September 7, 2015

Hey party people! I hope you’re having a great Labor Day and actually relaxing a bit 😉 Don’t worry, I’m only working a half-day!

I wanted to write a quick post, because I’m so excited about FinCon in a couple of weeks! For those of you that don’t know, FinCon is a financial bloggers conference. Pretty much everyone in personal finance — bloggers, journalists, companies, startups, etc. — will be in attendance.

I’ll be there and I’m so freaking excited. Last year was a dream come true, but I actually think this year will be even better.

Why? I’m co-hosting some awesome events that I’m so jazzed about. My last job was as an events and communications coordinator, so it’s so cool to be doing some of that still, but with financial brands.

If you’re going to FinCon, feel free to join us for the SoFi bowling happy hour on Friday, the 18th from 5pm – 7pm. Yes, I know it’s during the last session of the day and there are a million other events going on. But, we’re going to have a blast. End of story.

Also, I’m absolutely flabbergasted. I’ve been nominated for not one, but two Plutus Awards for best debt blog and best freelancer! Say what?!?! Of course I was hoping for best debt blog, but thought best freelancer wouldn’t even be in the realm of possibilities.


So imagine how surprised I was to find out I was nominated! I don’t know who nominated me, but thank you. I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this blog and my writing for other sites. I have a specific goal: make personal finance actually engaging and relatable for the majority of people. Because, let’s be frank, personal finance can be a major snoozefest.

So thank you to anyone past or present who has supported me and this blog. I love ya! Virtual hugs.

Lastly, this goes out to my blogger friends. I’m fortunate to be in a position right now where people are coming to me looking for help. Unfortunately, I’m only one person and can’t do everything myself, so I’d love to know what you do, what services you offer, so if there’s ever an opportunity in my inbox that I can’t take or I’m not right for, I can share the love and hook you up.

I know my freelance career started simply because of the generosity of friends and referrals. If I can, I’d like to pay it forward. Please note, this is not working for me, but I’d refer you to others who are looking for writers, VAs, editors, etc. In the comments, let me know what you do.

One of my favorite things about having a blog is creating a community. I love inspiring people to get out of debt and getting people to talk about money. But I also want to help other people succeed personally and professionally as much as I can. So, let me know what you’re good at and let’s help each other!

Have a great Labor Day everyone! I hope to see you at FinCon. For non-bloggers, I’ll write an awesome recap to share all the debauchery events.

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Melanie is a freelance writer currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about education, financial literacy, and empowering people to take control of their finances. She writes about breaking up with debt, freelancing, and side hustle adventures at

Currently she puts more than 50% of her income towards debt, while living a frugal, fun life. In addition to her love of personal finance, art and music, she is also a karaoke master. Follow the adventure @DearDebtBlog.

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34 responses to “Will I See You at FinCon?”

  1. Revanche says:

    Huge congrats, Melanie! Well deserved nominations!
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  2. Congratulations! I may come to the bowling. But I’m terrible at bowling *and* don’t want to drink until after my panel on Saturday. But it could still be fun. Assuming I learn to laugh at how bad I am bowling-wise.

    Or I can just sit around and kibitz.

    See ya there!
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  3. You’ve earned it, Melanie! So pumped for you. Looking forward to enjoying some celebratory drinks with you in Charlotte! 😃
    Kate @ Cashville Skyline recently posted…The August Monthly Budget ReviewMy Profile

  4. Well, you will be seeing A LOT of me and FinCon and I’m personally psyched because I had so much fun spending a lot of time with you last year at FinCon. 🙂 And I am one person who nominated you for best freelancer. I could not have started my new company’s website without you and I am so thankful that you are out there doing what you are doing and now helping others do it as well. See you soon!!!
    Shannon @ Financially Blonde recently posted…Music Mondays – Everybody HurtsMy Profile

    • Melanie says:

      I know, last year is when we really hit it off and now we’re like BFFs! Yay and roommies this year, too. Woot! Glad you are a partier like me haha! Ah, that’s the best compliment ever. Writing the copy for your site was one of the best gigs ever and I was so honored you picked me. See you soon, doll!

  5. Congrats on the nominations… sounds like a great time!
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  6. I’m sad that I will be the one personal finance blogger not at FinCon this year. *sniffle* Would have loved to meet you!
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  7. Michelle says:

    I will be joining in and would like to kick some FinCon bloggers’a@@es! And, I would love to connect with you and email further regarding opportunities. You ROCK!
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  8. Michelle says:

    I’ll be there! Congrats on the nominations as well!
    Michelle recently posted…How To Avoid Being House PoorMy Profile

  9. So psyched for you. Being in a position where you’re so inundated with goodness that you just have to pass it along to others is the best. See ya next week! woohoo!
    Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life recently posted…4 Things to Know About Making MoneyMy Profile

  10. Congrats Melanie! Well deserved. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it this year (really wish I could though!). Looking forward to hearing everyone’s experience!

  11. Congrats on the award nominations! I recently entered into the personal finance blogger community but have read about Fincon on several blogs. Attending maybe next year may become a goal (depending on where I am financially). Please keep me in mind for any VA or freelance writing opportunities!
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  12. Jessica says:

    Congrats on the nominations! Definitely well deserved. This will be my first FinCon and I’m pretty excited! I look forward to meeting everyone. 🙂
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  13. Chonce says:

    Congrats on the nominations!! You deserve it. I can’t wait to meet you at FinCon and hopefully I’ll be at the bowling outing 🙂
    Chonce recently posted…How and Why You Need to Earn Passive IncomeMy Profile

  14. Amber says:

    You really do make finances relate-able! Love your blog. We are just starting out paying off MASSIVE student loans so its nice to have at least one resource I can understand. We (me & husby) are just starting a blog that focuses more on paying off big student loans/documents our journey going through it.

  15. Congrats girl! Can’t wait to meet you soon. If you have opportunities that you think are up my alley, you can always hit me up. 🙂
    Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore recently posted…Online Income: $2,357 in August 2015My Profile

  16. Hannah says:

    I hope to see you at FinCon- There’s a session that I’m hoping to catch, so I won’t be at the bowling HH, but maybe I’ll get the opportunity to meet you elsewhere.

    If you know of anyone who needs writers about family finances, career, or real estate investing, or anyone who needs help with quantitative market analysis (basically Google Analytics but for specific campaigns), let me know.


  17. Veronica says:

    I am looking forward to an article on how FinCon went for you! Do you have any plans to write one?
    Veronica recently posted…Swinging For the FencesMy Profile

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