why I read other blogs. The first reason is to learn from others. Indeed, I am far from being an expert in FIRE. I like reading what people are doing to achieve FIRE and especially what people who already achieved FIRE can teach me. Also, I like reading in general and some of these blogs have really enjoyable content. Another reason is to get some inspiration for my blog. I am not talking about copying their blog posts. But I am talking about making my blog by learning from others.
The seven following FIRE blogs are in no order. I do not have a favorite in these seven blogs. They all are my favorite blogs. I also read many other blogs. But the entire list would be too long to publish here. I strongly encourage you to take a look at them if you are not already reading them!
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After poor financial results in August 2018, it is time to review September 2018. Even though we had some big expenses this month, the results are better. We were able to save more money this month. It is still not perfect, but it is very slowly getting there.
Not a lot of things happened in September 2018. I spent about ten days in the United States for my company. This was not expensive since everything was paid by my company. I did some shopping though. However, we bought plane tickets to China for the next Chinese new year. And we had to pay the repair for the car accident of Mrs. The Poor Swiss. This made a very large dent into our budget.
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Some people wonder why bloggers blog. You may want to know the reasons why I blog? There are many reasons why I started this blog. I have started this blog as a simple way to keep track of my progress in improving my budget. This helped me stay motivated a lot.
Over time, I took more and more pleasure in writing posts. So I increased the scope of the blog. I have writing many more articles on this blog than I would have thought. In this post, I am going to give you the main reasons behind my blogging. I am not going to tell you that you need to start a blog. Contrary to most bloggers, I do not think blogging is for everybody. And not every blog is profitable, even after one year of work. But there are many reasons why it is interesting to blog! Continue reading “7 reasons why I blog”