Well, here we go. By the time this post goes up, we’ll be just hours away from ushering in the new year.
These days, there seems to be a certain rhyme and rhythm to the vast majority of the “year in review” posts.
Following the vernacular, I could do one of the following things now:
- Tell you it feels like yesterday when I was writing this post.
Which, of course, would be a massive lie – because it feels like it’s been ages, certainly more than a year.
Remember when it seemed that the Australian bushfires would become the defining event of 2020? Me neither.
- Give you a blow-by-blow recap of everything that happened over the past twelve months – but wouldn’t we rather forget?
Thus, I’ve decided to do a recap of a different – and hopefully far more entertaining sort.
Today, I bring you the best of the Banker On FIRE, version 2020.
Best of 2020: Top 5 Most Read Posts
I’ll be honest – when I was writing the posts below, never did I think they’ll get more than a handful of views, let alone tens of thousands.
And yet, here we are.
Interestingly enough, the titles themselves serve as an indication of what’s top of mind for many readers in the personal finance blogosphere:
#1: A Guaranteed Way To Get Rich (40,414 views)
#2: Build Wealth With The 80-20 Rule (34,881 views)
#3: How People Get Rich With Real Estate (21,175 views)
#4: Work Till You Drop: Here Comes The Pension Age Increase (13,808 views)
#5: The True Cost Of Private Schools (11,702 views)
Best of 2020: Top 5 Most Commented Posts
One of the most enjoyable aspects of running this blog is the ability to engage with readers in the comments section.
I’ve learned tons from interacting with all of you over the past twelve months. Nothing like an educated debate to help distill complex concepts into far more digestible ones.
Below are the topics that seemed to have struck a particular chord with readers in 2020:
#1: When a Million Is Not Enough (thank you Cleophas for inspiring this one)
#2: Why Early Retirement Terrifies Me (a little introspection never hurt anyone)
#3: Three Changes In Attitude On The Road To Financial Independence (the comments by Bankernotfired here are well worth a read on their own)
#4: Building Wealth With A Self-Invested Pension Plan (once again, a trove of actionable wealth-building ideas in the comments)
#5: The Road To Riches: Buy Or Rent? (kudos to Adrian for posing the question in the first place)
Best of 2020: Top 5 Most Popular Graphics
As a junior banker, I used to be the master of PowerPoint – and pretty charts.
As you can see from the graphics below, my best days are far behind me – but I won’t let it stop me from trying:
#1: The Price Of Admission To Millionaire’s Club
#2: The Fastest Way To Save £100k
#3: A Step-By-Step Guide To A £1m Net Worth
#4: Constructing The Ideal Stock – Bond Portfolio
#5: The Magic Money Machine
My Google Analytics dashboard is telling me that over the past 12 months, more than a hundred thousand people have visited this blog.
In aggregate, my posts have been read more than 650,000 times and commented on 1,300+ times.
As of today, almost 500 people are signed up for the mailing list.
I am grateful – and honored – to have every single one of you as a reader.
Thank you for making 2020 awesome – and Happy New Year!
See you on the other side