Frugal FinCon Fiesta – Let’s Chat

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited that it is Frugal FinCon Fiesta time!   I have questions and I hope you do to.  Many of my fellow bloggers are posting “Ask Me Anything” posts – so get your questions ready.  I have posted so questions below and feel free to answer one or just say “hi.”  If you are a blogger and you have blogged about one of these topics before – you could even provide a link to that post.

My questions for readers and bloggers:Coming soon at Messy Money # Frugal FINCON Fiesta Messy Money

1.  How do you find new blogs to read?

2. How long does it take you to write a post from start to pushing the publish button?

3. How do you find balance between all the obligations you have in your life?  If you are a blogger – how do you fit blogging in?

4. Do you blog full-time?  If not, have you considered it?

5. When you read blogs, what are some of the things you are looking for and what blog posts do you find most appealing?

These are my questions but feel free to Ask Me Anything and I will update the post with my answers.

 

Some great questions!

#1 piece of advice for people who are planning on having kids?

A bit of a contradiction but I would say – you are allowed to ignore parenting advice.  I have 2 wonderful kids with “needs” and I have been on the receiving end on more than my fair share of advice sometimes.  There are no rules – as long as a child’s needs are met and they are safe and healthy – anything goes.

If someone gave you a kitten, what would you name it?

Funny, my parents found 2 abandoned kittens under their shed this summer.  The mommy cat was unfortunate traffic victim.  They captured them and my brother adopted them.  I suggested Smokey and Petey but they didn’t like those names.

Why did you start blogging PF?

I am very fond of money.  LOL.  I spend an unnatural amount of time thinking about it, studying it, adding it up….. so PF seemed natural.  My background is also kinda sorta PF related.

What have you learned from your blog?

I have learned that I should have paid attention in English class.  I have learned that I write with a passive voice,  that I probably should not quit my day job to become a full-time blogger, and that I have something to say.

 

Do you think you will ever share your full debt numbers with us?

I am not sure.  I will share a couple of hints. My debt includes a healthy mortgage and a small investment loan.  It is not unmanageable or too shocking (I think) but not sure how I feel about it.  (Post Script – I did add it up and it is painful to look at though!)


 

What do you enjoy about your job and what do you not enjoy?

 

I find my job has very high highs and very low-lows.  (Or maybe I am bipolar???)  I fall in and out of love everyday.  My favorite part is that I get to solve problems and look for innovative solutions.  I spend a lot of time trying to solve operational puzzles and I get to see my solutions come to life.  But it is hard work, I encounter many obstacles along the way – but I guess if it was easy I wouldn’t have a job.  I also work with some great people.  I have to travel sometimes and I find that part draining.

A funny aside – not related to any question but I am watching :Amélie (2001)“Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain”  If  you can handle watching a weird subtitled foreign film (that was also nominated for 5 oscars) –  please know that if I was French and beautiful I would be Amélie Poulain.


What was the final straw that made you decide it was time to get out of debt?

I had a wake up call when we were having a great time blowing money on our back-yard money pit.  We ran out of money and the project went over budget.  It was clear that we needed to address our spending.  I spent a lot of time focusing on spending reduction first.  Now working on plan for debt and savings.


*New*  Do you have an estimated retirement age? What do you envision your retirement will look like?

Great questions.  It is something I need to figure out.  I think we could “semi-retire” now if we were willing to accept a major change to our lifestyle.  I cut the cable last week and my family is threatening a mutiny – so not sure they would be very accepting.  I see a simple, carefree retirement.  Nothing flashy.

I have my fingers crossed for all the 2014 Plutus Awards finalists and look forward to celebrating with everyone.

 


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19 Comments



  1. I’m so bummed I miss your Frugal FinCon Fiesta, but I loved your answers! I like to find new PF blogs (and other blogs) on BlogLovin, and Modest Money’s list is good too.

    I like your cat names! I have wanted to name every cat I got Smokey, but every time I get shot down. I think it’s a good name… 🙂
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    1. Thanks Melissa – the fiesta was fun. Glad you joined.

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    1. I love that movie. I like the Modest Money list too – I have a found a few bloggers that way.

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  2. First, my question for you is what was the final straw that made you decide it was time to get out of debt?

    I also love that you have identified that you write in a passive voice. I’m still working on finding my voice, right now I feel as if most of my posts come across as “school report”. Where I would like to become more conversational.

    Now to answer your questions. :o)

    1. How do you find new blogs to read?

    I find new blogs through comments, bloglovin, stumblupon, google searches.

    2. How long does it take you to write a post from start to pushing the publish button? Assuming I have uninterrupted time, it takes maybe 30-40 minutes to write, edit, type it up and then get it into WP. I do a lot of my writing on notebook paper because it’s portable and I love the way writing feels. I know, I’m weird.

    3. How do you find balance between all the obligations you have in your life? If you are a blogger – how do you fit blogging in?

    I fit it in by caring a paper notebook, I have several actually, with me and jotting down ideas or parts of a post as I have time. Right now I have 3 partially written posts, 25 ideas for posts written in a list, a blog to-do list I’m ticking away at, and from there I prioritize. I also stay up late (way to late) and my husband gives me time to myself on the weekends.

    4. Do you blog full-time? If not, have you considered it?

    I don’t blog full time, but would love to.

    5. When you read blogs, what are some of the things you are looking for and what blog posts do you find most appealing?

    I love to read posts that will help me be more organized, help me figure out time management, I love to read about peoples lives, and posts that will help me find new ways to save money!

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  3. Ha ha, pretty sneaky there, May! Didn’t know I’d have to work when I came here! Excellent questions for us though and I like reading the responses.

    Here’s mine:
    1. How do you find new blogs to read?
    Mostly from commenters on other blogs. Sometimes from Modest Money Top Blogs list. I’m searching for more bloggers in my age group and stage in life. Though I do like blogging with the young gaffers too! 😉

    2. How long does it take you to write a post from start to pushing the publish button?

    I am the world’s slowest writer. Well actually I’m not bad at writing a rough draft but then finalizing it and formatting and inserting urls and getting pictures I tend to be really fussy with and take a long time. I’d say about 2 hours start to finish, but some are (way) longer.

    3. How do you find balance between all the obligations you have in your life? If you are a blogger – how do you fit blogging in?
    Right now I pretty much feel like I’m working two jobs. As soon as I finish work I do my blogging stuff and it takes all evening and all weekend. So ya, my house needs cleaning most of the time and I’m tired. I keep thinking I will get into a groove and I still hope it’s possible. I get some balance when I get some time to spend with my grandson. I choose him over blogging LOL.

    4. Do you blog full-time? If not, have you considered it?
    Nope and I will not consider it until I am debt free. If I lost my job, I don’t know if I would even blog full time. I might give it a shot because I would have a severance period to build up my expertise. I would think it would be a combination of blogging and freelance writing, maybe public speaking or podcasts. But I wouldn’t rule out looking for another job eventually.

    5. When you read blogs, what are some of the things you are looking for and what blog posts do you find most appealing?
    I love the personal touch and sharing. In fact, going back to your question above, how do you keep up? I’m thinking I may scale back my blog reading only to the ones that I truly enjoy and find worthwhile. It will be difficult for me to do this though because I have major FOMO and I didn’t even know what that was about a month ago.

    My question for you: What do you enjoy about your job and what do you not enjoy? 😉
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  4. fun! i love your answers about why you started blogging PF and how you write in a passive voice…i’m guilty of that too 🙂

    here are my answers:

    1. How do you find new blogs to read? primarily through other blogs…be it a link in the post, their sidebar, recommendations, etc…i’ve also found Mr. 1500’s 10 Questions to be super helpful.

    2. How long does it take you to write a post from start to pushing the publish button? Depends on the post, but…usually a while. Pretty sure most posts go through at least 20 revisions.

    3. How do you find balance between all the obligations you have in your life? If you are a blogger – how do you fit blogging in? I’m still working on that! Some days I feel on top of it all, but most days I’m more or less a chicken with my head cut off.

    4. Do you blog full-time? If not, have you considered it? No, I just started a few months ago. But I’ve been reading blogs for a mighty long time!

    5. When you read blogs, what are some of the things you are looking for and what blog posts do you find most appealing? I look for blogs that are relatively well-written and have a unique voice. If it makes me laugh that’s always great. I love honest, personal story type blog posts.
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  5. I love reading blogs that are personal stories and how they survived their trials. For me, I can relate with some stories and also giving tips on how to be achieve your financial goals.
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  6. 1. From twitter or from comments on other blogs I read.

    2. Some times just a few hours to as long as a few days.

    3. Tough one. I try and get into a lot of it done early in the morning. Picking topics to blog on, reading other blogs, commenting, etc.

    4. No, not unless I could replace my current income.

    5. Personal stories or experiences.

    For you May – Do you think you will ever share you full debt numbers with us?
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  7. Wahoo! gathering around the chips and salsa….. 🙂

    Here’s my answers to a few:
    3. How do you find balance between all the obligations you have in your life? If you are a blogger – how do you fit blogging in?
    This can be TOUGH because I work a way-more-than-fulltime job. Like, 60+ hours… The good news is I have lots of down time when on a plane or in the hotel at night, so I tend to do most of my blogging then. It does mean I’m not as consistent in my posting schedule as I’d like.

    4. Do you blog full-time? If not, have you considered it?
    No, I’m still in the day job. I retire in less than four years and would like to blog more then.

    5. When you read blogs, what are some of the things you are looking for and what blog posts do you find most appealing?
    I love how-to’s and personal stories.
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  8. Oh man… For finding new blogs, I check out the a Modest Money top blogs and add them, but I’m pretty far behind AND I also want to read on being a mom, being healthy, having balance, Christianity and other things. I find some new blogs through twitter, some through linkups on sites I’m already following and some through google searches.

    Some posts take me 20-30 minutes. Some take hours. Depends.
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  9. I love that you are asking your own questions!
    1. How do you find new blogs to read?
    *Twitter, Bloglovin, links in posts, blogrolls…
    2. How long does it take you to write a post from start to pushing the publish button?
    *It really depends on the subject. I’ve noticed the more personal story type posts don’t take long – under an hour. The posts with more meat take longer. Honestly, picking a photo can be the biggest hassle! haha
    3. How do you find balance between all the obligations you have in your life? If you are a blogger – how do you fit blogging in?
    *I find that I fit blogging in on my down time. After I wake up but before I get up, on my breaks, before I go to bed. It’s a lot of work!
    4. Do you blog full-time? If not, have you considered it?
    *Nope and nope
    5. When you read blogs, what are some of the things you are looking for and what blog posts do you find most appealing?
    *I love the personal stories. They are the most motivating and the more relatable.

    My question for you: If someone gave you a kitten, what would you name it?

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  10. Woo hoo! Fiesta! I’ll take a stab at answering some of your questions:
    2) Length of time depends. For some of my more in-depth (read: way too wordy) posts, it takes me a looooong time. Hours. Sometimes weeks. I’m big on starting drafts with fragments of ideas and then fleshing them out over time. Fastest for me is probably an hour… I don’t think I can write any faster. Plus, it takes me forever to get all my photos set :)!
    3) Mr. FW and I wake up early every day and do a solid 2 hours of blogging before going to work. We also blog in the evenings and on weekends…
    4) Wish I was a full-time blogger! Someday perhaps 🙂

    And now my question for you–I’m asking all of you expert parents the same thing: what’s your #1 piece of advice for people who are planning on having kids (like me!)?
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