If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you might remember the days where I shared personal stories about how we were learning to live on one income. I have professed my love of Dave Ramsey many a time, and have even shared some of our financial goals.
However, as my reader base has grown and as more people who I know in “real life” have begun to read, I have posted less and less about my family’s personal finances. I have found that it is much easier to share such personal things (even at a high level) when you are still somewhat anonymous to your readers.
The funny thing is, one of the original reasons I started this blog on Jan. 1st 2008 was to share our financial journey…the good, the bad, and the ugly. And while I don’t share *everything*, I have shared more than I typically would with a friend over dinner. As we all know, the subject of personal finances is typically just that…personal…or taboo, or whatever you want to call it. And while I understand why that is, I also think that it is somewhat of a shame. I can’t help but think that many people might be in a better financial situation had they learned from the people in their lives (and not solely from text books, the Internet, etc…).
All that being said, I consistently struggle with the fact that this blog has become less unique and all about the deals. I think that the deals add value for sure (or I wouldn’t post them!) but I also think that personal stories add value too. If anything they give this blog a unique voice…something I feel it has been lacking of late. And so I’m hoping to do better. I’m going to try to be less self conscious. I figure you can skip over the personal stuff if the deals are what you are here for. And if you are interested in the personal stuff, tomorrow I’m going to start by sharing a little about how our finances have gotten a little flabby this year…because I’m all about keeping it real. Stay tuned!