I love personal finance (PF) blogs. I really do. I just realized a while back I can’t keep up with all the new ones. So unless I get a link from someone I or I see a link on a blog I do read, I don’t explore much. Yet that other night I came across a reference to The Simple Dollar and I went over the site to read a post. About 30 minutes later I added the blog to my blogroll and subscribed to the feed. The content was THAT good.
So that got me thinking what makes a good blog? So far I’m still working out the details of what seems to work and what doesn’t, but generally here is what I noticed.
- Tell stories. The just don’t write a general how to post, they infuse it with their own style and experience to change a normal post into something more.
- Cover the PF from the dark side. Some bloggers know debt and hopelessness intimately, so they can motivate other to change because they understand where they are coming from.
- Cover a wide band of information. Yes they do the hardcore PF topics, yet they also cover the more obscure ones that are barely related to PF. Life is complex and so blogs should reflect this.
- Don’t go over the top with technical details. They keep each post down to earth so anyone can get it.
- Are about the topic and not about the writer. They may use the writer as an example, but the blog isn’t about the writer’s life.
That’s my thoughts on what makes a REALLY good PF blog. I know I have a long way to go myself, yet it is nice to see others doing well and inspiring me to keep working at this blog. If you have anything to add to the list please leave a comment.