Fall Update 2017 – Samhain

Happy Samhain! Once again it is time to compile updates from the four corners of my blog.

  1. I submitted me Second Official Guest Post, this time on White Coat Investor. Here is the link for my post “Law School for the Rest of Us“.
  2. OthalaFehu is now permanently listed on Reddit’s Financial Independence blog list(right side of the page), very pleased about this.
  3. There was also a collaboration with TrackingHappiness. He has a new Macro-post on the topic of ‘Can Money Buy Happiness‘ that we had a small part in. Building Bridges 🙂
  4. In stock moves, Dow Chemical and Dupont merged to from a new company DWDP. I held stock in both so now I hold DWDP. I beefed up my position in AAPL (Apple). Lastly, added 2 new dividend thoroughbreds, TGT (Target) and CAH (Cardinal Health). See Portfolio.
  5.  In Precious Metals, I bought 2 more ounces of Gold to increase the Gilded Hoard. Not the best time to buy gold, but I was getting itchy.
  6. We bumped up our Deferred Compensation to $300/check.
  7. Rounded out another season ‘Up North’ at the Cottage. We will still get a trickle of tourists for the next month or so, but all in all our best season yet! Income outpaced expenses for the first timer ever!
  8. Participated in 5 more chain gangs over at RockStar Finance. SWAN FIRE Prowess Scoring, Money Maps, Frugal vs. Cheap, Emergency Preparedness, and Financial Mistakes.
  9. With October comes another data point on My Year over Year Net Worth. And it was up gangbusters! Best annual gain to date. Almost $250k!

Now for the Numbers at the NINE MONTH MARK,

  • 40,021 page views since launching Feb 1,2017 (+ 17,700 from Summer Update)
  • 79 total published posts (average 8.7/month) Up from 66 last season
  • 430 total comments (I need 107 views to average 1 comment left) Up from 273
  • I have collected 992 followers on Twitter (+389)
  • 432 on Pinterest (+132)
  • 675 on Facebook (+260) I finally made a FB Page for OthalaFehu, please GO THERE and Like/follow. Thanks!
  • 451 on Instagram, finally getting the hang of this one.
  • 83 followers by email/Wordpress (+29)

Tracing the path back to the following sources;

  • Facebook 1,465
  • RockStar Finance 1,438
  • Twitter  @othala_fehu 1,097
  • Directory at RockStar Finance 966
  • Reddit 956
  • Retirement Manifesto 736
  • Forum at Rockstar Finance 734
  • Search Engines 429
  • PhysicianOnFire 403
  • Tie DividendDriven & Retireby40.org (both 113)

Popularity of my posts ranked;

I neglected to attend FinCon 2017 this year because I wanted to wait long enough to make sure that this blog was not just a flash in the pan. Early next year, I will have hit my one year anniversary. I am thinking I will go to FinCon 2018.

 Samhain  is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltain and Lughnasadh. Samhain is the origin of our Halloween holiday.

11 thoughts on “Fall Update 2017 – Samhain

  1. My first bloggoversary is later this week. I’m gonna need to crazy numbers today to catch up with your impressive 9 month stats.
    Keep up the great posts.

    • That FB stat is a little misleading, I have 675 friends to my OthalaFehu personal account, the othalafehu.com entity has way less followers. It is certainly harder to get followers as a business/blog account than as a personal account.

      I just went through my pinterest to invite you to some boards, but all the ones I have the power to invite, you seem to already be there 🙂

  2. You seem to be emerging as the Pinterest guru! At some point I’ll come knocking on your door for advice on that.

    Great post output btw. I’m finding it tough to to knock out one a week.

    • Lot of those posts were new guy on the scene backlog, 1 a week is getting harder. I may belong to some good Pinterest groups, but I do not get much traffic that way. I just cant seem to make my pins look like everybody else’s. I like mine but they don’t seem to be as effective.

  3. Great update. This is the first post I read on your blog and I will for sure come back. Really like the update on where you traffic comes from and some of the other stats. You seem to be doing great. Looks like I need to step up when it comes to social media and forums.

    • Like I was saying to Ms99, That FB stat is a little misleading, I have 675 friends to my OthalaFehu personal account, the othalafehu.com entity has way less followers. It is certainly harder to get followers as a business/blog account than as a personal account. The key is to join some FB groups and then post to them, same as Pinterest.

Let's get things nice and sparkling clear