One of the primary reasons why we decided to start this blog was so we could document our journey to financial independence. We wanted to share a piece of ourselves, and also have a place where we can go to reflect on both our challenges and our achievements. Now that we have been blogging for a little over a month now, we thought that this may be a good time to reflect on our blogging experience and share what we have learned thus far.
We knew early on that no path in life is perfect, and even though we implemented a well thought out strategy in order to achieve FIRE, we did anticipate that there would be some road blocks along the way. This meant that we needed to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that our goal to reach FIRE will come with many obstacles, and if we only write about our positive experiences, it would be nothing more than a false reality. Whether we are drawing from the past, the present, or discussing our future, it’s important for us to always be candid.
It’s best to maintain a sense of humor.
When we first started this blog we decided early on that I (Mrs. FE) would do most of the writing. Where I’m not a professional writer, Mr. FE had volunteered to be my editor-in-chief, however, his career started to get in the way and he’s been unable to keep up with his end of the bargain. As a result, many times I will go back and read a post that I have published and find a myriad of mistakes. For example, in my last post Why We Chose to Live in a Suburb, I wrote “cat on a lease” instead of “cat on a leash”. Not good. The last time I checked, felines weren’t allowed to sign a lease. So if any of you wish to volunteer for the editor-in-chief position, we are hiring! Just know that you will be compensated in the form of some old lollipops we received last Christmas. We are frugal!
Always remember to have fun.
It’s okay for us to pour our heart and soul into it, but when we start waking up at 3:00 a.m. (I really did this!) to obsess over whether or not we should write this or that, then we have crossed the line. Now we do know that there are some bloggers who are trying to make a living at this and we respect that, but for us, it’s important to not lose sight of why we started a blog in the first place – to have fun!
It’s important to find a good balance.
We knew initially that we would have to invest some time. What we didn’t factor in was exactly how much time. Also, it didn’t take long before “the blog” became addicting and found ourselves consumed by it. So we decided to create the Our Frugal Escapades House Rules of Blogging.
Here are the rules:
- No blogging on weekends or holidays – Mr. FE and I came to an agreement that five days a week should be more than enough time to spend on our newfound hobby. Instead we focus on getting out of the house, taking a breath of fresh air, and going for long walks and hikes while the nice weather is upon us. Plus, it helps with our creativity!
- No more six-hour long discussions about blogging. – We now spend about an hour a day discussing the blog and the various topics we want to write about. This gives us time to focus on other aspects of our lives like where we are on our financial goals, etc.
- No more smartphones, tablets, or electronic devices at the dinner table. – I’m guilty as charged! I found myself constantly checking social media while we sat at the dinner table. Poor Mr. FE just wanted to have a conversation about our day, yet I found myself ignoring him completely. Not good for the marriage, I tell you!
*House rules are subject to change without notice.
You have a lot to teach us and we thank you for it.
The stories people share about their experiences are nothing short of amazing! Blogging has really opened our eyes to a world that is even bigger than we ever imagined, and the things that other people have to teach us will forever change our lives. For we both know that the only way we can expect to make progress is if we never stop learning, and we would like to thank each and every one of you for the contributions you have made towards the betterment of our lives, as well as the lives of others.