Am I a Personal Finance Blogger?

Am I a personal finance blogger? Is this even a personal finance blog? I keep asking myself that question.

Then, a few weeks ago, I found the following post by The Wealth Gospel:​ You Might Be a Personal Finance Blogger If… and it made me consider the question again.

Are you a personal finance blogger? Messy MoneyI have spent a lot of time sifting through the pf blogosphere.  Right now I have over 300 articles unread in my feedly.  Sigh. So many blogs, so little time!

Based on my unscientific research, I have found that pf blogs cover a very broad spectrum of topics.  I tried to summarize the main categories below. Most blogs tend to stick to one general theme.  Some share personal stories, goals and successes and some provide information, how to articles, lists, ideas, lessons, interviews, reviews………..

The Personal Finance Blog Spectrum

PF Blog Spectrum

Did I capture everything?

I knew very little about the PF blog community when I started blogging.

My husband noticed my lengthy sessions on the laptop and asked me what I was doing.  The honest answer would have been, “I have NO idea!” but I told him I had started blogging.  He just shrugged his shoulders and turned his attention to the television.

A few months later he came in the room and asked if I had showered, eaten or slept because there I was, glued to the laptop for hours on end.  “I am blogging.”  He has threatened a blogging intervention.  So, to return to the theme of this post…

Am I a personal finance blogger?

I don’t seem to fit into a nice neat category.  My goal with each post is to share a personal story or why I am thinking about a particular topic, share some useful information, maybe a laugh and leave you thinking or questioning what it is you believe about money.  That’s my goal anyway.

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started blogging but I have discovered a community.  A community of helpful, constructive and resourceful people.  What a nice surprise.

Oh, and I want to play too!

 

P.S.  This PF blogger is co-hosting Financially Savvy Saturdays this weekend.  Please come back and share your post with us.

src=”http://femmefrugality.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/FSS-heiti-TC.jpg” alt=”Messy Money” style=”border:none;” />

Thanks for visiting.

31 Comments


  1. See I don’t fit, apart from maybe minimalism, but I am how to get a farm and live and breathe it and pass it on to your children even though you don’t have a farming bone in your body and you are neck deep in debt when you start off, kind of blog.
    So I don’t think I qualify, but I want to !
    I keep setting out to write more about the financial aspects and getting side tracked!

    Reply

    1. Hi Jackie – thanks for stopping by. It sounds fun. My kind of project. I am really looking forward to following along.

      Reply

  2. That’s a pretty broad spectrum we all fall in there! It really is crazy to see how diverse it can be, though. When I first started, I could only imagine hundreds of bloggers writing about the same old stuff–but it really interesting to see so many different takes on so many different topics.
    Ben @ The Wealth Gospel recently posted…How I Earned $13,000 My First Year BloggingMy Profile

    Reply

    1. I was unsure if I was a PF blogger but your post helped clear a few things up.

      Reply

  3. I think it is a good thing to have a broad spectrum of things you can write about. Many of the topics are very similar. Then, you won’t get bored writing about the same thing all of the time either.

    Reply

    1. Appreciate your comment. True. I am easily distracted ~~~ squirrel ~~~ so it is great that the topic is so broad.

      Reply

    1. Thanks – I feel like I have a million financial follies to share, maybe we all do? Thanks for visiting.

      Reply

    1. Yes, my list of blog article ideas keeps growing and growing. Thanks for the vote of confidence -sometimes I am not so sure. Thanks for coming by.

      Reply

  4. Funny, my husband had a pretty similar reaction. 🙂 Like you I feel like I’m only partially a PF blogger. The other part of what I want to talk about is the personal aspect of planning for retirement: social connections, health, activites, and more.

    I like your blog — nice job!
    Jean recently posted…Book Review: You Can Retire Sooner Than You ThinkMy Profile

    Reply

    1. Nearly retired – oh I hope to be there one day. I could almost do a post on where PF bloggers fall on the retirement spectrum: by generation (millennials, genXers, young boomers, boomers) Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

  5. LOL your husband references… sounds like the situation in my home. Is he supportive? My husband is this time around. I did a personal blog for about a year in 2005 after my Mum passed away and he wasn’t supportive then, so I eventually gave it up. It was taking too much time away from family. This time around he knows the purpose behind it and we don’t have young kids anymore so it’s a bit of a different story. I do find that finding a balance between work, home, family and blogging is difficult though. I’ve decided to give it my all for a bit and I’ll see how it goes.

    Although the title of my blog infers a debt blog, and that is my main purpose, to encourage others with big debt to get out of it, I like to blog on a multitude of topics, PF or otherwise. Sometimes I feel like I have my fingers in so many pies! One thing I have yet to find many blogs on and which is a topic of interest for me is pre-retirement blogs. There’s lots of early retirement, but not many for my age group 50+.

    Anyways, I’m glad you’re back on the scene, May. I enjoy your writing and would like to support you in any way I can. Finding the sweet spot where you are getting more out of it than what you are putting in is the challenge. Good luck!
    debt debs recently posted…Thoughts on SuicideMy Profile

    Reply

    1. Funny, I blogged for about 15 minutes a few years ago. I was going to blog a book that I wrote (still might) – unfinished manuscript sitting in my desk drawer. As far as blogging goes, yes finding balance is difficult – but hoping it gets better as I start to get the technical things figured out and can spend more time actually blogging.

      I think there would be a huge audience for pre-retirement – there is an entire generation there right now, and they are redefining what retirement means, by both choice and necessity.

      Thanks for your support. I am having so much fun.

      Reply

    1. Wonder if I am on the fringe of PF and the fringe of lifestyle. Fringe blogger maybe? Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

    1. You have accomplished a lot in 7 short months wow! Thanks for the support.

      Reply

    1. Yes – maybe I will update my chart once I have some more feedback. Entrepreneurship – will need to see where it fits.

      Reply

    1. Nice to find I am not alone. Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

  6. I love and adore PF bloggers, before I’m not into reading about blogs, but when I started reading their posts, I can’t help but to continue to read their advice and personal stories. Happy weekend to you!
    Kate @ Money Propeller recently posted…Friday Jet Fuel #6My Profile

    Reply

    1. Thanks Kate! Happy weekend to you too. Thanks for stopping by. I think in “real life” people don’t talk so opening and frankly about money – but in the blogosphere we can get the real story.

      Reply

  7. This is so true!! Personal finance blogs fall into so many categories, all pretty much equally interesting. And I like your goals of personal finance blogging – sharing stories or information to make learning about money easier. That’s my goal too! I’m so glad I found your blog 🙂
    Melissa recently posted…So I Just Made $50 Last Weekend!My Profile

    Reply

  8. I’m a “debt blogger”, but that won’t always be the case (gosh, I hope not at least!). I’ve wondered about that bit, where I’m unsure what to do with my site. But basically, I just write a lot of personal type stories that are sometimes very tied to money, and other times just on the periphery. It’s all good wherever we fall on the spectrum.
    Alicia recently posted…Why I Want to be Called DoctorMy Profile

    Reply

    1. I just had a look at your debt and other stats and you are making impressive progress. Don’t know that you will be a debt blogger much longer.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge