Thursday, February 18, 2016
On Wed, I met up with 2 financial bloggers. Though it's not the first time we met, the online conversation spilled over to face to face interaction and before long, we chatted for nearly 5 hours just like that. This is shorter than the 6 hours I spent a few months ago here. My wife would probably lament that 3 grown men can chat longer than 3 aunties lol! There's usually a lot more sharing of personal experiences during such face to face interactions, because some things just can't be said online. It might be rude, might be crude, or might be politically incorrect, so face to face meeting is still good for such topics.
I think as financial bloggers, we're really an odd bunch of people. We don't really fit into mainstream and what's interesting is that we're probably okay and comfortable sitting in an outlier position. I guess most of us are lone rangers - and we have to be in order to take some bitter pills and bash through the jungle to carve out our own paths that nobody really understand and might even vehemently opposes to. Like squirreling a huge portion of our salary aside. Like putting money into the stock market when others are running away from it. Or even simple things like bringing your own meals to work to save our health and wealth. Others might feel we're shortchanging ourselves but we know better.
I think people either get it or they don't. It's not that financial bloggers are all about money. Actually no, we're all about recapturing back our life and our values and not being interested in what non stakeholders demand of us. It's like the donkey, the man and the boy story. Some people might want the man to sit on the donkey, some might want the boy to sit on the donkey and some might want the both man and boy to carry the donkey. Please all and you will please none. For that to happen, we have to experiment and try out what we really want for ourselves.
I'm very proud to know these 2 financial bloggers who had the courage to do what they need to do and ignore the naysayers. I know it's not easy and the journey is made tougher by blogging about some of the personal stuff online, exposing a part of your core to public scrutiny. Though we will always have to travel through our own journey alone, let us travel together for this small part of the road together.
And that's what this blog is for. Not to boast about what I've done, not to get passive income from ads, and not to teach you how to be this and do that. If readers get inspired to follow, that's a bonus. I'm really blogging to see who are the kindred spirits. You're either get it or you don't. If you are, we can walk together but alone, at least for a while.