Part of the draw of Consumerism Commentary has been my monthly financial reports. Having worked in the financial reporting area of a company that happened to be in the financial industry, I recognize the importance of monthly public reporting to be accountable to stakeholders; I started publicly reporting my own finances to be accountable to myself.
Until now, there hasn’t been a page on Consumerism Commentary that compiles all the monthly reports into one page. Now, at a glance, readers can easily see my financial progression from July 2003 through December 2011, when I stopped publishing my reports.
Note that throughout the course of the life of Consumerism Commentary, I’ve adjusted my methods of calculating several times. As a result, the historical numbers you see in the chart published for December 2011 do not always match up with the numbers you see when you look at the historical reports. The first net worth column includes the numbers as reported at the time. The second column is the adjusted net worth which fixed some initial calculation errors and normalizes the method of getting to the bottom line.
Note also that as a result of several migrations over the past few years, some charts have been lost. I do have other copies, and I’ll work over the next few days to add in the missing figures.
Under the chart is a graph depicting the long-term growth of my net worth, December 2001 through December 2011, with personal and business accounts separated. This doesn’t include the book value of my business or any business sale proceeds.
Luke Landes founded Consumerism Commentary in 2003 and has been building online communities since 1990. Luke has contributed to PC World Magazine, US News, Forbes, and other publications. Read more about Luke and about Consumerism Commentary.
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