It’s been barely four weeks since we started blogging. Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. Our big step into the unknown. An opportunity to share plans, write our story, capture our thoughts and slowly and surely bare a little of our soul.
We often wonder what goes into the decision for others to start blogging. The conversation in our house started along the lines of something like this. Mrs. PIE was the “egger on”.
Mrs. PIE: “You should start a blog; it would be a fun and educational thing to do!”
Mr. PIE: “Maybe when I have a lot more spare time. Like, in early retirement.”
Mrs. PIE: “Go on, do it now. You could write about the road to financial independence or our goals or both. It will be as easy as tweeting.”
Mr. PIE: “What’s that?”
Mrs. PIE: “Er……”
You get the picture. Mr. PIE has never tweeted, never owned a Facebook account and only just mastered the concept of a shared photo-stream on the family phones. A bit of a dufus really when it comes to all things social media related. What could he possibly want or need from a blog?
- Is it to give back to the online community that we gain so much insight from?
- Is it to build confidence?
- To learn new things?
- To side hustle and make a bit of additional income?
- Do we want to enhance our writing skills?
- Are we looking for validation of our plans?
- Feedback and critique on goals?
- Or just a venture into the unknown…..to chart and log the course for the next island on our journey?
Other than the money item, all of the above in some form or another come into play for us.
But what has been the most surprising to us in the last month is the expression of what we are doing, what we are thinking and, now and again, how we are feeling. We have been amazed by the power of connection, the relevance of our little corner of the blogosphere and the remarkable fact that we have readers who take the time from their precious lives to read and let us know what is on their mind. Wow! Who knew?
Connection is a beautiful thing. Whether that is the journey of a young couple in Australia mapping out their investment strategies and looking to start a family (Dividends Down Under). To the younger generation of bloggers out there who are a lot smarter than we ever were at such a young age (Practical Saver, The Millennial Budget, Fervent Finance and many more). To the sage, wise advice of early retirees who fought the good fight in the corporate world and realized that much more fun, adventure and well-earned time awaits them in the next phase of their lives (e.g. Mr. FIRE Station). And to those blogs that got it all started for us. Yes, Mr. and Mrs. SSC and ONL (Slowly Sipping Coffee, Our Next Life), you are really to blame!
At times we have been overwhelmed by the sheer power of posts at other blogs – often a mirror of what one of us may be going through. The insightful comment that makes us pause and think. To take action and alter our tactics, or just think a little bit harder. The “Ah Ha!” moment. Or the writing that says, “I am not the only one thinking exactly like that” or “My word, that is super smart.” Sometimes all of these things through reading a single post. Yep, that powerful!
Four weeks have gone by and in the interim we have put “out there” a little bit of factual (ideally useful) content, hopefully some thoughtful perspective and a sneak-peek into the minds of two people who never ever thought they would be doing this. The permanent record of our posts does not always capture the temporal aspect of our feelings and thoughts. Sometimes it does – it makes us think really hard before posting our reflection on Ten Things. How can we capture a life of experiences through just Ten Things? Or fully understand the Cognitive Distortions that get in the way of life. How can we boil down into a single post our worries about The Kids? Of course we can’t. We’d be rather foolish to think we could.
But contained in posts like that are the facts, the truth, the acknowledgement of mistakes, distracting thoughts that occupy our minds, some of our concerns and the little wins here and there that grow into a picture of overall larger success. With investments, we slowly and surely build wealth towards supporting whatever life goals we may have. We chart that growth (or portfolio stagnation or inevitable drops) through the common software tools. In the organized chaos to understand our investments, our portfolio allocation or our Personal Capital, we forget to take the time and reflect on the Human Capital. Others have described Personal Wealth as, well, personal.
Blogging allows us to put a little bit of our personal world, dare I say personalities, on the map. These posts may sit around on the interwebs for a long time, may even be a permanent record. Our respective journeys are not set in stone, they are constantly evolving, the course may change and the final destination may alter. Like these journeys, the people that we are and will become is shaped also. Capturing some of this stuff through blogging is our little way to acknowledge change in our person, in our lives. The fun and adventure that awaits us as we chart our different course and navigate the change, both now and ahead, is what really excites us.
What got you started with blogging? What reservations, if any, did you have? What do you seek to accomplish with your blog?