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Three Years By the Numbers

Posted by Tim Stobbs on November 12, 2009

It’s been often said “Time flies when you are having fun.”  Apparently I must be having a blast since I didn’t realize that this last Monday was the third birthday for this blog.   WOW, I can’t believe I’ve been writing posts for three years already.

So for those that are curious the stats stand as follows:

  • 2 writers as of this month
  • 765 posts (including today)
  • 178,942 site visits
  • 344,426 page views (including 49,311 from the old blogger site)

If you estimate a modest word count of 300 words per post that would mean I’ve written about 229,500 words which would translate to a 918 page book.  Damn that’s a lot of writing, but really it’s only a fraction of what you have done in the comments.  Collectively if we assume 100 words per comment all of you have written about a 1683 page book. Yikes!

What’s really mind blowing is if you track my net worth posts to the beginning.  I started off this blog with a net worth of about $66,000 in Nov 2006 by Oct 2009 it was $281,400, which works out to a compound increase of about 62% a year.  Obviously that includes the house value going up so I can’t take credit for all of it, but I’m still blown away it is that high.

So a big thank you to each and every one of you.  For every idea, debate and laugh that you have given me over the last three years.  You really are the reason that I do this.  And to thank you all I’m giving away a $75 gift card ($ CDN) to a store of your choice to one lucky reader (provided I can order the gift card online or pick one up where I live).  To enter just leave a comment on this post before Nov 19, 2009 (8pm CST).  Limit one entry per person and please use a valid email so I can contact you if you win.  Winner will be selected by a random number generator.

Best of luck and thanks again for reading.


43 Responses to “Three Years By the Numbers”
  1. Siobhan says:

    Happy Third Blogaversary!

    Hopefully there will be many more to come.

  2. Jason says:

    Congrats on the worn out keyboards! :)

  3. Joel says:

    Happy happy happy happy happy aniversary

  4. Andrea says:

    Well done, hope you keep it going for another 30 years (I can only imagine what your net worth will be then)

  5. Sara says:

    Wow – that is a lot of writing! I’m new to your blog – just discovered it about 2 months ago and have been inspired by many of your posts. Thanks for writing and continuing to share your ideas!

  6. Matt Hill says:

    Great job on the posts….most blogs start and then tail off as the blogger loses interest!

  7. Congrats! It really is quite an accomplishment.

    If my name comes up…please donate the $ to your local food bank.

  8. George says:

    Happy anniversary, and keep writing until you get to your goal at 45. Then keep going after that. ;-)

  9. Tim's Wife says:

    And to think, he’s mostly finished writing his post before I even wake up most days!!!

    And yes he says it’s okay for me to enter the contest, the winner is randomly chosen

  10. B says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  11. n. says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    And thanks for all the thoughtful posts. You really have inspired me to save and plan for my future.

  12. Adam says:

    Happy Anniversary! Great blog as always.

  13. Erick says:


  14. deegee says:

    New to this blog but glad to have found it.

  15. sarah says:

    Congratulations on three years of inspiring writing.

  16. Gimme Gimme says:

    Congrats, and gimme!

  17. Matt says:

    Keep up the good work!!

  18. Valerie says:

    Congratulations! Especially for keeping it up through job changes…that’s where I ran into trouble!

  19. Congrats Tim and happy birthday to your blog. I’m sure a lot of good work went into Canadian Dream. It’s great to see your net worth rise so much in a few short years. Keep up the great work.

  20. Rick says:


  21. Kat says:

    Congrats! I’ve been reading for about a year.

  22. Tyler says:

    Truly an accomplishment, i found your blog a few months ago and visit regularly. Thanks for doing this.

  23. Lyne says:

    I enjoy your blog very much :-)

  24. jacqjolie says:

    Tim, maybe you’ve gone TOO FAR in frugality if your wife has to enter your contest to get a present from you! LOL

    Good stuff, I’m very happy for you in your increase in net worth – looking forward to another 3 years.

  25. Carol says:

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments!!!!!

  26. Jon Snow says:

    Let me just say that this is probably my favorite blog… its one of the few that motivates me enough to post comments.

    I’m posting this from Los Cabos, Mexico… having a very enjoyable (and amazingly frugal!) holiday.

  27. Patricia says:

    Happy Anniversary. Wow, great statistics. Enjoy reading your blog, 3 years shows you are very committed to your readers. Continued success in all your endeavours.

  28. Patricia says:

    Happy Anniversary. Wow, great statistics. Enjoy reading your blog, 3 years shows you are very committed to your readers. Continued success in all your endeavors.

  29. Nerode says:

    Thanks for the blog. I’ve lurked for a while, and often find food for thought. Keep it up!

  30. Renate says:

    Enjoy reading and love the fact that is it Canadian! Congratulations!

  31. San says:

    Happy Anniversary? I’ve enjoyed your blog for some time now, particularly the info on retirement saving and withdrawal rates.

  32. seb says:

    Congratulations! Yes, I write this comment only for the chance to win :)

  33. Travis says:

    Congrats on passing the three year mark. I was referred here by your newest author and have enjoyed the reading thus far.

  34. Ramona says:

    Nice accomplishment! You’ll soon have plenty more to write about when you give us the inside track on local politics! Not to mention a fabulous increase rolling up into your net worth.


  35. Congrats on the website blog progress.

    Hopefully, I will be right behind you soon!

    I keep getting inspired to keep adding to our website when I read posts like yours.



  36. Shelly says:

    Congrats! I’ve been a reader for at least a year now…Thoroughly enjoy your posts!!

  37. Darryl says:

    Wow – lots of writing! Now I’ve just got to try to read it all.

  38. Arlene says:


  39. m says:

    Congrats. Keep up the good work.

  40. Julie says:

    Well done Tim. I look forward to reading for the next three years :)

  41. brandi says:

    I enjoy reading your blog everyday. I’ve learned alot.

  42. Rocky says:


    I love the sight. Keep up the greate work.


  43. s says:

    Great work. Keep’em coming!!

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