This year is the 5th “blogiversary” of Money Under 30. As I plan for the next five years, I want your input.
What’s the number one thing Money Under 30 can help you with that you may not be able to get anywhere else?
WHY I ASK
Over the weekend, I was in Chicago at the first-ever financial bloggers conference with nearly 300 other bloggers. It was surreal to meet so many people I have been emailing with for years, and it was a chance to be inspired by bloggers who have taken their games to a higher level and are aiming higher yet.
While there, I reflected on what I’ve accomplished over the last five years, but more importantly, I also thought about where we can go in the next five.
Notice I said “we”.
When I started Money Under 30, I was just playing around. I thought blogging about my struggle with debt and musing about various financial topics would be helpful to keeping myself honest as I worked to get debt free.
About a year later, however, two things started to happen. For one, I started to realize that stuff I was writing was actually helping people. Two, I started making some money from the blog.
As you can imagine, both were motivating to keep writing. As I’ve worked, I’ve read all your emails and comments and have even done a survey or two, but I still find I choose the articles we publish mostly based on what I think will be interesting.
That’s not so good.
In the next five years, I want the conversations to be driven by you, the readers.
You can see this in new features like Financial Checkups, but that’s just the beginning.
Today I’m asking for the top thing that this blog can help you with. But I’m asking not just for your top financial goal or the thing you most want to read about on a financial blog, but the top thing Money Under 30 can help you with that you cannot get anywhere else.
As this blog grows but the hours in the day do not, I’m going to have to make even more choices on what to cover. I’ll admit now, some of you will be disappointed that there won’t be as much content about ABC, and maybe too much content about XYZ. But to be successful as a blog (after all, I’m not The New York Times here), I need to focus on the one or two ways I can best help you.
Please be specific!
If you answer “pay off student loans”, that doesn’t help me very much and I won’t pick you to get some free money.
If you answer, “position my finances and my credit score to be able to buy a home before I turn 30 and pay off $100k of law school debt before I’m 40″ that’s better. If you include a reason you think Money Under 30 is the best place to get the content you’re looking for, that’s best!
Thanks for taking a couple minutes to help me out—and shape the future of this blog!
As always, thanks for reading!