Happy New Year! 🎉
And it feels particularly sweet to say that – though the beginning of 2021 looks a lot like the end of 2020. It's great to close the books on a devastating year, though; the world saw something like 84 million confirmed COVID cases and 1.8 million deaths. Among them – my grandmother.
With US EUAs in place for two vaccines and the equivalent designation for others in many countries: 2021 means hope. Here's to 2021 – hang in there, folks.
Send your congrats to Cameron and Bryan! Cameron got married in 2020, and Bryan is a father twice over. 🥂
And you might recall, we sadly lost our dog back in February. Meet my new editor, Otto, the (at least mostly!) German Shepherd, who we officially adopted a couple of months back:
In 2020 DQYDJ published 169 new posts – not including the seven new category designs (Investing is the most popular, check it out if you haven't yet). I don't send them all to the list as they don't all fit – but you can find the firehose on the blog portal if interested.
169 exactly matches our output in the previous 32 months – we published 64 new posts in 2019.
Is it sustainable? Ha – I hope so, but probably not. That's a high bar!
We hit a pageview milestone in 2020, crossing 10 million near the end of December. The last three months have been wild – all three right around 1.1 million pageviews apiece. That certainly helps the motivation 📈.
Thank you so much for continuing to believe in the site with the joke-for-a-name. I'm so thankful I started this hobby project back in 2009, and I'm excited to see where we go next. And yea, I still have a day job.
Ostensibly, I'm currently looking at debt and want to zoom in on some of the categories we covered in the average debt post. Realistically, I'll be making other tools and calculators in the meantime... even if I don't send them to your inbox. I'll get to debt, though.
I haven't yet added the features I promised to the stock return calculator (split adjustment, IPOs). I realized I have to deal with the proliferation of SPACs & ticker name changes too, that's all currently manual. Once I get most of those features, I'll take a serious look at a mutual fund version – for at least some subset of mutual funds. Remember: there are more mutual funds than stocks.
Yes, I know – I need to look at a NASDAQ total return calculator too. The last time I looked, it was quite a lift, but I'll look again, I promise.
Also, yes – asset allocation posts and net worth targets. I'll get there after debt. Let me know what else you'd like to see – I'll probably close the SCF until 2023 after those series, haha.
2020 – Let's Never Do That Again...
2020 was a terrible year for the ages, but even bad years disguise good things. I'm thankful for my family, friends, colleagues, pup, and you, dear reader.
We've indeed built up 2021 as a promising year. Let's deliver on that promise and start the Roaring 2020s.