I have had this post sat in my drafts for a while now, but I think that it is time to share this with you, especially after the excitement at the weekend.
I want to take The Frugal Cottage in a slightly different direction and change things around here, a bit.
I love having a personal finance blog, and I love writing about saving money, budgeting, earning money and investing. I love sharing our story and hopefully helping people along the way. I hope that I inspire others to make the same move towards early retirement, as it shows that we are just two ordinary people doing something slightly out of the ordinary.
But, I feel that I am not posting the content I sometimes want to because I worry that it doesn’t quite fit in to the niche I’ve put myself into. Yes, every post can be about saving money, or tips on how to declutter and save that way, but I feel like I want to include more than just that in my posts.
So, I am changing things around here, and I hope you will stick around!
I want to write more family orientated posts. I have a one year old, and I want to write more things about raising a child the frugal way, how we keep our spends low even though he’s constantly changing and what we plan to do as we move forward as to not get into the trap of spending lots on things we (and him) don’t need. I want to share some of the things that we bought and in hindsight didn’t need at all, and things we didn’t originally buy but have been a godsend once we did buy them. I want that to be helpful to readers, so that they don’t waste money on things that you really don’t use.
I want to write more frugal lifestyle/food related posts. I love food (as my work colleagues would definitely tell you!) and I want to write more about frugal food and living. I want to write about perhaps starting to grow our own and how that goes. I want to post about my favourite frugal recipes and how I keep the costs down in the kitchen. I want to write about how we don’t really buy clothes particularly often, and how I’m leaning more and more towards a capsule wardrobe. I want to post about what a capsule wardrobe might include for me, and how we keep our overall lifestyle expenses ow.
I want to write more personal posts, about us. Here I am, writing away about our journey to early retirement, but I am still, at this point in time, an anonymous blogger. For the time being, I want to keep it that way, but in time I hope to be brave enough to reveal myself, so to speak. I want to write more about what motivates us, what motivates me as an individual and what makes us tick. The blogs I like reading the best, for the most part, are ones where I can connect to the blogger and know who they are and what they like. I am buying into their story and I am hoping that you buy into ours. If I want to inspire others to join us in our journey, then I feel that you perhaps should know us a bit more. I’m not going to start posting selfies on Instagram or anything like that, but I might share slightly more about us that I have done before.
I have removed the option to guest post on The Frugal Cottage. Since I started my Advertise/Hire Me tab, the option to pitch about guest posting on The Frugal Cottage has been there. I’ll be honest, more and more I get spammy emails about guest posting on the site, just for a link in return, and I want to be true to my readers, so you can hear my voice. I am still accepting sponsored content, though I am being more picky about that (I removed a sponsored post recently as I felt it wouldn’t be something I would actually recommend, and wasn’t fair to be posting about) as I want it to be the very best stuff on here for people to read.
I want to share things that help us to keep to our frugal journey. I want to review products that I have found useful and think that they might be useful for you too. Another post I have in my drafts is all about our slow cooker and what a wonderful kitchen item it is, for example. I’m in the process of writing a recommendations page that we have a round up of things I would recommend on this journey. I want to share books that I have read that I have found useful, or money saving apps that you can use to get stuff for free.
I hope that you will stay around as The Frugal Cottage continues to grow and evolve. Watch this space, so to speak!
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