Writing personal finance articles on a daily basis has been pretty fun for the last few years. Every morning I get to wake up and decide whether or not I want the world to know what’s going on in my life and then I get to listen as readers voice their opinions on my choices and decisions. Coming from a world of everything but personal finance, I’ve had no shortage of tales to tell.
In a series of articles I wrote in 2010, followers of this site learned that I came from college with a steady gambling problem, a mountain of debt in excess of $200,000 and a quick laps in judgment, stealing $45 worth of protein from Costco (which I assure you has caught up with me). Sometimes I receive congratulations or praise for my decisions, sometimes I am vilified. Regardless of whether or not the comments left good or bad, I appreciate the honesty and I hope everyone keeps them comin’.
But over the last few months, primarily since the holiday’s starting creeping up in 2010, I’ve been in somewhat of a writer’s funk. Article ideas are not flowing out of my head and it’s actually quite the opposite. I sit in front of this blasted computer for a few hours, scouring the web to find something I can relate to myself. Certainly, there is no shortage of tips and tricks articles I can write, and as you can tell from the amount of articles we have everyday, we’re not low on topics but in terms of personal finance articles … I’ve been off.
Maybe I’m forcing it a bit because I so desperately want something to happen to me and my finances that I can scream to the world but it’s been awfully boring over here. Simply making all of my payments on time, finally getting a few student loans out of collections and earning enough money where the Mrs. and I are working on securing a down payment for our first home in a few years, which will NOT be in Miami. Everyday tends to be the same and while things have certainly improved in my life over the last few years, the danger filled financial adventures no longer exist. I hate to say it, but my life from a financial perspective is as boring as ever.
Boring is a good thing though right? I mean if I lead an exciting financial life, stocks would be gaining and losing ground on a wild basis, problems would arise at banks that I would have to spend hours on the phone to fix and my Visa Black Card may get me into trouble I just don’t want. Boring keeps my finances in check. Boring makes sure that I’m smart with my spending and don’t go out tomorrow to upgrade to a 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra. Boring is good and I like it, but it just sucks when I’m trying to write and there’s nothing to write about.
So I need your help. While I continue to work my way out of this rut, anyone who has intriguing stories about their lives and finance should be encouraged to email them in anonymously. I would love to get a few published here and see how the public responds to your triumphs or failures. Perhaps your lives will spark a few great ideas or memories of my own so please don’t be shy. Help me break this maddening writer’s block by sending in a story of your own.
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Published or updated February 26, 2011.