So Shevy, at Shevy's Miscellaneous Life has been hiding out rather than blog about the downturn in her financial progress. I want to tell her to let it all out rather than stop posting.
Responding as a reader, I very much want to hear about the downs as well as the ups in one's finances.
So in my blog, I don't have a problem talking about the car that stopped precipitously and had to be replaced, the clothes dryer that bit the dust and the various times Murphy seems camped out in my living room.
But I'm a bit more circumspect as to other financial issues--you know, the ones where it is MY mismanagement, MY inability to delay gratification, MY poor financial decisions that are causing setbacks.
Who wants to trumpet their failures in public?
Yet how else are we to measure our progress against that of others? How else are we to know that we're not alone slogging through the financial mud?
One of the more interesting blogs that I read is Our Debt Blog.
It should come with a warning label that reads "Do NOT Try This at Home!"
Name a mistake, and the writer of this blog has made it and is continuing to make it.
BUT, he's at least aware of the issues, and, sporadically, making an effort to control his debt. Most importantly, he blogs it all--the foolish mistakes, the debts paid off, the new debt taken on.
There are times I want to reach through the blogosphere and strangle the guy on the spot. Well, that or shake him till his teeth rattle!
But in some odd way, it does make me feel better to read his real-life examples.
Wouldn't it be nice if debt reduction happened in a straight line? If we all made financially responsible moves all the time?