How can we not finish the year with a 5-Bullet Sunday in which we look back at 2020? I promise, no real mention of the virus in here (just a tiny one). It’s just focused on this blog and the community 👍
Enjoy today’s 5-Bullet Sunday!
Content published this week:
The podcast will be published later today, so stay tuned. It’s a bit later than usual due to Christmas.
5-Bullet Sunday is a weekly blog post with 5 topics that were on my mind this week related to Financial Independence and Dividend Growth Investing or something that just fed my curiosity. An overview of earlier posts can be found here
🌟 Thank you for the year!
Your engagement has made me:
A better investor, because your feedback and suggestions have made me reflect on my past investment decisions. It also strengthened my analysis skills when assessing companies, because I started to pay attention to some other factors even more than before, i.e. debt situation, wealth generation and business analysis.
A better blogger, because before starting this blog I thought of myself as a poor writer. I still do, but I also believe that I have improved a bit over the year. I’m also more convinced that content is king. I always knew it because other well-respected people mentioned it. But now I have also experienced it myself.
Double down on my passion, because I simply like talking about dividend growth investing a lot. Not many people in my environment share this passion, so therefore I’m so happy that I found you and the community. This has probably been one of those years where I have enjoyed doing my passion the most 👌
Learn more about European stocks, because that’s what this theme of the blog is about. I have significantly increased my holding in European dividend stocks as a result. I am most proud of my research into the Noble 30 and the dividend history of Unilever.
Learn how to make a Podcast and YouTube videos. They are maybe not that well produced from a visual point of view, but both Engineer my Freedom and I very much enjoy making it and sharing our passion via those channels.
Thank you for engaging with me, sharing your appreciation and some tips & tricks. I hope that you enjoyed the year just as much as I did on the investing part of the web!
🌟 Blog Statistics
It’s not just me who has spend a lot of time on this blog, because also you have been hanging around quite a bit. Actually way more than I would’ve ever expected when I started writing on this blog.
Hence, I thought that you might find these two statistics interesting. Especially if you are a fellow blogger 😀
Page views & Users
I think that this is one of those graphs that tells the most about the growth of the blog. Until May I had 2500 views per month and 613 visitors. This is quite different now, because since August this is the 3rd month in a row with more than 10.000 pageviews and more than 4000 unique visitors.
Top 10 Countries by Unique visitors
I am always surprised by the amount of people from the United States visiting this blog. However, they usually don’t stick around a lot. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m a non-native English speaker and writer? I can imagine that many of them get annoyed by all the spelling mistakes in this blog (I’m an analytical person and I’ve never been good at learning languages).
Having said that, the top 3 countries from which people spend their most time reading the blog are:
- the Netherlands
Most read articles on this blog
Let’s also have a look at the top 5 most viewed articles on this blog in the entire year:
- The Noble 30 – 30 European Dividend Stocks
- SAP’s sharp share price drop (Google traffic)
- Building a dividend portfolio – My allocation strategy
- 10 Best dividend stocks to buy and hold for decades
- The Best Dividend Aristocrats ETF’s to buy and which not
Percentage-wise they all don’t differ so much from each other. Most articles get a similar amount of readers.
🌟 2 new donations to Kiva
A special thanks to all the commenters on this blog 🙏
Your comments have resulted in an additional 2 contributions to Kiva which should help 2 persons in need to grow their business. Who said that charity and investing can’t go hand-in-hand 😉?
Don’t know what Kiva is?
Just read my post about Kiva here. I explain there what it is, why I’m using it and why I’ve just borrowed an additional $50 dollars to two entrepreneurs in underserved countries.
🌟 Recommended Reads
These are the top 3 recommended reads which you found the most interesting in 2020 (derived from the # of clicks):
Rob from Passive Canadian Income wrote a nice article about the top 5 Canadian dividend growth stocks to hold forever. Those are some very interesting stocks and I must confess that I didn’t know all of them. All of them seem to have some pretty decent dividend growth track records. Worth to check it out I would say.
Engineer My Freedom published an analysis about Royal Dutch Shell. It’s very interesting, because it got dead quiet in the community regarding Shell. I still own a lot of shares and I decided to keep them, because I still believe in the company. We often talk about buying companies when “there’s blood in the street” and I’m wondering who’s been buying Shell after their dividend cut? In my opinion they had the perfect kitchen-sink quarter.
Cheesy Finance shared with me an article which really nicely explains the relation between dividend yield versus dividend growth. What I like about this posts that he has done his own data crunching to draw some conclusions. A good to-the-point article and the topic is something that every dividend growth investor should be aware of.
And last but not least, this is my personal favorite. Interestingly enough it’s not a Dividend Growth related topic, but I very much appreciated his writing style and the depth of analysis:
Christopher Seifel wrote an excellent summary report about Sea Limited ($SE). It’s one of those growth companies which is really popular in the retail investors community. I don’t own any of it, but I’m looking into it for my 10% mad money section in my portfolio.
🌟 Recommended Video
And last but not least, this is the recommended video which the most of you seem to have watched the most. I think this video sums up 2020 pretty much in less than a minute. In case you haven’t watch it yet: enjoy 👌
That’s it for the year! I hope that you had just a good year as I had and that you enjoyed this last 5-Bullet Sunday of 2020 🙏
As always, have a lovely week ahead!
European Dividend Growth Investor