Happy 1st Birthday Dividends Down Under

By | December 17, 2016

Author: Mr and Mrs DDU.

We’ve now been blogging on Dividends Down Under for over a year since our first post. A lot has happened in that time, so we thought it would be a good idea to look back and reflect on what we’ve achieved and some big events:

InvestingWe’ve done a lot of investing over the last 12 months, we’ve posted about 16 purchases and 2 sales. This has allowed our portfolio to grow quite a bit, but is still tiny compared to some other bloggers and where we want to be.

Hopefully in the months and year ahead we can make regular investments if everything goes to plan. It will be very exciting when we pass the 5 digit mark and 6 digit mark (which is years off!).

DividendsWe’re happy with how our dividends are slowly growing, our blog is named after dividends after all. We keep a running tally of our dividends here and we’ve blogged about receiving $727.36 in dividends so far. We want to eventually get to a point where our dividend income is more than our expenses each year, so we have a long way to go.

Being on this journey has shown us the power of dividends and the longer we do this, the more affirmation we get that we’re doing the right thing as we hone our investing style more.

Moved from free hosting to BluehostOur blog has come a long way from the very basic one we first made on WordPress, even if it isn’t the most hi-tech blog around. We chose a new theme, Mrs DDU now makes a picture for every article, we have Google Adsense and we have an s on our https site address – pretty rare among bloggers (it makes the site a little more secure for everyone).

Had 1 IVF cycle cancelledThis wasn’t the greatest part of our year, our lowest probably. We’d been through a lot to get there, yet it meant we had a really long way to go until we could have another attempt. We’re getting close but there are still some things we need to finalise first. Hopefully 2017 will be the year we finally can get our baby. Fingers crossed.

We’ve made so many friends – We wanted our blog to encourage other people in our position to show that it’s possible to positively affect their financial future.

Yet we have been just as encouraged by the comments on our blog and reading other people’s journeys. I think it goes to show that no matter what you’re doing, whether it’s fitness goal, financial goal or weight goal etc, that it feels much better doing it with someone or multiple people by your side.

We’ve learned: blogging is much more than just writing – If you run your own site and do everything yourself, a lot the time is spent doing other things like social media, reading other blogs, back-end technical things, replying to comments on our blog. Some of those things are more fun than others, but replying to comments from you (our readers) is what we enjoy the most.

We’ve learned: don’t do too little, but don’t do too much – The older we get, the more we realise how motivating having goals is, it really adds fire to our lives. But at the same time we’ve found it’s important to not overload our lives either. Life is all about balance right?

We’ve learned: it’s better to keep the blog real and honest, rather than take the money – We are approached quite regularly to feature some product, sponsored post, link or website. We could have accepted those, but we feel for us personally, it’s more genuine just to keep the content true to what we want to write about. Google Ads are all we want for now but we reserve the right to change our minds especially if an opportunity comes along for a product or service we really believe in.

There’s no “correct” way to be financially independent and retire early – It doesn’t matter about your job, your savings rate or how you invest, as long as you’re making progress on your journey and happy doing it. We shouldn’t think about our life as two separate lives before and after FIRE – we’re living our lives now and we should make sure we’re happy doing it.

Final thoughts

We’ve really enjoyed our first year of blogging and we can’t wait to get the new year started. This is just the start of Dividends Down Under and we hope you enjoy the next year and the years to come. Thanks for reading all of our words, commenting and rooting for us on our journey.

Onwards and upwards!

Mr & Mrs DDU

64 thoughts on “Happy 1st Birthday Dividends Down Under

  1. Mrs. ETT

    Congratulations, one year is a huge milestone. You are right about blogging being so much more than writing; look at all of the new skills you have picked up along the way. I’m loving that part, and there’s still a lifetime of stuff to learn.

    One day it will be great to look back and “remember before DDU Junior came along, it took a whole year to make $727.36 in dividends? We make that every 3 days now” (satisfied FIRE smile).

    Looking forward to a successful 2017 for you both.

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thank you Mrs ETT 🙂 Getting to one year does feel like a big achievement, we have seen a lot of blogs drop off so it’s good to know we’re survivors.

      Your dividends comment would mean we’re earning $88k in just dividends – we’ll take that! Haha. One day we will get there, it just depends how many years it takes.

      We really appreciate your kind words, thank you 🙂

      Mr DDU

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  2. The Green Swan

    Congrats on the milestone! I’ve really enjoyed following your journey and look forward to another great year. And 2017 will be the year! Always positive.

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks JW, we appreciate how long and active you have been commenting on our blog – we have felt very encouraged by that. Hopefully you’re right and 2017 can be the best year of all so far.

      Mr DDU

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  3. Wealth From Thirty

    Congrats on an excellent dividend snatch this year guys. You worked hard at it and on the blog so it’s nice to see it paying off. I know the IVF didn’t quite go to plan this year and hope your opportunities next year prove fruitful – take care guys and looking forward to you keeping up with the great blog!

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thank you WFT, it’s nice to know that old cliche still works – work hard at something and it should come good 🙂

      Hopefully next year can be our best yet!

      Mr DDU

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  4. Vicki@MakeSmarterDecisions

    Congratulations to both of you! What an accomplishment! You have a terrific outlook and I enjoy interacting with you so much. We will keep our fingers crossed that 2017 will bring you closer to your IVF success, continued growth and focus on balance too.

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks DividendTIME, happy birthday to you too 🙂 It feels good to get to the one year mark, but there’s a long way to go for us.

      Mr DDU

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  5. TJ

    Congrats on the 1st year – and I love what you said about no correct way to reach FIRE.

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks TJ, I like that you like that part. Not only are we on a journey from start to finishing FIRE, but also discovering what that entails for us. We’re liking what we’re seeing 🙂

      Mr DDU

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  6. Dividend Diplomats

    DDU –

    HUGE! Congrats and Happy Birthday to you and the blog. This is awesome and pumped that you’ve enjoyed the community thus far. The longer you’re in it, the better it gets, I promise! We’ve been going for almost 3 years and it’s been phenomenal. Huge support system and a great way to bounce ideas, share thoughts and motivation to push forward. HBD again!

    -Lanny

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks Lanny – we love being part of this fantastic community and all the love we’re feeling. It’s making us very motivated to keep going and stay accountable to all of our readers 🙂

      Mr DDU

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  7. Tawcan

    Congrats on the 1 year milestone. Here’s to many to come. Lots learning for sure. I’ve learned that focusing on blogging the way and have your own voice is very important. Create your own brand. 🙂

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Definitely Tawcan – that is what we’re really trying to do now. Don’t copy anyone, don’t do what we think other people want us to do, just do what we want to do 🙂

      Mr DDU

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  8. Charlie

    Congrats on the anniversary and awesome accomplishments. And you provided a reminder that I missed my second birthday last week …

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  9. Roadmap2Retire

    Happy First birthday! Its great to connect with someone down under and get a perspective from you. Keep up the great work and looking forward to many more years of blogging.

    cheers
    R2R

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  10. Life we learn

    Congrats on one year of blogging guys!! You have both achieved quite a bit this year and fingers crossed the IVF is successful and you guys get some good news very soon! Have a merry Christmas and happy new year! Take care 🙂

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thank you for your kind words and support over 2016 LWL 🙂 There is plenty for us to be positive about and hopefully everything comes right for us this year!

      Mr DDU

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  11. earlyretirementnow

    Congrats on the first year milestone. I wish you lots of dividend growth and all the best! Good luck with the blog and all the other things that matter in live!

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  12. Slack Investor

    Hey DDU … Congratulations on this great blogging achievement … and good luck in other parts of your life!
    Australian Financial bloggers are pretty rare fish … and I enjoy your posts. Cheers

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  13. Jon @ Be Net Worthy

    Congrats on the milestone! As a relatively new blogger myself, I agree that it is so much more than just writing. I think it’s great that you both work on the blog as well. I’m sure it brings you closer and also spreads the work around. My wife does all of my pictures and editing which is a huge help.

    Good luck in 2017!

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks Jon, we love the teamwork aspect and it has definitely brought us together. It’s added a lot our skills to our skillset that’s for sure 🙂

      Mr DDU

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  14. Amanda @ centsiblyrich

    Congratulations! Like Jon said, I think it’s great that you both work together on the blog. My husband is getting more involved lately….just have to get him convinced to write a post.

    I look forward to continuing to follow your journey and wish you the absolute best for 2017! 🙂

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks Amanda 🙂 That’s great that your husband is getting in on the blog too. It makes it more personal when both partners are involved and it’s not taking time away from each other, it’s building together 🙂

      Mr DDU

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks for the congrats Ty 🙂 Although the blog may not grow as quickly this year, I think what will happen in real life could be very good!

      Mr DDU

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  15. Miss Mazuma

    Happy Blog Birthday!! You guys have done such a great job this past year with the writing and in general your finances are really moving along!! Im so sorry to hear the IVF didn’t take – here’s to 2017 having better results. 🙂 I’ll be thinking of you!!

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  16. Martin - Get FIRE'd asap

    Congrats on the milestone guys. Here’s to another year of blogging in 2017 and beyond. What I like about your blog is that you guys are documenting your FIRE journey pretty much from the beginning. You know that it’s going to take a long time to reach your goal but you recognise the rewards at the end are worth the time and sacrifices made along the way. In years to come, you’ll look back and be able to see the changes along the way which will hopefully inspire other young people to do the same. Nice one. And here’s to 2017 becoming baby year too!

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks Martin. That is precisely the reason why we thought blogging would be a good idea, because people get to follow along right from the start and hopefully see us flourish 🙂 Cheers to your final message!

      Mr DDU

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  17. Jef

    Great share here guys! Thanks for reflecting and congrats on the 1 year…
    Here’s to many more years in the bloggersphere for you both 🙂

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  18. Mrs. BITA

    Happy Blogerversary to you two! You have accomplished so much, you should be proud. Sending much baby dust your way for 2017.

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  19. Josh @MoneyBuffalo

    Congrats on making it one year (so far)! It shows you all have made many positive steps with the increase of comments, publishing frequency, etc.
    Probably reading and responding to reader comments is my favorite part as well as it is affirmation that people are actually reading & interested in what you have to say.
    And I hope that the IVF is successful in the coming year!

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks Josh 🙂 We really appreciate all the love and support we get from readers, it means a lot to us, thanks for following along!

      We hope it’s a good year for a baby to come along too.

      Mr DDU

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  20. Biglaw Investor

    Happy Birthday! It’s quite a milestone to make it to you first anniversary. Most blogs fail well before that, so congratulations to you two.

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  21. Team CF

    Lots of wise words and a great first year for use! Happy blogging b-day to you both. Hope you can keep going strong in 2017.

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks Team CF, we really appreciate all your comments and support over the months. It makes blogging a lot easier when we know we have supporters like you 🙂

      Mr DDU

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks Michael 🙂 We love being a team, it means a lot to us and we really connect through it. We plan to be around for a very long time!

      Mr DDU

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  22. Investment Hunting

    Congrats on the milestone. Blogs are a lot like restaurants, most disappear withing 6-months. Hitting a year is an accomplishment. I look forward to year 2. Best of luck to both of you in 2017. I’m wishing you great wealth, exceptional health, and hopefully a baby.

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    1. Dividends Down Under Post author

      Thanks Nathan. Well, we were very happy to start our restaurant and it will be sticking around for a long time to come 🙂 I think 2017 may be the best year of all. We wish you a great 2017 too. Thanks for following us and supporting us.

      Mr DDU

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  23. Toon

    Congratulations!! You’ve been doing pretty well so far. I wish you success and I am a big fan of your blog. I hope you success and begin a good year of 2017.

    Happy New Year.

    Toon

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