Where does the time go? I know we all ask this same question when some milestone event takes place. It may be a birthday, the start of a new year or in this case, exactly one year since I started my blog. As I sit here typing this post I can hardly believe that a whole year has already passed since launching DivHut. Of course, many amazing things have happened to me over the last 365 days. Foremost, was the birth of my son. This blessing came to us after almost six years of marriage and almost two months into parenthood I can say without doubt that it has been an amazing experience that I am proud to share with Mrs. DivHut. Sure, these early days keep us on 24 hour clocks as feedings, diaper changes and the occasional bouts of gas keep us up every two to three hours but I wouldn’t trade this life experience for anything.
I always have been a believer in spending time and money on experiences rather than on “stuff.” I discussed the concept of a “moneymoon” in a comment a while back. It’s the feeling you get after you buy some material possession… the feeling of utter joy and real happiness that comes with that new car, article of clothing or some piece of jewelry that fades dramatically in the weeks and months that follow. No matter what that material possession is, the newest “i”Gadget comes to mind for most, the utility and joy derived always declines. However, spending time and money on experiences such as travel being with my wife and son and creating other memories truly lasts a lifetime. I am certain that in a year from now or in ten, I’ll look back at these early days with baby DivHut with fondness just as I look at photos from my many travels and feel great joy reminiscing.
Besides the birth of my first child I feel very fortunate to be a part of our growing dividend/financial independence community. Not for one second during the past year did I regret starting DivHut. In fact, much as most of us regret not buying certain dividend paying companies earlier, my only regret is that I did not start chronicling my dividend growth journey online earlier. I am continually amazed at the support, advice and transparency among our community. I plan to continue sharing my real world portfolios with you on DivHut as well as continue to do overviews of different dividend paying sectors that might otherwise be overlooked. I want to thank everyone who has visited and commented on DivHut during the last year. Without you DivHut would not be possible as I continually receive inspiration from your comments, questions and your own blog posts that I read on a daily basis.
Of course, being a blogiversary post, I wanted to share with you my blog stats from the last 365 days.
The numbers above just prove to me that DivHut would not be possible without any of you and for that I thank you. I’m happy to see those numbers above without making any comparisons to other blogs that exist. I’ll simply let these numbers stand alone and give me my own metric to compare DivHut’s second year stats to. Here’s to all of us continuing on our own FI journey and may we continue to receive inspiration from one another.
Disclosure: Long DIVHUT