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My main goal for 2017 was to be a better blogger. I started off strong, but like many goals and new years resolutions, it tapered off by the spring.
So being a better blogger is, once again, a goal of mine for 2018.
A big part of being a better blogger is to support your fellow bloggers. And what better way to do so than to share 10 posts I loved from 2017?
“The hardest part about being sentenced to prison was figuring out what I was supposed to do next. Was I supposed to wallow in shame and depression for the rest of my life? Or was it OK for me to forgive myself and fight for a second chance?”
I knew I was going to start with this article before I even knew what sort of re-cap post I was going to do. It’s one of those posts that I’m going to remember for the rest of my life because of how it’s message resonated with me and because (here’s something I have yet to share online) I spent the last year and a half working in the justice system. Billy’s story may not change your life, but it will change the way you think.
By Dr. Beard of Beards and Money
“The reality is, if you want to make money blogging, then you are forced to funnel your readers into products. […] And what really sells to someone trying to turn around their finances? Side-hustle bullshit. Make-money-blogging courses. Affiliate marketing tutorials. Sponsored posts.”
This post is quite different than the typical personal finance posts you’ll find. It actually calls-out the typical personal finance posts in a brutally honest way that I wish more would (and that I could). Obviously I am big fan of personal finance blogs and think they are crucial for encouraging financial literacy. But it’s important to be critical of what you read on these blogs (mine included!). Is it genuine advice or just a marketing tactic to get you to buy something?
By Cait of Cait Flanders
“And let’s also remember that I am in the space of telling people to STOP BUYING THINGS THEY DON’T NEED. Can you imagine if I placed a banner ad at the top of that message?”
This post by Cait is the perfect counter to the one mentioned in point #2. At over 3600 words, I’ll let it speak for itself.
By Jennifer of Jennifer T Chan
“Don’t get me wrong – financial literacy is crucial. But financial products and strategy are secondary to understanding your own values, habits and mindset.”
It was hard for me to pick just one article by Jen to feature here even though she’s only been blogging since the summer. (I had 7 of my favourites saved!) But her simple “homework” assignment included in this post was (and still is) powerful at helping me determine what really matters when it comes to my money, and I’m sure it will do the same for you.
By Britt of Tiny Ambitions
“If you go looking for something wrong with your job, your relationship, your body, your bank account – you’ll find it. Maybe you’ll completely invent it out of thin air […]. Or, maybe going down your mental rabbit hole is all you need to uncover something that is actually there.”
Britt is another newer blogger that wrote some truly amazing articles this year, and thus made it hard to choose just one. I chose to feature this post, however, because it’s the most like me. I often find myself looking for problems that aren’t really there, and thus creating them. But why? What purpose does this serve other than to make myself unhappy?
By Desirae of Half Banked
“When you work through building a plan to align your money with what really matters to you […] – and I mean really work through it, month over month, in a trial-by-error kind of way – you come out on the other side with a much more confident view of your money, and your decision-making abilities.”
In this post, Desirae reiterates that it’s okay to spend money your priorities – even if it might be considered to be “weird” to someone else. Don’t spend money on what others tell you should. Spend on what makes you happy! (And fits your budget.)
By Erin of Broke Millennial
“So often victims of sexual harassment either aren’t in a financial position to leave or slog through the innuendos/inappropriate touching/assault in the hopes of one day making it to a position of power herself within a company.”
You probably still remember the “Me too” online social movement about sexual violence awareness that took place back in October. In this post, Erin does an amazing job of pointing out the role that money – and power – plays in it. #metoo
“Do not shame the poor by oversimplifying their financial situation to money wasted on lattes. Let them buy the $7 chocolate bar without your fucking commentary. They know it pays to be frugal. In fact, they know no other way.”
I’m a huge advocate of the main message behind this post and wish that more bloggers would be, too. Practice compassion instead of shaming the poor. Back in 2015 when I only grossed $11,300 that entire year, I felt so ashamed and judged by the general PF blogging community and wouldn’t wish that feeling upon anyone.
9. The Importance of Looking at How Far You’ve Come
By Amanda of Amanda Page
“If someone told me in December 2014 that this would be my life in August 2017, I would have laughed in their face.”
Amanda offers another unique voice in the blogosphere and this post is a perfect example of that. This article was posted back in August, but I still remember exactly where I was and how I felt when I read it. Although my situation has improved, I still feel stuck. Until I stop and look at how far I’ve actually come.
By Amanda of My Life, I Guess
“No one was going to read about personal finance from someone in her 30s who was making minimum wage. No one was going to take anything I had to say about money seriously.”
I couldn’t resist sharing at least one of my own posts and I think this one ties into the sentiment of the others on this list perfectly. It’s extremely disheartening to always see posts about others successes and major financial milestones when most of us are struggling. I strive to be as real and relatable as I can be, even if it means publicly sharing my vulnerabilities.
YOUR TURN: What was your favourite post from 2017? Share in the comments below!
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