Celebrating Two Years Of Boomer & Echo

Today marks our second anniversary here on Boomer & Echo, and it’s been an unbelievable journey.  In two years, we’ve written over 500 posts, gained more than 3,500 subscribers, seen over 635,000 visits and had nearly 1 million pageviews.

When I first stumbled on a popular personal finance blog called Million Dollar Journey, I spent months combing through the archives.  I was hooked, and soon I was soaking up other personal finance sites like Money Smarts Blog, Canadian Finance Blog, Canadian Dream Free at 45, Canajun Finances and Financial Highway.

My mom and I liked to discuss personal finance and investing, and we had talked about starting our own business.  After a bit more research on how to start a website, we decided to launch our own personal finance blog.  My mom came up with the Boomer & Echo name, which fit perfectly since we’d be writing from the perspective of two different generations.

Who knew that our blog would grow from two visits a day (me, and my mom) to more than 60,000 visits a month in such a short time?  I still remember our first little spike in traffic, which was from the Canadian Capitalist blog linking to my article on 10 ways to save on car insurance.   I think we hit 100 visits that day!

I also remember the first two comments we received, from Young & Thrifty and from My Own Advisor.  Many blogs that started around the time we did have long since faded away, but both of these blogs have been tremendous supporters of ours from day one (ok, maybe day five).

The Globe & Mail has been kind to us, picking up quite a few of our articles over the years:

Last Fall, I wrote a few sample articles for Adam Mayers at the Toronto Star.  This led to a full time freelancing gig, writing twice a week on their personal finance site, Moneyville.  The opportunity to write for a major media outlet has given us a ton of additional exposure from across the country.

We want to keep you coming back each week by publishing interesting content on personal finance and investing topics for Boomers and Echos alike.

How about a giveaway?

So, we want to do a little giveaway to show our appreciation to all the readers and bloggers who’ve supported us over the past two years.  Here’s what we’re giving away:

  • 1st prize is a Samsung 10.1″ 16GB Galaxy Tab 2 Tablet – retail $349.99
  • 2nd prize is a $50 Amazon gift card
  • 3rd prize is a $25 Future Shop gift card courtesy of our friends at Great Canadian Rebates.

There are 5 ways to enter the contest:

This contest will close on Friday August 24th and we’ll announce the winners on Friday August 31st.

Good luck!

136 Responses to Celebrating Two Years Of Boomer & Echo

  1. Jim Yih says:

    Congratulations Robb! You are doing a fantastic job and deserve all the success!

  2. Meghan says:

    Congratulations on your two year anniversary! I stumbled on your page and read your articles through my Google Reader. As a student who is going to graduate from university soon, I have learned many great things from your blog.

  3. Ash says:

    Congrats from a new reader! i’ve been spending the past days combing through your archives as my social life is taking a hit from attaining 3 fractures…At least something something good came from the bad! I’m getting my budget under control!

    Congrats again!

  4. Former_Torontonian says:

    I can’t remember how I stumbled across boomerandecho.com, but I’ve been hooked ever since. Love the different perspectives, and have enjoyed seeing you in the Toronto Star. Hope you both stay around for many more years to come. Congrats on your second anniversary and cheers!

  5. Ross Taylor says:

    A very impressive ramp up Robb. Perhaps the most important thing you have done is be consistent – in terms of the frequency of your posts (sometimes we just don’t file like writing, yet one of you does) and the quality.

    And it is a very rare day that anyone will find even a typo in your work. Congrats to both of you.

  6. MikeO3 says:

    Congrats from me also! I enjoy the thought provoking and useful articles.

  7. NormaK says:

    Love this blog and also follow on Moneyville. It’s one of the few sites that I check daily and it’s one of the few where the dynamics between and with commenters are respectful. I thank you for that.

  8. Congrats!! Great achievement, keep up the good work!

  9. NormaK says:

    Oh, and continued success with your blog!! :)

  10. Jason St-H says:

    Gratz on your 2 years! I stumbled upon this blog a few weeks ago and it’s in my RSS reader ever since!

  11. well done. Love the blog and I can’t believe how you have written so many blog posts. Massive effort and keep it going.

  12. Kaye says:

    Congrats on 2 years!!

  13. John says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been an avid reader for the last year or so… keep the articles coming!

  14. Justin @ MUM says:

    Great…Just great, I’m almost at the 2 year mark and I don’t even have a 1/4 of the stats you do! AND I have to think of a better give away now! Haha

    Congratulations Robb, hell of a milestone!

  15. Mike Collins says:

    Congrats Robb! Can’t believe it is only 2 years. You’ve come a long way in a short time.

  16. Lyne says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been a reader for about a year.

  17. glenn says:

    Good work boomer echo. I’ve been reading this for over a year now. I am more educated, informed and in control of my finances! It’s great read about your journey.

  18. Mepo says:

    Happy Birthday – keep digging :-)

  19. Congratulations! You’re a model of success for us other bloggers to look up to!

  20. Ken says:

    Congrats to you both! Time sure flies!

  21. nicole says:

    Congrats! I really enjoy reading your posts, it really helped me to find the right info I needed for starting my son’s RESP this year. Thanks!

  22. Cindi says:

    I am a Boomer & enjoy learning new stragedies involving money/saving/investing. I have passed this site on to my children & some of their friends. It’s always good to receive information in order to make wiser choices. People don’t know what they don’t know…yet. Information is power. Keep it up. Thanks.

  23. Jesse says:

    My wife got me reading your posts, I’ve learned a lot. Congratulations on this milestone!

  24. Robb, congratulations – I like the fact that that your blog has been around for a while (I have followed since I start blogging). What I enjoy reading about are the experiences of a younger and older person have in personal finance.

    I can’t believe it has only been 2 years!

  25. PK says:

    Wanted to drop in and send you congratulations!

  26. IG says:

    Great blog! I enjoy reading it very much! Keep up the good work!

  27. Gary says:

    congratulations you two! you have always answered my questions and i really appreciate your honesty. all the best in the future.

  28. Maria says:

    Congratulations on achieving two years. I have been receiving your blog via email for a few months now, and find them to be very informative. I am either right at the end of the Boomer generation or the beginng of the Echo generation, depending on when you think the baby boom ended. So, either way, your articles speak to me. I recently saved money on gas thanks to your link to get a $75.00 gift card when you applied for a credit card. It came in handy:)

  29. Money Beagle says:

    Congrats. Curious about how many of the original blogs that inspired you that you still read? I got into blogging after reading a few blogs, and looking back, I only read a fraction of those, but have found others (like yours) along the way.

    • Echo says:

      @Money Beagle – I hear you. Many of the original blogs I followed changed their style or stopped posting altogether. A lot of blogs started as a way to record their journey out of debt, or towards a specific financial goal.

      The thing is, once you’ve got a good financial plan in place, your finances sort of go on auto-pilot and there’s not much left to write about.

  30. Barry Evans says:

    I get many financial news letters via email,I always look forward to reading Boomer & Echo.

  31. @canmort says:

    That is great. Wish you all the best in future. Keep up the good work.

  32. Echo says:

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. It means a lot to us.


  33. jock says:

    I have found your topics interesting and very easy to read. Like many of your followers I don’t recall when I began following but am glad I did. Congrats and I wish you well going forward.

  34. mike says:

    Congratulations. Always a good read.

  35. Linda says:

    I am enjoying your saving and investing tips. Keep it up!

  36. Jaclyn says:

    Thanks for sharing your advice and insight with everyone!

  37. Bernie says:

    Congrats & Happy 2nd Anniversary…here’s to many many more :)

  38. Lynda says:

    Always the first email I open. Started subscribing through a link with the Globe and Mail. I really appreciate the advice you give as it is always easily doable. Keep up the great work.

  39. krantcents says:

    Congratulations, I wouldn’t mind having some of your numbers!

  40. petra says:

    I remember your 1st year anniversary — that’s when I discovered your blog. I’ve been enjoying your posts ever since. Congratulations on another year!

  41. phyllis says:

    We just signed up for the Boomer&Echo emails recently and are enjoying the articles very much.

  42. Lina says:

    Congratulations on your blog’s 2nd anniversary. I always find something interesting to read every time I visit it.

  43. SophieW says:

    Wow… Has it really been 2 years already?!? Now I feel old… :)
    Congratulations and I wish you many more years to come!

  44. Edward Antrobus says:

    Congrats on 2 years!

  45. Be'en says:

    Congratulations on reaching this milestone! Wishing you several more years of successful blogging..

  46. Joe says:

    Congrats Robb. And thanks for your support of newer bloggers!

  47. Congrats on your second year of blogging at Boomer and Echo! You’ve had so much success in the past couple of years, I’m sure you are very proud. I’m sure you’ll continue to have success for many more.

  48. Chantal says:

    As a longtime reader I’m so pleased to see you hit this milestone. Congratulaions!

  49. Peter says:

    Congrats, always like to drop by to get a bit more informed. Keep up the great work!!

  50. Mike says:

    Thanks for all the information over the past two years. I look forward to your comments and useable information.
    Please keep it coming

  51. Phil says:

    Congrats on 2 years, may you have many fruitful years to come.

  52. Congratulations on your two year anniversary!

    Yeah, I remember your site in those “early” days :)

    Amazing how much growth your site has seen in just two short years…kudos to you….great concept and great content.

    Here’s to many more years!

    Best wishes,

  53. Tom Drake says:

    Congrats guys, you’ve done a great job in 2 years!

  54. SE Book says:

    Congrats on a good two years. And to many more!

  55. Sandra Voth says:

    Great to hear about your success.

  56. gene2u says:

    Congratulations Boomer and Echo… echo… echo.

    Great idea to team up with your mom. Must be a fun way to stay connected.

  57. Congrats on the 2 year milestone! Keep up the good work!

  58. Liz Rice says:

    Congrats on your two awesome years!
    lilelizabee AT gmail.com

  59. Liz Rice says:

    I like you on Facebook!

  60. Heather says:

    Excited to read more of your posts! Thanks for hosting.

  61. jan says:

    Congrats on a great job.Thanks for the giveaway,i’m hoping this giveaway is worldwide,i can not see anything saying different.

  62. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Wow–and I’m new here. Congrats! I just subscribed and joined you on FB.

  63. Shannon R says:

    Congrats, I am now receiving your emails

  64. Shannon R says:

    I have Liked you on facebook to get your news feed

  65. Shannon R says:

    Keep up the good work, your tips are invaluable to the budget

  66. Lynda says:

    congratulations on your anniversary!

  67. Jen says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary! :)

  68. Justin says:

    Congrats from a new reader! Great articles here.

  69. Stefanie Gladden says:

    Congrats on 2 yeras!! that’s awesome!!
    thanks for the great giveaway!!

    Confirmed email subscriber
    Confirmed newsletter series subscriber
    liked on fb – ann lyfe

  70. Rebecca says:

    Liked and subscribed :)


  71. Jessie C. says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary

  72. Jessie C. says:

    signed up for Boomer & Echo email updates

  73. Jessie C. says:

    signed up for exclusive series on how to improve your finances

  74. Joni Mason says:

    You and your mom have put a lot of hard work into to this and you deserve any accolades you can receive! Congratulations on your second anniversary AND on your many other achievements!
    Thank you SO much for the giveaway!!!

  75. Congrats on your two years of blogging!! Do me a favor, I won’t tell anyone….pick me!! ;)

  76. Carson says:

    Sign me up!

  77. mara zamora says:

    Wow what a milestone ,congrats on the 2 yeas & the many more to come .What a geat way to celebrate a milesone than with a giveaway right ?

    Confirmed Subscriber & liked on Facebook as Mara Zamora


  78. Shivin Bakshi says:

    well done on 2 years of bloggin!
    - Shivin Bakshi (shivin_bakshi@hotmail.com)

  79. Hoa Le says:

    Congrats on your achievements and thank you for the generous giveaway!

  80. Christine says:

    Congratulations on 2 years!!!

  81. KimD says:

    Congrats on 2 years of great content! :D

  82. Carla Bonesteel says:

    YAY! 2 Years! Show me the money! LOL

  83. Caitlin says:

    Congratulations on two years! I’m always looking for new personal finance blogs (especially since so many fall off in less than a year or so), and can’t wait to dig into your archives!

  84. Peter says:

    Thanks a lot.

  85. Mina says:

    Congrats on your two years! I’ve been following your blog (& browsing the archives) for a couple of months now. Judging from all the excellent content, it seems like you’ve been here for much more than two years. Keep up the great work!!

  86. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

    Congrats on your anniversary!! That’s an awesome milestone to have passed

  87. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

    I also like you on fb as Nikki Lynn Hanna and subscribe by emails


  88. adryan maldonado says:


  89. Wendy T says:

    I’m a confirmed email subscriber.

    Thank you.

  90. Shannon McBeth says:

    Congrats on 2 years! I hope you have many more to come.

  91. Gabe Honnold says:

    It would really feel great to win this! Congrats on everything!

  92. ANGEL JACKLYN says:


  93. Lorraine says:

    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary!

    I found you while surfing as I was in search of information for a 50 yr old, re-entering the workforce after 16 years of being at home, on my own, new house, new job – oy!

    Love to see more financial info for those of us who have changed lifestyle thru divorce or remarriage.

    Love the blog!


  94. Sandra Mathers says:

    Good work – as a paretn and the mother of a university student I find sharing your articles invaluable!

  95. Steve Bay says:

    Congrats on 2 great years. I’m looking forward to many, many more. Keep up the good work!

  96. Rajib says:

    Congrats on the big milestone! I appreciate the effort you two put into this – it’s now part of my regular morning routine to read your articles.

  97. Hope says:

    As a long time reader, I congratulate you. Keep up the good work and it is great that a parent anmd child are having such obvious fun together.

  98. Rob says:

    It is refreshing to find so much quality information in a one stop shop format!

  99. Cory says:

    Awesome Giveaway! and Congrats!

  100. Colin says:

    COngrats on two years and here’s to many more!

  101. KAM says:

    Congrats on a job well done!! As retired baby boomers, we look forward to your future newsletters. Always enlightening!

  102. Carol says:

    Congrats on 2-yr. anniversary.

  103. Julia says:


  104. David Singer says:

    Look forward to every new blog entry you make!

  105. John Buchanan says:

    always an interesting read. Keep up the good work

  106. amine says:

    Congrats, kip up good work

  107. Valencia says:

    Congrats on two years of helping Canadians manage their money better. I also appreciate the different generational perspectives. Keep up the good work!

  108. Sonya says:

    just found you guys from the MMM forums ‘say hi’ thread – REALLY awesome that you and your mom have such a fun shared interest :)

  109. Audrey says:

    Congratations on your 2nd anniversary!!

  110. Dee says:

    Congratulations on your 2-year anniversary and thanks for the informative content.

  111. Matt says:

    Good luck

  112. Biki says:

    Congrats on your two years! This is fantastic :)

  113. Derek says:

    Hey, Good work Robb! That you did this on your own, and for two years. I congratulate you.

  114. Stacey B says:

    Email subscriber – Stacey2561(at)aol(dot)com

  115. Stacey B says:

    Thank you for the 2 years of blogging and information you’ve brought!

  116. Deanna says:

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for the giveaway! I would be THRILLED with any of the prizes. ;)

  117. Gillian says:

    Congratulations on 2 years ! I am in my first month blogging, so I hope to be as successful as you one day!

  118. Katy M says:

    Congrats on TWO YEARS! That’s awesome!

    I subscribe to both email lists and like you on FB as Katy M.

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  119. Kelly King says:

    Congrats on 2 years!
    Subscribed to both emails and liked you on Facebook as jayden0508

  120. Sang Kang says:

    Congrats and Happy 2 years

  121. Brett McDavid says:

    Congrats on your #2! Here’s looking to many more years.

  122. Chanel B. says:

    Congratulations on 2 years!

  123. Judi Roode says:

    liked you on FB. enjoyed reading about you!

  124. Gina says:

    Congratulations. We’re hoping for several more anniversaries for you :)

  125. Teresa Thompson says:

    Email subscriber.

  126. mona z says:

    email subscriber :-)

  127. Veronica @ Pelican on Money says:

    Congrats on 2 years! Looking forward to your email updates.

  128. shanon hyatt says:

    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary. All your hard work has been very much appreciated-I am very thankful for all your savings advice.:)

  129. Emily N. says:

    Congrats! Thanks for the chance to win!

  130. Amy Myers says:

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  131. TRACY SIMMS says:

    I am an email subscriber thanks, simmsmba@gmail.com

  132. zee says:

    Great Site. Congrats. Keep it up.

  133. Alison A says:

    Have subscribed to your blog for quite a few months now and really enjoy it. Great down-to-earth, real-life advice and perspective. Also loving that it’s Canadian! If you keep writing, I’ll keep reading!

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