Originally Posted by Marita40
Someone mentioned Early Retirement Extreme in a thread and so I checked it out. There's some good reading but it seems to be a rather slow moving forum and (dare I say) too extreme for my tastes. It got me wondering, though, what other sites people visit that are comparable to this one--ie. general sites on retirement, money matters, life and leisure issues, etc. I do visit Bogleheads often and occasionally check out the Dave Ramsey forums.
You know that all the cool kids hang out here.
But there are other boards. Raddr's is at Raddr's Early Retirement and Financial Strategy Board • Index page
and includes the classic trainwreck "Y2K ER" thread: Raddr's Early Retirement and Financial Strategy Board • View topic - Hypothetical Y2K retiree update
I spend more time at his retirement analysis pages at Portfolio Management Topics for Retirees
John Greaney's discussion board at Retire Early Home Page Discussion Board :: Index
has been moribund for several years. Most of the new posts are spammers. John himself seems to have wandered away from the ER topic and only updates his website (REHP Chronological Index.
) a few times a year.
Morningstar has an "Investing DURING retirement" board that seemed to be doing OK around 2005-2006, but they don't do a very good job of moderating the site. Their discussion-board software was slow and difficult to search, and once or twice over the years their ads deposited a virus on some reader's hard drives. After the Vanguard Diehards decamped en masse to form Bogleheads, I stopped visiting M*.
A hot new upstart is the MrMoneyMustache forum at The Money Mustache Community - Index
. I appreciate his lifestyle and I'm certainly envious of the traffic on his blog. His advice is great. However his writing style is a bit too confrontational for some and I haven't spent much time on his forum.
Usually the big boards dominate their category until the owner loses interest (or unless they make a really bad user-hostile decision). Then they fade away and the users go to the next-biggest board, and a year or two later everyone starts a thread on "Whatever happened to... ?" If this board went the way of the circle of life then I'd head over to MMM or Bogleheads.
I get about a quarter of my blogging & book topics from here, but I get about half of them from Linkedin. The rest come from reader e-mails and blog comments.