If you’re on the fence as to whether you should start writing a blog yourself, let this be my pitch to you.
Do it. Come up with a good name, and write. If you have words in you that need an escape, the blog world is a safe place.
And goodness gracious if you want to talk about money, the personal finance world is the nicest.
You write for a while, wondering if anyone is out there. Then you find out that they are. You decide to join Yakezie, because that’s what all the cool kids are doing. You’re not even sure what it means, or how it works, but there are rules, and you can follow rules. You got this.
You decide to go to a conference because your friends who live in your computer tell you it’s the best way to avoid burn out. Then you meet them and they become just plain friends. You even get to meet a group of Portland people before the conference for a lunch sponsored by a budget tracking software program.
It’s really and truly wonderful.
I got to meet a handful of bloggers this summer, and I sat next to Andi, who was just getting her real estate license. At the time, I wasn’t really interested in real estate, but since then, a conversation with my dad, and a referral to my boss’s realtor changed my mind.
Actually, it all happened so quickly — my dad said, “hey, we can gift you a down payment,” and my coworker said, “call this woman, she’s great,” and one thing led to another, and I never thought to call Andi.
My fault. I should have called her. I love my realtor, but as you read in the condo that was too good to be true post, she had me working with a shark of a mortgage person who made me want to rent forever and never buy a place.
Lucky for me, Andi read that post, and sent me to her friend Michael of Capital M Lending. He is awesome. He sat down with me for an hour and a half, and earned my trust. He told me that if an ARM were the only option, he would tell me not to buy a place. He talked me through different scenarios with gift down payments. He made me feel like, even though I don’t know much about buying a home, I was not stupid. That was really helpful. He told me that he survived the bubble and its bursting because he stayed honest and he didn’t make as much money then as his competition. But his competition isn’t around anymore, and he is.
That might just be a good story, but it was enough for me.
Now I’m working with someone I trust. Someone who teaches rather than belittles. Someone who calls just to check up on me. Who made sure I was feeling more confident after our talk. Someone who didn’t sugar coat the realities of mortgage payments.
All because I wrote on Frugal Portland.
If you’re thinking about writing a blog, let me know. It’s a fantastic way to increase your circle of friends, colleagues, and experts. You can turn to the blog world for advice. For constructive criticism. For a pat on the back.
My real estate story is not over. But because of writing a blog, after the process is done, I’ll look back on it with the knowledge that I was in good hands.
Unlike the time I bought my car. To this day, I still feel like I paid at least $1000 more than I should have because of the pressure-sales situation at a car dealer.Friends, what has been your number one benefit of writing a blog?