The coolest blogs: Living A FI’s natural writing style

Published September 10, 2016   Posted in How to Think

Dr Doom, the guy behind the Living A FI blog, is a natural writer. His ability to describe and distill topics down into essential and easily understood concepts is second to none, using straight-forward English and a love for emotional detail.

When I first stumbled on his blog, I literally couldn’t put it down.

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I love Dr. Doom’s natural ability to describe emotion, set the scene and put his readers inside his life. His “The Job Experience” article series reads like a mystery novel, only non-fiction. He recounts his entire life’s work, starting from a low-level support guy and ending up a “project engineering”-type stooge at a fairly normal employer.

Like Doom, I work in IT and relate very closely to his work experience. He brings the reader through “the grind” of full-time work, the monotony of it all and a couple morally-questionable situations. Every article leaves you wanting to read the follow-up.

He worked for a large financial organization that literally drained the life out of him.

Fair warning – his posts tend to be quite long, but they are also easy reads. He uses regular words that are easily-digestible, making this blog a large source of enjoyment covering a variety of topics. He’s also not afraid to curse.

Do yourself a favor and read his Early Retirement Bites blog post, paying special attention to the “boss” figure he constructed to help him mentally focus on satisfying some overpowering authority figure.

Living A FI is a blog for anyone who enjoys to read about emotion. Not blind rage emotion, but deep, meaningful elements contained within all of us that govern how we approach life and make decisions.

About The Coolest Blogs series

This is my opportunity to highlight some of my favorite personal finance blogs on the Internet. Each post is published on the second Saturday of every month after careful analysis of maximum post exposure (kidding, I totally just made up the posting schedule for this series!). The intent is to help spread the love to other blogs in this wonderful community and to bring us together as one big screwed up happy family.

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16 responses to “The coolest blogs: Living A FI’s natural writing style”

  1. Marc says:

    I first came across Living A Fi when you said I had a similar style to his. It is easy reading and very amusing. Once you start you just want to read it all!

  2. Luckily I discovered LAF right around the time I started on this FIRE journey. His writing was with me all along the way while I charted my path. If I had questions or concerns, there was a 9 out of 10 chance he had experienced it and written about it.

    • Steve says:

      He’s written about a remarkable number of topics. It’s amazing how detailed and lucid his writing is, too. Journals he kept as he went through work helped a lot, I’m sure.

  3. Justin says:

    Very enjoyable and sincere blog. It’s a shame he’s not writing more these days but I get it – it was time to move on to more enjoyable endeavors.

    • Steve says:

      I’m right there with ya, Justin – great blog and wish he would write more, but yeah, we understand that when you’re retired, you might stumble on other things to occupy your time than sit in front of the computer.

  4. Nice. One of my favorite blogs. I binge read the thing in a week or so. Great stuff and wish he posted more often.

  5. Basil says:

    I love Livingafi! Great choice and description, Steve.

  6. Thanks for sharing this one. I’ve found myself spending this entire weekend going through his career series. So much of it resonates, especially the changes in attitude that come with f.u. money. I can’t imagine remembering let alone writing about in such detail my career and finances from a decade ago.

    • Steve says:

      You’re welcome, FulltimeFinance, thanks for dropping by. It seems like Living A FI’s blog is one that people are most likely to binge read out of any FIRE blog that we follow. There should be a PLUTUS category for this! 🙂

  7. Jef Miles says:

    Thanks for sharing Steve!
    I’ll be sure to take a look and appreciate you taking the time to put this together..
    Gotta love the scientific method behind your posting schedule as well 😉 haha

  8. Stockbeard says:

    Found his blog a while ago and read all his posts within a week or two. I’m a huge fan of his and like many others I wish he had more stories to tell.

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