Thursday, March 30, 2006
Why Do You Blog? Fame? Money? Health?
PFBlog's blog recently wrote up an article: Some Sanity is Needed, Upcoming Contest, and it brought up some interesting thoughts/feelings and a chance for me to reflect on my reasons for blogging. I guess you could categorize me as a longtime Internet user, but not a long time blogger...I'm a lurker. Since the early days of bulletin boards and dial up, I've been lurking and searching for the end of the Internet. I've never been one to fear buying things online, actually I doubt a majority of the folks blogging and reading finance blogs are even though I did see a recent survey that indicated the majority of the population still has some hesitation of online commerce. Sorry, went off on a tangent...So anyway, I really wanted to find an answer to this question, "At my age, how am I doing financially?" Better? Worse? Average? One site my searching led me to was bestcashcow.com. But I kept searching...keywords: "my net worth," which led me to freemoneyfinance.com. And thus, my interest of blogging began... I never knew a world of personal net worth tables and Moneysmartz' bnwi existed! Holy crap, abc is worth how much?!?! How the hell does xyz have that much debt?!?! Hmmm, how am I doing? I found myself itching for the next net worth update of people I didn't even know. Eventually I realized I should be contributing too. So I started blogging...because I had lots of quirks related to money that I did for myself, why not write it down...Maybe other people could gain from it? And to be honest, for the longest time I yearned an avenue where I could write about money--my money, to be criticized by others and to find areas where I could improve. And blogging sure has helped me...from deciding to pay down my debt, to quitting the cancer sticks, to looking at my asset allocations, to seeing if my exuberance for a national sales tax had some merit, to figuring out what was really going in and out of my bank accounts...and why. Blogging really helps me manage my finances better, and thus I blog. At the same time, if it helps someone else, then it becomes that much better. So why do you blog? EDIT: I should add, it definitely is nice to have readers though...Can't lie about that :), and I appreciate it. EDIT EDIT: I really had to take that line out because it bothered me.