Lately I’ve been thinking a lot more about how much I reveal in this blog. If my family or friends read any of my posts they would immediately identify me as the author. As I continue to write I now realize that even distant friends and acquaintances might be able to piece the clues of my identity together. Just a few short weeks ago a co-worker identified me.
Originally I wanted this blog to remain entirely anonymous, but as time progresses I’ve decided it’s difficult to tell the story of my financial life without revealing quite a lot about myself. Plus, it makes this blog much more interesting. To date I have written 210 posts and I’ve decided there is only one financial topic I would be uncomfortable sharing in the ‘real’ world. Amazingly, of all the topics I’ve written about I am most uncomfortable with posts detailing my net worth.
I originally included these details in an effort to demonstrate how one can work hard and accumulate money at a very young age. At 29 and 30 my husband and I have a net worth that rivals those twice our age. I did not come from money, marry into money, or fall into a high paying job just out of college. I am simply a frugal girl, with great debt aversions who has scrimped and saved money.
I have considered removing the details of my net worth from my blog. Although I know this information may be cached in the realm of the Internet I believe my family and friends will be less likely to discover these numbers. I worry how friends and family would perceive my husband and I if our finances were revealed to them.