In this blog post, I’ll reveal my Top 5 reasons why you, yes you, should start blogging about your investments. I’ve become a much better investor after I started Stockles, and I want to share why.

1. Focus

Starting a blog has been of my best decisions. Before I could just do whatever I wanted, push the sell button, push the buy button and the only one I needed to answer to was myself.

Now that I have followers who read my thoughts and my actions, I need to behave in a totally different manner.

The power of having to explain your behavior to others is tremendous. I can’t state this enough. I urge you to find someone who follows your progress, a personal coach. It doesn’t matter if it’s your mom, friends or even anonymous people on the internet. As long as you have someone watching you, your focus will increase substantially, and a blog is a perfect way to find that someone.

2. Community

The dividend income community is so welcoming, warm and kind. Everybody looks after each other by commenting, watching and following the progress of each individual. While I might be lazy at commenting from time to time, I follow my friends, and they follow me. Another reason why you start blogging!

3. Transparency

Same with point 1, having to show your portfolio and your dividend income makes everything more serious. You can’t fool around because it’s embarrassing to make foolish mistakes that you can’t explain.

4. Honesty

Honesty is often neglected in the finance world, but your ego is often your worst enemy. By having a blog, you can challenge your perception and actually put thoughts into words. And guess what? Nobody judges you! Actually, we all have a period where we feel like changing our strategy, just going for what’s popular, or just quitting the whole investment thing. Honesty is especially important when you commit mistakes because the only way to learn from your mistakes is to reflect on your behavior and evolve.

5. Passive Income

While blogging won’t make me rich, I’m getting a small passive income and Every Dollar Counts. I get some extra $ because I use Adtraction and Google Adsense. While it’s not much, it’s enough to cover the server fee which means this whole blog thing is only positive.

So, what are you waiting for?

Head to my blog post How To Start a Blog and become a much better investor. I promise you, it´s worth it! I highly recommend using BLUEHOST.



Meneer en Mevrouw · November 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Totally agree!

    Stockles · November 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Meneer en Mevrouw,

    Glad you do! I´m so happy that I decided to blog. Had lots of thoughts about it before I did, but have only had positive experiences so far.

Dividend Diplomats · November 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Very much agree. One thing I would also like to say about the community aspect: You learn a ton from everyone else. Each person is an invaluable resource and can provide a new perspective, idea, or knowledge that we didn’t possess.

Man I love blogging for all the reasons you mentioned 🙂


    Stockles · November 20, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Hi Bert!

    That´s true. I totally forgot that part! Thanks for letting me now!

Anonym · November 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Interesting thoughts! Why have you chosen to be anonymous?

    Stockles · November 20, 2017 at 6:56 am


    Good question. I was thinking about giving people my identity, but to be honest, the internett is scary and people are especially sensitive when it comes to finance. Right now, I think it´s more upside than downside by not giving away my identity. Also, why should I? What perks are involved? I´m not sure.

    I´m involved in the finance / consulting world, so I would benefit from telling others, but it´s easier to stay humble and personal when people can´t identify you with the words. Once people know that it´s me, I figure I will find it harder to write embarrasing but honest posts.

    Thanks for commenting.

Passivecanadianincome · November 18, 2017 at 5:06 pm

Great post. Ive done one like before too. I started my blog in February and think its one of the best things ive done. It holds you really accountable and inspires you to do better.


    Stockles · November 20, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Hi Passivecanadianincome

    Great! I will find it on your (great) blog and read it aswell. Thanks for commenting!

Mr. Robot · November 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Same here. For me it’s a way of holding myself accountable. Writing about the metrics that make you purchase forces you to objectively think about it.

    Stockles · November 20, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Hi Mr.robot,

    So true. I see our blogs as a diary where you as a person arn´t expoded, but people still watches your moves. It´s just a great place to be and I think we learn so much from it. Thanks for commenting!

anonym · November 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Why have you chosen to stay anonymous?

    Stockles · November 20, 2017 at 6:54 am


    Good question. I was thinking about giving people my identity, but to be honest, the internett is scary and people are especially sensitive when it comes to finance. Right now, I think it´s more upside than downside by not giving away my identity. Also, why should I? What perks are involved? I´m not sure.

    Thanks for commenting.

Mr. ATM · November 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm

All good reasons. I don’t know how many times in the past year and a half, I thought about quitting my blog. It can be lot of work to keep writing about stuff.

But then I realized, if I only write about stuff that I enjoy doing like investing and don’t worry about things like page views, then it’s not that hard. I also get to be myself and not pretend to be someone I’m not.

Also, I love our blogging community, all very nice and supporting people, including you Stockles 😉 It was quite lonely at first when I started, right after retiring, but now I’ve blogging friends.

Keep up the good work Stockles.

    Stockles · November 20, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Hi Mr. ATM,

    Totally agree. I also had one point where I was about to give up, because it just seemed time consuming and people looked at the posts, but didn´t comment. I´ve seen the power of comments now, and that´s one of my goals for 2018: Find a regular time and go through the community and comment, not just read.

    Always nice to have you onboard Mr. ATM=)

Dividend Daze · November 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Agreed. The community is one of the main reasons I started too. And accountability helps to push yourself further. You don’t want to let your readers and/or the community down. Makes it kind of a fun game too to see your gains from month to month or year to year which only helps you in the long run. Thanks for sharing!

Dividend Portfolio · November 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Totally agree Stockles. Blogging has been incredibly beneficial to me. I honestly feel that I’m addicted to it. Every day I get home from work, I check to see if I have any comments. I’m literally on my blog several hours per day. Because I write posts so infrequently, I spend a lot of my time just reading other users blog. And, when I think I have something to say, I contribute my adding comments. The DGI community is awesome, and blogging does help you with focus. So, I definitely agree with your points on reasons to blog.

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