Before even attending the Canadian Personal Finance Bloggers Conference 2013 (CPFC13) this past weekend, I had decided that I wasn’t going to write an article about it. Why? I was positive it would provide almost no value to my readers because I’m assuming you come here for one reason and one reason only: to learn how to spend less money.
Then, during the conference there was this ongoing theme about being more personal, edgy, and really connecting with your readers because personal finance is boring, or so they say. I’m actually purposefully a little bit more factual and even boring than most because when you’re done reading one of my articles I want you to feel confident that you know exactly how to act to save your money instead of feeling like you didn’t really learn anything or that you need to research for 2+ more hours before you could have any hope of doing what I just talked about yourself.
I’m Pretty Vanilla Really – But Maybe You Like Vanilla?
There’s nothing really all that interesting about me. There. I said it. I’m just a normal guy working as a software developer who lives in a small city, makes a normal middle class income, had a pretty privileged upbringing, and who has a passion for not wasting money when I don’t have to.
Spending all kinds of money on ridiculous things that add real value to your life is A-OK with me, that’s why I’m all about spending as little money as possible on your day to day living expenses so you have more left over to live an awesome life. I do it every day, and with my help I know you can do it too.
Not really that i n t e r e s t i n g now is it? But it’s effective!
Most Bloggers Are More Rainbow Than Vanilla
Most personal finance bloggers I’ve encountered have a quirky hook and are a bit more colourful than I am.
They’ve either wound up in massive debt, like Jordann from My Alternate Life, and are now fighting tooth and nail to get out of it or ...
They have an insane goal like earning a million dollars before they turn 35 like Million Dollar Journey or ...
They drive race cars for fun and every girl wants their voice on her smartphone to wake her up in the morning like Preet Banerjee from Where Does All My Money Go or ...
They post half-naked pictures of women and make lewd jokes all day and somehow loosely relate it to personal finance like Nelson from Financial Uproar or ...
Some of them even team up as writing partners with their mothers to offer a wide-ranging perspective like Robb and Marie from Boomer and Echo.
Do You Think I Should “Taste The Rainbow”?
So the real point of all this is to engage you readers and find out what YOU think.
Do you think I should add a bigger splash of colour to my writing or continue on with my mostly no-nonsense factual approach to saving money? Do you really want to know how my mostly normal middle-class life is unfolding with all its scintillating details or do you just want me to fill your pocket with dollar bills?
I mean I honestly do try to make my writing more interesting than watching paint dry but I don’t add a lot of shock and awe to it because I really want it to be clear, detailed, to the point, and easy to follow for anyone from the Internet newbie to the seasoned deal hunter.
So which is it? Or can I do both and risk losing my core identity and purpose along the way? Is there room left on the Internet for someone who is a straight shooter like me that mostly just sticks to the facts and gives you the ol’ how-to?
Leave A Comment Dammit!
How’s that for shock and awe?! :)
P.S. The smiley is for you Nelson!