I'd like to thank you for reading and participating in makingourway.
It's been a great adventure and would have been a much more difficult one without your support, advice and feedback.
Here are some thoughts for the coming year and makingourway:
- Consistent posting - we're pretty good at this, but I'd like to make sure we do it daily
- Updated format - I'd love to rework the blog's look - maybe the new version of blogger will help
- Better bookmarking, etc... I'll try to put delicious and digg links in - need to learn about these - I'm so 1990s
- Integrate a Q&A / question box process into the blog
- Discussion of immense life changes and other things to come:
- move to IL
- wife's new job, our bigger family
- buying a new house in IL
- selling our old house in NC
- keeping my job at Big Company
- life as an employee (vs. business owner)
- experience with investment advisor
- creation of a formal financial plan with a financial planner
- detailed budgets and family economic analysis
- discussions on reducing spending
- new investment strategy and allocation plan (and how it works)
- investment discussions and thoughts
- tax planning
- efforts to make blog self-sustaining (integrate unobtrusive advertising)
- estate planning issues
- more prosper thoughts
- discussion of personal finance blogging ethics
- personal technology discussions
Please let me know if there are any additional topics you would like to hear me discuss.
As always, everything makingourway talks about comes from the perspective of a father in his late 30s trying to lay a foundation for his children's future and one day an early retirement.
Our voice -- makingourway is fairly unique in the personal finance Blog world:
- We are in our late 30s - think of us as the over-the-horizon-radar for most personal finance bloggers, who are usually younger
- We are advanced in our careers
- We have owned, bought and sold businesses - not just been employees
- We have a high family income, which introduces a very different perspective and many new issues on investing, tax and estate planning
- We have a full family, but at a later age than most
- Grandma and Grandpa live with us
- We have over $500k in investible assets - which opens up a broader world of investment options -- and closes some off
- We have aggressive goals - in general aggressive networth and savings growth of over $100k each year
I hope these differences come through in our writing and topic selection -- also we hope they are interesting to you!
Have a wonderful New Year, makingourway