Way back when… in the last few days before we changed our calendars from 2016 to 2017 (December 29th I started to be exact)… I would always browse these dividend and FIRE pages. Some were simple blogs using the WordPress website and some were using their own domain names. It really didn’t matter. I was so interested in this community that I decided in October 2016 that I was going to join you all. I really liked the thought of making your money work for you and I really liked the fact of passive income growth over time. So…. I created Buy, Hold Long.
Back in late 2016 and early 2017 I still remember looking up to the big guns and thinking wow I wish I could be like them, to be honest, I still do. They make more money on dividends than I could ever dream of. Some of these guys (and girls) I would call them the OG’s of dividend investing. (OG meaning old school basically).
I remember seeing posts from DivGro, DivHut and Dividend Diplomats. I am still very glad to see them still kicking along, if anything, Dividend Diplomats are posting more now than I actually remember back then (well done Bert and Lanny).
What Creators Have Shut Down?
Now remember I have only been interested in this community for less than 3 years but I still remember these people posting to their site and spending hours reading their other content.
I remember getting a little bit of traffic from his site as I was in the blogroll. The numbers he put up of dividends received were definitely something to be aspired to. Does anyone know what happened? His site now is hosted to sell.
While Dividend Mantra is no longer really posted to, the guy behind it is still definitely around. Maybe you’ve heard of him? He’s only the guy you wish you could be. Look at the situation he is in. Financially independent living the life in Thailand. One can only dream. While Dividend Mantra is no longer posted to, Jason’s other site Mr. Free @ 33 is very active and posts a lot of great articles.
Dividend Monkey’s site is still alive today, it doesn’t seem like it has been posted to since February 2018. Almost a year and no Monkey in sight.
I really liked hearing and reading from Scott. He seemed to almost always comment on my posts. But unfortunately he is no longer posting. His last post was from 9th June 2018.
Race 2 Retirement
Now this page was one of my all time favourites. I really liked the idea behind this one. Basically he wanted to earn $3000 a month in dividend income and he wanted to achieve this in as little as 3000 days. Seems reasonable for someone who is dedicated to the cause. Unfortunately, his last post was July 21st, 2018, and we haven’t heard from him since.
Steve used to post about once a month. His last post was in August 2018 and we haven’t seen him post since. His journey was a little different as he was using rental income to help with passive income. He was also an avid believer in living frugally.
Where Have These Bloggers Gone?
While it is sad to see them go, it makes you wonder if they ever think about coming back to the blog. While I don’t actually think the FIRE and Dividend Investing community is dying (sorry for the click bait), I think there have been just as many if not more people come into the community and start their own blogs.
I really hope we continue to grow and get more people on this path towards financial independence. Below are some of the up and comer blogs I have seen which I love to read, if you know of any others leave a comment so I can check them out.
I’m sure there are many more but these are a few that come to mind.