Reading through some of my old posts recently, I couldn’t help but feel a wave of nostalgia. For the bloggers I used to read, who’ve stopped writing. Many of them were once commenters here, but no more.
When I first started reading blogs I was a lot more discerning. I limited my reading; I liked to feel I knew the basics about each person I read about – age, occupation, family, location, etc. But bloggers come and go – especially in the personal finance area, where so many are anonymous, or eventually come to the end of a financial journey, and simply fade away.
Now I’ve added more and more fresh blogs to my reader (I’m up to 432, though that includes old feeds to blogs that are no longer active, like some of those below). I’m still picky. I often find myself visiting a blog multiple times through links from elsewhere before taking the step of subscribing. But I’m going to take a moment here to mention some of the bloggers I miss:
Girl with the Red Balloon
Katie/Red was a fellow (ex) journo who quit the profession because it didn’t offer the right kind of lifestyle and pay. I was seriously envious of her writing chops and her dedication to minimalism, fitness and debt payoff.
Since her blog was bought out, it just hasn’t been the same. There are still plenty of pre-written FB posts, but that’s not going to last forever – and the posts that aren’t by her very obviously stand out. Luckily she has a new blog: Mochi and Macarons (two things I do not care for, but I do love her style!)
One day her posts stopped showing up in my reader. Upon checking the link, though I found out it’s gone private (so maybe she’s still blogging quietly!).
Dog Ate My Finances
Dog was brusque and I didn’t agree with a lot that she said. But I admired her chutzpah and am sad that her blog seems to have been sold to some crappy company trying and failing at SEO (hence why I’m not linking).
SF Money Musings
Loved her because she was another introverted, creative, Asian girl making it in the big city. Again, her blog seems to have been sold to the lowest common denominator.
A down-to-earth Canadian girl whom you just couldn’t help but warm to.
She started out on WordPress as Carrie on the Cheap, then came out as her real self and moved over to B&B. Now she’s gotten married, bought a house and stepped back from the blogosphere.
I’ve already done a fan post about this girl. So much smarter than I’ll ever be.
Special Snowflakes and Other Myths
I still think this is the greatest premise for a blog ever. My dad was definitely guilty of cultivating this in me. Despite having terrible self esteem and body image issues, I used to have an inflated perception of my own abilities. Writing – I thought this would surely lead to a great writing career. Music – I thought I could sing. I wrote songs (mostly lyrics, a few actually set to music). All things I thought the world would embrace. All things that millions of others are also vying for, every day.
How many blogs do you read? Any blogs you’ve seen disappear you wish would come back?
Links I liked this week:
Bullish advice on asking for more money.
A lovely, bittersweet post on life and death by Kara.
What to do after making a career switch, at Life Etc.
Tips for the first time cruiser, from Stephany Writes.
Blast from the past
One year ago…
I pondered the impact of class in the workplace;
Outlined why I have no management aspirations;
Talked about having a communications degree;
Shared some of my favourite cheap eats in Auckland;
Blogged about peak creative times.