I'd later rename the blog to match the domain name, Bargaineering, and a few years later it would join a major public corporation as one of its many websites.
I started Bargaineering because I had an interest in personal finance and blogs were getting popular at the time. I didn't know that, over the course of several years, it would become a business, turn me into an entrepreneur, and ultimately change the trajectory of my life.
For the last two years, I haven't been involved in personal finance in a “work” capacity. I've pursued other businesses with different partners and friends. Businesses that have succeeded and failed, acquired and shuttered, but all left me with experiences from which I'll learn and grow from.
We also started a family. Far more challenging than starting a business but far more rewarding as well.
But all that time, I missed writing about personal finance.
I realized that my personal finance education was stagnant when I stopped writing about it. There's something extremely valuable in blogging about a subject.
You learn every aspect because you have to re-explain it. You retain more because you take notes.
By publishing your thoughts, you also put your knowledge and interpretation on display, so others can add to it, critique it, and, most importantly, fix any mistakes you make.
I also really enjoy the camaraderie of emailing readers, talking with other bloggers, and the community that grows up around a blog. I emailed a few folks who used to read Bargaineering and was excited to see so many sign up for the waitlist. These are people I never met but I recognized their email addresses — and they remembered me — that was pretty cool.
First and foremost, the blog will be about money. How to earn more of it, how to save more of it, and how to invest it in a way that gets you where you want to go as quickly and safely as possible.
It'll also be laser focused – I aim to have as little fluff as possible. I don't like to waste time, mine or yours, and so everything will be focused on minimizing wasted effort.
One of the cornerstone guides is how to build a rock-solid financial foundation. The article is long but it includes everything I have in my financial system from a financial network map to my personal finance manual.
In addition to actionable advice, and to round it out, the blog will include philosophical thoughts to give you a better sense of how I approach the world of money and life.
Lastly, and this is a strictly selfish reason, part of me wants to know if I can take [a few] years off, cold turkey, come back and fly lids off. 🙂
Please join me, I intend to have a lot of fun and wouldn't want you to miss it!