I don’t want this to be just another pf blog

55 thoughts on “I don’t want this to be just another pf blog”

  1. Steve, it’s because of EXACTLY this type of post that we love you. Warts and all. Airstream on, my early retiree friend. And…keep writing wherever your heart may lead those 35-year old fingers as they move magically across that Logitech keyboard…..

  2. Stream of consciousness indeed. I like the blog because it’s not a cookie cutter PF blog. I like when PF blogs talk about other stuff other than just the number anyway. It gives the blog a personality.

    1. Yes – this is exactly what I was thinking. I connect much more with experiences and personalities than the numbers in most posts. You tell a great story – and share some amazing pictures. That’s the reason I keep coming back πŸ˜‰

  3. I love it. This is why I come to your blog! You share your story and the unique stories of others. I can read the “Five ways to…” or “How to x, y, and z” all day long… but the real stories are the blog posts that actually intrigue, inspire and motivate my husband and I to pursue financial independence. When we get the real stories, we find out the ideas that aren’t on the “top 5 ways” lists. Thank you and keep it up.

  4. And all I can say is A-FREAKING-MEN! Hey, I think there is a place for everything, but it’s refreshing to read about other areas of life…sometimes being frugal, sometimes NOT being frugal. You know, life shit! Perfection is soooooo boring! As are heavily SEO-written blogs! Bring on the genuine-ness!

  5. I like this a lot and I’m sure most people will agree that you’re right-on here. It reminds me of back in the day when MMM would write about some construction topic or another and people would bitch about how it was unrelated to retiring early/personal finance; he’d respond with something like “fuck off, it’s my blog and I’ll write what I want”. I think everyone should feel similarly free to write about whatever makes them happy. I’m still early in my writing and trying to figure out what topics I want to talk about. I think I’ll still probably cover a lot of the more finance-y stuff, but mainly because that’s what I’m interested in and maybe it’ll help a reader or two. If people don’t want to read it, no skin off my back; at the very least it’ll help me better understand my own position on the issues.

    Keep up the stream-of-consciousness and the airstream life stories, I know I’ll enjoy hearing em.

    1. Thanks Andy! I definitely take the MMM approach too. This blog is about our journey and everything that surrounds it. Personal Finance is just one facet of the overall journey. And good thing, ’cause money talk is boring! πŸ™‚

  6. This is a great reminder for me. I think there have definitely been days where I’ve been too focused on getting the emails and the income from the blog. But, in reality, it’s about creating a community that rallies over a common goal.

  7. Nice stream of consciousness. I hope it was after beers at that brewery. Appreciate the blunt force trauma to the brain. Your pics and stories are good. I somehow got on your email list despite a lack of pop up, and while I tried to follow your ways I decided I am going to try to make some cash with my site. Who knows if it will get any where but if I pay my costs, then bam! This blogging thing has been a personal and financial success. Keep on trucking man.

    1. Thanks Dads. Actually, some of it was after beers! πŸ™‚ And truth be told, I do make some money straight from the blog…usually enough to cover expenses – and some months, much more.

  8. This is exactly why I read your blog πŸ™‚ I like that you go against the mainstream, have a different perspective, and write about things not found on most blogs.

    There appears to be an over saturation of PF blogs and it seems like every day someone posts about the 4% rule or some other topic that’s been covered to death. It’s tiring to see the same topics over and over again so it’s refreshing to see something completely different covered here.

    Don’t ever change!

  9. This is madness, pure madness! Ok…just kidding. πŸ™‚

    Hey, you’re FIREd so do whatever you want. That’s what it’s all about!

    I enjoy your writing style. It helps me loosen up a little.

  10. I feel for you Steve, that’s how I am aiming to achieve with my blog too. It’s more than just another personal finance/investment blog. It’s more of an extension of my life. I write topics that interests me and I think are important. I think it’s really boring to talk about money all the time.

  11. Thanks for this post. It’s been a good long while since I’ve read something insightful from the FI-blogger industrial complex. The truth is everything about FI can, and has, been distilled into 10 or so blog posts. Everything else is just fluff. I follow a few select FI blogs, most of which do not give a shit about subscriber lists, plususes, and SEO.

  12. Y’all are the shit because the life you’ve created isn’t about retiringβ€”it’s about living. Glad you’re there. (Did you see the slime eels in Depoe Bay??)

    1. Thanks Melissa! We saw some of those slime eels as we passed that overturned truck on Hwy 101 that shut down the road a few days ago. What a mess. πŸ˜‰

  13. Thanks, Steve, this really resonates with the way I think! Numbers are great and fun to punch, but they are not life. They are a MEANS to an end, but not an end in and of themselves.

    This was reminiscent of one of Tim Ferriss’ drunk dialing Q&As.

  14. You’re far too modest Steve! You’re actually a great writer, and your blog is a success because of that!

    While your focus might not be on the hardcore ‘numbers’, I think your beautiful pictures more than make up for it. “Play where you have strengths” I say, and you’re doing just that!

  15. LMOA! Just love your in your face I dont give a shit MOFO attitude! Besides, learning about PF/FI/RE is really over rated! 😜 I am just here for the awesome pictures! πŸ˜„ Show us more pictures, God Damn It! 😑😑😑

    Adam

  16. I don’t understand your aversion to conferences. The FIRE blogger crew & PF bloggers got together at FINCON this past year and had so much fun. The conference sessions are skippable if you’re not interested in blog growth. It’s just an event that brings people together to talk, drink and laugh.

    1. Oh I can totally see the networking and drinking with fellow bloggers. It’s just a lot of time and expense to get there just for the drinking aspect. But yeah, I’m with you there in regards to the shootin’-the-shit. πŸ™‚

  17. People like transparency. Transparency builds a relationship with readers and leads to returning readers while continuing to gain new readers. That is the best part about having a blog, you can do whatever the hell you want and no one can say anything about it. Keep doing you. People seem to be enjoying your content. Cheers!

  18. Gotta be yourself otherwise why do a blog unless you want to make lots of money, no thanks. I agree with you and see it as a sounding board, like a diary but slightly less private and with interested and interesting people able to comment. I think I’ll subscribe!

  19. Loved this. There are days that blogging feels like, “How can I say ‘Save 10% and invest in index funds’ differently today?” This struck home, great piece!

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