Tuesday, April 01, 2008


No this article is not about Adobe files. It occured to me today that it is interesting how many of us bloggers are quite happy to to engage in PDF (Public Displays of Finance) i.e. writing blogposts for anyone to read about how much we earn each month, about our financial goals and even about the value of our debts. This is information that many of us keep secret form family and friends and even sometimes our spouses or partners but we seem happy to share it with the whole world.

Perhaps the bloggers who share this information are happy to share this information with anyone or perhaps it feels safer sharing the information with complete strangers than with our loved ones. Personally I do not mind sharing my financial details with anyone who is interested! What about all of you other bloggers out there, what do you think?


Melbel said...

I am more likely to share this information with people I don't know than people I do know. I don't know why. I am thinking of even putting an earnings thermometer on my main site.
This is a really good question.

LiVEWYRE said...

I am cagey about precise amounts ie. my earnings I post are usually just blogging earnings, I earn more by other online methods, but do not really document these earnings publicly (only maybe anecdotally). Same with debts, my debts are small in comparison with many, but the amount is irrelevant, the methods for getting out of debt are applicable to any amount.
I concur though that I would more readily discuss these things with a stranger because they are not in a position to 'use' this data... Just take a look at the stuff that people discuss in MyLot - I am reluctant to get very 'personal' in these forums and try to think - what would my wife, mother or daughter think of what I have just written...Let's face it, it would not be difficult for them to read it if they knew where to look...

Rachel said...

Yes I know what you mean. I do not mind people knowing what I earn and what I owe, people I see face to face just do not seem interested! I think that because I am working to pay off my debt then I do not mind people knowing how much I owe.

I know what you mean about getting personal on forums. It could be very easy to trace a person if someone wanted to.