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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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:)

  13. 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.

    • @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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

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

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

  19. 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,
    Mark

  20. Congratulations Boomer and Echo… echo… echo.

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

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

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

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

  23. 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!!!

  24. 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

    xoxo
    <3
    :)

  25. 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!

  26. 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!!

  27. 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!

    Lorraine

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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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