Your kick ass guide to the personal finance blogosphere

77 thoughts on “Your kick ass guide to the personal finance blogosphere”

  1. Excellent, Steve! We sometimes forget how many new readers are out there and it’s so easy to get lost. Even the language bloggers use is different than what you’ll hear from a traditional “financial expert”.

    You note some excellent blogs to start with and like you said, we’re all from different walks of life with different stories. Chances are there’s a financial blogger out there that will resonate with you. You just gotta get out there and find them! Rockstar Finance is an excellent place to start.

    1. Thanks Michael. Yup, I love the fact that we are all different – both in substance as well as in style. It makes reading much more interesting that way! πŸ™‚

  2. Great and honest article! Personal finance is not different from any other topic. You need to read as many sources as possible and filter out the message that you can really apply for yourself. Don’t take anything you read as the one and only way, but take everything you read as a possible way to achieve your goals. Use your own brain and decide yourselves what to do with the information you get. The real merit of these blogs is not that they will make you rich, they won’t. You can make yourself rich. But these blogs can open up your eyes and can help to think differently about money. The ones highlighted in the article all do it in an enjoyable way. Great selection!

  3. Outstanding! What a perfect encapsulation of why so many bloggers do what they do and how their popularity stems from the fact that, incredibly, this is a pretty unmet need from the traditional consumer-driven media. Bravo!

  4. I love how most people in the PF community are pretty vulnerable about mistakes we’ve made along our journey (and those we continue to make!!) I also totally appreciate your Friday Feasts and that SEO has not stopped you from doing that. I think that speaks volumes for where you stand in the community – right up top!

    1. I totally agree, FTF. Making it personal is what people love to read the most. I find talking/writing about finances to be pretty boring, but once we include the “personal” part of this equation, things get much more interesting, and fast!

  5. I love the idea of the personal finance blogosphere as a convention center. Before I started my own blog I thought that if I read a few blogs for a little while I would learn everything that I needed to know. Turns out, I learned a lot more by reading a wider variety of blogs. Even when people cover the same topics, they do so with a different lens. The exposure to a wide variety of experiences and styles brings its own layer of knowledge.

    1. Thanks Matt. I think you described it perfectly – even though we may cover the same topics, we approach those topics from a different vantage point. Our backgrounds, experiences and education levels all go into our understanding of the world. I nearly always learn something different from every blog that I read.

  6. Thanks for the nice overview of the personal finance blogosphere. I never expected to see how friendly people are in this world! It’s totally different compared to how I usually think of the internet (people trolling, flame wars, exclamation points!, CAPITAL LETTERS, etc).

    Wondering if you’ve noticed the different subgenres of blogs as well in the PF world. I’ve sort of categorized PF blogs into 5 different overall genres: (1) millennial blogs, (2) debt blogs, (3) early retirement blogs, (4) frugality blogs, and (5) doctor blogs.

    It’s obviously a pretty big generalization and there’s some overlap between all those groups, but just something I’ve sort of noticed myself.

    Based on your list, looks like you’ve got a thing for early retirement blogs! πŸ™‚

    1. Hey FP – oh yeah, definitely different sub-genres within personal finance, and yup, I am definitely more geared towards the financial independence and early retirement genre. But you’re right, there are so many others out there too. The dividend investing genre, for example, is pretty big.

  7. Love this! I’ve been reading pf blogs for years and I credit them for many of my positive financial choices. And when I stopped reading them for a year, bad things happened to my savings rate.

    I’m visiting your booth! πŸ™‚

  8. Thank you (!) for the shout-out and all the clicks you’ve sent us this year! We completely agree with your assessment of the PF blog “community.” We’re all different, and that’s what makes the reading experience so enriching. I’ve learned a ton from people whose lives I would never want to emulate myself, and that’s fine — you don’t have to become an ultra-minimalist or live in an Airstream or a van to gain a new perspective on your own life. Not to mention that the quality of financial advice tends to be far superior to what I find in any major media.

    Keep up the great work, Steve!

  9. I, too, am a PF blogger who is bad at math! Thankfully my other half, Mr. Picky Pincher, is a brainiac when it comes to numbers.

    I think there are so many PF bloggers because what’s right for one person isn’t always right for someone else. There are so many avenues you can take to become independent and happy with your life.

    I love Rockstar Finance! It’s kind of like The Skimm–it’s a good daily update on some of the best blogs out there in the PF world.

    1. Thanks Mrs. Picky Pincher – my wife is the one who has mastered the math game, so I gladly hand over most of that to her, as you probably do the Mr. It’s nice to have two people who compliment each other with differing skill sets. πŸ™‚

  10. This is a fantastic list and some of my favorite writers. I also appreciate that you continue The Friday Feast. It’s so easy to miss articles that people are putting out. One of the things I look forward to in early retirement is having more time to read about other people’s experiences.

    1. Thanks TJ – I definitely plan to continue the Feasts for as long as possible. It definitely takes quite a bit of time to put together, but I feel they help spread the love, which is always a good thing. Thanks for your comment!

  11. Love this! When I tell people that I’m a personal finance blogger, they have no idea what to think, haha.

    Love the list of blogs you have at the end. All are my favorites πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Michelle, appreciate you dropping by and commenting. Yup, I totally get what you mean about people wondering what it is that we actually DO online. It ain’t rocket science, but sometimes it may seem that way. πŸ™‚

  12. What a great round up and summary of our awesome community! I personally love the diversity out there: the in depth finance, the psychology, the daily crap we all deal with, the success stories. Great job bringing it all together!

    Stop by our booth, we have PIE’s! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks Mrs. PIE – yup, I’m luvin’ the diversity as well. Lots of different opinions from people from different backgrounds and experiences. Together, there’s a LOT of information out there, freely available. All we gotta do is reach out and grab it.

      And I’ll be sure to stop by your booth. Cherry PIE? πŸ™‚

  13. Love your site and what you do for the community via the Friday Feast.

    Appreciate your helpful efforts — they will come back to reward you.

    Let me know if there’s any way I can help…

    1. Thanks ESI Money, very much appreciate your support. Keep doing what you’re doing – producing awesome content is what keeps me coming back for more. πŸ™‚

  14. Great post Steve! I think personal finance can seem really daunting to the outside observer who’s just at the beginning stages of their journey, it definitely was for me until I really dove in and took control of my situation. I love how you described the PF blogging community, and the illustration that it’s like a convention center. That’s an awesome way to look at it. As you’ve touched on before, we’re all stronger together and it’s not a competition. The best way for someone to improve their financial situation is to read as much as possible and learn a variety of perspectives about money instead of focusing solely on one voice. All those different perspectives help change and shape your views over time, rather than just assuming you already have all the answers. I try to read dozens of blogs, including multiple posts on a daily basis, and it has added tremendous value to my life.

    1. Thanks Matt. It does seem daunting. Numbers, after all, are intimidating to a lot of people, especially when those numbers represent *money*. I’m right there with you about reading blogs and adding value to your life. Every day there seems to be something else to read and consider. Always a good thing!

  15. Spot on, in all regards! As a financial blogger myself, I’m certainly a “normal” person (in fact, I’m on a biz trip in London as I type this), with something to share.

    I’ll retire at Age 55, I’ve managed my money reasonably well, and I have a lot of ideas to share with others. Together, we learn. We grow. We (hopefully) retire sooner than we would have otherwise have done.

    Most importantly, to me, is the friendships that form in the virtual reality that is the blogosphere. A truly wonderful place to spend some time!

    1. Excellent point about friendships, Fritz. That is a very powerful element of this community, no doubt. The friendships continue to enrich my life, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that experience. πŸ™‚

  16. Great overview Steve!

    I’m relatively new to the whole PF blogging thing, but it’s been great so far. I love your take on the community. I definitely agree with your point about just being normal people. I think that’s why it’s so interesting to read other people’s blogs.

    PS. I LOVE butter cookies! My mom used to buy them around the holidays.

    1. Thanks Andrew! I just bought my 5-pound tin of butter cookies from Costco…a purchase that I only make once a year. I look forward to the cookies almost as much as I do the holidays. Is that wrong? πŸ˜‰

  17. I volunteer to be the welcome wagon! I love to meet new people and help them! I would definitely have pop rocks at my booth. I’m proud to be a computer science-swearing-financial independence-millennial blogger! The course of my entire life changed for the better because I read one FI blog in college. I’m so grateful I did πŸ™‚

  18. I love the description of the PF community as being like a conventiona dn we all have our booths. Like any convention, some definitely have more bling than others to attract people. πŸ™‚

    I remember when I first started reading PF blogs it seemed pretty overwhleming and intimidating. Now, I just find it hard to keep up with them all, and find new ones, for newer different perspectives. Fortunately, the Friday Feast is a good roundup to pop in and find some newer people to follow, and articles to read, all in one place.

    Thanks for keeping that up, I’m sure there’s a LOT of work behind it…

    1. Yup, definitely tough to keep up with them all! There are so many out there now, and that’s good. When people talk about finances, they also pay attention to them and know (generally) the value of every dollar they spend. But yeah, it makes our job of keeping up with everyone a bit harder. But hey, we’re up for the task. Appreciate your kind words regarding the Feast!

  19. *sneaks a stack of butter cookies before you eat them all*

    There are so many of us out there, it’s hard to tell where to get started sometimes, but almost all of it’s good! It makes me miss the blogrolls we used to have, I’d start at one blog and find twenty more πŸ™‚

    1. I’ve done that too, Revanche – I found a new blog and then found several more just by going through the comments on their articles. Awesome way to get exposed to new blogs!

  20. Great overview of the blogosphere! I 100% agree on the community aspect. I love reading content from others with different backgrounds, incomes, and philosophies. It gets boring fast if you have the same exact opinions as everyone you read.

  21. Dude, this endorsement is amazing, and means a ton. You’re far too kind! You’re an incredible cheerleader for and resource to the community, and I’m super grateful for that. The Friday Feast rocks, and I’m thankful you didn’t give up on it all those months ago! πŸ™‚

  22. Great thoughts Steve, it really is an incredible community and everyone has such a different background and perspective. You’d probably be hard pressed to find someone that reads just ONE personal finance blog, right?

    I think the “conversations” in the comments are sometimes even more interesting than the post!

    1. Thanks Jon, appreciate you taking the time to comment. It really is an incredible community. Lots of diversity. Lots of different goals and achievements. And yes, lots and lots of comments! πŸ™‚

  23. So right about keep reading and thinking. My list of blogs I read regularly now is so different than where it was a year ago, but so is my list of topics I’m investigating. There’s someone for everyone and every season.

  24. Hi Steve. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and it’s best! Straightforward writing about personal finance and FIRE, with swearing, by proud DINKS…what more could one ask for?? DH and I (47/46) also are happily child-free DINKS; I hope to FIRE by the end of this year or early next, DH will continue to work (for himself) a bit longer. Thanks for the awesome blog and videos–very inspiring and keeps me motivated! I’m wondering if you’ve ever written about your specific plans/costs for health insurance after you both quit? We currently have excellent benefits through my state government job, are vegetarian health nuts and in overall great health, but costs for health insurance is the thing I think about most. Anyway, thanks again. Reading your blog is one of the highlights of my week!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Riki! Glad to have you guys as readers. We haven’t yet written much about healthcare, but we probably will shortly once we both quit our jobs and hit the road full time. For us, we’re both in pretty good health so we are generally looking for the cheapest possible option out there. We don’t need good benefits at the moment. As we get older, though, that’ll change I’m sure!

  25. You’re absolutely right when you say what works for one person may not work for you but you can always form your own ideas from reading what other people are doing! Your own situation is very different from my own (other side of the pond, for starters!), yet I find myself returning to your blog time and again because there’s always something interesting to read and to learn about. I don’t know of anyone who is in ‘exactly’ the same place as I am but I take the ideas that I like from blogs I read and see if I can make them work for me. Discovering the whole PF/FI community was a huge eye-opener and light-bulb moment for me. Thanks for keeping me interested!

    1. Thanks Weenie! Taking ideas away from these blogs is an amazing privilege – sometimes, we don’t necessarily know what will work the best for us. Ideas, though, definitely give us some traction. They give us something to try! πŸ™‚

  26. Great to have recommendations for excellent US personal finance blogs. Over here in the UK, we definitely have a whole load of booths at the pf convention: simple living blogs, investment oracles, coupon queens, money makers, deal hunters, dividend seekers, FIRE devotees, aspiring minimalists, frugal food bloggers, debt conquerors, eco thrifty experts, millenials, competition whizzes, parents on a budget, money nerds and I’m sure a whole load more. But across all the different niches, it never ceases to amaze me how supportive the UK Money Bloggers community can be, and how much we can learn from each other.

    1. I’ve found the same thing, Faith – the support that we all enjoy in this community continues to amaze me. We are all in this together and fighting for very similar goals, and supporting each other has definitely made a big, big difference. Thanks for your comment.

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