Since 2006, I’ve been following the personal finance blogger space. I started blogging in 2007 after reading a post on An English Major’s Money (which she sadly stopped writing) on HerEveryCentCounts.Blogspot.com. (And now I’m going to the first-ever Financial Blogger Conference! But more on that in a bit…)
Over the years, I’ve written on and off, and followed the financial tales of bloggers like Fabulously Broke in the City, Give Me Back My Five Bucks, My Open Wallet, Lazy Man and Money, and dozens of others (sorry it’s hard to name everyone I’ve been reading… if you want to know if I’ve been reading your blog, check if you’re on my Personal Finance Reader.) It’s quite exciting to know that many of them will be attending the conference. It really is a small family of bloggers that write in this space, and I can’t wait to meet them!
I always thought it would be extremely cool to get all of the personal finance bloggers together in one city, one building, to meet, mingle, and share our love for PF. Basically, to geek out about blogging and personal finance in a way that most of us can’t do with our close friends.
That day has come! Personal finance bloggers of the world will convene in Chicago this fall for the first-ever Personal Finance Blogger Conference. And, being the impulsive person I am, I bought an early bird ticket about 5 minutes after learning about the conference, not thinking about how much the flight from CA to Chicago will cost… but regardless, it’s totally going to be worth it!
The only thing I’m concerned about is “coming out” at the conference… it’s a lot easier to be completely honest here when no one (ok, only a few people) know who I am in real life. I can write things that get comments from anonymous folks that call themselves “ridiculous” in response to my hiring bias for top-tier schools and excitement over being upgraded on a recent business trip and flying first class (two comments I received this week.) But once people know who I am, will I be able to blog this openly? Well, apparently I’m more excited about meeting other personal finance bloggers than protecting my anonymity.
Will I see you in Chicago?