(Neighbor Nancy rips off her apron, throws it over the back of a chair, and plops herself noisily into her computer chair )
I must begin with an apology to you, dear reader. The following is completely unrelated to my usual content. I need to vent a wee bit.
Brace yourself for a very un-lady-like post. There might be abundant cursing as I fumble for words. I am so frustrated that I could bite the tip of my rubber spatula right off!
If you are unfamiliar with this little bit of writing I do here, let me explain. I try … and I mean I try very hard to write entertaining and informative content to help readers learn to be a little more independent. A few simple skills and ideas to help you get through the difficult financial times that are engulfing our nation the entire globe. Things like how to budget, purchase wisely, grow at least some of your own food no matter where you live.
During the Great Depression years our government did this sort of thing through the medium of radio. Little shows like Aunt Sammy, offered tips and recipes. Now, the information is still out there, but not only do you have to dig for it, but it is an absolute snore to read.
I am trying to make it a little fun.
It takes courage to try something new, learn a new skill, change the patterns of your life. I write for strong, intelligent individuals, who are trying to get by and just need a little advice here and there.
(Neighbor Nancy curses, counts to ten, and takes a deep breath)
In an attempt to get this information to the people who could benefit from it, I signed up to be interviewed by a large blogging network that targets a decent portion of the people I hope to reach. I was informed that…
Wait. I don’t want to misquote here…
Ah yes, here we go.
“I don’t think you’re quite ready …(removed to protect the offending network. And, no it was not wordpress, who I love)…You’re using a free blog without your own domain name and I understand that you’re just getting your feet wet with it all.
Shout at us again when you make your move towards a full fledged blog presence! We’ll be glad to consider you then.”
I have absolutely no problem with being turned down as a newbie. After all, I only have 91 posts with only 2,802 views over my very short 50 days of existence. I am well aware that this blog is in its infancy. That excuse alone would have been fine.
To imply that because I do not pay to publish and am therefore not worthy is offensive. That because I do not support a paid site with content swaying advertising…
Because after all, why does a thinking person trust public television, NPR or Consumer Reports?
You know what?
I’m a friggin’ frugal blog for cryin’ out loud! I encourage you do your own research. Any product or site I mention includes the proviso: couldn’t you make that yourself… or find it at a better price.
I have no problem with other personal finance bloggers choosing to advertise. That is their choice. That is how they bring in extra income. That buys food or clothing for their families. I can respect that.
But for me and the educational nature of this particular work of writing, I feel it is inapropriate and cluttered.
I will not be paying to be published. There will not be advertising. To bad if that means I do not have “full fledged blog presence.” Tough noogies!
Any book or product I mention, I have read or used and found to be truly helpful. And let’s remember books can be found for free at the library.
I humbly ask that if you know someone that could gain something from these writings that you pass it on to them. If you like what I write and are internet savvy, please add me to stuff like StumbleUpon or anything you can think of. I am admittedly clueless here.
After all, the spirit here is a little friendly free advice.
Last fall my husband got a job earning more than twice any past income. We are still well below the poverty level and I will be damned if I will go for food stamps until I have planted every dad-blasted inch of my lawn with a food producing garden. As long as the three of us are eating healthily, there will be no ads. My writings come from our own experiences of trying to “get by”. I practice what I preach for our own financial survival. Period.
Please take a moment to leave a comment.
Am I wrong in feeling this way?
Should I clutter the site up with ads?
Feel free to add your own rant!
( Neighbor Nancy reties her apron and leaves to hand knead some bread to get her frustrations out )
( She is heard mumbling as she marches away )
Consumerist morons. Isn’t it your friends, family or neighbors that you turn to for a little free advice or do you go ask a bloody f*%#in’ salesman?
Shouldn’t we be proud of our no-debt, non-consumerist financial independence?