I recently travelled out to Dallas for FinCon.
FinCon is an annual gathering of folks that write and podcast about money. It’s four days of panels, talks, workshops, networking, and parties.
It was a lot of fun. I met some Internet friends in real life for the first time and I made a bunch of new friends. I learned a lot of new things, talked to a lot of great people, and drank a lot of free drinks.
This article is going live a week and a half after the conference ended, so a lot of folks have written some great recaps. Instead of writing my own, I will point you to some of those:
Why FinCon 2017 was Amazing and I’m Going to FinCon 2018 in Orlando – The Mastermind Within
Purpose, Community, and Beer: A FinCon 17 Adventure – Adventure Rich
What a Frugal Week at FinCon! – Picky Pinchers
Physician on FIRE also has his own recaps and links to 30+ other recaps if you just can’t get enough.
For my part, though, I want to go on a bit of a tangent.
I live in Washington, DC.
Here, when meeting someone new, the conversation almost always starts with either (a) “What do you do?” or (b) “Where are you from originally?”
At FinCon, the conversations started with either (a) “What do you write about?” or (b) “Why did you start?”
I expected the former (although I had not prepared an elevator pitch-type response), but the second was a surprise. The more conversations I engaged in, the more these questions melded with other thoughts already swirling in my mind.
It’s Not About Money.
This is the thought that everything melded into.
It’s not about money.
It is important to talk about money. Money matters. Money is important. We all want more money.
But when we stop and think about it, we want more money for a reason.
We think that more money will allow us to live a better life.
A Better Life
And, let’s be honest: more money would allow most of us to live a better life.
I don’t want to pretend that money doesn’t matter. But it is a tool. It is one piece of a larger puzzle.
We can’t let that truth slip from our minds. We can’t let the pursuit of better investments, higher earnings, or more frugality override the big picture goal of a better life.
With that in mind, here’s what you can expect from this blog for the rest of the year:
First, I will finish the How I Invest series that I started before FinCon. I will publish an article on my investment choices on Thursday and then an article on my investment timing decisions on Tuesday.
Then, I will publish an explanation of what you can expect from this blog in 2018 and a picture of the year-long experiment that I intend to run.
Then, I will stop publishing for the rest of the year.
(In case you’re wondering, “Stop writing when you start to build momentum” is not a lesson that they teach at FinCon. That’s my own brilliant move.)
I will use the last six weeks of the year to more fully design my 2018 plan and start writing content. I want to do a full redesign of the site and develop a logo and header. (If you know anyone who might be able to help, let me know!) I want to go through my current content and organize it in an understandable and navigable manner for new readers.
Mostly, though, I want to step back, see the big picture, and have some time to think.
Keep in Touch!
I will start back up with the blog on January 2, 2018, and go back to publishing every Tuesday and Thursday.
Anyway, thank you all for reading and for the support. Check back next Thursday for more information on what to expect for 2018 (and to give your input on what you’d like to see!)