Timing is truly everything. I’ve only been blogging about three months now and have already come to feel like I know everyone. The PF community is one of the most accepting and amazing out there. Even when no one else was reading my site people liked, commented, or followed me back and I appreciate every bit of it. There aren’t enough ways for me to express gratitude. (Except for my giveaway! Which you should enter at the bottom of this post!) Still, I’m sad I’m not going to FinCon this year.
I had toyed with the idea of going when I first heard about it back in June, but I was still unemployed (with no end in sight….) and didn’t want to be frivolous. I was quickly running through my severance package after a few ill-advised I’m unemployed-yet-still-fabulous getaways earlier on. I didn’t think it would be wise to go to the conference. Besides, blogging was slow going at that point, and I still didn’t know if I was truly going to fit into this niche, what with the over-saturation and all. Yet, this past month or so things have really starting coming together in terms of readership, follows, mentions etc. and I began completely second-guessing my decision. Money aside, I now work Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights-which is a lot of ground for my replacement to cover and I didn’t think it would look good, me being a new employee and all.
The Real Reason I’m not going to FinCon
I was so close to buying a ticket last night after a conversation with PF guru extraordinaire-Andrea. Then I thought about how I recently decided (perhaps in a bit of a premature haste) to switch to self-hosted and needed a new website design. It’s fabulous, and I love it, but pretty things cost pretty pennies. So that is where the FinCon money went. I definitely think it’s money well spent (as the conference would have been, heck yeah) but on a budget you can’t have everything you want.
……And I’m pretty sure the antithesis of personal finance blogging/talking about getting out of debt is not putting a trip on your credit cards.I should have been planning better, should have had more foresight…. but there is always next year.
Mostly I just want to go because I thought it would be an amazing time to meet others and party. I need to learn from my mistakes in college and not feel bad about not going to every party (even though the 80′s party girl in me knows it will be THE party of the year, metaphorically speaking). I hope everyone else has an amazing time, I’m definitely jealous of all the tweets and posts, which I’m sure will only crescendo the closer we get to the conference date.
I’m not going to FinCon and I’m a sad little pony, but I”ll get over it.