Saturday, April 04, 2009

You Knew This Was Coming

You've probably guessed that this is coming, but here it is: this blog is no more.

For those who are curious, I did get into graduate school—I got into the school that's kind of been my dream school, actually—and that's part of the reason to wrap things up here: I don't consider it likely that I'll be coming into any unanticipated reservoirs of time while trying to earn a PhD from a top program. I have a full tuition waiver and a living-wage stipend, and I'll be doing some freelance editing to round things out, I think, so I do anticipate being quite busy.

I learned an awful lot about personal finance while writing this blog—it really helped me get a grip on my adult life in a lot of ways, actually. But I think I've reached the end of this particular road. To me, personal finance is a foundation, such that once you've grasped it, you can go on to concentrate on other things. Not that you can ever really stop thinking about money entirely, especially with the state of the current economy, etc., etc., but at some point I do think one is in a holding pattern. I'm in a holding pattern with money—a pretty comfortable one. And I know that things will be pretty rocky when I take a 35% pay cut—I'll have to rework a lot of my financial routine—but my savings and good habits put me in a pretty good position, and I hope to achieve enough in graduate school, and enjoy it enough, that it's worth the opportunity cost. It's a hell of an opportunity, that's for sure.

Because my identity is now so closely tied to this blog (I've just never been good at anonymity), I'll either be password-protecting it or taking it down shortly. I hope that you do follow me over at my other blog, which will be rebooting shortly, now that the graduate school plans have been set.

Thank you for reading, commenting, and being interesting.

64 comments:

Forest said...

Sad to see you go, but good luck with your future. I know you've touched a lot of lives and inspired a lot of blogs...so thank you.

DogAteMyFinances said...

Oh please, if you don't have time in grad school for a blog, you can't handle the real world.

That said, it's hard to argue with protecting your anonymity, which I value above all else. So, good luck! Email me your new blog, plz!

Hedy@penny for my thoughts said...

I'm unsurprised, but sorry to read this. You were on of my favorite pf blogs, even before I had one.

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I'm sorry to hear it, but unsurprised as well. Thanks for your blog, it was an inspiration. Really truly, thanks!

PS - congrats on grad school, I'm so glad you are fulfilling your dreams!

Kim said...

I've loved reading your blog for the last few years, and I'm so happy for you! This sounds like a great opportunity for you! Sorry the blog will be ending, but I don't think we've heard the last from you yet! :-)

Just keep in touch!

Anonymous said...

Please include a link to your new blog?

Cheers and good luck.

Meadow

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It's a sad day (you were always my favorite!), but congratulations and good luck in the future.

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Annie said...

I as well would like a link to your new blog, I've really enjoyed following your story here.

A said...

Congratulations, and best of luck in your grad program!

moody said...

i've really enjoyed reading your blog, so i'm sad to see it go.

congrats and good luck with grad school.

Bonnie said...

I'm sorry to hear it, but I wish you all the best in grad school and beyond. And yes--post a link to your new blog, whatever it may be.

Anonymous said...

Good luck!

Les@SpillingBuckets said...

I agree with everyone else, you were one of my favorite blogs before we started one - and I'd love to get a link to your new site.

Best of luck with grad school - I know how hard it is!

Cheap or Frugal? said...

Sorry to hear about the blog closure, but glad to hear about your success! Good luck!

Jerry said...

Congratulations! I wish you all the best in grad school... well done.
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Sandra Dee said...

I just came across your blog today and I am bummed to hear that you won't be continuing it any longer. However, it sounds like you are moving on to much bigger and better things. Congrats on furthering your education. I have been contemplating going to grad school and your story has inspired me. Good luck with everything!

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I'll follow you over to you new blog. :-)

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