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Monday, 6 June 2011

Why did I start blogging?

It’s all down to money, believe it or not.

It all started with a frank discussion with my eldest daughter about the money she owed to credit card companies and banks. I endeavoured to attempt to help her as best as I could. After a bit of research I found an internet forum that purported to have a formula to regain the high charges that were being levied on her. However that forum was infested with Moderators that knew best, even when they were proved wrong so I left that forum when I was  invited to join a new forum made up of those dissatisfied with the forum I’d left. I thoroughly enjoyed being a member there and with the exchange of experience I managed to claw back a large amount of money for my daughter (Bye the way Santander, you’re quite useless. You didn’t actually need to reimburse my daughter twice!). I also helped claw money back for others caught in the same predicament.

After eighteen months there, with many online friends, they opened an internal blogspot. This is where I found I could let my thoughts expand and run riot.

Eventually I realised that I was only writing to a narrow audience that didn’t understand my passion  for writing about other than bank penalty charges. Not their fault at all. They were wonderful people doing a sterling job. But I had to move on.

Somehow I came across Blogger, and with great trepidation wrote my first post. This of course, was a heap of manure, but is was my first foray into the Blogosphere. And have I learnt so much, in so little time.

I’ve had to learn to add hyperlinks, imbed video and pictures, make up a blogroll, try and answer comments in polite and erudite way, and so much more.

Luckily I found out most of these from other bloggers who have been keen to help new bloggers.

I’d like to pay a little tribute to those bloggers that have opened my eyes to the sheer delusion that politicians are here to  serve us, the climate change scam, that there are fake charities, useless bloodsucking quangos, the EU and it’s money stealing devices, and numerous other issues that the general public seem to be unaware of.

I can never match the top bloggers, but I’ll do my best to improve and stay the course.


  1. Only found you recently (through someone else's blogroll, though I can't remember who's, sorry), and now follow you through my RSS reader. Keep up the good writing!


  2. You're doing great, one of my favourite blogs to read :)

  3. I don't know what motivated you writing that, but it's an excellent piece.

    I think many bloggers follow the same route. They tend to be outspoken and keen to comment on internet forums rather than just lurk, and as a result learn other ways of making themselves heard.

    Love the interwoven daughter financial education story. Mine are much smaller, but they already have a working knowledge of taxation. Every parent should tell their kids how many things are taxed just to see their eyes pop out. It's a real Emperor's Clothes moment when they do. ;)

  4. Captain Haddock7 June 2011 at 08:56

    You're doing a cracking job from where I'm standing FE ..

    I regularly visit & comment on just half a dozen blogs .. this one being on my somewhat selective list .. ;)

  5. Thank you all for the kind words. I shall continue blogging then.

  6. Captain Haddock7 June 2011 at 10:12

    You'd bloody well better do Matey ..

    You still owe us a run ashore down Bugis Street .. and me in particular, a trip down memory lane .. ;)

  7. What they all said.

    This is one of my favourites. Keeps me laughing when all around me is in chaos.

    Plug on, FE, plug on.


  8. This is one of the best blogs out there! I read it most days.

  9. "Try and answer comments in polite and erudite way"

    And if you can't be arsed to do that, just refer them to the following:

    "And if you don't like bad language, then bugger off. JUST FUCK OFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE, YOU GOVERNMENT TWATS."

    I can't argue with that!! - Keep up the good work...


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