“Why don’t you have your own personal finance blog?”
The most common question directed my way at the Financial Blogger Conference last month prompted to me to think seriously about starting my own personal finance blog. I realize I’m going about this backward. Most staff writers in the PF blogosphere started their own blogs first. I’ve been staff writing for years, and have no “real” place to call my financial home on the Web.
One of the reasons for that, though, is that I don’t want to deal with the backend stuff that comes with managing your own blog. I have a Web site, MirandaMarquit.com, but it’s really just a glorified resume. I have a personal blog, This Time, It’s Personal, but I don’t really do much with it. Because it takes a lot of work to get a blog up and running and making money. So it’s been more of a (sporadically updated) hobby that brings in, maybe, a couple bucks a month.
Finally, though, a couple of occurrences pushed me to decide to plunge into my own blog:
- My husband achieved his Ph.D. and began teaching. I’m still the primary breadwinner with my freelance writing, but some of the pressure to earn is off. I stopped writing for a few clients, and began creating room in my schedule for more ambitious projects.
- Tom Drake approached me about a partnership. The owner of the MapleMoney, and numerous other online properties, knows — as many of my online friends do — that the biggest barrier to starting my own blog has been all the backend stuff. I’m a writer. I don’t want to fuss with code and advertisers and design and SEO. Tom offered me the chance to start a blog, and he’s doing all the stuff I hate.
I’ve toyed with the idea of a personal finance blog for awhile, but the time was never quite right. Now, with the ability to do what I do, and the expertise brought by Tom, I really hope to offer something solid to the financial blogging space.
Why Planting Money Seeds?
I firmly believe that it’s possible to cultivate wealth in a way that allows you to meet your life goals. Instead of focusing on penny pinching, I prefer to prioritize spending, and I write frequently about spending according to your values. By creating income diversity, and looking for ways to earn more, it’s possible to live the life you want.
Earn more than you spend, rather than obsess about cutting a few dollars here and there. Get your finances in order, invest smart, and consider creative ways to make money from home. I plan to share useful information about how money works, as well as offer tips about freelancing and running a home business. I’ve been enjoying the journey, and I hope you’ll enjoy it with me.
Plant a money seed, and with proper care, it will grow into a money tree, producing wealth for your life.