What I love the most about personal finance blogging

Published June 4, 2016   Posted in Having some fun

As temperatures rise into the 110s here in the sweltering desert Southwest, I’m inside in the A/C reflecting on how wonderful this whole blogging adventure in the personal finance community has been. Seriously, you people rock. Every one of you.
Selfie of the wife and I at a New York wedding

Selfie of the wife and I at a New York wedding

I’ve never been one to appreciate the art of meeting people, but blogging has fundamentally turned that on its head for me. And that’s what I truly love the most in this whole experience.

Sure, I enjoy writing, but this wouldn’t be nearly as much fun and satisfying if nobody read my stuff. I write knowing that people are taking the time out of their busy day to read what I’ve created, to consider my words and [hopefully] appreciate my point of view.

That’s pretty damn humbling.

I consider my readers to be my friends – some of whom I’ve actually met in “real life”, and others I WILL certainly meet once we begin traveling the country full-time.

I love knowing that my words resonate with others. But in the same breath, it is also awesome to know just how much blogging has made me a more well-rounded person. It makes me think. It gets me creative. It requires me to not only consider my own thoughts but also the thoughts of other bloggers. Some of you have some truly amazing perspectives on life and money.

I’ve learned a ton from you all. I get ideas and use those ideas to shape my own approach to blogging, retirement and life in general. And that is what good communities do; they shape the people within. If the community is bad ass, their members will also be bad ass. Or, perhaps better stated – Bad ass members make bad ass communities.

This community IS bad ass, and it has shaped me in fundamental ways, ways that I never expected when I first began this journey. It’sΒ what I love the most about this blogging adventure.

The community.

What about you? What do you love the most about blogging? Do you get the same warm and fuzzy feeling about the community that you’re in?

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Comments

47 responses to “What I love the most about personal finance blogging”

  1. I’m completely with you Steve, the number one reason we blog is to meet and swap idea with like minded people. I’ve only met a dozen or so in real life so far, but they are quality people. On our 10 week roadtrip, it was great to post about where we’d be next……and have people from that area reach out. You can learn a lot from a person over beer/coffee, and we are better off for it.

    I hope you have similar experiences, and nearer term…..a great weekend!
    -Bryan

    • Steve says:

      Thanks for your thoughts, Bryan. It’s true, you really do learn a lot from those around you…perspectives that can open your eyes to positions that you may not have considered in the past. In my book, that makes you a *smarter* person. πŸ™‚

  2. I agree, Steve. I’ve only been a part of this community for a few short months but I’ve had great experiences getting to know other members over the phone, text, email and DM. It’s been great and I’ve made a number of new friends as a result. I didn’t necessarily expect that when I started, but it’s been a blessing. I look forward to continuing to build new relationships going forward!

  3. JC says:

    Completely agree. Obviously the bit of extra side income is nice but by far the best part is interacting with others and bouncing ideas off of one another.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks JC – yup, passive income is awesome, but the social interaction is truly wonderful. It winds up helping the income part, too!

  4. I right there with you Steve. It’s a great community. Attending FinCon last year I was a bit overwhelmed meeting a ton of the blogger I was reading and following in person. In return I had people coming up to me saying I love your blog. It’s is incredibly fun to be a part of this group. I’ve learned so much and continue to learn each day.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Brian! I’m sure FinCon was a cool thing to experience. It is fun to be a part of this community. Fun people. Fun blogs. It’s all good! πŸ™‚

  5. I just got started on this blogging adventure, and things have been great so far! It’s a wonderful community and I’m really enjoying it. I love your blog…definitely adding it to my feedly account.

  6. I agree 100% with how blogging has changed my perspective. I’ve started to expand and write/research on topics that weren’t 100% pressing for me, but that I knew my readers have requested or would like to read. I ended up learning throughout the process so it defienely is as you put it, the community supports itself.

    My favorite aspect of the personal finance blogging community is the amount of open support from so many bloggers. At first I was totally surprised when I received a personal message from a big name blogger, but now I know it’s an attitude prevalent across the whole community. Everyone is very welcoming and supportive.

    • Steve says:

      I’ve done that in the past too, Matt – blogs have a way of educating the blogger, big time. And the welcoming community, as you said, makes being a part of this group that much sweeter. πŸ™‚

  7. I didn’t anticipate the level of collaboration and communication among fellow bloggers until I became one. It is pretty awesome. There are dozens of new people I now want to have beers with.

    Cheers!
    -PoF

  8. amber tree says:

    The reason for me to blog is double
    1- hold myself accountable for my results. This is only possible when you know that someone reads your posts
    2- make better decision by writing them down and get feedback from others or ideas from other blogs. This is where the community plays a big role.

    In July, I will be meeting other bloggers for the first time in Budapest. Maybe I meet another Belgian blogger in June. I look forward to these meetings. Reading about blogger metopes at finch, Berkshire, MMM meetups,… makes me curious to what it could be

  9. Go4itusa says:

    Totally agree! I LIKE surrounding myself with self-motivated, independent, competent people who know what they want and get after it. I get just as much out of the folks who have already reached full FIRE as I do from the young millennial just beginning the quest. It’s a life philosophy that I admire and It’s my profound hope that it spreads to millions more – the country would be better off for it. The people who do this are a special breed and I love reading how different people tackle the same life goal – it’s compelling! Best of luck to you.

    • Steve says:

      Me too! Surrounding yourself with others who are going through a similar process is super helpful and motivational to keep fighting the good fight. It’s awesome witnessing the success of others. πŸ™‚

  10. Recently found your blog, thanks for sharing your adventures. I’ve enjoyed learning a lot from bloggers like yourself and hope to contribute as well now that I have more time.

  11. Totally agree. A sense of belonging, motivation and makes me challenge my own way of thinking. And I get to see the inside of an AirStream 😍

  12. Josh says:

    Steve – not only do your readers take the time to read your blog, you have actually helped to change lives. Prior to finding your blog, I was just in savings mode. Your airstream adventure appealed to me and my wife and I have adopted a similar plan to travel the country after FIRE. I’m not a blogger myself, but I do follow a bunch of them.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Josh, it’s awesome to hear this. I’m glad that I could make a positive impact in your future plans to travel the country. You’re gonna love it! πŸ™‚

  13. It’s definitely the connections I’ve made and the things I’ve learned and shared. I have to make more of an effort to meet internet friends in real life though. Hopefully work travel funded of course πŸ™‚

    • Steve says:

      Hehe, yup, funded work travel would make that process a little easier to pull off! πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Fervent – as always.

  14. The personal finance blogging community is endlessly incredible. I couldn’t believe how supportive everyone was back when I was starting out and rambling about being stuck in debt and how positively everyone pushes to try to help you be the best version of yourself. Also, FinCon is like nothing I’d ever encountered. I’m so introverted and thought I would be miserable and all alone out in New Orleans and instead I made a ton of friends and learned so much. I was heartbroken to miss Charlotte. It’s really a one of a kind community.

    • Steve says:

      Couldn’t agree more, Mel – a one of a kind community indeed. I don’t think I’ve personally witnessed another community that expresses so much happiness and joy when someone meets their goals. We are all in this together, and one-by-one, we will all succeed within our own timelines.

  15. The community was and is so supportive. Everyone from the old vets to the newbies offer encouragement, provide support, link to each other’s blogs, engage on twitter, meet up at events…it’s actually pretty amazing. Being a very small part of it brings me a level of happiness, and at the end of the day that’s exactly what I’m looking for!

    • Steve says:

      Me too, Ty. Anything that increases my happiness is definitely time well spent, and being a part of this wonderful community is definitely a step in that direction! πŸ™‚

  16. Your thoughts ring true with me too. When I was starting the journey to FIRE it was nice to have folks to chat with before I shared with people at work. It was great to countdown the milestones and share how it happened for us.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks for your comment, MrFireStation. It is awesome that we all get the same kind of feeling regarding how nice this community is. πŸ™‚

  17. I started reading FIRE blogs for information: all the basics of FI, the 4% rule, and the lifestyle philosophies behind it. I kept reading for motivation: the stories of people persevering through hard work and crazy levels of debt and finally quitting to live the dream. I’m still here now for the community: I enjoy following people’s personal journeys, and we hope to make many more friends as we travel.

    Thanks again for meeting up — we hope we can do it again soon!

  18. Matt Spillar says:

    Great points Steve, the sense of community with financial bloggers has been awesome to see! So much support and togetherness, everyone genuinely wants everyone else to succeed on their journeys. I’ve learned so much in the short amount of time that I’ve been reading and writing about finance, it’s only been about a year for me. Now, I can’t really imagine my life without it!

  19. Mr. SSC says:

    I agree, I was surprised by how nice, open, and inviting everyone in the blogging community has been. I also feel like a lot of the other bloggers are friends, because you get to know part of them reading their comments and seeing their own posts. It’s been way more rewarding and in so many ways I didn’t even think about when I first started blogging. Awesome journey for sure!

  20. Marc says:

    I love when I get an email notification that one of my friends posted a new blog post. It’s like “hmm I wonder what they have to say this time!” Thanks for being a part of the community, Steve.

  21. I like everything about blogging. It’s a term that’s very helpful to learn or teach anything to many people at a glance. I’ve been blogging for 5 years and it’s a great journey so far.

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  23. Chinkee Tan says:

    Great insights !! I am new to the realm of finance blogging and your article inspired me more to pursue my blog. thanks!!

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