Why I Started Blogging

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Reading blogs

I’m passionate about personal finance and saving money.

Although this is a topic everyone and every family has to deal with it, it doesn’t come up often in our daily conversations.

Finances are personal. It’s a taboo, and society tells us to just not talk about it.

Oftentimes when I talked to friends or colleagues, I’d love to bring up how to save money and hunt for deals.

But as I was starting to mention the topic, I could sense some uneasiness or topic switching, so I stopped.

But I needed an outlet. I wanted to learn how other people are saving money. I turned to the internet.

While there are many commercial websites such as Bankrate and news articles that give money saving tips, they’re very general and lack the personal touch.

It wasn’t until I stumbled upon The Frugal Girl that I knew exactly what I was looking for. I read all of her blog posts and looked up similar blogs to read.

Then I found my top 4 favorite personal finance blogs.

Launching a blog

After I read many money saving blogs for about two years, at one point the tips started to get repetitive.

Saving money on groceries always starts with budgeting, then meal planning, using coupons and discounts, and then Ibotta. I have never used Ibotta, but this app appears in almost every grocery-related post that I read.

Do you know that feeling when you study so much for an exam and you just want to take it to see what you know? That’s how I started to feel one day.

Reading alone just wasn’t enough as an outlet for my passion for frugality. I needed to produce something. I had come up with many ideas that I hadn’t seen elsewhere. I wanted to explore those ideas in writing and share them with a community.

After launching two websites and closing them the day after, I finally decided to start Frugal Asian Finance and stick with it even if I don’t feel like writing anymore. I know that if the passion is there, the yearning to express it will always be there despite potential hiccups.

I want to develop my blog into a side business one day. I know it will take time. But it’s ok with me. I’m doing something I love, so even if this blog doesn’t take off, I will still keep at it.

One day I will show it to my children so that they know what their parents have gone through to raise them. Or I will just read it when I’m old to see what Mr. FAF and I have gone through to get to where we are.

It’s a journey with its own adventures. And I’m very excited to have started it and share it with you from now on.


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16 thoughts on “Why I Started Blogging”

    • Thank you, Ying! I like writing to express my thoughts about topics that I’m interested in and want to explore.

      I really like your blog posts as well. Keep up the great work! 🙂

    • OMG I can’t believe you dropped by my blog and left a comment!

      I was just reading your blog yesterday. I feel like a celebrity just visited my house! After I read your post about FinCon, I’ve been dreaming about the conference and networking with other PF fellows like you, Joe at retireby40 and FinancialSamurai. What a great pleasure. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • I started my blog to keep a journal of my financial independence journey but since creating the blog I gained more than that. I have gotten to connect so many like-minded people which is something I really cherish.

    • Exactly! It’s such a great community to join. Now I know you and your great blog. Joe at Retireby40 and Michael at financiallyalert have also felt comments on my posts, so I feel super happy! I’ve been thinking about going to FinCon a lot lately. I don’t know if I can go this year. It’s a bit too expensive for me.

      But I just can’t wait to meet all of you guys in person!

    • Thank you so much! I just visited your blog and thought it looked amazing! I really admire that you and your life have such successful careers and are passionate about personal finances.

  • It’s all about sharing a personal, real world journey. What I like about blogging is the amazing transparency most of us have sharing very personal financial and lifestyle details with others.

    • I totally agree with you! I love being able to share my thoughts about personal finances and even (emotional/cheesy) feelings about Mr. FAF, my hubby. I always feel so happy to receive encouraging comments from bloggers like yourself. Thank you for the support! 🙂

  • I started my blog to have something to do in the evenings and on the weekends. Funny, how now a year later, I am too busy doing overtime at work (+ working on weekends sometimes too) to really give my blog some TLC 🙁

    • I know work can be overwhelming and take up most of your free time. I’m sure all of your hard work will pay off. The blog will always be yours and welcome some TLC when you have some free time. Don’t worry too much 🙂

  • I found your post on reddit and was inspired to start a blog. I’ve been binging the posts, love the work you put into it, excited for more as well. I’ve been learning some HTML and CSS to customize my writing and look of the blog a bit more, but not enough knowledge. Would love to hear how the programming is going.

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