Blog Post Swap: Sharing a PF Interview with Natalie from Debt and the Girl

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Personal PF Interview with Natalie from Debt and the Girl

What inspired you to become a PF blogger?

I have always had a habit of reading financial journalism on the Internet. It may sound strange but reading economic articles has always been fun to me. I know! I am weird. Anyways, one day I clicked on the link to a personal financial blog from someone who is well respected in the blogging community that was on the web page of an article I was reading, and I became hooked. I soon began reading personal finance blogs instead and became very interested in what people had to say and what they did to conquer debt and get their lives on track. At the time, I had a significant amount of credit card debt so I was curious how others had paid off their huge piles of debt. I became instantly inspired. I soon realized I wanted to share my story and hold myself accountable for my money decisions so that I didn’t commit the same mistakes again. I started blogging in April of 2012 and I haven’t looked back.

What message do you hope people will take away from your blog?

I would hope that they learn to try and live within their means as much as possible. I want others to understand that we all have different paths in life and what’s right for you might not be right for someone else. I think everyone (myself included) has the tendency to judge before knowing the whole story. I would hope that people get some kind of motivation to do something about their financial futures today—especially those that are just starting out in life. Most of all, I would hope that people be appreciative for what they have (financially and everything else) as there are always people in worse shape.

Do you have any advice for people who start their own blogs?

I would tell people that it will take time for you to get followers and really make a name for yourself. If you have a passion for sharing your story and writing, then keeping a blog may be great for you. Try and do your best to establish yourself in the blogging community. Most everyone is really nice and supportive. Go out of your way to comment on blogs that hold a significance to you and you will find that is a great way for people to get to know you. Don’t be shy. The more you do to communicate, the more chance you have to build connections within the personal finance blogosphere.

What is the one thing you wish you knew before you started your blog?

I tried a little more in the beginning to sound a little too professional. I would look at other very successful blogs and thought that I was supposed to be like that. I learned over time that it was my story and everyday happenings that seemed to resonate the most with readers. To be honest, anyone can go on MSN money or Yahoo if they wanted learn more about finance. Most people visit personal finance blogs because they can relate to the author—not just learn about general economics. I find that the blogs I like most are also the ones where the author really put him/her self into the writing. Always add a personal touch as it seems to be what people appreciate most.

Thank you Sicorra from Tackling our Debt for this opportunity to share my story!


    • Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank

      Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank 10/29/2012 4:29 a.m. #

      Thanks for the helpful advice on what to do when starting a blog.

      I'm very new to blogging and these posts are exactly the types of posts which I feel help me to become a better blogger.

    • AverageJoe

      AverageJoe 10/29/2012 10:46 a.m. #

      Great post! Like you, I thought I had to be super professional when I started. Once I realized that anyone could throw out generic stuff on the internet I turned the corner and started writing stories about how I screwed stuff up...a lot. My traffic immediately increased.

    • canadianbudgetbinder

      canadianbudgetbinder 10/29/2012 11:11 a.m. #

      Hi Natalie!! Great interview! What you said at the end is very important to me as well. I always like to talk to my audience through my words and hope they can feel that I am right in front of them. I'm sure if they met me they would say "you are exactly what I thought" because I am who I am in what I write. I think when some sites grow big they can get too glamorized and it becomes more about the money. From that perspective it can lose that personal touch or it becomes fake like a marketing ploy or infomercial to grab attention. I dunno, maybe there's more to that story as well but for now.. I travel the road forward. Cheers Mr.CBB

    • femmefrugality

      femmefrugality 10/29/2012 12:34 p.m. #

      So nice to meet you, Natalie! I think we're twitter pals, already, but I'll have to leave comments more often! When I first started, I knew it wouldn't happen overnight, but I really underestimated the work involved. Good thing I ended up loving it! Such great advice. :)

    • Jackie

      Jackie 10/29/2012 12:42 p.m. #

      Thanks for introducing me to an awesome PF Blogger. I've been trying to meet as many new people as possible.

      I totally agree with being yourself and expressing your own individual opinion.

    • David Leonhardt

      David Leonhardt 10/29/2012 12:55 p.m. #

      So true, about putting yourself into the writing. If you don't, your content is not unique, it's just a rehash of...of...MSN money or Yahoo. But we all have unique voices and if you use your unique voice there will be people drawn to your posts for who you are.

    • KK @ Student Debt Survivor

      KK @ Student Debt Survivor 10/29/2012 1:26 p.m. #

      Great tips. I'm new to personal finance blogging and these are very helpful. I think you're right about making posts personal. I can read finance anywhere, but it's reading the stories and experiences and connecting with other bloggers that makes personal finance, well personal :-)

    • Budget and the Beach

      Budget and the Beach 10/29/2012 4:36 p.m. #

      You're right! I read your blog because I want to know the person behind the words! I'm glad we've become aquatinted!

    • Debt and the Girl

      Debt and the Girl 10/29/2012 5:58 p.m. #

      Thank you all for your feedback. I am glad I did this interview. It was a lot of fun! Thank you Sicorra for the chance to do this. Its good to meet some new bloggers as well. Hope we get a chance to talk soon :)

    • Kim@Eyesonthedollar

      Kim@Eyesonthedollar 10/29/2012 6:05 p.m. #

      Great idea with the interview. I feel the same way. If you want expert advice go to MSN, but I like to read personal stories and opinions, so that's what I write about.

    • Tim

      Tim 10/30/2012 4:38 a.m. #

      Like Natalie I was led into blogging due to personal experiences and taking heart from other blogs that I found myself reading. You don’t expect to take in philosophy nor other pieces of wisdom, but I found very often that something I read would inspire me and make me relate it to my own situation.

      I would not be alone I’m sure in finding myself interested in finance blogs due to some misfortune and even foolishness of my own. I don't think it’s just anyone that reads finance blogs; people usually read them due to their own difficulties and I arrived in the blogosphere due to this.

      I thought if others can have that impact on me, then I can have the same impact on others. Many blogs I read reassured me and helped me to prioritize my problems. I got myself straight and it was partially down to much of the advice I had read from the blogging community.

      It would be nice to think I am ever able to give the same reassurance to others as some bloggers gave me. We all know the heartache and stress that goes with debt and it’s a great feeling to put people on the path to stability and eventually to be debt free.

    • Holly@ClubThrifty

      Holly@ClubThrifty 10/30/2012 5:58 a.m. #

      It's nice to meet you! I'll have to check out your blog! Have a great week!

    • Gillian @ Money After Graduation

      Gillian @ Money After Graduation 10/30/2012 11:05 a.m. #

      Great to read ! And I think a lot of people make that being too professional mistake; the unique-ness of everyone's voice is what makes a blog worth reading ! :)

    • DC @ Young Adult Money

      DC @ Young Adult Money 10/30/2012 7:09 p.m. #

      Definitely agree about having your own voice! It's something I struggle with...I either make the post too much about me or not at all. Something I definitely am still trying to figure out.

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