Sometimes I ask myself if I’ve run out of stuff to say. However, I always come up with something. I might only have roundups or statistics for a few days, but then I come out with a great article or series. However, writing is hard! So why do I do it?
- Writing about our finances helps me focus and stay on track. How else would we have paid off over $64,000 in debt? And most of that was within the last 3 years! Wow. And I definitely couldn’t have done it without all of your encouragement, well-wishes and ideas. Thanks!
- Writing for a large audience has helped refine my abilities. I’ve already found that writing documents for work and for class homework is much easier than before a year ago. I write more concisely, use better wording, and can focus on the topic much easier. Just look back at some of my older articles versus new ones and you’ll see. Oh, and formatting matters too.
- It’s given me a hobby. I was bored before. I really needed something more than complaining and watching TV to keep my mind busy. Thanks to Nick, I got introduced to the personal finance blogging world. Actually, I didn’t even know how to blog before. I now have a semi-technical and semi-personal hobby that also provides some decent side-money to help pay the bills or add to our savings and charitable giving. I still complain and watch TV though.
- Networking. I don’t have much trouble walking up to someone and saying Hi!, but that doesn’t mean that I will unless I need something. However, with this site, I give out a lot of love to other bloggers, and even to my non-blogging readers. I love supporting others and helping all of you as best as I can. Unfortunately, I’m not good at remembering names, and that extends to names of other bloggers and my commenters. Sorry!
But I do admit that I now sit online for most of the evening and even during the workday. However, I did this before, but now I’m doing something productive.
How has reading Clever Dude helped you? How has writing for your own site helped?