I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are in Denmark for another week or so and I sure am getting used to this 4-5 hygges per day type of relaxed lifestyle. It was nice to slow down the last few weeks. I also have been enjoying playing Lego with Baby T1.0. It certainly brought back some childhood memories for me.

Both kids had a rough time before Christmas. First Baby T1.0 threw up on the 23rd and Baby T2.0 threw up multiple time for about 3 hours the morning of the 24th. At first we thought the stomach bug (or whatever it was) was contained. So we celebrated Christmas on December 24 with a total of 13 people. Unfortunately, both Mrs. T and I started feeling sick the night of the 25th. Both of us threw up multiple times. Feeling weak and sick I slept for over 24 hours the next day. Let’s just say it was I could think of better ways to spend Christmas than laying in bed.

In comparison, our new years eve was quite tame. Since we are staying in a very small town (so small there’s no Google Street View available) about 1 hour west of Billund, there were no night clubs or house parties. There was simply nada. We had a fancy home-made dinner and watched other people firing fireworks (or as I call it, burning their money away) from afar.

Blog Improvements

The last little while I have been busy dealing with the technical side of the blog. Being an engineer, I was having tons of fun with the likes of Javascripts, CSS, caching tools, and other blog related tweaks. According to Google PageSpeed Insights, the website performance went from the high 50’s to mid 80’s. Hopefully that meant an increase of overall site load time.

I also worked on a few things to improve the overall look of the website.

The first change was spending money to purchase of a new theme called Redwood. The theme has been live for a few months now and I think the blog now has a much cleaner look.

One of the latest changes was the archives page. My original vision was to divide all the posted articles by month. But the best plugin I found was only able to divide articles by the different years.

This resulted in a poor layout and ugly looking archives page.

The new archives page is now much more organized and better looking. Thanks to Jeremy from Go Curry Cracker for pointing out a great plugin called Clean My Archives.

In addition to the new archives page, I have moved things around and used sub menu to make things look a bit more tidy. Home is added in the menu after I saw my in-laws struggling to find a way back to the main page (they didn’t know you could just click on the picture).  I am still working on a few things being worked on in the background, so further changes are possible.

2017 and Beyond

2016 was a great year. We welcomed Baby T2.0 to the family, added over $45,000 to our dividend portfolio, netted over $12,500 in dividend income (final tally to come shortly), and traveled. I am sure 2017 will be even better. I have a few 2016 review posts lined up so stay tuned for those.

The biggest change for the new year is to finally reveal my identity. I have been blogging anonymously for about two and half years. While the name Tawcan was something that I invented, I have been using this name as my internet alias since the mid-90’s. So it wasn’t hard to find my identity by a quick Google search. In addition, I have mentioned on this blog about my photography business and cookbook business a few times. It was great discussing with other bloggers at Canadian Personal Finance Conference about blogging using full name back in November. This had changed my mind about blogging anonymously greatly. What made me decide to finally reveal my identity was being approached by a few writers on press opportunities. To gain more credibility and to build a stronger brand, it was time to start using my real name on this blog.

So feel free to head over to Start Here and About to learn a few more things about yours truly.

The Future

I am more than excited to write moving forward. The Danish vacation has allowed me to slow down and to write down tons of ideas. I believe that some of my best articles were written when I started focusing on my why’s of blogging and writing about what I think is important. I don’t want to just write about investment and stocks analysis. There are tons of people that can analyze stocks and talk about investment better than I can. I also don’t want to write for the sake of getting found on search engines (i.e. SEO optimized articles). What I can do is write valuable and inspiring articles that my readers will benefit and learn from. It’s simply too boring to only talk about money all the time, this is why I write philosophical articles from time to time. Since traveling is a bit part of for Mrs. T and I, I plan to start sharing some travel related articles in 2017.

Here’s to an excellent 2017 to everyone! Thank you to everyone for your support the last 2.5 years.

Written by Tawcan
Hi I’m Bob from Vancouver Canada, I am working toward joyful life and financial independence through frugal living, dividend investing, passive income generation, life balance, and self-improvement. This blog is my way to chronicle my journey and share my stories and thoughts along the way. Stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter. Or sign up via Newsletter