I must admit that whenever I read a personal finance book I ask myself the question: was this guy rich before he wrote this book or because he wrote this book?
Sadly, for many, writing the book is a way to wealth for the author … not a way to express wealth to the reader.
For personal finance blogging, I feel that it is different, simply because there isn’t enough money in it to justify the time … even for those who do accept advertising on their blogs.
So, why do personal finance bloggers blog?
For the answer to that question, I turned to a blogger who is clearly so successful that he can’t possibly be in it just ‘for the money’ – or the fame – Guy Kawasaki … he already had plenty of both!
Guy says that the study “explored the structure of social networks, the motivations for giving advice, and methods of acquiring information.”
The part that interested me was this comment about influencers:
Influencers aren’t driven to share information for the sake of appearing knowledgeable or to demonstrate their expertise. They’re primarily motivated by a basic desire to help others. They develop a stronger sense of self-confidence when it’s well-received, further motivating them to help and advise others.
Now, I can relate to this …
I write this blog because I want to share what I learned the hard way … there was no clear roadmap for me to follow when I was struggling financially, so I want to create one for others to follow.
The many books – and blogs – that are out there dealing with the subject of money seem to mainly focus on how to save and get debt free, or how to retire on plus/minus 20% of your current salary …
… while important, none addressed my need to be totally financially free, at a (relatively) young age and with enough ‘play money’ to do the things that I needed to do.
And, none showed me how to do that quicker than ‘get rich slow’, but more safely than ‘get rich quick’.
I guess I had to write my own ‘manual’ on how to get rich – by trial (many) and error (many) as I went along … this blog is the result.
I hope that it works to make your path to wealth a little quicker and easier for you than it was for me!