The Simple Dollar is hosting the latest Carnival of Personal Finance, and it was full of good articles from the past week. I’ve noticed a shift in writing style in the personal finance niche over the past year or so. I like the personal stories. This “personal level,” missing from traditional media, is so easily accessible through personal publishing on the web, but this approach is disappearing from blogs as well.
Personally, I have no need to read another list of 10 things the average person can eliminate to save money. I just don’t want to read about the average person, whoever he or she is. That type of article is fine for the impersonal big publisher, like Money Magazine. Blogs are supposedly the voice of the people, so I want to read about personal experiences and thoughts. I want to hear, “Here is how I do things,” not — absolutely not — “This is how you should do things.” The articles that appeal to me show how that “average person’s” advice applies to the writer.
I realize that most bloggers are not writing for the same purpose I’m reading, and I accept that. All though I don’t always write from my personal experiences, that approach is the purpose of keeping this blog. I’d like to draw attention to some of the personal stories and anecdotes shared in the latest Carnival of Personal Finance.
* 10 Reasons Single Ma Loves Her Flexible Spending Account
* Be Honest With Yourself
* Making the Financial Sacrifice to Get What You Want
* Something That Made Tricia’s Day
* Getting Rid of Mapgirl’s Books
Even though the remaining articles are good as well, I enjoy the above articles because they have something personal to say. Start with these for good reads and make your way through the rest of the Carnival.