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The Oblivious Investor is 1 Year Old

Today (10/26/09) is The Oblivious Investor’s first birthday. πŸ™‚

A few statistics of interest:

  • 285 posts,
  • ~ 600 subscribers,
  • 1,359 comments,
  • Currently getting ~ 230 first-time visitors each day via search engines, and
  • 2 new books launched.

On growth and goals:

I’m happy with that level of growth. I can’t say whether or not it exceeded my expectations, because I didn’t have any. This being my first blog, I had no clue what to expect. Similarly, I don’t know what to expect by the end of year two. 1,000 subscribers? 2,000? 3,000? No idea really.

I’m comfortable with the fact that this blog will never be comparable to Get Rich Slowly or The Simple Dollar in terms of readership. It focuses on too narrow a niche for that to happen. That is, it only appeals to people with a serious interest in investing. And within that group, it only appeals to people who don’t mind the fact that I openly criticize activities such as stock picking, market timing, etc.

Giving thanks where due:

The blog has been an absolute blast to write so far. And with a growing group of people reading and participating in the discussion, it’s becoming more fun as time passes. So thanks to all of you for reading, and thanks to everyone who has participated in the discussion whether via comments, email, or replies on your own blogs.

Also, to everyone who has helped to share this blog (and its ideas) with others, whether by linking to it, tweeting about it, stumbling posts,Β or good old-fashioned word of mouth: Thanks!

Similarly, I’m quite grateful to everybody who has helped with the two books, whether linking to them, reviewing them on Amazon, or, of course, buying them. πŸ˜€

Where we go from here:

For my part, I’ll be continuing to write on a regular schedule, most likely on a range of similar topics. But a large part of where the blog goes from here is up to you. For example:

  • How quickly it spreads/grows is primarily a function of how many of you are compelled to share it with others.
  • In terms of topics, if you have something you’d like me to cover or questions you’d like me to address, please let me know.

Thanks again, everyone. I’m looking forward to year #2. πŸ˜€

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Comments

  1. Mike…..

    Congratulations my friend. I wish you many years of continued success.

    Your blog and friendship have been invaluable to me…..keep it up!

  2. Thanks, Neal. Same goes to you. πŸ™‚

  3. Congrats Mike!

  4. Susan Tiner says:

    Happy Birthday Mike. I love your blog.

  5. Congratulations, Mike!

    Keep up the good work.

  6. Mike,

    Congratulations on a great year- it’s hard to believe you’ve only been blogging for a year. Keep up the good work!

    >That is, it only appeals to people with a serious interest in investing.
    >And within that group, it only appeals to people who don’t mind the fact >that I openly criticize activities such as stock picking, market timing, etc.

    And that is why it is such a great blog! Stock picking and market timing are sexy and exciting… but they are likely to make you a lot poorer! I just posted how personal story of how “hot” stock tip turned out to be not so hot for me after all… http://ponderingmoney.com/2009/10/26/one-stock-i-will-probably-never-sell/

    -Rick Francis

  7. Congratulations, I’ve been reading a lot of financial lately and yours truly stands out. I love the concept of “oblivious”.

  8. Your numbers are so far ahead of mine that there is no comparison, Mike. So I am very much impressed. Your blog entries are high quality. You deserve your success.

    My guess is that your growth in Year Two will be faster. The hard part is getting people to know about you. Once a significant number is spreading the word, I would think that growth would get easier.

    I understand your point about a niche blog never becoming as popular as a general-interest one. I am not sure that I entirely agree. There are a huge number of general interest blogs, so the competition there is fierce. There are not so many blogs that cover your niche. If you come to own that space, I think you could do well indeed. (Not that my opinion should count for much, given my own numbers.)

    I wish you the best of luck for continued growth and success.

    Rob

  9. Well done Mike. I hope you keep blogging for a long time.

    In terms of topics, I’d like to see more profiles of lazy portfolios and even some profiles of oblivious investors (everyday people, not just well known finance writers). I also like the topics that generate good debate in the comments.

  10. Congrats! I think a lot of your success has to do with your constant posting schedule and ability to make mundane topics seem exciting and new…

    CONGRATS

  11. Well done. Especially on the subscribers and comments. I’m not able to devote as much time as I would like on ours. You are far ahead and ours has been up for sometime now.

    Keep it up.
    cd :O)

  12. Mike:

    Congrats on the success! You are an inspiration and an educator. Keep sharing your knowlege and you will continue your success!.

    It’s all about value!

  13. Congratulations Mike! Your rate of converting visitors into subscribers says it all — if the big blogs were converting at such a rate over the years they’d have a million subs! πŸ™‚

  14. Thank you, everybody, for all of the kind words. I very much appreciate them.

    And, as always, thanks to each of you for reading. πŸ™‚

  15. Congrats Mike!
    I keep comming back to your blog, it’s my favorite US investing blog. Your content matches my point of view almost to a T. I love the blog layout, its very easy to read. Keep up the great work!

    Brian

  16. Niklas Smith says:

    Happy birthday! I look forward to year no. 2 πŸ™‚

  17. Congrats, Mike.

    In the world of blogging and writing in general, the 1st Birthday is a HUGE milestone, and one that many would-be bloggers never see.

    I hope you celebrate many more Birthdays in the years ahead

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