This is what is wrong with PF articles
Prime Time Money ran a guest post today. Let me break down this groundbreaking work:
The five habits that will help you find financial stability:
- Control your impulse spending
- Pay yourself first
- Eliminate and avoid debt
- Learn about personal finance
- Evaluate your expenses
Okay, before I appear overly bitchy: I like PT Money. I subscribe. I read. He's good. Also, the guest writer does go (slightly) in depth on each subject. And I know that there are a limited number of actual subjects to discuss regarding frugality and debt reduction. There are few new ideas under the sun, as they say.
This is like those "signs of suicidality" commercials that list "suicidal thoughts or attempts" as a symptom.
I'm sure there are a few folks out there who this would be news too. (Please, God, may I never meet them!) But overall, if you're reading PF blogs, isn't it plausible to assume they know these basic basics.
I feel like a lot of these sorts of articles condescend to anyone with half a PF brain. Does anyone else feel like this?
Obviously, a lot of bloggers are trying to reach a wide audience, from newbies to folks who are done with debt reduction and living frugally as a lifestyle. That creates some basic problems when it comes to material. I've been reading a lot of bloggers to see how they balance these issues.
I try not to go too basic in my advice, though it's always hard to tell what things people have come up with on their own and what will be something unprecedented in their minds. Still, I try to assume that the people on this blog have at least a firm grasp of the basics.
I was raised by a frugal person, so most of these ideas are just a way of life to me. Others are discoveries (that probably tons of other people have already discovered) that I make as I read other blogs or examine my own navel.
But does that mean I'm leaving out too many people? Or being snobby? Or just being lil ole me?