After nearly 4 years and countless hours of writing and research, it’s time to shut down Income Surfer. This is not without some sadness, and a lot of disappointment. I’ve made some great friends and had some very good times over the last four years, but everything has a season. Fortunately, I’m optimistic that we will be able to maintain many of the friendships created.
This site wholly meet our primary objective of helping me build relationships with like minded investors, but I completely misjudged that our current life would not resonate with readers. Perhaps it was arrogance, perhaps hubris, whatever the case……viewership/readership has declined for the last few years. While page views and email subscribers grew at a phenomenal rate throughout 2014 and 2015, they peaked when I left my traditional job and began our 6 months of travel. Within a couple weeks, while we were still on our initial trip mind you, they began to decline. They went nowhere but down from there. I know many initial readers were straight dividend investors, who could relate to us because of the dividend companies in our portfolio at the time….and the fact that we worked traditional jobs. To us, those companies represented good values at the time we purchased them…..and were overpriced when we sold them in the summer of 2016 (around the time of Brexit). Dividend paying companies were only one of the ways we were chasing our version of FI, not our sole focus. I really expected that our stories of travel, side projects, and life would have brought in more readers and relationships once we reached our version of FI in 2016. Boy, was I ever wrong. I don’t know the reasons honestly, because we’ve been living just about our dream life for the past two years. Maybe we’re just a little more weird than I realized.
Whatever the reason, we’ll keep enjoying life and looking for fun/exciting projects and opportunities. Not ones to just sit around, my engineering/development side hustle is growing quite nicely. There have been several nice trips, and plenty more to come. Thank you for all the comments, support, and most of all your time….over the past 4 years. We hope the rest of your 2017 finishes up well, and that 2018 is a great year for you and your families. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!