I would like to start by thanking A Journey to FI for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. The Financial Journeyman is only six months old and this recognition is a big deal to me. There are many personal finance blogs. It is easy to get lost in the crowd. It is an honor to be mentioned among some of the best bloggers in the personal finance space who were also nominated for this award.
The Blogger Recognition Award
The Blogger Recognition Award is an award for bloggers that is given by fellow bloggers. It is like the (chain letters) from the past. There are no superstitions, however, if you do not participate in the Blogger Recognition Award. If you want to join in, nominate other blogs that you enjoy reading and pass it on. The nice thing about this award is that it both shows recognition and helps other blogs to be discovered. Fellow bloggers will also appreciate that you noticed their hard work.
Why I started blogging
I have always had the dream of being a personal finance writer. I never thought that it was possible because I did not have a dual Journalism/Economics degree from an Ivy League University. I am also not a financial advisor, so I did not feel like I had the industry credibility.
Reaching financial independence has been my goal since my first year of full-time employment. I started studying about building wealth and investing in 1997. That was also when I started saving and investing as much as possible while I was working on an assembly line in the day and attending college at night.
Over the years, some friends learned that I was passionate about investing. Many of them asked for my help. Some even asked if I would help their relatives. Along the way, I have helped many people to create a financial plan and to set up their investment accounts.
My friend Tim suggested that I start a blog. He is an IT guy and said that he would set up my WordPress account for me since I helped him with his investments. I gave it a few weeks of thought and decided to take him up on the offer. It just took off from there. There was not a well thought out strategic plan. I just wrote down a few ideas and started working.
Advice for New Bloggers
Have fun with your blog. Enjoying your blog is crucial because nobody will read it more than you do. Be true to yourself. Write what you are passionate about. Read more than you write. Spend as much time possible doing research on what you want to write about. Don’t compare yourself to others. There is an audience for every stage of the process. People are searching for information from others who have experienced a similar situation. Provide them with the content that they are looking for. Help them, entertain them, become a resource. You never know, you might even make a friend or two along the way.
Get involved with the online communities that are related to your genre. Prior to creating my blog, I have read forums and a few blogs. I never commented or communicated with the authors. The day that I launched my blog, I created a twitter account to go along with my blog. I jumped right it. I started commenting and sharing as much as possible. It is much better to be part of a pack than to be on an island. Most bloggers want to help other bloggers succeed. Make use of what other bloggers can offer. Before you know it, you will be helping people as well.
My Nominees (not in order)
Rules for paying it forward
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post about being nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award.
- Give a brief story of how/why you started blogging.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select between 10 -15 bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Let the people know that you nominated them for this award and provide them with a link to your post.