Feb 19 2008

Why I love blogging about frugal living


Yesterday I was all *WOMP womp* about being stressed about blogging.

Not today, though!

Today, I want to tell you all about why I love having a frugal living blog.

I can inspire and encourage people

When I started this blog back in September, my goal was to share money-saving ideas and show how excited I am about saving money. When comments started trickling in, and people started telling me that I helped them save a little money, or offered a little encouragement, that meant so much to me. It still does. I love celebrating victories with you–big and small. I feel honored that my blog can inspire people, and I hope that can continue.

Reader feedback keeps me encouraged and inspired

I love hearing from you! I try to respond to all e-mail messages (if I haven’t, I’m sorry! I’ll try to do better in the future). If you took the time to e-mail me, the least I can do is e-mail ya back! I don’t respond to as many post comments as I would like, but that’s something I’d like to work on improving.

The stories, tips, and other blogs you’ve shared with me have helped me learn so much. You’ve shown me how I can improve. You’ve helped me save even more money. And your feedback is so uplifting for me. I’ll always be a blogger, because I get so much out of my readers. I don’t think I could ever walk away from that.

Some of you might recall that I have a background in newspapers. Lemme tell ya, you don’t get positive feedback everyday as a reporter or editor. You’ll be lucky if you get one "good job" every few months. Occasionally (or more often, depending on your reporting beat), you’ll have to deal with angry readers. When I was the editor of my campus newspaper, we had a man threaten the physical safety of the newsroom and its employees. We had people scream obscenities at us, call us terrible names, and all kinds of assorted ridiculous. That can get you down at times.

At my internship last summer, I went the entire 13 weeks without a "well done" or any kind of feedback (good or bad) from my editors. Not fun.

On the other end of the spectrum is the friendly frugal blogosphere. On my blog and many other frugal blogs I’ve come across, the tone is positive for the most part. Commenters on most blogs are supportive and encouraging. It’s amazing!

Blogging keeps me accountable

If I have a bad week and spend twice my normal grocery budget, I tell ya about it. I like to be honest with you, because I believe you deserve nothing less. If I start to get off track, I know that I can blog about it, hold myself accountable, and know that I’m accountable with you guys.

It keeps me focused

Maintaining my blog helps me stay focused on my overall goals of living a frugal, happy life. What more can I say?

I learn new things

If it weren’t for other frugal bloggers, I never would have known the amazing deals to be had at the drugstores. I wouldn’t know about great sales, freebies, coupons, money-making opportunities, tips & tricks, recipies, books, craft ideas….the list goes on and on.  I’ve already learned a ton, and I know there’s a lot more to soak up.

It’s a team effort

My husband, Shane, helps with my blog so much. I bounce post ideas off of him, he gives me ideas, he helps with marketing this site, technical things, and he’s been known to write an occasional guest post or two. It’s a lot of fun having a hobby to share with someone I love.

Earning a tiny bit of money

I don’t ever expect to make a big chunk of change from blogging. But, as I’ve said, blogging has helped me learn how to save even more money. A penny saved is worth more than a penny earned, ya know.

Still, I’m on track for earning a small amount from affiliate links and advertisements, and that’s a cool thing.

Finally, I love my frugal living blog because it’s fun! Most of the time, it is a fun hobby. What can I say…I just love it to bits!

If you’ve considered starting a blog, why not give it a shot? And, please let me know if you do, so I can be sure to pay ya a visit over there. You just might discover many unexpected benefits of being a blogger.

If you’re a blogger, why do you like it?

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6 Responses to “Why I love blogging about frugal living”

  1. Oh, you are so right! I can totally relate to your recent posts! I recently became a stay-at-home mom, and started my Northern Cheapskate blog to keep my brain sharp. (I also have a newspaper background!) I wanted to do something that made me more than just being a mom. And I wanted to motivate people. It’s been a great experience so far, but sometimes it is challenging to come up with fresh material. I think you are doing a great job and you help me keep going! Thanks!

  2. I agree!

    I find that blogging keeps me motivated–always on to the next project, the next angle, finding a new insight about the same old household.

  3. For me it’s like having girlfriends nearby to talk to! I have enjoyed your blog and will keep reading. It does keep me focused on trying to plan my money–a subject I hate. I have found a couple of other blogs thru yours that I enjoy as well.

  4. i heart blogging because it’s fun to write what happens in my mundane life and have empathetic ears to listen. i can also post pictures and links. i’m also much better at blogging than i am writing in a journal, and see myself in 50 years looking back on my thoughts and feelings and memories and being glad they were written in a medium not subject to being forgotten in moving boxes or accidentally thrown into the fire by a 3-year-old:)
    The blogging community is so great, too. i feel like i have many friends who i get to know every day all over the country. Not being an extravert, i enjoy getting to know others on my own time without awkward phone conversations or my kid hitting their kid.
    i’m glad you’re still blogging!

  5. I love having something to reference back to (oh yeah, I remember reading that or I really wanted to do that and forgot all about it). I also like seeing progress – the progress I am making with keeping my house clean, the progress I am making in the character training of my children, the progress I am making with finances and a frugal life. And I want to leave a legacy for my children. I want them to be able to read my blog, see my struggles and how I overcame. And possibly remember some fun times we had as a family (sometimes, as you get older, it is so easy to forget).

    I do agree about it being discouraging not to get any positive feedback though. Even though I am blogging for my family, if two days go by and I have no comments, I do get a little sad and discouraged and think about making my blog private.

  6. I have to agree with Lisa about it being like you’ve got girlfriends to talk to, and Paula about having something to reference. I keep mine private from most people I know because I divulge a lot of information, but it’s a wonderfully non-judgmental forum where I can just talk about the things that are on my mind, and know that people will read if they want to, not because they have to listen :)

    It can get a little lonely sometimes, but it also brings a warm and fuzzy feeling when blogger friends drop in and say hello or chat.

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Hey! I'm Kacie, wife and mother of 3. I write about my family's finance: how we save money, improve our spending, and plan for the future.

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