What I love the most about personal finance blogging

47 thoughts on “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

    1. 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. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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 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.

    1. 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™‚

  6. 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

        1. Ahh, hell yeah! Sure thing, we’ll definitely bring this sucker up north, especially in the summer to escape the heat down here (which we are currently experiencing!). I could do a pint (or 5) of some homebrew. πŸ™‚

  7. 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

  8. 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.

    1. 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™‚

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    1. 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™‚

  11. 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™‚

    1. 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.

  12. 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.

    1. 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.

  13. 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!

    1. 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™‚

  14. 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.

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

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