Farewell and thank you for reading
Today is the 735th, and last, post on this blog. It has been an eventful 5 years for the world and I was privileged to blog about it during such interesting times.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, the reader, first and foremost. I once joked when I first wrote this blog that the only person who read it was my Mother who would comment that I was better off spending my time making more money or finding a wife. While Thicken My Wallet never had tens of thousands of readers, it maintained a loyal and steady readership throughout its time. Thank you for your loyalty.
I also want to thank the personal finance blogsphere community. Without them, I would have had a lot less links, comments, story ideas and corrections to my post (done ever so politely). Thank you for taking your journey at the same time as mine.
Finally, I want to thank the guest columnists or interview subjects who gave so generously of their time and insight. Thank you for teaching me.
I have been asked several times why I am ending this blog. Quite simply, life caught up to me. There were too many balls to juggle at once. I would rather retire this blog now than periodically post or write posts lacking any analytical quality. Those who know me know that one of my favorite sayings in life is “you should do something different with your life every 5 years.” Having reached the 5 year mark, this blog’s journey has ended and it is time for me to do something different as well.
The blog will remain up for the immediate future. I hope my sometimes unique viewpoints will enlighten someone down the road.
I am going to impart 3 final thoughts learned while bloging:
- Let’s start with a mind-set lesson. Personal finance is a long and boring road. I would equate it with rolling a boulder up a hill. Do not stop rolling because of a small blip. Do not change course and roll another boulder because your neighbor says his boulder is sexy and you need to roll the sexy boulder too. Remember the lesson is to keep going one step at a time and do not get discouraged if it feels like you are making no progress. Roll long enough at a steady pace and pretty soon the boulder begins to roll itself.
- Learn the hard skill of planning financially and creating and balancing your budget. Then learn the soft skill of having the willpower and discipline to stick to it.
- Life can be and should be a life-long learning process. I started blogging about finding jobs and how to be a good employee because: (i) a reader requested it; and (ii) I was not very good at being a good boss so I decided to be a better one by partially blogging about it. It is not my call whether I am a good boss or not. What I can state definitively is there was a lot of self-discovery and learning in trying to make myself a better boss. Do not let anyone discourage you from learning. Being good at personal finance is not about being the smartest or having the most degrees. It is about continuously learning and adjusting as you learn. I would argue this applies to more than just personal finance but to life as well.
That’s it folks. I wish you and yours the best of health, success and happiness. Once again, I thank you for reading these past 5 years.