I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic lately. Blogging is an escape at times for me. Remember that part in my previous post where I mentioned that building a tribe is important; well, I feel like I have that here. There are times where I want to splash my name all over this blog, and have it come when I am Googled. Trust me, everyone gets Googled. They say that everyone is a brand, and you either curate that brand and the information with it yourself, or someone else will do it for you.
There are quite a fews reasons why I kept my name private. Tons of my friends know that I have this blog and and a handful of PF bloggers know my real name. I am not worried about that. I want them to know. I also am not married to the idea of having my name be private, semi private. I blog under my middle name. Yes, I know, very creative. I don’t do this because I have something to hide, but more so because I value my privacy. There are things that I share on my blog’s twitter account that will never see the light of day of my ‘real’ account. The reason I bring this up is because last week I had a reader for Financial Post (a huge news outlet in Canada) call my cell phone and want to discuss an article that I wrote 6 months ago. Yeah, it was strange, and a bit disconcerting to know that my cell phone number is that readily available; it was also strange to know that someone held on to an article for 6 months.
Personal finance bloggers are an odd bunch. We share the most intimate details of our financial lives for the world to see, and are surprised when strangers know our business and make judgements. Part of the reason why I started with this site was to hold myself accountable and clear up my student debt. The PF world is fantastic at helping with that. Everyone has their own struggles and the support system is phenomenal. It also can get a bit repetitive. There are only so many times that we can write about credit cards, or have to save money doing something. I get bored with doing the same thing for a long period of time. I am a huge believer in change (as you can tell by the number of times I’ve changed the look of this site). Thus you may find articles about things I find interesting that have nothing to do with personal finance.
This post wasn’t so much a rant, but more of a conversation with myself. I enjoy writing here so much. I love the community, I love getting to know everyone else, and I love the platform that I have been blessed with. Yes, I am a brand, but this blog has become more than that. Being “anonymous” has allowed me to share struggles, challenges, and accomplishments that I normally wouldn’t have admitted to in such a public forum. Yes, I’ve moved away from doing a budget roundup, but that wasn’t because I don’t budget anymore, but more so because I am lazy.
My goal was to have accountability when I first started, but I have gained so much more than that. So for those who are struggling with posting and are not sure if you want to use your real names, don’t worry. Just start writing, you’ll make friends along the way and you’re going want them to know about the real you.