I am Grateful For YOU

This week has been a HUGE one for this here little blog.  Though I have been reading about personal finance for the past couple years, I have only been writing for 5 months.  In that time, the amount of encouragement I have gotten from the PF community has been mind-blowing.  I want to write this post to give a big THANK YOU back to those who have helped me along the way (in no particular order)…

First off, I couldn’t do it without YOU!!  My readers who have popped in to see what I am up to, asked questions to show they were interested, and challenged me when they didn’t understand something specific.  I am so appreciative of the time you take out of your day to interact with my little part of the bloggy world.

Depending on the subject, writing can be a very personal thing to do.  It can be excruciating trying to get the words just right (I know, I have 45 drafts waiting to be finished!), but knowing that whatever you write, people you have never met may criticize or dissect it and come to the wrong conclusions. Still, I welcome the challenge and (so far) have been lucky to have no negative comments. 🙂

At the start of this blog I promised to be transparent with my life, my money, and my future endeavors.  My purpose was/is to show that you can be at the bottom and still climb your way back to the top.  In order to do that, you must celebrate the highs AND the lows.  But many people don’t write about the lows…and I certainly don’t blame them.  To only write the good is a much easier path to follow.  Who doesn’t like unicorns and rainbows??

Definitely having this painted on a mini van someday!

But for those who do tackle writing about their low points, I commend you.  I know how painful it is to mentally go back to the places you have worked so hard to recover from.  Writing about my divorce, losing my properties, or my childhood (as it relates to money) have all been dark places for me to go.  But I do it.  I go there so I can help someone else who is standing in the same spot wondering where to go next.  I go there for you.  So thank you for being a part of this blog through the good times and while reading about the bad.

Secondly, I would like to thank J. Money at Budgets are Sexy and Rockstar Finance.  I have been reading J’s blog for a couple of years and his was the first to inspire me to write again.  I knew that I wanted to join the FIRE (financial independence/early retirement) conversation but I wasn’t completely sure of myself and if my voice would be adding anything.  Would I have enough ammo to write?  Turns out I do…so much so that I stump myself to not finishing posts because a new idea pops in my head…I’m talking to you 45 drafts!

But back to J…  I have crowned Mr. J. Money the “Mr Congeniality” of the PF world.  His posts are often upbeat, he joins in the conversation by responding to comments (I seriously don’t know how he makes the time!), and he does a lot to gather the PF community together.  If you are a new PF or FIRE blogger, I encourage you to join his Million Dollar Club.  🙂  That post alone has driven more readers to my site than any other…until this week…

This week one of my posts was featured on Rockstar Finance (if you didn’t read it and are curious why my savings rate is insanely high, click HERE).  Now, I knew RF had a big following – after all, I read it so I figured other people did as well…but I had NO idea how many people followed and from every corner of the world!!  My stats for unique visitors for that one day were way more than double what my stats have been in the past 5 months.  WHAT?!!!  I was literally beside myself.

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Not only were the Cubs about to win the World Series (!!!!!) but I was winning in my own way.  🙂  This boost (and all the comments!) gave me the confidence I was lacking on my low traffic days and also gave me the opportunity to reach a larger audience, in turn leaving me the possibility to make a bigger difference. I am truly appreciative.

Last but not least, I would like to thank all of the other PF and FIRE bloggers who have lifted me up with their comments, tweets, ideas, and personal email interactions.  Especially:

Tonya from Budget and the Beach – she’ my girl!  I don’t know her, but I know her, you know?

I have been listening to the Martinis and Your Money podcast for a while and my favorite episodes are by far the Happy Hour ones!  During those episodes you get a chance to hear some of the best ladies in PF (Shannon, Melanie, Mrs Frugalwoods, and of course Tonya) converse about topics related to that show.  With 4 distinct personalities and blogs centered around getting out of debt, frugal living, and budgeting, these ladies have it all covered.  At Budget and the Beach, Tonya writes about her journey from rock bottom after being laid off until now when she is finally debt free!  Her writing is inspiring and thoughtful and very down to earth.  And even though I don’t know her I have begun to think of her as a friend. 🙂

And…

Mr & Mrs Groovy from Freedom is Groovy. I don’t know them either, but I equate both to my cool older cousins.  Obviously they’re groovy – duh – but they are also kind, loving and, most importantly, real.  

I first stumbled upon the Groovy’s when the Mr was on the Radical Personal Finance podcast.  His idea for a Junior IRA peaked my interest and I have been reading ever since.  I recently emailed Mr Groovy regarding one of his posts and was sooooo nervous to break the invisible third wall of communication. Bloggers write, we read and comment, we tweet, but to reach out to someone personally completely freaked me out!!  I was quickly put at ease. His response was sincere and gracious without a hint of annoyance…thank goodness!!  Both the Mr and Mrs are now retired and continue to give back to the PF community with insightful blog posts and tweeting posts of other bloggers like me!  😘

So that’s it!  This may read like an acceptance speech because, to some extent, it is.  As I tweeted last week, I feel as though I have finally found my tribe. Writing about money is not a popular subject (to “normal” people) and it is often hard to find where you may fit in. I am happy to say I feel at home in this space, on Miss Mazuma, and I hope that you do too. So kick off your shoes, have a glass of wine, and let’s talk money.

Until next time…

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11 thoughts on “I am Grateful For YOU

  1. Awe thank you SO much, and likewise!! I’m reading fewer and fewer blogs these days because so many have lost their voice. I need blogs to keep it real and not be swayed by affiliates and advertising. I get why they do that, but it’s just not for me! I can relate to a lot of things you say, and I hope readers get the same from my blogs as well. I second J Money! Somehow that guy has found the balance to run a business AND keep it real! Looking forward to our upcoming FIRE conversations!

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    1. So true! Don’t get me wrong, if I could make a ton of money blogging I would go for it but you have to keep the content engaging and authentic. This being my second time in the blogging world I learned what works and what doesn’t. I really write as my own outlet and to help others who have had similar experiences as mine. I’m so happy that those two things have led to meeting people like you and I too look forward to our upcoming talks!! 🙂

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    1. Haha! Pellrider, now I just need a minivan!!

      Oh, and by the way, you were one of the first folks to read MM so a special thank you to you!! In those first few posts I really struggled not knowing if I would ever have an audience. And then you came along with a comment and seriously lifted me up. Thank you thank thank you!! 😘

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  2. I can’t believe we totally missed this post. Thanks for saying such nice things about us. Mr. Groovy says you’re too kind and I agree! Older cousins? We’ll take it. I think we’re old enough to be your parents. Either way we’re so glad you joined the community.

    Congratulations on the RockStar post! Nice to get it just 5 months in. We still feel like newbies and we’ve been blogging for over a year. Since we retired last month, at least once a day I ask myself questions like: What is it that I really want out of the blog? Do I like to write? Should I start a podcast? Some days I even know the answers.

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