It’s popular among FI bloggers to be incredibly open with their personal finances, sharing not only their budgets, their monthly and annual expenses, and their savings rates, but also their income and even their net worth! (Updated regularly, of course.)
I see the appeal.
See, we can’t talk about these kinds of things with our friends and colleagues in our actual offline lives without coming off as weird people without filters or insufferable braggarts. Neither of which is exactly desirable.
However, this very transparency is a GOOD thing in FI blogging circles. Not only do these figures help to establish our bona fides (Would you take lifestyle advice from a blogger with a pedestrian 38% savings rate? No? Didn’t think so), but they also reinforce and perpetuate our commitment to this lifestyle. I’ve seen a few bloggers comment that their savings rates have gone up since they’ve started to share their personal finances with the rest of the world, and it makes sense — by blogging and sharing and answering comments, we establish accountability partners.
So because I don’t intend to reinvent the wheel — in fact, I intend to copy the techniques and strategies of every successful FI blogger I can find — I’m going to follow suit and air out my own
dirty laundry FI statistics on this blog. Check out the Statistics page on the sidebar for more information about my own SR, FI %, and BMI. (Juuust kidding about that last one. That would be weird.)
Fly fishing and financial independence are two completely unrelated topics on the surface, to be sure. One is a niche recreational activity on which some people (mostly older, white men) spend excessive amounts of money, and the other is a lifestyle choice/goal that involves as one of its key tenets NOT spending excessive amounts of money.
However, they’re really not that different once you think about it:
-Fly fishing is a tool used to pursue an activity that gives pleasure and fulfillment
-Financial independence is a tool used to pursue a lifestyle that gives pleasure and fulfillment
-Folks who don’t fly fish assume that it requires lots of money (and indeed, many fly fishermen make lots of money)
-Folks who don’t pursue financial independence assume that it requires lots of money (and indeed, many FI-ers make lots of money)
-The ultimate goal of fly fishing is to make your life richer with experiences
-The ultimate goal of financial independence is to make your life richer with experiences
So there you have it! This is a blog about fly fishing (and backpacking, and hiking, and traveling) that is also about financial independence (and savings rates, and frugality, and anti-consumption). And in the canon of existing financial independence blogs, every site needs a personality-rich proprietor with a corny name. Because I can’t grow a mustache, don’t live in any kind of woods at the moment, and really don’t even have much creativity to begin with, I guess I’ll have to stick with the fishing theme for now.
The FI fisherman