Posted by Tim Stobbs on October 26, 2007
I look at the calender last night and was a bit shocked to find I’m just two weeks away from this blog being a year old. Has it really been this long already? You mean some one actually reads this crap some days (and yes I do think some of my posts are crap, come on be honest now you think some of them have been crap as well)?
Yet some days there are some good things that come out of all this writing. I’ve learned far more than I thought possible about investing and I keep coming back to the same conclusion regardless how I look at the numbers. My dream of retiring at 45 seems possible. Lots of hard work? Yes. Pain in the ass some days? Oh, sure. Yet still possible, which is almost surreal. I knew when I started this blog my dream to retire at 45 was just that. A dream. I hoped I could do it, but as I’m going along I’m starting to realize it really is possible and for some reason that scares the hell out of me.
Why? Somewhere deep inside I have to admit I have my doubts. Will I like retirement? What will my family say? What will my kids think? Will my wife like it or hate it? Should I save more and push off retirement a few years? Can I survive a stock market crash? Am I too risky? Am I too conservative? Those and thousand others echo in my mind some days.
Yet I do get some encouragement from you. Each reader and comment helps poke holes in my ideas and makes me examine things I didn’t think of. In some small way, each of you are helping me get there. So I’ve been thinking I would like to give you all something back. The problem is I don’t know what to give you unless you tell me.
So this brings me to the point of this post (and you thought all that rambling above wasn’t going anyway *grin*). What would you like from me for this blog’s birthday on Nov 9? Would you like a retirement calculation spreadsheet or perhaps a personal finance tip page? Or do you have a question or topic you would love to hear my thoughts on? It’s really your choice. There is no such thing as a stupid question or request. If you are too shy to ask in the comments send me an email.
Have a good weekend.