The Most Popular Posts Of 2016

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.

#1 – How To Create A Retirement Paycheck

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.

#2 – 5 Reasons Why Retirement Is Hard

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.


# 3 – 5 Steps To Take Within 5 Years Of Retirement

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!


#4 How To Downsize In 24 Hours

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!


#5 – The Best Money Advice Ever Received

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!



  1. Terrific year and wrap up post Fritz!

    Your “Top 5” are stand outs but every post is insightful. Kudos to you and I’ll be looking for more in ’17!

  2. Oh drats! I’m your #2 fan this week – I may have to challenge Ian to a duel. ?
    Great work in 2016. We’ll remember this year for “meeting” you and for retiring!

    Looking forward to seeing what you produce next year. Happy 2017 to you and Jackie!

    1. Great Tom hear from you Mrs. Groovy! #2 isn’t all bad, you’re being gracious in sharing the honor with Ian! Getting to know you and Mr G has been a highlight of my year, kindred spirits, and I’ve enjoyed our phone calls! Thanks for including Jackie in your 2017 wishes, she makes my life complete! Talk to you soon!

  3. That’s an amazing year Fritz! I have a lot of “back reading” to do on your site because we have a lot in common and I have a lot to learn from you! I hope we can meet at FinCon next fall too! Congratulations and here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2017!

  4. Congratulations on the HUGE increase in readership, that really says a lot about the value people see in your message. Now that our first year of retirement is in the history books wanted to say thank you for all your help and ideas offered through the blog and elsewhere. As this is planning to be your last “full year” of employment enjoy the ride my friend!

    Happy New Year and may God continue to bless you and your loved ones.

    1. KIRK!! Nice to hear from you, old friend, hope your Christmas journey North went well. I think the readership surge was due to the guest posts you wrote!! Best wishes to you and Mona as well, sorry we couldn’t hook up over the holidays, let’s get together soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Comments are closed.