Warning: Chances are I am the only person who sees any irony / humor in this story … therefore, I have italicized the only useful bit in this whole post … feel free to scroll down and ignore the rest. For the rest of you poor souls, here goes ….
You’ve probably heard this old proverb about a small action snowballing into a larger effect (“for want of a nail … the war was lost”) … well, a similar effect has occurred in the blogosphere, all because I left a comment on BripBlap’s recent post about ‘spending’; here’s what I said:
Money clearly has one and only one purpose: to be spent.
Money Monk read the comment and said: “I have to blog about your comment, it really makes sense” … eventually writing about it here, saying:
Money clearly has one and only one purpose: to be spent. This was said from blogger AJC. And I could not agree with him more. Even if you save money eventually it will be spent on something later. Once you figure out a way to balance everything, that’s when you are truly Rich
Now, that’s pretty unusual in itself … usually one leaves a comment on a post; only rarely does one leave a post on a comment!
Then something really strange happened: Early Retirement Extreme picked up Money Monk’s post and followed it up with his own post, thus creating the very rare Triple-Nested Post … a post-about-a-post-about-a-comment 🙂
For those of you smart enough to skip over all of the above [AJC: I did warn you!]; the ‘meat’ of this post is this:
Whether you horde money now to spend later, or spend now and risk your ‘later’ is a matter that is overly analyzed, particularly on the web.
1. Embrace the Life that you want to live – focusing on what is / will be vitally important to you;
2. Calculate how much money you will need (usually a necessary evil for most, but not all, Life plans);
3. Put in place strategies and tactics to ensure that you have at least that much money available when you need it;
4. Happily spend the rest (or horde it, or give it away, or … whatever turns you on).
… and, by writing this post about my own comment, I have thus finally created the ‘holy grail’ (with apologies to the religious amongst us) of blogging: the previously only dreamed about Quadruple-Nested Post … a post-about-a-post-about-a-post-about-a-comment 😛
No doubt, bloggers will be talking about this momentous event for many, many years to come …