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Back to Blogging for the Fun!

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I’m tired of trying to be a good personal finance blogger that does 1000+ word posts every time with just stuff that’s helpful.  I’m tired of putting off every post to edit it, add Pinterest images, attempt low level SEO CPR, find affiliate links that don’t make me gag, and then cross my fingers that this is the post that goes viral.  It’s making me want to quit.

Why I Started

I started blogging because I could put my random thoughts up here about money or life (and usually both), then you’d chime in too, then I’d chime back, and then we’d feel like we met someone who “gets” us.  Well, I don’t know about you, but I bet it’s easier to connect if I just write and we talk.

I Suck at Professional Blogging

I’ll just say it…I suck at trying to make this a professional blog and I won’t ever be as awesome as Michelle from Making Sense of Cents even though she started like a year or two after me.  She figured out how to be personable and professional and make shit tons of money.  I took her course (hahahaha, I did fit in an affiliate link, heeheeheee), haven’t followed through like I should, and can only say that I probably would have done better if I didn’t like pet sitting so much.  I do like that Facebook group but I think I’ll just write.

Why You Should Read Anyway

If you tune in here, I will give you your fill of Holy Moly’s, can-you-believe-that-crap’s, and look-what-you-can-do-since-I-can-do-it-so-it-is- doable’s (read that sentence out loud and it’s funnier). 

Hahaha, if you just followed my instructions, I made you talk to yourself.  😉

And those…I miss emoticons.  So, whatever, I tried the professional blogger thing and I might throw in a great, researched post once in a while.  Maybe even with a Pinterest image.  But, hi, this is Budgeting in the Fun Stuff.  You are reading about Crystal Stemberger’s suburban, blogging, pet sitting adventures with a few travel stories thrown in.  All of it heavily spiced with some humor, snark, and sincerity.  All of it ties to money since money makes it all possible.  So read away, laugh, get communally frustrated along with me, send me emails, and comment! 

That is all.  367 words…368…369…hehehehe.



FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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16 thoughts on “Back to Blogging for the Fun!

  1. Love it. I loved it when you dyed your hair various shades. Thought it was funny when you sold your hair. Always love it when you are happy! I am thinking about the last year and how stressful it was for you, yet you blogged, you cared for your customers pets and you helped me manage. I have often thought of blogging and have your first book on three computers now. I keep saying manana I will start my own blog…and maybe I will. Hope springs eternal and I hope your humor does too. Love your personal posts. Love your financial post overall, sorry about poor comments on some, but hey, we all have those kind of days. Take care. I will read whatever you post and think…maybe tomorrow. Love and best wishes always.




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  2. Yay! I look forward to your posts, no matter the length. Your humor and writing style is interesting to read. Hope it also brings enjoyment to you!




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  3. Hi Crystal, I am a long time reader. I enjoy hearing all about your life, work, play, and money management. I am a generation older than you are, but I still can relate. I only wish I had the benefit of personal finance blogs 30 years ago. Keep up the good work!




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  4. If you weren’t having fun doing the “professional blogger thing” then you just can’t sustain it forever. It’s too much like work!

    Looking forward to hearing you let your personality shine in your writing more!




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  5. Love it!! DO IT!!!

    I love our community more than any other, but I swear – I’m awfully tired of seeing blogs start up every other day in hopes of striking it rich. You can def. tell the difference. The more I curate for Rockstar Finance, the more I notice how it’s no longer about fun and passion for some – they’re just chasing the $$$ 🙁




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  6. You definitely have to have fun when blogging. If there’s no passion, then it just makes everything more difficult. Plus, who doesn’t want to have fun?!




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  7. @Abby, it does. I like making people laugh and learning from each other through life examples. 🙂

    @N, awwww, I missed interacting here too.

    @Mary, I learn a ton from my readers who have already been there, done that. And yeah, we all would make little changes if we could go back but hey, we are still awesome so we must be doing something right!

    @Mike Collins, me too! I love joking around and dark humor when things go to crap. I’m back.

    @J Money, yeah, I’m just going to blog for this here…this interaction. If money happens, it happens. But I just finished visiting Revanche from A Gai Shan Life, and honestly, spending this life making great friends and creating better family bonds is way more important than trying to change the way I am online to hopefully make more money. Now I’m returning to the “Do what you love so you never have to work” mindset. 🙂

    @Amy, half of that was the professional blogging and the other half was depression, but you’ll definitely be seeing more of the actual me!

    @Michelle, exactly! Still super jealous that you found a great way to balance it all, but you go girl!!! I’ll make the jokes over here and support all my blogging friends like you and my community. It’ll all work out better for all of us. 😀




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  8. You know this is why I started reading your blog to begin with! And while I’m not over here striking it rich in money either, you simply can’t put a dollar amount on the wealth of friendship that we’ve built instead. THIS is what will last, no matter what happens with our blogs, the economy, or what have you.




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  9. I am so glad! I’ve been reading for awhile now and I love the posts about your life/your thoughts. I follow a few more “serious” blogs that post everyday, but I often feel like 75% of the time, the post is just created to sell me something or get me to click a link. Half the time, I don’t even bother to read the post. However, I get excited when I see that you have a new post! You are awesome and make me feel like we would be friends in real life 🙂




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  10. No, you did NOT make me talk to myself, I do that already! ;o) Girl, it’s your blog, do it your way, and I’ll keep on reading.




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  11. OMG, I only JUST posted a link at Quora positing you and Len as Role Models for Bloggers Who Crave to Monetize Their Site 😀 Ha ha!

    Thank you: now I feel a lot less crazy…this decision, I made many months ago. You’ll be SO glad to get back to being yourself on your own site. That said, thanks to Stemberger Enterprises, FaM does better than it ever has in its decade-long existence.

    Enjoy! <3




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  12. Crystal,

    Thank you for writing this post. I have been struggling to get started with my blog. I put up an intro post three weeks ago, and have just spent way too much time “thinking” instead of doing. It get myself stuck in a spot of thinking I have to write this “perfect” post. In reality, I really just want to share my story of tackling my student loans and share my successes and failures, and ultimately meet new like-minded people, and help others as well. I’ve been listening to some of the early podcasts J. Money and Paul Pant did, and I what really resonated with me was hearing him talk about the fact that everyone has a different story, and it’s those different stories that really make people connect. It’s that human factor that people are looking to read about. Glad to see you are changing course and finding the fun it. Can’t wait to read the posts to come. This has really given me some inspiration to get moving with my own blog and just have fun with it. So, thank you for that!




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  13. Glad to have YOU back! I like REAL blogs about people talking about their lives, not those geared at making money and endorsing products or writing reviews because they are being paid to do so.

    Making money should come AFTER the fun of just being you.




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