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September 4, 2012

Metablogging and money guilt

[That’s right, blogging about my blogging again.]

I have only written a handful of posts on my personal finance blog since introducing it in June. Still, it’s about what I was planning on — tracking our income, deconstructing our budget, and explaining our lifestyle choices. In that vein, I recently wrote a post about “the why” behind some of our choices per the suggestion of Alysa. It’s about “money guilt” — and by the way, I’m DYING to hear more thoughts/opinions/experiences/non-experiences on the topic! — and after I was done writing, I felt so relieved to have finally recorded some of those childhood experiences that have loomed surprisingly large in my life.

But then I thought, this is really part of my personal history; it ties into so many of the things that I’ve been working on recording like therapy and childhood memories. And I wished instead that I had written it on this blog. And then I bemoaned the fragmentation that seems to so easily creep into our lives.

But of course, it’s not a big deal (I just have nothing else to think about at 1:00 am); I could just post a link on this blog when I feel like something hits on the more personal aspects of personal finance. Or I could cross-post them. Really, I can do whatever I want since they’re my blogs, though I’m less inclined to cross-post since the 6 people that read Chronically Ill Finances also read this blog.

This leads to another silly problem that has frustrated me on the blogging front in recent weeks. A few friends have asked me to post a link to my personal finance blog on my sidebar, perhaps even updating when there’s a new post. That sounded easy enough since I’ve done a similar thing on Neal’s blogs. What I discovered, however, is that when I inserted a sidebar link, WordPress was resetting my entire sidebar, wanting me to design it from scratch. And that is just not my thing. In case you can’t tell, aesthetics have played a very minuscule role in my blogging tenure. I have had the same theme since maybe 2009 and I haven’t customized anything — just let it do its (boring) thing. The idea of tweaking my sidebar or layout or color scheme just doesn’t excite me in the least. So, no automatically updating sidebar link.

But last night at 1:00 am I finally had a productive thought. I could add a page with a blog link to my sidebar. It’s not quite as smooth, but if you do ever want to hop over to my personal finance blog, it will only be a couple of clicks away. (Or one click if you’re reading this post.)

[End metablogging.]



  1. I have been thinking about money guilt since you posted. I definitely have some thoughts ruminating. They keep building so I am almost inclined to write a response on my blog, much like I imagine the great writers of old used to do (write back and forth, not blog). At any rate, know that you do have at least a comment coming as soon as I can sort it all out in my head 🙂

    Comment by kei02003 — September 4, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    • Oooh! A blog post response — so much better than just a comment!

      Comment by llcall — September 4, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  2. Confessing inadequacies: all of my blog post responses show up as Skylar’s. Is it because this Mac computer considers him the primary person, rather difficult when he’s across the ocean in Spain.

    Thus, a simple comment: it is fascinating how childhood experiences play into one’s financial baggage. I’m not saying there isn’t personality (& therefore one’s personal interpretation) involved, but I’ve found it revelatory, and infinitely entertaining to see how one’s personality + childhood is reflected four distinctly different ways in my four offspring. Some similarities, too!

    Comment by Lorie Call — September 5, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    • That is strange about things showing up under Skylar’s name — for some reason I thought you got your Mac after Skylar left. But here at least you are showing up as Lorie.

      I also find the differences in your children fascinating! Most of them seem to have some similar underlying values, but their habits are so different.

      Comment by llcall — September 6, 2012 @ 5:02 am

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