I’m rapidly approaching my year anniversary here at Debt Discipline. Over the last 12 months, I have tried to be a good citizen within the blogger community. I try to write 2-3 new post per week, I visit 10-12 other blogs per day, often commenting, I have guest posted, I have hosted guest posts, I have started an interview series to get to know other personal financial bloggers, I read and reply to most comments on my blog, I joined the Yakezie Challenge, my net worth is tracked on a number of other sites, my site is track on Modest Money’s Top Finance Blogs, I have hosted a giveaway, I have helped promote others giveaways, I share tweets of posts I enjoy, I share my favorites reads from other blogs each week and I’ve made some friends.
I think I’ve been very active in the community. I have learned a lot and I credit mostly the community. Recently I’ve been trying to discover more about the great personal finance blogs that are out there, and there are tons. I’m trying to visit 2 or 3 new ones each day, read and if I have an opinion on their topic leave a comment. I wish I had more time to do this because I enjoy the various points of view and subjects covered. As I’ve done this over the last few weeks what I’ve found is that there are a lot of bloggers I have nothing in common with other than wanting to be out of debt.
See I’m a generation X kid, a father of three children, and our family of five only started to get our financial act together in the last 4 years after racking up $109K worth of consumer debt. So in my mid-forties, living in New York, I know my way around social media, smartphones, technology, (big part is to keep tab on our children our youngest child is 12 years old), debt is my primary form of payment, so I think I have my handle with the world around me but when I comment on some other blogs, crickets. I mean to the point where my comment is the only one that doesn’t garner a response. I started to take it personally but had to stop for a minute and realize I have no common ground with some of the sites I was commenting on. Many are millennial sites, who are single, have no children, and have accumulated different types of debt. We share very little in common personally other than pursuing a debt-free life. I can see how my opinion really wouldn’t much matter to them at this point in their journey. There are others that fall into those categories, but we share geographic location and with that, we click.
I’ve again learned something new from the really generously community, my opinion is just that, mine. I may strike a chord with some, but not others. I will continue to read and gain valuable perspective from the great financial bloggers out there. I will be more selective with my commenting, but will continue to share, tweet and promote others great work, with or without you. 🙂