Now that I have wrapped up all the interviews with all the M-Network members other than myself, I decided to expand the series a little and include all the friends of the M-Network who participate in our group projects and forums. Up this week is Emily from Remodeling This Life, which is one of my favorite “newer” blogs. Thanks for participating Emily!
So Emily, when did you start Remodeling This Life and why?
I started my blog as a way to keep myself personally accountable for saving money and being frugal. I also wanted a place to document the remodeling we’ve done and continue to do on our home. I respond really well to accountablity so this was my way to do that..
How much time do you spend each week on your site?
I spend a couple hours per day spread out over the day. Because I am home with my kids, I don’t get a lot of big chunks of time to do everything at once. I sit and read other blogs and comment in the morning over coffee. I do most of my post writing at night after the kids are in bed and I can actually think straight uninterrupted. I would say I spend a total of about 15 hours/week on all aspects of blogging.
For other people contemplating starting their own personal finance sites, what are a few tips you could offer them?
There are a lot of angles to personal finance. Choose the one or ones that you are passionate about. If you don’t write about what really matters to you, it will come off in your writing and you’ll burn out. Just stay true to yourself and work hard but have fun with it. I also think telling a story, sharing mistakes and making your personal finance site just that – personal – is a good way to get people to relate to your site.
What are the most essential habits that you’ve formed to achieve your financial goals?
I know it’s been said many times before but spending less than we earn and investing have been the keys to reaching our goals. Frugality and simplicity are the biggest factors in us reaching a place financially that on paper we shouldn’t have been able to get to.
What achievement are you most proud of in the last 12 months?
Starting my blog. It’s still young and hopefully has lots of growth ahead. It’s been a big thing for me to have something that is just for me while being home with my kids. I am proud of myself for sticking with it, finding my voice and not giving up on it.
What would you consider the single most important thing people can do for their finances?
Don’t ignore them. I know too many people that just don’t want to think about making changes. Pay attention, budget, live frugally and save for your future. Your future will be here whether you like it or not and having money for later in life is an absolute necessity.
If you had to pick three of your own posts to call your “favorites”, which would they be?
This is tough.
Thanks Emily! And be sure to look for the next interview next week!