2016 has been a great year for The Retirement Manifesto, and I thank each of you for that. Some annual statistics from Google Analytics highlight the growth that each of you have driven on this site:
- Number of “page views”: Up 627% vs. 2015. I exceeded 100,000 page views. Wow.
- Users: Up 513% vs. 2015, with over 37,000 users this year.
- Sessions: Up 555%, with 59,000 sessions in 2016.
As my regular readers know, I receive no compensation from this site. It’s a labor of love, and it brings real satisfaction to know that there are literally thousands of folks “out there” who are walking this journey toward retirement at my side. I enjoy sharing what I’m learning as I progress toward retirement (it’s getting closer every month!), and I appreciate the friendships I’m making along the way. Stay tuned, more in store for 2017!
The Most Popular Posts of 2016
I’ve compiled this year-end post to highlight the top articles of the year, based on the number of times each article was read. I’ve gained many readers as the year has progressed, so if you’re one of my newer readers I encourage you to scan the “Top 5” list below to make sure you didn’t miss “the best of the year”!
Click on the Bold Titles to read the posts.
With a focus on how to transition from the “accumulation phase” to the “drawdown phase”, this article outlines the details on how my wife and I will be using the Bucket Strategy to fund our retirement lifestyle. It also includes my first Infographic, which is at the end of the post. It was a big hit, and was recognized by Rockstar Finance as one of the best personal finance articles in October. It’s been read over 8,000 times.
An overview of my Doctorate Thesis, which focused on 5 elements which make retirement hard. The good news is, a little planning goes a long way, and many of these issues can be managed if you have a plan.
5 Steps you must take if you’re in “The Red Zone”, which starts 5 years before your planned retirement date. Review the list, and make sure you’re not missing any of these critical steps!
We got rid of 30 years worth of stuff in 24 hours, and were able to downsize to our cabin in preparation for retirement. Here’s how we did it. Learn from what we did, you can do the same!
The brightest minds in the world of personal finance blogging weigh in with the best advice they’ve ever received.
If you missed the best of 2015, click on the title above to see the best posts I wrote in the first year of this blog. Most of this content is “evergreen”, which means it’s still valid (for example, my #1 post of all time, The 10 Commandments Of Personal Finance)
What’s Up For 2017?
Thanks to each of you for being loyal readers of this blog! I hope you’re learning from my journey, as my wife and I move ever closer to our retirement. For 2017, I’ll be attending my first finance blogger conference, and it’s a BIG one (“Yuge”, as some folks might say). If you’re interested, it’s called “FinCon17“, and I look forward to meeting many of my new friends in Dallas. The Retirement Manifesto continues to gain momentum, and I’m hoping I can continue that trend for 2017.
My commitment to you: I promise I will continue to focus on writing the best possible content, with the goal of bringing value to you and helping you in your personal journey toward retirement. I’ll continue to tell my story, hopefully in a style that you’ll continue to find educational and entertaining. Thanks for walking beside me, I’m looking forward to the New Year and all that it will bring!