In a matter of months, it will be 4 years that Squirrelers has been live. In the world of personal finance blogging, that’s actually a long time! It seems like the number of new blogs out there is increasing at something more that a linear rate. So many people blogging about their money and lives, and some are sharing some really good tips and/or starting thought-provoking discussions. There hasn’t been a better time to be a money junkie 🙂
Realizing that I’ve been around the blogosphere for a while now, this got me thinking about how I first got started. At this point, I’ve written over 600 posts, so perhaps some of those early blogging memories are getting hazy 🙂 But, back in 2009, I actually checked out my first personal finance blog purely by chance.
I was searching for something (don’t remember what), and I somehow landed on Free Money Finance. I liked what I read, and found it interesting as it was from a regular person and not some corporate site. As I read more, I began to realize that he was a guy who had some solid tips on building wealth, and was discussing what he was actually doing himself. This resonated with me, and I started to follow his blog.
Then, I paid closer attention to the people commenting, and realized that some of them had blogs too. Additionally, the blogroll had links quite a few other sites. This piqued my curiosity, and naturally I checked out some of those other blogs. Some were so-so, but some were pretty solid. And yes, they were pretty much regular folks too.
At that point, I had some kind of brainwave that I could do this too! It would be a fun hobby, where I could share my own tips and thoughts on personal finance, and get the chance (hopefully) to interact with others who have a similar interest. From there, my thinking went, I would be able to continue to learn and develop while possibly helping or inspiring others.
Its been great, and has worked out well in that regard.
The thing is, it was that first opportunity to read a good personal finance blog which got me started.
How about you?
What was the first personal finance blog you read?
Or, alternatively, what was the first blog or group of blogs that really inspired you?
If you’re a blogger, how did you get your start?