A heartfelt message to all my fellow personal finance bloggers!
How many of you have ever watched a television series or read a book that leaves you hanging? I'm not talking about the ones that eventually return with a new season or a sequel, I'm talking about the ones that seem to vanish into thin air, never to be seen or heard from again. I'm sure most of us have.
As I have delved into the blogging world of personal finance, I have found myself getting drawn into the lives of the various writers. I find myself eager to read their next post about meeting a certain goal, saving more, spending less and even just stories of what is going on in their lives. No, I'm not some kind of Gladys Kravitz from the Bewitched sitcom of the 60s/70s wanting to poke my nose in where it doesn't belong. I'm probably a lot like you....someone desperately trying to do whatever I can to get out of debt and reach my retirement goals once and for all.
One thing I have experienced in my financial quest is stumbling across a lot of very well written blogs that have left their readers hanging, wondering just what happened next. They are bloggers with often similar stories to mine. They are bloggers who have given me hope that I, too, can continue making progress in my own journey to financial freedom. So then, just what is my message? My message is to all you wonderful bloggers (I mean that!) who, like a television series or a book have invited me as your reader (and fellow blogger) into your life. Please don't leave me hanging wondering what became of you!
While no, we don't owe it to our readers to finish our stories, I think we should. I don't feel we have the right to let readers into our lives without at least saying goodbye. For those who have, I am thankful! I do get where there are times when a person loses the desire to write or perhaps they feel that they've come to an end of their story. I'm also certainly not pointing fingers because I've been guilty of doing the same thing myself. I honestly feel badly about having done so. Although I still own the domains, my old blogs are no longer searchable on the web. I can't offer a guaranty that someday I'll end this blog too. When and if that time comes, I will do my best to at least say goodbye. I won't leave you hanging, wondering where I went or whether or not I did succeed in my quest to achieve financial freedom. That, I feel, is what we all owe our readers.