Fiery Millennials: Year Two

You guys! On this day, exactly 2 years ago, I registered this domain and starting blogging!


I am so incredibly grateful I started blogging. I've met so many fabulous people, developed meaningful relationships, and learned so much.

I have no doubt my life wouldn't be anywhere near as amazing as it is right now if I hadn't started blogging. My investments are optimized (ish), I've traveled to some amazing places for free through churning and friends opening up their homes, and I have more amazing memories tucked away for rainy days than I could've ever imagined.

Watching a friend drunkenly inhale In N Out.

Paddling around a still lake at twilight.

Staying up until 2 in the morning discussing the mysteries of life with new friends.

Summiting a mountain and feeling wisps of clouds caress my cheeks.

Starting this blog has allowed me to form deeper relationships with those in the FIRE community and I don't think I'll ever be able to express how much that means to me.

In the past two years, I've attended 5 official FI events and many more unofficial meetups. I've had the pleasure of going to Ecuador for the Chautauqua in 2015, the Berkshire Hathaway blogger/FI meetup 2016 in Omaha, the OG Camp Mustache in Seattle, FinCon 2016 in San Diego, and Camp Mustache 2017 in Florida. Unofficially, I've been able to hang out with FI people in Chicago, Dallas, Maine, London, and the greater Midwest area.

Meeting all these people and forming friendships with them has created a far-flung network all around the world. The locations isn't the only thing that's diverse though. Everyone is different: younger, older, married, single, kids, no kids, chosen method to FI, rentals, no rentals….. It's allowed me to expand my thought process about my path to FI.

When I started this journey, I was going to work for MegaCorp until age 35. Because of the encouragement and wisdom I've gained from the community, that path has changed! All for the better, don't worry.

It's been fun for me to go back through my archive and see how things have changed in the last two years.

I've written 130 articles! WOW!

In the beginning, I had a few close friends reading and giving me feedback. Slowly, so so so very slowly, traffic started to rise as I found my voice and started to interact with the community.

I tweeted this picture just a few days into 2017:

And this is what that exact same view says today:

In the first quarter of 2017, I've already gotten HALF the traffic I had in 2016. That's amazing!

To all the new bloggers out there reading this, just keep writing. I think I had 500 total views for 2015. I'd have days where I would get 1, 2, or even no views at all. Now, I average about 500 views in a single day. The love I get from everyone warms me up on even the coldest days. So, reader, thanks for reading! To those of you who send me emails and interact with me on social media, thank you so much for the time you take to write those messages. I save each and every single message in a special folder. (I don't know what I'll do if I get a nasty gram. Stay tuned.)

A number of things have surprised me about blogging in the last 24 months.

First off, I am surprised at just how freaking hard it is to blog. Figuring out the technical behind the scenes stuff, wrestling everything into looking how I want it to, and especially how difficult it is to keep coming up with fresh, new content. The Rockstar Blogger Directory has close to 1,000 bloggers in it already! Granted not everyone is a FIRE blogger on it, but still. That's a lot of pressure to come up with new stuff and trying not to copy anyone's previous posts.

Second, it's a bit disconcerting (and awesome) when I go to talk to someone in person, and they tell me, “oh, I know. I read about it on your blog”. I've done it to a few bloggers myself and now I understand their reaction. [I hold no regrets about being called a super fan. It's true so…]

Finally, it's a fantastic conversation starter. Mentioning that I'm a blogger gives me some sort of different status in people's eyes. Especially now that I've been at it for two years! My words carry more weight now than they normally would coming from a 26 year old. It's definitely made me stop and consider what I'm about to say more than once.

So. I've been blogging for two years now. (!!!!) Where do I see Fiery Millennials going?

Well, have no fear. I'm not going anywhere! I intend to keep blogging for as long as people are interested in my story.

That being said, there will be a few slight tweaks to the blog. I mentioned one of my goals this year was to start monetizing the blog, and I intend to start that in the next few weeks. Don't worry, I'm not going to plaster the site with ads or shove affiliate links for things down your throat, but I'm not going to categorically reject offers, either. As the site grows, hosting becomes more expensive. Having affiliate links will allow me to continue hosting the site and bringing you awesome new content!

I'll continue to write about my adventures, lessons learned on the path to FI, sharing my numbers, and detailing everything about my rental properties. I will probably split the reports into two: one for rental properties/blogging, and the other one for my personal expenses. I will be tracking them separately for tax purposes, so it only makes sense to split them up into two different reports as well. This way those of you that don't blog will be able to continue to see what my “normal” expenses look like! And, to those of you who do blog, you'll be able to see what expenses and income I get from the blog!

I've gotten a lot of messages telling me how much you all appreciate the numbers so they're not going anywhere!

Here's to the next year of blogging! I cannot wait to see what it brings!





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35 thoughts on “Fiery Millennials: Year Two

    • Thanks Fritz. I’m glad I made it this far! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in a few weeks!

  1. Congratulations! I’m glad you stuck with it, and I look forward to reading about the rental property and blog cash flow. Those high profile meetups sure look cool…

    • Me too, Dylan! ha! I can’t wait to share all the numbers with everyone!

      And if you get a chance to attend a FIRE meetup, I highly suggest them!

    • This is where I would normally come up with a cute ditty in response, but I’m coming up empty 🙁

  2. Wow, what a way to start the morning by reading this post. I love reading your posts and it was so nice to meet you the other day, though we still need to work on our lyrics! Thanks for all the encouraging words for the newbie bloggers out there; Team Waffles is definitely in that boat and a little inspiration definitely goes a long way. I am truly happy for you and wish you all the best with whats to come.
    Mrs.Wow recently posted…Not all Detours Are Created EqualMy Profile

    • I can’t wait to actually get to sit down with Team Waffles and have a nice long chat! We’ll get the lyrics down some day – I’m not worried at all.

      I’m glad I could provide a bit of inspiration for you this morning! Keep up the great work on WoW!

  3. Yay Yay Yay happy Blogiversary to youuu!!!
    It’s so easy to be discouraged when you first start blogging. I remember being absolutely tickled when a whopping five people visited my site in the early days. Celebrate the little and big victories because it isn’t easy to manage and grow a blog. 🙂
    I’m trying to monetize my own blog in a less-spammy kind of way (damn you, Google ads). I did take the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course and I thought it was pretty beneficial to monetizing a blog without spamming the living daylights out of readers.
    Mrs. Picky Pincher recently posted…What A Frugal Blogiversary!My Profile

    • Thanks Mrs. Picky Pincher! Turns out this blogging thing requires a lot of hard work. Who knew?! Haha
      Earning money from a blog is such a delicate balance of earning money and annoying your readers….. I’m a blog reader too so I aim to make my blog not annoying as much as I can!

    • I highly recommend the directory! It’s a great way for people to discover the blog. Thanks for listening to the podcast, and good luck with your blog!

  4. Wohoo! Congratulations! Great work in these past two years! I’m looking forward to continuously following your journey (and I’m so excited for your new house!) I just had my first anniversary so this is definitely motivating for the future.

  5. Yay! And it is so weird how well we get to feel like we know other bloggers! When I looked at that picture from FinCon I recognized more than half the people in it and I haven’t met a single one of them or spoken to them in real life. It’s crazy! I know so many personal details but have never said a word to them (or you lol)!

    Thanks for sharing your story! You inspire me!
    Ellie @ The Chedda recently posted…Net Worth and Income – Jan + Feb 2017My Profile

  6. Happy two year blog-iversary! I’ve only been on board for a few months and I’ve seen you massively restructure your retirement date, I can’t imagine how it feels for you going through the whole journey.

    If you’re ever writing a post and worrying that you’re ‘copying’ someone else, don’t be. I learnt in University that there are only seven (ish) stories in the world. Coming of age, rags to riches, the Quest, overcoming evil, etc. What matters is your unique voice, perspective and take on that story.

    Just think, Avatar was called a blatant Pocahontas rip-off and people LOVED it 😀
    LadyFIRE recently posted…She’s making a list…My Profile

    • Ha! In N Out was totally amazing. Not as great as getting to hang out with you for 3 days though! 🙂

    • The very first time I met up with anyone in person was the Chautauqua in Ecuador and I was so nervous. I was flying alone to a different country on a different continent to meet strangers off the internet. Fortunately, everyone was SO NICE. I had a marvelous time! After that first meetup I was no longer nervous since I was meeting people I knew already. If you’re nervous, I suggest finding someone who will be there and meet up with them right before. That way you have someone you KNOW is in the same boat!

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