To many, money is a taboo subject and not something that they ever talk about.
This can make it hard as an aspiring early retiree, to know how to build a financial community around you.
It is not socially acceptable to walk up to strangers and ask them if they plan to #FIRE. I vaguely remember there being discussion a few years ago on the MMM forums about adopting a secret sign or maybe a bumper sticker, so Mustachians could find each other. This actually wouldn’t be too bad an idea in my opinion.
But, just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s not important.
Early retirement is not the norm. Which means, if you’re pursuing it, it can appear to be a lonely road. By building a great financial community, that path can not only be less lonely, but also a lot more fun.
The biggest way we have built our financial community is through starting this blog.
Before starting it, I was a blog reader. My favourites were Mr Money Mustache and the Frugalwoods. However, both of those I found accidentally by seeing them mentioned on a different blog- I didn’t actually seek them out. I assumed there were probably a few other early retirement blogs out there, but didn’t think I needed to add anymore to my already full reading schedule.
How wrong I was! There are a lot of early retirement blogs out there, with more appearing every week. Many of these we have found through the comments on our own blog, or through retweets on Twitter.
Our readership is still small, and it doesn’t grow particularly fast (although our recent interview with Miss Money Box sent our stats through the roof). But those readers we do have who take the time to comment, send us an email or like our Instagram photos are wonderful.
We have learned so much from our readers and many of our readers write our favourite early retirement blogs. Mrs ETT, Miss Balance and I regularly have some great Twitter conversations and at times, I feel like these ladies are my real life friends. These connections are wonderful and we’re so grateful to everyone who stops by our blog.
It has helped us through many of our doubting moments, knowing the encouraging words that readers have passed onto us, and knowing that a similar scenario happened to one of our fellow bloggers and they got themselves through it just fine.
So if you’re reading this, thank you! We so appreciate you! And please take the time to comment, to let us know you’re here.
We have done our very best to improve your financial community through our Australian Blogger Interview Series. We have asked every Australian financial blogger we can think of to participate in our interviews (do you know someone who maybe we haven’t asked? Let us know who!) and throughout this year, you’ll get to read almost a dozen of them.
By introducing you to these bloggers, hopefully we’re presenting you with new and fresh information, and fostering the community further. We also want the Australian financial blogger community to expand and grow, and we do our best to promote our fellow Aussie bloggers as much as we can.
How else have you built your financial community? Share your tips below!