Well despite the odds today this blog is one year old with five posts a week. YA! There were times I came close to giving up and packing it in, but your support kept me going. We’ve had some interesting discussions over the last year. Some I regret bringing up and others that I learned so much from.
I would like to single out certain people for thanks. First off I would love to thank Ram of the Canadian Capitalist who first brought my blog to a wider audience with a post on his blog and who provided a role model to look up to in the blogging world. We don’t always agree, but that makes for some more entertaining discussions.
I would also like to thank Frugal Trader of Million Dollar Journey who has been my tech support for this blog more times than I can count and who looked after the blog while I was on vacation last summer.
And finally I would love to thank one reader in particular: Telly. Who with one comment so perfectly described what I was trying to do with this blog, that I really can’t say it better so I will quote:
“The thing that is most admirable about your situation, and don’t take this the wrong way, is that your blog is not about becoming rich, or even getting to a net worth of $1MM or some other arbitrary # (not that there is anything wrong with these things either) but rather about the fact that you live frugally, save much of your income, and most importantly, you plan to retire early with simply the basics and maybe a couple extras…. I think most people admire the fact that you don’t need all the extras in retirement to make you happy but rather, you want to get there asap (at 45).
When I read your blog, I am reminded that a simple life can be pretty rewarding, that I don’t need much of the ‘extras’ to make me happy either, and that I can do things to save money and also be environmentally responsible…definitely nothing to be ashamed of. “
Now onto the presents. I’m sorry to report the retirement spreadsheet isn’t ready yet for the birthday party, so that will be ready in the coming weeks. In the mean time I’m going to offer something else. I’m giving away $50 CDN as a gift card to a store of the winner’s choice (keep in mind I need to be able to get the gift card, so is I can’t order the card online or pick it from a store in Regina you are going to have to pick another store). To enter you need to leave a comment on this post with some feedback on the site. I don’t care if it’s positive or constructive, you just need to give me something. Limit one entry per person and only open to residents of Canada (unless you US readers can figure out how to use a Canadian Currency gift card in the US). Contest closes on Nov. 14, 2007 at 8pm CST. The winner will be picked by a random number generator and notified by email.
Thanks again everyone and I look forward to another year of blogging.