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Welcome to the Women’s Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup! We started this series back in 2018 on TreadLightlyRetireEarly.com to showcase the fabulous women in the online personal finance community who are talking about money online. Even now, there is a perception that women aren’t good with money, don’t care about money, or don’t understand it on a granular level beyond perhaps knowing how to coupon and score a good shopping deal.
These roundups are our way of doing a small part to change that perception. There is no shortage of women online doing their part to make it clear that they DO understand money, and these posts are meant to amplify that fact.
Why does it matter? Because representation matters. Because reading and hearing stories from those who (may or may not) look like us show us that yes, we too can figure out this money thing, that we too have important stories to tell. And that we too know quite a lot about money and are experts worth listening to.
Since Women’s Personal Finance has grown up to get its own website, it’s time to transition these roundups over here to the dedicated website. Same great content, new home!
Our Women’s Personal Finance Facebook group on Facebook also has a sharing thread on Fridays, and that’s the place to read all the blog posts written by members over the previous week. If you’re looking for more articles written by women, that’s a great place to continue reading (plus we have plenty of great discussions on finances the rest of the week as well!).
If you don’t have the time or inclination to go searching down myriad posts, though, we will be continuing this series every week to showcase some of the best of the new content we read. If you ever read a post you think we absolutely need to consider for this roundup, please let us know! We are always open to reading new blogs and want to celebrate those newer voices as well as the more seasoned ones.
And with that, here is the best (in our opinion) content by women and nonbinary folks this past week. Let us know what you think in the comments! We love discussion.
Women’s Personal Finance Weekly Roundup #31 (Actually, 168)
1. Permanent Writer’s Block & the Pandemic Champagne and Capital Gains
“For me, there has been an undercurrent of anxiety and grief that is hard to describe (even more difficult to describe when you’re having writer’s block, amirite?), but essentially, it hasn’t left room in my brain for much more than the essentials and, in my downtime, relatively mindless entertainment.
I read very few of my book club books in 2021. I spent a lot of time scrolling on Instagram and watching/re-watching The Americans. College football. Napping. Wallowing. But even jotting something down in my journal has been difficult, so you can forget blogging and regular content creation!”
2. It’s January! Let’s Sign Up to Take Real College Classes In High School! Jeannie Burlowski
“Google the words “technical college” and your zip code. Find the technical college nearest your house. Call there and ask if your child can take a technical college class at state expense starting in the fall of 10th grade.
If the answer is yes, ask to see a list of classes your child could sign up for at that technical college. It will be so interesting to see which class your son or daughter is most interested in. Taking this class may spark interest in a possible future career path—or it might give birth to a new hobby your kid will enjoy for a lifetime!”
3. Three Years of Blogging: All the Stats Eat Sleep Breathe FI
“I’m guarded with our net worth, but I’ll happily spill the beans with my blog stats. “Why,” you ask? It’s because I haven’t found much in the way of stats for small blogs. While there are exceptions, most bloggers who share stats tend to be much farther along.
Reading enormous numbers like theirs can feel unrelatable and discouraging to those of us who are still growing. By sharing my challenges and stats (even when they’re ugly), I hope that others might be encouraged to push through the hard patches and keep blogging.”
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Angela is the cofounder of Women's Personal Finance. When she's not talking about women and money, she's riding her e-bike, hanging out at her urban micro-farm with her family, or listening to a new audiobook.