When I first started reading about investing it all seemed rather complicated. 3 years later I’m a little clearer! So I decided to blog about it (See my About page).
But there’s more to it than that.
During ‘Pre-launch’ I showed a few friends and colleagues this site and told a few about my plans for it. The comments I got back both surprised me and strengthened my resolve.
“I see you’re into the stock market…our own Gordon Gekko”
When most people think about the stock market they think of shouting brokers and fat-cat bankers, then promptly get on with their real life. Magical Penny will show not only how you should invest but why you really should be in the market, harnessing the value created by people working for businesses across the world.
“What’s the best loan rate I can get for 2k?”
This guy saw that the subject of the blog was ‘money’ so immediately thought I would know about the best way he could finance a car. Too often it is only immediate ‘needs’ that motivate people to think about their finances, rather than looking at the big picture of their financial health. Magical Penny will prompt you to look into your own life to make meaningful changes in the way you think, and therefore act, with your pennies.
“What do you get out of it?”
This comment surprised me the most, perhaps because I think the benefits of blogging are so obvious, at least for me. Here are 5 reasons:
Knowing that you are working on something with implications beyond yourself is a very powerful feeling. The internet has democratised communication, allowing ‘ordinary’ people to broadcast like never before, cultivate a following of thousands, and impact lives. Do you not want to add your voice to the global communication revolution?
Helping others is all well and good but blogging helps the writer just as much! Although this blog is new, it is not my first blog so I know that writing for a readership changes your perception of the world. You begin ‘framing’ your experiences in the context of how you would report it later, and you begin thinking more clearly and in a more structured way. Writing about ideas and experiences codifies your thoughts and encourages you to keep learning and growing.
A fun and creative outlet
There is so much to learn about blogging and you can be creative in how you connect with a readership. It’s also a rich medium to write in, as hyperlinks allow you to connect your thoughts to other subjects and voices.
A sense of community
These other voices are often other bloggers who have similar interests but different perspectives. The social aspect of blogging is one of the most compelling reasons to join the fun, either through your own blog or in the comments.
Do you ever wonder what your grandchildren will see when they use the Google micro-chip in their brains to find out about you? I do. This blog is part of the plan. What about you?
Finally with all of these reasons for blogging it was easier to dismiss the below comment from an early viewer of the site:
“Adam, you’ll never get a girlfriend with a site like that”
Perhaps another goal for the blog?
I invite you to join me on this journey and leave a comment telling me what you hope to get out of the site. And don’t worry, I’ll be sure to update this page if any progress is made on that last goal!
I am proud to be launching Magical Penny. Expect regular updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.