After 18 years, 7,492 posts, and 3.9M comments (I’ll have to double check the numbers, but they’re close) Financial Uproar has become more of a burden than an enjoyable project for me.
Sometime in 2011, I made the decision to take my fledgling finance blog and turn it into something unique. I abandoned my serious tone and inserted a lot of dick jokes. The idea was simple; I wanted to do something that would separate me from the pack of lifeless and uninspired personal finance blogs that crowded the market. I also wanted to make finance entertaining, thinking that I could reach a bigger audience if I wrote posts actual non-finance people wanted to read.
In the process, I made a lot of people uncomfortable. I challenged all sorts of predetermined beliefs. I mocked other bloggers who gave terrible advice. I busted a plagiarizer. I ogled many a set of boobs and made too many penis jokes to count. I have a terrific girlfriend I never would have met if it wasn’t for this blog. I don’t regret a minute of any of it, even though there are people in this sphere who would rather kick my ass than look at me.
And you guys joined me. Sometime in the next couple months, the 500,000th set of eyeballs will ogle up this place. I started the smallest of revolutions, crusading against all the garbage that pollutes the blogs of my peers, with a few shining beacons of light shining through the darkness. It was chugging along, slowly gaining momentum, and then something happened.
Sure, crap blogs went away, but they were replaced just as quickly as they left. Debt bloggers paid off their debt and were then replaced by some different debt blogger. Boring and repetitive content got promoted ad nauseam, as people decided they’d rather participate in the internet’s version of a circle jerk than work on creating compelling content. And, eventually, I discovered there are only so many ways to point out that conventional wisdom is crap. Fighting the Man is exhausting.
Besides, it had gotten to the point where I, the anti-establishment troublemaker, had joined the crowd. Not literally of course, but my voice was quickly drowned out in a sea of sponsored posts and stuff about weddings. There’s only so many times you can rag about the same blogging sins before you become one of the people who says the same thing over and over again.
And finally, I have exhausted everything I have to say about personal finance. I cannot believe that such a simple topic gets discussed with so much detail. Spending less than you make is pretty simple stuff, people. But hey, go ahead and spend 14 hours per month on your budget.
And on a related note, I’ve probably stopped reading your blog. I’ve kept a few, but I’ve easily eliminated 75% of the personal finance blogs I used to read. Sorry, but I surpassed reading basic finance tips when I was about 19. I’m not sure why I continued.
So what does this mean? We have a couple of options on the logistics, but here’s what I’ll be blogging about in the future.
Investing will always challenge me. I pick individual stocks because I want to make money, but also because I love the challenge of finding that diamond in the rough. Every winner is celebrated, every loser is scrutinized, but it’s the search that keeps me coming back. I once described it as a game with many possible solutions.
I’ve had some investing stuff on here before, but it was primarily macroeconomic stuff. I tried a few individual stock analyses, but you guys always seemed to hate them. If that’s the case for you, you’re probably going to want to go away and never come back, since I’m going to write about stocks and strategies pretty much exclusively now. I’m also going to track my portfolio’s progress, as well as experimenting with stuff like merger arbitrage too.
The Sunday link dumps will be gone, and the posting frequency will go up as I transition into a mixture of longer and shorter posts. Some will be more analysis based, while others will just be short snippets on things like company specific news.
I contemplated starting another blog, but I think I’ll just continue on this one. It’s easier, and we all know how lazy I am.
Thanks for your patience. I’m blowing you all kisses right now.