I just got this notification from WordPress that it has been 6 years since I started babbling nonsense through this blog. In January 2015, I still was 14 months from quitting my job and living a life of nonsense.
This writing project was inspired as a way to perhaps help others think through their journey to early retirement. I found very few longer-form descriptions of what went into reaching financial independence and retiring early (FIRE). There were even fewer ‘diaries’ of what it was really like if you made it.
The first article I posted only got 16 initial reads. I thought it would be worth writing more if readership built up to an average of about one hundred people per post. I got to that level in year one and it’s stayed well above that mark to this day.
First Post: Chief Sparky’s Blog (January 2015)
As I look back, I’m glad to see my initial principles on how to plan your FIRE journey have held up when I look at the 6 years later. I have to say, I am surprised there are so many dimensions to reaching FIRE and living a FIRE lifestyle, so I guess I’ll continue for awhile.
I learn a lot writing the posts and learn even more when I read the comments and hear how others approach the same challenges.
Thanks SO much for that!
Eric – “Chief Sparky” – “Mr. Fire Station”