“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”– Peter F. Drucker
Last week, FIRE Finance put together a list of the “Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs” based on monthly traffic as reported by Quantcast, SiteMeter, and Compete along with Page Ranks. Only two made the Top 25 blogs that are written exclusively by women.
[Drum roll, please] The first is Frugal for Life written by Dawn C. in Colorado. Dawn learned to live within her means after declaring bankruptcy. She’s an inspiration to those who want to lead a more frugal life. She writes:
I not only want to remember, but need to remember the fear and frustration that debt caused me so I don’t do it again!
Dawn has great tips about how to save money and stay on track by minimizing expenses. I’m a big fan of her “Many Uses For” series like this one that teach readers how to get maximum life out of empty cereal liners. She explains:
This time instead of buying waxed paper, there is an alternative out there and it sits in your kitchen cupboard just waiting to be used and abused.
Besides you can’t recycle most cereal liners. Dawn gets maximum use out of many items and shares her ideas with the rest of blogosphere. So go check her out.
[Sound trumpets] The other woman to make the cut is Kay Bell at Don’t Mess with Taxes. Kay is a Native Texan, professional journalist and self-proclaimed tax geek. She aims to:
Keep Uncle Sam cranky by providing tax and personal finance info that will mean more money in your bank account, not the government treasury.
Now there’s an incentive to read a blog about taxes. And to spice it up she always remembers to toss in some celebrity tax gossip between hosting her monthly Tax Carnival. Who knew the IRS could be such a circus? Be sure and join the fun!
A few other women were included in the next tier and many are blogs that I have personally read these last few years:
- Sharon Harvey Rosenberg of The Frugal Duchess
- The Mom at Single Ma’s Fabulous Financials
- Madame X at My Open Wallet
- Jane Dough at Boston Gal’s Open Wallet
- Amanda at Young and Broke
- The Recent Grad at Well-Heeled
- Kira at Penny Foolish
- Nicole at Budgeting Babe
All in all though – less than 20 percent of the Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs were written by women. It’s a telling stat and one that should encourage others to get into the game. Why should men get all the glory?
With that said, I’ve noted a couple of women posting on BlogHer recently about personal finance in the “All Post” tab: Mrs. Micah, or a young wife's odyssey is newly married and looking for financial accountability as a post-college adult. The other is Nicole McInerney from Dollars and Sense Education, a personal finance education company. She recently posted a Primer on Retirement Saving in a 5-part series. Both bloggers write in a unique voice and are worth noting. We need more women thinking and writing about money!
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