Five years ago today, on July 16, 2003, I began Consumerism Commentary, writing a short post about myself, the purpose of this website, and my first “public” financial update. By that time, I was about a year and a half into a corporate job, a change from my previous non-profit, arts-related life. I had already reformed my spending, controlled my credit card usage to only what I could pay back each month, and reduced my student loan debt.
Since then, I’ve continued to chronicle my financial progress on this website through monthly financial reports, and Consumerism Commentary quickly expanded to cover the latest financial news and my thoughts about a variety of money-related issues.
Rather than patting myself on the back for the apparent success of Consumerism Commentary over the past five years, or providing a year-by-year summary of the site’s progression, I’d like to open the floor to readers. Last year I formulated a reader survey to determine more about this website’s readership in terms of demographics and interests, but this year I’d like to keep things less formal. Please feel free to leave some comments, particularly if you’re a long-time reader, to let me know what you’d like to see here, leave tips, or just wish Consumerism Commentary a happy five year anniversary.