Happy First Birthday Quest for Four Pillars

by Mr. Cheap

One year ago I made my first blog post on my old blog (http://cheapcanuck.wordpress.com) and a few days later on May 16th Mike made his first post on Four Pillars. Since then, we’ve merged our blogs, written a number of book reviews, and posted extensively about retirement planning, real estate investing, asset allocation and dividend investing.

We’ve generated controversy, made some friends in the personal finance blogosphere, and even got a chance to meet Bill Gates! Life always changes, often for the better.

We’re proud of the series that we’ve published, including Mike’s popular Baby Expenses, RESP (which I keep trying to get him to turn into an eBook), and leveraged investing. I’ve posted an overview of buying my investment condo, and the factors that make up the return from a rental property.

Comments and RSS numbers are the coin bloggers get paid in, so we’ve been delighted at the wonderful group of people who have been joining us on a daily basis and responding to our musings on financial topics. They say teachers learn from their students, and it’s certainly been true for me that bloggers learn from their commenters.

While we’re in a reflective mood, we’d love to welcome any ideas for what types of posts you’d like to see more of in the future, or any new types that you’d like us to add to the mix. Please comment on this post or e-mail us.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brip Blap

Happy Birthday! Soon you’ll be out of diapers and walking and talking! Keep up the good work.


2 MillionDollarJourney

Happy Birthday Quest for Four Pillars!! 1 year already. Congrats guys!

3 moneygardener

It is amazing what this blog has accomplished in one year. 604 readers, and included in the recent G&M article to say the least. Congrats, something to be proud of here!

4 telly

Congrats to a couple of Canada’s finest from another happy customer! 🙂

5 fathersez

Happy birthday, guys!

Here’s to many more birthday celebrations.

Best Regards

6 ThickenMyWallet

Happy b-day guys. When you stop beating Bill Gates with the work stick, you should get him to guest blog!

7 Canadian Capitalist

Happy Birthday guys! Keep up the great work and congratulations on the rapid growth.

8 Four Pillars

Thanks everyone – it has been a very enjoyable experience!


9 Ron@TheWisdomJournal

Cool! Happy Birthday guys. 😀

10 WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com

Congratulations guys! One year is quite a milestone. I wonder how many blogs don’t make it that far?

Has Cheap found a rich PhD supermodel girlfriend yet? (Wasn’t that what he was looking for?)

11 guinness416

Many happy returns, lads. This is definitely one of the best and most enjoyable moneyblogs I’ve found. Long may you continue to find the unique content and maintain the friendly tone.

I guess all the supermodels live in glamorous Waterloo, WDAMMG.

12 The Financial Blogger

Congrats guys and Happy Birthday!

Wow, great job on the Globe and Mail too!

keep it up!

13 squawkfox

Happy Birthday Mike and Mr. Cheap!
Congratulations on your growth and your success…but most of all thank you for building an awesome community.

14 BeThisWay

Congrats! Thanks for being a great resource!

15 Four Pillars

One year is quite a milestone. I wonder how many blogs dont make it that far?

Not enough? 🙂

Thanks everyone.

16 Monica


In terms of ideas for the future, I especially like articles with Canadian content because most personal finance blogs are American and I’m not always sure what applies to me and what doesn’t. For example, I think interest on mortgages is tax deductible in the States but not here? Also, different terms or programs (RRSP, etc.), the impact of governmental decisions, different shopping opportunities, etc.

17 Mr. Cheap

Monica: We do get a lot of readers from outside of Canada, but you’re absolutely right that we need to keep the Canadian in the Canadian personal finance blog. Thanks!

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