“Are you going to keep writing your blog after you quit?”
“I was planning to do a few posts afterwards, so yes.”
“But I don’t want you to disappear like so many other FIRE bloggers.”
Ah, yes, the post FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) disappearing blogger case. For those of you that read a number of FIRE blogs you have likely noticed a bit of trend with them. They write like clockwork until they hit early retirement and then after perhaps ten posts or less they vanish without a trace into the voids of the internet.
Some examples that I recall and miss include:
And there are many more examples so if you have any in particular you miss feel free to share in the comments.
So what the hell happens after everyone retires early? Well in short I would guess the original reason for the blog is basically dead. After all most of these blogs focused on the journey to FIRE so after getting there they write a few post cards from the other side and eventually just stop writing.
Also I suspect there is the other side of the issue. After getting ER they go do other things with their lives such as learning new hobbies and developing new passions about life. Then eventually they realize they want to spend more time on those things and they drop old things that no longer interest them (like their old FIRE blog).
And finally I suspect another leading cause of leaving their blogs behind is they feel they have nothing else to add. They saved, they invested, they taught you how to do it and they told you about the ER life…so after that anything else they would say would largely be repeating themselves. After all, how many times can you say “yep, still retired and life is good”? I understand this problem well as I know I have repeated myself on this blog in the last decade, but honestly I just stopped caring if I did that a few years back. Hell, I even got over contradicting myself as my views changed over the years.
Yet here is the most important thing for people to understand, it is natural to lose interest in something. Most blogs do in fact have a life cycle: they are born by a strong passion for a topic, the blogger learns more about the topic and cross links to others, they may even get a bit respect in the community and their life goes some other way and they lose interest and stop writing. Hell this is so common place there is reason why most bloggers burnout and stop within the first three months or 100 days.
It take effort to collect new ideas, draft a post, edit the post (I suck at that stage), add the links and respond to comments and you are mostly doing it out of pure interest in the topic (since most bloggers make VERY little on their blogs…me included, but that is another post).
So will I go dark after I retire early? Potentially yes but I honestly don’t know. On the one hand, I am really attached to this little blog after all these years, but on the other hand I don’t just keep something just because it is old. I suppose it depends if my other interests in my post ER life take over or not. I will say that I plan on to keep posting for at least the first full year afterwards to document my transition. Since I plan on writing a second book on the actual transition to retirement so I likely won’t lose interest in this blog for a while.
So what FIRE blogs do you miss? Or how do you keep interested in a given topic?