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When we started this weird little blog, we didn’t think we’d get a lot of views. I mean, other than a few friends and family members, who else would want to read our insane ramblings?
So when we launched our blog on May 20, 2016, we thought no one would read it. We thought we’d write a few times a week, just for shits and giggles, and along the way meet some like-minded weirdos and have some interesting conversations.
Turns out there are A LOT more people that want to Retire Early out there than we thought! And as each of our conversations got more interesting, instead of running out of things to say (like I originally expected), I couldn’t stop the ideas from flowing. As a result, our community of Revolutionaries flourished.
And then one day, 8 months later, this happened:
Yup, you read that right. 8 months, 122 posts and 3667 comments later, BOOM.
1 Million views.
Which just blows my mind when I think about it, because ONE MILLION of ANYTHING seems like A LOT.
And I cannot express how much we didn’t plan this. We started this whole blogging thing by literally googling “How do I make a blog.” In fact, it took other bloggers like JL “The Godfather” Collins to tell us that he “reads a LOT of FI blogs and we don’t sound like anyone else” to clue us in that we were onto something. Normally it takes 2 years of blogging to get any real traffic, so…I guess we’re doing pretty well?
The more I think about it, the more I realize that the progress of this blog is a bit like the stock market. Some days the views are insane (woohoo! 10,000 views! They love us!) and other days they stink (2,800 views?! Oh God, we suck!) And if we were emotional about the whole thing, we’d be whipsawed back and forth every single day trying to guess what we were doing right/wrong. But in reality, what’s happening is that averaged out over time, the views are actually rising steadily and heading towards 1 million views. And as it turns out, apparently not only does the blog NOT suck but has grown UNUSUALLY fast. In fact, according to MMM’s blog stats, Mr. Money Mustache hit his first 1 Million views in 9 months. And somehow we did it in 8.
Other than the view count, something else that surprised us is how globally diversified our readership is. Of the monthly 26,358 unique visitors that google estimates, our Revolutionaries come from as far as Russia, Australia, and the UK!
And here I thought only Canadians and Americans cared about early retirement. Yeah right.
Now I know no one wants to read rambling long meta-posts about blogging, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.
As I mentioned in my previous post, no one ever got to where they are alone. The only way to succeed is to surround yourself with better people.
And that’s what we did.
The Millennial Revolution only got this far because of…
You are the reason why we write.
You are the reason why the Millennium Revolution lives on and continues to spread everyday.
You are the reason why this amazing Financial Independence community exists.
So THANK YOU. THANK YOU for taking the time to read, comment, and contribute to this amazing, thriving community.
And since mere written words aren’t enough to express our gratitude, we made you this video.
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