This is Why I Blog

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Me and the Beans when they moved to NJ

Why do I Blog?

Recently Wendy from Girl Meets Debt shared a beautiful story about meeting a reader of hers who has become financially more responsible thanks to the GMD blog. As a side note, I am bummed that Wendy is taking a blogging break especially because she is very inspirational, but hopefully she will be back sooner than later. Her post made me think about my own blogging journey. When I first started blogging, I did it as an outlet because I was not allowed to have a blog while I worked for my former employer. For me, it was fun to just express myself and not have to worry about getting compliance approval before I did.

After blogging for a few months, though, I found myself becoming very involved in the community and with many of the other personal finance bloggers out there. I know that most people outside of the community don’t understand it, but I truly feel as though I have made a number of new friends and it is through blogging that I have met them. I never expected to feel connected to people I never met in person, but for many of the bloggers that I like, they share pieces of themselves with their readers and it makes us feel connected in return.

Bloggers are My Friends

A few weeks ago, Cat from Budget Blonde, posted that she was moving to New Jersey, and rather than comment on her blog, I immediately emailed her and asked her when and where she was going to move because I do not live far from most of New Jersey. The great news was that she informed me that she was only moving about 30 minutes away from me, so I told her to let me know when she gets here and I was going to bring over food and I wanted to hold her babies. I know that we have never met in person and this would seem like a crazy idea to let a complete stranger in your house and allow them to hold your babies, but as many bloggers know, our blog friendship is very similar to any other friendship.

So, I enlisted FB Hubby to help with some food prep all last week and on Friday I delivered about 9 dinners, a mother’s day gift, cake and brownies to the Budget Blonde household. As you can see, I got to hold those adorable Budget Blonde babies and I also got to not only meet Hubs but Aunt Mary too. We had a great time catching up and I was so thankful that I could help them out since they just moved halfway across the country to a foreign place with 6-week-old twins.

Friends Can Come from Anywhere

I realized that while I was making the food for the Budget Blonde family, that this is why I blog. I blog for the community and the relationships that it has brought into my life. I never thought that I would have this sort of experience from blogging, but I love it.

    • I mourned for DC from Young Adult Money and his wife when they lost their beloved cat.

 

    • I love hearing about Holly at Club Thrifty’s creative travel planning thanks to her brilliant credit card churning.

 

 

    • I celebrated Erin from Broke Millennial starting a new job and making an exciting change in her career.

 

    • I was excited for John at Frugal Rules and his wife to get away for a fun Vegas trip for his 40th birthday.

 

    • I laughed for over an hour on the phone with J Money from Budgets Are Sexy about crazy money habits of people and was excited to hear that his latest little guy arrived in the world healthy.

 

    • I feel Laurie at The Frugal Farmer’s pain when she is set back from her financial goals because of high utility bills.

 

 

Personal finance is personal, and I am so glad that I get to share in the personal journeys of so many wonderful people. I send a big thank you to Cat for letting me into her home and sharing her time and beautiful babies with me for an afternoon. And I thank all of you personal finance bloggers for sharing your stories, the good, the bad and the ugly, you are the reason why I blog.

Why do you blog?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

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