As J and I were driving into SF on Saturday, up and over the hills from the Marina to the Mission, I had a brainwave.
We were continuing the discussion (begun many moons ago) about kids, their time and financial impact on our lives, and the well-worn difference between what I anticipate it will be like and what he will.
When I tell him that I’ve done the research and kids cost x amount a year, he laughs and says, “Where? In Des Moines?!” So I said that I would do some research on it, see what financially savvy mommy blogs there might be.
And that’s when it struck me: I’ve been aiming to transfer my blog to some kind of regular magazine column, and to preferably make some kind of money off this writing I’ve been doing for over the 10,000 hours they say it takes for a person to become an expert. But, aside from the general tenor of the writing I do here, what would be my hook?
I paused in my speech, and said, I think I just had a lightbulb moment.
What if I started a blog about learning and becoming and refining what it takes to be a financially sound parent?
If we learn best by doing, wouldn’t it be great if I researched what information was out there, and coalesced my learning into my own writing?
So, I began to search the web. When I type in “financially savvy mommy,” I get a lot of results. I also found an article that listed the 25 “best” finance & parenting blogs and began diving into those.
What I saw was what I’d kinda hoped: Most of them suck.
Or rather: many were 404 not found anymore, or were about how to clip coupons and crochet a hairshirt, or were just clippings from other websites.
Very few (in my limited research so far) had what it was I’m looking for… which is great, because it means a vacuum and niche exists.
Combine the vision-, goals-, and values-based living I have and want to strengthen with the financial acumen I’m learning and also want to strengthen, and then aim that in the direction of planning for, raising, and thriving as a family — with a little irreverence and humor thrown in?
Well, that’s a blog I want to read. So I better get to writing. ❤