I’ve been blogging for about three years now, and over that period of time I’ve read a lot of other personal finance blogs. Some that I started reading in my own blog’s first fledgling months have remained on my blogroll ever since; some have not. In most cases, the blogs that I quit reading didn’t get stale, exactly. The content just shifted towards something I found boring. For example, some of my (formerly) favorite personal finance bloggers got engaged then got so wrapped up in the wedding planning that they pretty much quit writing about anything else. I think that weddings are really boring and never plan on having one, at least not in the traditional sense, so I stopped reading those particular blogs.
But in some cases I did stop reading the blog because the personal finance information just became a little too basic for me. An example would be The Simple Dollar. I would say Trent’s blog was really fundamental to helping me learn about the basics of personal finance, especially when it comes to adopting frugal habits, which don’t come naturally to me. I used to read The Simple Dollar every day and I definitely got a lot out of the content. But now I pretty much only check in once or twice a week; it seems like most of the stuff that Trent writes about I already know. I think that Trent is a very talented writer and I still enjoy reading his content from a purely aesthetic standpoint, but the actual advice he gives is a little too basic for me at this point.
So the question is, do all personal finance blogs have an expiration date? At point at which the blogger has pretty much said everything there is to say about money? Do you make a point to write about a variety of different topics – some “basic,” some “advanced” – or just about what moves you at the moment?
Let me know what you think – I’d love to have a discussion about it this week!