Wow, I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for five years. FIVE YEARS!
So much has changed over the last 1,825 days – not only within the personal finance blogosphere, but my life is completely different than it used to be. And I honestly never, ever thought that I’d be writing a 5-year anniversary post here on GMBMFB, or that there would be people here, reading what I have to write.
Since I started taking care of my finances, I’ve gone from a -$21,000 net worth, to over +$71,000. That’s a difference of over $92,000! What I’m most proud of is the fact that I was able to accomplish this with an average salary of just $44,000/year – proving that you don’t need to make a huge salary in order to change your life. You just need to be determined to do whatever it takes. :)
For long-time readers, you know that things have changed a lot since February 2007. In the past five years, I’ve had 6 jobs, move 5 times, and went through 2 tough break-ups. And just last year, I bought my very first home. Other notables include getting adult braces, having LASIK eye surgery, getting fired from a job, and my big blogging break with the Toronto Star/Moneyville.ca.
This blog began on February 25, 2007, and since that time this is what has happened:
- Posts: 2,500+
- Traffic: 2,500,000 visitors
- Highest traffic (day): 11,500 visitors
- Highest traffic (month): 90,100 visitors
- Featured in (print): FLARE Magazine, Financial Post Magazine, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star/Moneyville, Metro News
- Featured in (web): MSN Money, The Consumerist, Wall Street Journal, Montreal Gazette, MoneySense, Sympatico.ca, Yahoo! Finance
- Featured in (radio): 103.5 QM/FM, CBC Radio One, CKNW 980AM, NewsTalk 1010
- Featured in (television): CTV News Channel
Thank you to all the GMBMFB readers out there. You guys are fantastic. It’s been a great 5 years, and I’m excited to see where the next year takes this blog!