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Do Bloggers Ever Run Out Of Things To Say?

We tried, but were unable to get this Blue Man to say anything. Good thing he doesn't blog!

We tried, but were unable to get this Blue Man to say anything. Good thing he doesn’t blog!

I’ve been blogging for a little over two years now, and well, I haven’t run out of things to say yet. But, I do think the things I write about today are different than what I had to say way back when. I think most bloggers will never run out of things to say as long as they evolve and grow. I don’t want to see Jo Blogger write every post about making a budget. I want to see how Jo learned to budget and went on to become a millionaire.

Life Changes

My main focus in the beginning was getting out of debt and trying to figure out how to work smarter so I didn’t have to spend so many hours working harder. At that point, it was really relevant to talk about debt snowballs and how great it felt to pay off that first line of credit. I think that’s still very important, but like my blog partner Grayson wrote a while back, we can’t always keep talking about the same things.

I know I have readers at every stage of their financial journey. I sometimes wonder if it’s mean to write about using credit cards to earn free travel or about maxing out my 401k.

Then, I think about how I feel after reading some of the cool things other bloggers do. Does it make me upset when Michelle makes $14,000 a month in online income or when Brian pays off his mortgage? Absolutely not, it makes me proud of their success. While I really don’t want to work from home, and paying off the mortgage early is not our main priority right now, it’s still really amazing to see how other people have prospered. I am also interested when others share their mistakes, not because I’m glad they made them, but because we are all human and have our share of problems as well.

What’s In A Name?

Although I knew nothing about blogging when I started, I’m really glad that I picked the name Eyes on the Dollar. Not only is it really clever because I’m an eye doctor and all, but I think it’s a title that can grow with me. Even after paying off our consumer debt, I still keep my eyes on the dollar.  Now I enjoy watching our dollars go toward building wealth instead of paying off debt. I’m afraid if I ever take my eyes off, those bad habits and lifestyle inflation from years past might creep back in. I’m maybe not up to 20/20 financial vision yet. I may never be, but I’l always be trying to get there.

If you blog, have you ever run out of things to say? Are you put off when a blogger changes focus or begins a new chapter?

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.

37 comments

  1. I think blogs should absolutely evolve. It’s the personal element that makes the good ones interesting, and people, by nature, evolve.

  2. I love the name of your blog! I actually think that it is very easy to get fatigued with blogging if you don’t take breaks on occasion. I actually have blog post ideas scheduled through the end of January-yes, I was shocked too! I think it’s important to tap into your creativity when it’s burning bright so that on off weeks you can take a break and reenergize. Blogging is a surprisingly creative process!

    BTW-are you going to FinCon?

  3. I haven’t run out of things to say yet, but its funny I do notice that when I’m more distressed, I get the most comments and support versus a post where things are going great! 🙂 I do think your name is very clever and you can grow with it. I like mine too, but it’s geographically restricting. I wonder what I’d do if I ever moved! Oops!

  4. Reading a bloggers journey is one of my favorite parts to following various PF sites. It’s one reason I focus on story-telling instead of just providing step-by-step guides to financial products or theories. While my blog name doesn’t accurately reflect my financial situation, I think it appeals to a huge number of people. But one day I hope we all outgrow it!

    • I much prefer the personal twist added onto finance or travel or whatever I’m reading about. Otherwise, I might as well just read it on CNN.

  5. It’s hard for me to run out of things to write about since I don’t post that often. I have a bunch of ideas, just haven’t the time to write it down. But I can see running out of things to say at some point and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with evolving. One of the things I love about blogs are the bloggers themselves…I like to see where the journey takes them. It wouldn’t be that interesting if you’re writing about the same things with the same perspective years from now.

    • Lack of time is certainly a killer. I would love to be able to post every day, but it’s hard enough to do 3 times a week.

  6. I think it was easier to think of topics when I was a political blogger, because there was always 1,000 new things happening every day. As a personal finance blogger it’s a bit different. It’s less based on current events and more based on trying to say something unique about topics that other people have written about thousands of times. With that being said, as a blogger I feel it’s my job to always have something else to say. I am constantly trying to think of topics and keep a notebook with me to jot down ideas as they come to me.

    • I bet it was much easier to blog about politics. It seems politicians are always doing so much stupid crap that there would always be something to talk about.

  7. I like it when I can watch another blogger grow and change their focus. Talking about the same thing in ever post would definitely get old fast!

    And I LOVE your blog name as well 🙂 Very clever.

  8. If you don’t evolve as a blogger, then you will run out of things to say. You should focus on things in your life as they change. There is nothing wrong with moving with the winds.

  9. I don’t know if I will wrong out of things to say but there are days when I just stare at the screen! LOL! I agree that as our lives change it should be reflected in our blogs. And like you, I am thrilled when my friends achieve success as it reminds me of the possibilities.

    • I’ve had a few screen staring days myself but between work, school, and being a Mom, there is usually something that comes up.

  10. Hi Kim,

    I guess it depends on what you’re writing about. It may not be hard to run of out things to say but often times it is difficult to write things in a very interesting and entertaining manner. Keep up the blogging!

    • it is sometimes hard to make some of the more serious topics in finance interesting and relevant to a wide range of people. I try not to be too serious or take myself too seriously.

  11. I am with you Kim, I love being a part of a blogger’s journey and if I like the person, then I am along for the ride all the way. When I first started blogging, I sat down and wrote about 20 blogs and felt great and then felt as though I would run out of things to say. I am shocked that I have not run out of things, in fact I have a difficult time finding the time to write what I want to say. You absolutely have an awesome blog name for many reasons, and I am glad that you have not run out of things to say.

  12. I love your blog name as it’s so fitting! I’m glad I chose the name I did, as it’s all-encompassing. I don’t always strictly talk about personal finance, but chances are, something along my journey will relate back to it. I definitely think we’re always evolving, and that is a good thing! Plus it’s interesting to go back to old posts and see how your thoughts changed.

    • It is amazing how you can relate just about anything to personal finance. It’s usually where my brain travels first.

  13. I enjoy bloggers that share their growth and struggles as well, no matter what stage they are at in their financial journey. I too like the name of my blog because it allows me to expand on several topics that I enjoy including personal finance. Your blog name is very clever!

  14. I have way more ideas for what to write about than I do time and motivation to do so!

    I’m glad you’re happy with your blog name still. We are just about to start living up to ours in terms of making life transitions that affect our finances. It does kind of bother me when blog URLs and names are closely tied to one topic like debt move on to focus on something else – not because the blogger evolved, but because he/she should have picked a more flexible name from the start.

  15. Im a fairly he new blogger so I have lots of things to talk about yet. As far as other bloggers changing their direction… Personally It doesn’t bother me as it shows growth for that blogger. I enjoy watching them evolve and change.

  16. I think it’s great when pf bloggers move on as their finances change, that’s what makes it real, their own personal story. I’m new enough that I have a list almost every day that I can write on, if anything it’s a huge backlog of writing.

  17. I totally know what you’re getting at. MMD started off as an anything and everything topic blog. Then we went more niche with retirement. Now I seem to be stuck on talking about ideas for online income. Like you said – your blogs grow with you. Sometimes that might put off some of the readers, but I’d rather write about things that are current and near to what is happening in my life right now.

  18. I also appreciate the evolution of a blogger’s writing. I think it’s interesting, and inspiring, to follow along with people’s lives and journeys. I truly think of my blog as a living documentation of my life and so I certainly hope it changes over time. I really enjoy your writing and I hope you keep changing too!

  19. To stay relevant as a blogger you definitely need to be evolving in your views and writing ability over time. I look back at my posts from just a year ago and it seems like a different person writing! Hopefully I’ll never run out of things to say because there are always new financial challenges around the corner.

  20. OK, everyone has already said this but I’m going to say it again. I think your blog name is brilliant! You just can’t change jobs though! hyuk hyuk. I’ve thought about my blog name after I had started blogging and wondered if it could eventually become restrictive, but then I realized my main purpose was to blog about getting out of big big six figure debt. Plus it will take me 6 years in total to achieve that. And even once that occurs, my message will still be the same – look if you’ve got big debt it’s not the end of the world – look what you can do! It doesn’t stop me from blogging about other financial related topics – investments, spending and other peripherally related – real estate, careers, all of which I am doing even now.

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