In checking my stats, I discovered that yes, my posts have now been officially stolen. Well, half of one of my posts. It is attributed back to me, but I’m still a little angered by the whole thing.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?
Of course, the only reason I know about it is because the post did link back to me – I wonder how many of my posts have been swiped that I have no clue about.
And another interesting thing – I noticed that an entire edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance was swiped and reposted in multiple places. I suppose it spreads the link, but after all the work Nicole did on that edition, she deserves the credit and the traffic, not some thief.
Welcome to the internet, folks.
Megan is a 30-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.