FinCon – Where Money & Media Meet. Pretty catchy tagline for the personal finance blogging community. But let’s take a second to break it down for my non-blogging friends. Basically, FinCon is a convention where financial media of all types meet to geek out over everything from new apps, monetizing, SEO, creating fabulous content, and all sorts of other stuff. But that’s not all it’s about. It’s also about the community itself. Meeting people you have been talking to online for months (years for some) and deepening those relationships and the bonds that tie us together which, in this case, is money. This is the facet of FinCon that I explored the most and that in itself was well worth the price of admission.
So, what can I say that hasn’t already been said? Nothing. Instead, let’s skip the traditional FinCon recap post that my dear friends have already done (you can see a whole bunch of them on Physician On Fire’s round-up). I’m here to spill the dirt. What happened, what didn’t, and how to prepare if you are ever in attendance at any multi-day conference surrounded by people (and strangers) that you adore.
First off, ignore the rumors. Night one I was told that FinCon of yesteryear was a swingers convention of sorts. #NoJudgement, but so so curious… I was poorly disappointed to find that this is no longer the case (or was it ever?). My disappointment stemmed not from a FOMO standpoint but out of pure curiosity of how one gets indoctrinated into such a club. Was there a key bowl involved? Would it show up at an after party? On the table of the FIRE panel? Would it be mentioned in the Newcomers Session?? Nope. And believe me, I looked. I looked for all sorts of signs that the rumors were true…and a couple of times I got close.
First, when I ran into a very popular blogger in the bar on night one. While making introductions, I noticed he had something written on his hand. When my eyes finally made focus I saw what was written was his room number accompanied by which elevator would take you there. Interesting… Naturally, I had to ask if he was aware of the swingers rumor to which he laughed and said he was not. He explained his handwritten message (presumably in his own writing if he is a righty) was so that HE could remember his own room… Hmmm – somewhat suspect but still a valid explanation. 😉 The Sheraton was HUGE ya’ll, and I did actually get lost myself at one point. Right floor, wrong room – it can totally happen!
The second time came when The WoW’s and I were mistaken for a thriplette. What?! To be fair, we were all standing in a row getting pitched by some company when the rep looked down and noticed our name tags had Mr, Mrs, and Miss prominently displayed. What other possible conclusions could there be?? Of course, we graciously giggled and Mrs. WoW and I played along like good sister wives do then quickly found our out in the form of Ally cookies at the next booth over. I mean seriously, here I was the one conducting the research when all suspicion was turned our way due to our name badges. Note to self – change my first name for next year’s event to “Monogamous”.
In the end, I saw no hints of couples swinging. Rumors are usually built on a grain of truth so my guess is that whomever I was talking to was looking for some partners to play with. Actually, the person who mentioned it also happened to be staying in a lovely Airbnb with another couple. Perhaps they found their match after all?? I’ll have to keep an eye on them for next year… Continue reading “Forget the Fluffy Recap, Here’s the Real Dirt on FinCon17…”