Recently I’ve begun to reflect on this unexpected journey into the blogging world. If you had asked me 5 years ago if I knew what a blog was I would have said “no.” In fact, I can’t even tell you how I discovered blogs or what was the first blog I ever read. I am a hardcore book reader, so I was never excited about reading stuff on my computer and even now I don’t have an e-reader.
I have no idea why blogging appealed to me initially. I just started it.
I quit blogging 2 or 3 times before I actually committed to it. I started 2 different blogs on blogger and quit them both. They were both great ideas, but it wasn’t the time for me to commit to blogging.
It’s a ridiculous amount of work. Like most people who start blogging I had the idea that I would sit in a coffee shop and drink lattes while churning out amazing posts in 15 minutes. I didn’t realize that there were going to be days when I didn’t want to share, when words wouldn’t come easily. Blogging was harder than it seemed!
So Why Do I Write About Personal Finance?
Because my financial situation was pretty bad. I was hurting even before the The Great Recession (Depression) and I didn’t know what to do or who to turn to.I started reading debt paid off posts and they were addictive!
That could be me! I finally found a group of people who were walking a similar road to the one that I was on.
Money has affected everything in my life. Every decision that I’ve made as an adult has been affected by my debt and I was tired of letting it control me instead of me controlling it.
When I started writing about personal finance I just felt like sharing stuff with the world as a way to stop feeling shame for making the financial decisions that I’ve made. I didn’t want to hold it in anymore.
I wanted to prove to myself that I could get my financial life together and meet the financial goals that I’ve set for myself. As the blog has evolved I wanted to show that I’m an evolving financial being and that evolution can manifest itself in both good and bad ways.
I wanted to show that you could be frugal, pay off debt, change your life, and even have fun. I wanted to show that each person’s journey is PERSONAL , one size does not fit all, and that you have to stay true to your vision of how you want to live your life.
As I transition to the next level financially: paid off debt, increasing my savings/investments/etc. I want to support and show other people that they too can improve their finances under daunting odds: making not of money, very little support (single) and stuck.
I found a community that I never expected-online! I’ve meet a ton of amazing people in person who share a vision of my success and I share a vision of their success. Especially as a single person this is huge. I won’t always be single but I won’t ever forget how much this community’s support helped to push me forward during some really depressing and dark times.
So I blog about personal finance because it is like the hydra, you cut one head off another issue grows its head. I want to help discover how to defeat the hydra.