Traffic to this blog has been steadily declining the last couple of years and is a little less than half of what it was at its peak. Reader engagement has dropped to almost nothing. My post about getting hit by a car only got a couple of comments. In the past a post like that would have gotten at least a dozen comments. I’d also usually get multiple comments on almost every post. The decline in traffic and comments isn’t entirely unexpected since blogging much less of a priority the past couple of years. I’d like to change that now since it doesn’t make much sense to continue blogging if nobody is going to read my posts.

In 2012 I received a lot of criticism on a post about using the income based repayment plan to repay my student loan. Although I try not to let internet bullies bother me, the insults and disparagements did get to me. That led to fewer posts and to self-censoring my posts to avoid more criticism. I think that might have contributed to the blog’s decline in traffic and comments.

I also recently discovered a widget was redirecting some of my traffic but I don’t think that was having too big of an effect on my traffic and comments. If you have had any trouble accessing this blog please let me know and I will try to fix whatever is causing the trouble.

I do have some ideas for changes to TFM. I’m hoping the changes will actually be improvements. Last year, most of my posts were income, expense, or SWR posts. The income and expense posts will continue since I like them. I’m not sure many readers care about them though. That is why I intend to write more posts on ways to save money or money. There will be at least one post a week with actionable advice on one of those topics. The first post will be up Wednesday. I’m also planning on changing the theme and writing about paying down my student loan. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions on how I can improve this blog.


Hike Plan Postponed, New Plan?

April 13, 2015

My tax job is ending this week and my original plan for the upcoming time off was to go on an approximately two month hiking trip starting next Monday. Unfortunately, I have had to cancel that plan. Although I’m recovering pretty well from being hit by a car there are lingering concussion symptoms that may […]

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March FIRE Numbers – 34.71Months of Expenses Saved

April 10, 2015

My March FIRE (financial independence retire early) numbers improved slightly. I have 34.71 months of expenses saved which is slightly more than the 33.e months of expenses I had saved in February. My goal is to have 300 months of expenses saved. Although my ultimate goal is to save 300 months of expenses I am […]

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I Got Hit by a Car

April 7, 2015

Yesterday while walking across the street on my way to work I got hit by a car. Since the accident caused some memory loss I don’t actually remember getting hit. From what I can piece together from what the EMTs and bystanders were saying I was walking in the crosswalk and the driver of a […]

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March Income – $4745.32

April 6, 2015

Here is a breakdown of my income for March. Online Income $46.66 Interest $3.89 Cash Back $21.14 Amazon FBA $12.43 Jobs $2503.35 Tax Refund $2057.85 Motif Bonus $100 Total $4745.32   March was a great month for income.  The tax refund of over $2000 was the biggest boost to income. My job income was pretty […]

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March 2015 Goals Review

April 5, 2015

My goals for March were to lose three pounds, spend less than $50 on fast food, and write at least ten blog posts. I did manage to spend under $50 on fast food. I spent $43.78 on fast food in March. That is much better than normal for me. For some reason I didn’t crave […]

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