3 things I learned in 31 days.

th9 3 things I learned in 31 days.My month-long experiment, aka NaBloPoMo, ends today. Thanks to all who read along.

Despite its having been a stressful month, I’m glad I took this plunge because it taught me a little something. Three little somethings, actually.

1. Every post doesn’t have to be about personal finance. Although I identify the site as a hybrid (PF plus lifeitsownself), I used to get jumpy if I went too long without some mention of money. But how many times can you reinvent the financial wheel? I was reminded that it’s fun to share other stuff, too — and judging from the comments, readers find it fun to read.

2. Every post doesn’t have to be the Magna Freakin’ Carta. Sometimes I’d go five or six days between entries because I couldn’t think of a grand theme or a new PF slant. This month I learned that a short piece about a money-saving webinar or about the sadness of finding books in a dumpster could resonate with somebody, somewhere.

3. Posting more often is very satisfying. This month’s post-a-day pace was at times quite challenging. Yet it felt good to see more dates in the queue vs. going almost a week between articles.

Back in November I’d fretted about not posting often enough but hadn’t come up with a way a solution. Now I have one: Starting tomorrow I’ll be writing only three times a week for MSN Money (Monday through Friday) and on a broader range of topics. Both changes will greatly reduce the stress of my writing life.

Not that I’m promising daily posts for the rest of my life, you understand. But I’m looking forward to weighing in more often. Here’s hoping you’ll keep reading.


22 Comments

  1. I’m kind of sad your challenge is over, it’s been a pleasure reading your posts each day.

    • Donna Freedman

      Aw, thanks…I’ll try to stay honest, i.e., not slack off.

  2. Because of your thriftiness, I do think each post was slanted toward money without mentioning it directly–giving car to daughter, shopping with Df, things that did have an element of “how I spend my money or how I think about coupons.”

    • I’m with PP. Most things in your life are slanted toward personal finance/frugality. So you’re just more awesome than you think. (Hey, you think *I* got this awesome without genetic intervention?!)

      • Donna Freedman

        You have your own unique brand of awesomeness, on which I think you should take out a patent.
        Love,
        Mom

  3. Would you ever consider reviewing personal finance books every once in a while? I would trust you to do an honest and unbiased review. I think you would be able to tell us if the tips and advice in a PF book are practical, realistic, and applicable.

    I always enjoy reading whatever you write.

    • Donna Freedman

      I’ve thought about it. If the right book comes along I might. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Toni Jones

    Your conclusions sound so practicaal they have to be true! Soldier on. I find as I mature that more solutions tend to be simple and less complicated or complex schemes. Thank you for your clarity and wisdom!

  5. Holly Samlan

    I LOVE the fact you have more time to post here BUT worried that this is goinging to be a big hit to your income. Ak is $$$$

    I enjoy your lifestyle/happenings posts as much, if not more, than the $$ stuff. I participate in several other blogs/forums that give me that.

  6. Donna W

    I just had to post my first comment to you today although I have been a fan and long time reader of your articles. I so enjoyed the daily posts…..it was fun to see what topic you would come with each day. I know it was just for a month but what a great month it was. Thank you so much!!

  7. rmcKathy

    You did it! I really enjoyed checking in on your posts each day in March, wondering what you would find curious or amazing next! We all must challenge ourselves from time to time and see what happens. Continue on…

  8. I have enjoyed reading all your articles even if they are not all money related. It is fascinating to hear about differences in living in Alaska too!

  9. Hi, Donna! You have so inspired me! I’ve been wanting to participate in NaBloPoMo for years, after successfully finishing NaNoWriMo, but it seemed so daunting. The perfectionist in me practically shrieked at the mere thought of having to create, yes, the Magna Freakin’ Carta every day.

    I know the “official” month is over, but I aim to make April my belated foray into the challenge. Congratulations on such an awesome month! Looking forward to reading your new posts on MSN!

    Salut,
    Marjorie

    • Donna Freedman

      Apparently every month is NaBloPoMo over at BlogHer. The official month is November, I believe. I may try it again — but not this month!
      Thanks for reading, and for leaving a comment.

  10. ImJuniperNow

    The cast of Seinfeld made a TV series (and big bucks) out of a show about nothing.

    Just a suggestion.

  11. I really liked your posts too. I might try something like it myself. I need to get out of this RUT.

    • Donna Freedman

      Thanks…and I know what you mean about being in a rut. You’re lower than everyone else seems to be, but it can seem so hard to boost yourself back up to higher ground.
      And I don’t even have kids at home…I’m amazed you find time to post at all. I’ll read you whenever you do.

  12. Tracy Stone

    I have to say, after being gone for four days and coming back to 899 e-mails (yes, I need to do some unsubscribing!), not including junk, yours are some of the few that I keep to actually read. I enjoy your adventures.

  13. I really enjoyed your posts in March. I agree with with PP and Abby that each one seemed to reflect some point of frugalness. I look forward to reading your blog posts, no matter how little or how much you care to share.

  14. From a very selfish point of view, I think you should keep going. ;-) I post 4-5 times a week on my own site along with throwing in a guest post or two, so I know how hard it is. No worries if you scale back again. But I have enjoyed all of the extra content. :-)

  15. I don’t know how you manage to do it all!

  16. Thanks! You’re reaffirming a few things I have struggled with on my blog. It’s turned into PF and more and I have a good time writing about the “more” as well! It’s also tough for me to write more than three a week. I’m shooting for two posts a week and If I get to three, all the better!

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