Organizing Planting Dollars

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by Ryan

Today I’ve made a few changes to the navigation bar of the site. This is in light of determining where the site is going and the things I enjoy learning about. After all this blog is mostly about my journey and the things I’d like to share along the way.

I think each navigation button sums up an area of interest I have, and is broad enough to probably create its own website. However, they’re all interrelated and I’d like to especially focus on how they tie together in my own life. This means that I’ll have a lot of writing to do and will never run out of content ideas! It also means that the site could probably get pretty big.

The four categories I’m focused primarily on are:

  • Personal Finance
  • Entreprenuership
  • Real Estate
  • Mobile Living

At the moment I’m also considering tossing in Personal Development as well. Thoughts?

Here’s my explanation for each:

Personal Finance:
Personal Finance building wealth 101, which covers budgeting, buying your first house, investing in your 401k, and a myriad of other basic finance topics. These are highly important as they create the base of a sound financial situation. Conquering these lessons and topics allow you to understand money, saving, investing, and other concepts that aren’t exactly exciting, but are necessary on your path to financial freedom. Folks who aren’t good at managing their money or have yet to begin planning their journey should probably start here before they progress to the other sections.

In order to become financially well off most people start businesses. In order to become wealthy instead of simply rich, (as I discussed yesterday), assets are the way to build continuous wealth. I’d like to use this section to highlight what makes entrepreneurs successful, along with highlighting businesses that I will start, and concepts that will be useful when starting your own business.

Real Estate
This investment class has a ton to discuss on it’s own. Whether it’s how to get into your first deal, discussing how to analyze the numbers, or the market as a whole; Real estate is a broad topic. Real estate investing seems a bit like the wild west of investing since it’s so unique and full of opportunity. It’s also one of the most forgiving asset classes over a long range of time. There’s also a huge difference between home ownership and investing in real estate. I will mostly be covering the latter.

Mobile Living
One of my current goals is to lead a mobile lifestyle. In particular that of a digital nomad. Being a digital nomad ties in with the concept of entrepreneurship, but also delves further into things like where should I live? What should I do when having this freedom? Along with where in the world I can get the most bang for my buck?  As an American my dollar can go a lot further in many other parts of the world, but where are these countries that are best for a digital nomad?  I plan on examining a large portion of countries around the world from a cost of living perspective, interviewing current digital nomads, and eventually chronicling my own journey into mobile living.

Although each of these topics are completely different on face value, they’re all interconnected, which is why I feel comfortable discussing them all on this site. In the end they’re all linked by one thing – money.

So what are your thoughts? Do you think this is an appropriate way to organize the site, or is it too broad?

Do you think I should Personal Development should make the list as well?

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LeanLifeCoach January 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Based on the direction I see you moving, personal development would certainly be a great addition as well.

None of us knows everything about any subject, we are always growing and improving whether we recognize it or not. But those that focus on it grow faster and grow more and the benefits follow.

Warren Buffet once said the greatest investment you can make is in yourself. True, so true.

Keep up the great work!

Jeff@MySuperChargedLife January 21, 2010 at 4:25 am

I think these topics give your site a nice individual flavor. They are broad enough to give you a lot to write about while still maintaining a central theme. It also sounds like you are passionate about all four of these areas which I think is one of the most important things to consider. Being a successful blogger is a lot about sticking with it over the long haul. Ask yourself, “Will I still want to write about these same topics two years from now?”

Steve-Personal Success Factors January 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

Ryan, I think that personal development fits in nicely with your site, because it’s the foundation of becoming the person who can rightly handle the wealth that you generate. If we have limiting beliefs about who we are and what we can achieve, we will subconsciously sabotage all our efforts. And in writing about these topics, you are going to continue to grow!

I love your blog! Has a great design and content!
.-= Steve-Personal Success Factors´s last blog ..Build Your Life Like Martin Luther King Jr =-.

Greg January 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Another vote here for personal development!

FinEngr January 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I actually think you should nix the personal development idea. As I see it, “personal development” is a very general umbrella term. Your other topics (entrepreneurship for example) already fall under that category.

Other comments.

Mobile Living – what a great term. Looking forward to those posts.

Real Estate – do you have any interest in writing about international real estate and/or raw land?

Ryan January 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

@ Fin Engr – Yes I have an interest in writing about international real estate and raw land. Why do you ask?

These concepts are important / interesting to me because I find the world of finance fascinating, but don’t want to be a financial planner or banker because these positions require me to stay in one location. I’d like the freedom to work via my laptop anywhere in the world which is a big reason I started this blog – to explore passions without being tied to a J.O.B. Therefore mobile living, finance, and even real estate tie into this overall direction I’d like to move in my life.

I’m not sure Personal Development fits fully into entrepreneurship as I see it as relationships, healthy living, and other things that aren’t focused on necessarily starting a business. If I wanted to write an article about waking up early in the morning or developing confidence I’m not so sure it would tie into the other categories.
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..5 Funny But True Lessons I Learned From Office Space =-.

FinEngr January 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

@ Ryan,

Because those are both areas that I am interested in.

Good to know. I also started my blog as a way to explore an interest in finance. For me, engineering isn’t necessarily a passion – it was simply what I was “suggested” to pursue. I’ve consideried transitioning careers, but that requires more of an investment right now than blogging does. This will be a way for me to “test the water” before I “make the leap”.

Fair enough about having an “other” category. Why don’t you consider different, possibly more appealing, titles like Pruning Habits (since you are Planting Dollars). Whether you are learning about starting a business or living healthily (heathfully?), you are still personally developing yourself. I just think PD is a generic, vanilla label.

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