Scratch that. I am happy. Thrilled, in fact! I’ve met so many impressive people, both virtually and in real life, as a result of this two-year old blog. I am grateful for the time you take to read, comment on, and share my writing, and for the dozens of people that have helped this site become something of a success.
Successes in 2017
At this time last year, I released a mission statement.
Physician on FIRE is a personal finance website created to inform and inspire both physicians and our patients with insightful writing from a physician who has attained financial independence and the ability to retire early. The site has a triple aim to leave visitors enlightened, educated, and entertained.
Inform. Inspire. Enlighten, educate, and entertain. That sounds like a tall order, but there is a bit of overlap in there, and if I’ve checked at least one of those boxes for you, I’ll consider that a victory.
I was successful in reaching far more people in 2017, technically the site’s first full year, although the site was live for all but eight days of 2016, as well. The pageviews increased from 404,400 in 2016 to 1,504,175 in 2017, for an increase of 372%. I don’t anticipate repeating that percentage increase in 2018, but the numeric increase is within the realm of possibility.
I could point to many reasons that this happened, and my blog tips page highlights the things I’ve done to grow the site, but the biggest factor has been a partnership with The White Coat Investor in creating the WCI Network.
This became the first network site in March of 2017, and we added Passive Income MD in November. As you can see, the alliance has been beneficial to the growth in readership (see the spike in March of 2017?), and I believe the relationship is truly a synergistic one among three personal finance bloggers.
2017 Highlights for Physician on FIRE
In addition to joining up with my fellow physician bloggers, I also got a chance to meet up with a bunch of other folks in the personal finance space. I made it to small blogger meetups in Colorado, Minnesota, and the big personal finance party known as FinCon.
One of several great things that came out of FinCon was an invite to join a mastermind group where I get to learn from and share ideas with other successful bloggers, podcasters, and online entrepreneurs a couple times a month. I have learned so much already in just a handful of conversations.
I lent my voice to a podcast for the first time with The White Coat Investor in May, and have since participated in a half-dozen more. If you haven’t listened yet, you can check out my 2017 interviews here. I think I’m getting better at talking, or at least getting used it it.
- The White Coat Investor May 2017, Episode #14
- Do You Even Blog June 2017, Episode 001
- Choose FI June 5, 2017, Episode 026
- Freedom Formula for Physicians August 4, 2017
- Docs Outside the Box August 29, 2017
- Doctors Unbound October 2, 2017
- Financial Residency Podcast November 27, 2017
I continue to publish a guest post here and there, and occasionally someone will even write about me. One article, written by my buddy Mr. 1500 was featured on Business Insider leading to the busiest day ever for the site with 15,000 pageviews.tax reform post for physicians and entrepreneurs, and my backdoor Roth post, which I updated last week for 2018.
Elsewhere in the Financial Independence Community
There were some other very cool developments in the personal finance space in 2017.
The ChooseFI Podcast launched like a rocket early in 2017. Jonathan and Brad are dominating, bringing the message of financial independence to tens of thousands of people who would likely not discover the concept through other forms of media. I’ve had an opportunity to hang out with the guys a couple times in recent months, and I’m happy to see their rapid growth and impressive reach.
The Playing with FIRE documentary was filmed, featuring a number of my new friends in the FIRE space. The film should be released in 2018, and I’m expecting it will be available on at least one if not several of the more popular streaming services.
J.D. Roth, who Got Rich Quickly when he sold Get Rich Slowly, has once again acquired the site, and has grand plans for 2018. He recently published a list of personal and blog goals, which include publishing more than 500 blog posts, drinking no more than 500 alcoholic beverages, running a mile every day, and eating lots of plants.ESI Money late in 2017, and I look forward to seeing where he takes the awesome aggregator, directory, and forum.
A number of people left their regular jobs, including Mark and Tanja of Our Next Life, Mr. 1500, half of the Adventure Rich couple, Jonathan from ChooseFI, and Craig of Retire Before Dad, Ms. Financial Literacy, and Financially Possible to name a few.
These are prominent people who are very public with their early retirement plans, but for each one of them, there are thousands of people leaving some form of the daily grind to pursue their passions.
Physician on FIRE in 2018
I plan to continue the publishing schedule I’ve settled into, which includes:
- An original post on Tuesday
- A guest post (or Christopher Guest Post) on Thursday
- A Saturday Selection of a classic article from the WCI Network
- A Sunday Best “round-up post” featuring some of my favorite articles from around the web
I have no plans to start a podcast of my own, but I’ll continue to share my thoughts and knowledge via other podcasts. I’ve recorded with the FIRE Drill Podcast (soon to be released), and I’ll be recording with Doctor Money Matters and WCI later this month. I’ve got plans to chat with some other folks I’ve already recorded with, and expect to be on some new (to me) podcasts, as well.
The ambitious side of me keeps prodding me to write a book and / or create a course, but the actual me has barely found the time to keep up with the publishing schedule above, while also interacting with thousands of you on other online haunts, including Twitter, Facebook, the WCI Forum, Rockstar Finance Forum, and Bogleheads Forum.
I do also still have the anesthesia job, and expect to remain for at least another year and a half. I’m down to a 0.6 FTE position and loving it. My family and I spent most of November in Mexico and will be enjoying the Hawaiian islands for nearly all of February. An RV could be in our near future, and a medical mission trip is something I definitely want to experience before I decide I’m ready to hang up the stethoscope for good.
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Thank you again for being a part of this site’s success. Every time you share a post via e-mail, social media or word of mouth, I may not know about it, but I do sincerely appreciate it. I hope you had a fruitful 2017, and Cheers to mutual success in 2018!