FinCon15 Was Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful

I have been holding off on writing my FinCon15 experience post as I look around the blogger world and see so many great stories and people they have met.  It’s all true, I enjoyed every minute of FinCon15, I met so many people and introduced myself as Even Steven Money to the surprise and “aha” moment from their faces finally knowing I am indeed a real person, not a logo. Besides the fact that I woke up sick from what I can only assume was my body screaming for more FinCon, I shared this message via twitter to everyone’s approval.

I have been going back and forth in my mind what is the next step for Even Steven Money and today I do not know the answer, but I have had a few things stick in my head over the last couple days.  Will from 1st Quarter Finance asked me what my vision for Even Steven Money was?  I didn’t have an answer, coming to FinCon was part of my plan to figure it all out.  I listened to numerous speaker, panelists, and presenters that made me realize I needed to focus, focus, focus. Then during a live podcast I was able to listen to the madFIentist, interviewing Mr. and Mrs 1500 Days and as I watched and listened to each answer smiling and laughing at many of the comments and during that time, I realized I don’t blog for any monetary gain, I blog for the community and the people.  Some of Team Financial Independence sat around watching and listening, Mr. Frugalwoods, Richmond Savers, Jim Collins, and others that enjoy a good beer and a chat about money.  That’s why I started blogging to share my story, learn from the community, and show others you can go from having debt all the way to Financial Independence.

The blog is going to change and I think for the better.  Expect to see longer posts that have more action and substance, expect to see more personal stories, expect to see more in depth writing, expect to see a transition from debt repayment to investing and real estate.  I think the best thing I can say is expect more.  This week is dedicated to gathering my thoughts and looking ahead to make a game plan.  My financial world is falling into place step by step, but it was not always like that.  I want to share more.  For many of you out there that attended FinCon15, I am sure to expect big things in the year ahead.  I can’t wait to see it all unfold in front of my very eyes.

It was great meeting all of you, each and every person went above and beyond my expectations.  Thank you from Even Steven Money!


35 Responses to “FinCon15 Was Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful

  • I’m really loving reading all of these FinCon updates. I had a great time and I can’t wait until next year!
    Michelle recently posted…Paying Off Debt And Budgeting: Tricks For Staying MotivatedMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      I missed meeting you out there in Charlotte, but I hope to connect online. I know you have answered a question or two for me, but I have heard such great things from others about you. On that note I’m checking out your facebook page asap!

  • It is interesting to see how the interactions from that even are shaping people’s posts and views. Glad to hear you learned a lot. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Thanks Vawt, you never know what the future has in store;)

  • Mallorie
    2 years ago

    I think this is great! I can’t wait to see what is to come for you and your blog!

  • Awwwww Even, thanks so much for the kind comments. I was a little freaked out on that stage at first, but then it was loads of fun.

    I love this:
    “I realized I don’t blog for any monetary gain, I blog for the community and the people…”

    That is how I always felt too. If the blog generates extra dimes here and there, so be it. However, that was never the goal.

    Email incoming later today…

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      I noticed a totally different mindset and vibe with other FI bloggers than those looking to monetize and freelance. Made me feel like I was in the right place.

  • Wish I could had made it this year to meet you and all the other bloggers I have interacted with during this past year of blogging.

    Looking forward to what you put out in the future.

    I am right there with you, with the desire to take the blog to the next level with deeper content.

    Dominic @ Gen Y Finance Guy recently posted…A Day In The Life Of GYFGMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Thanks Gen Y, well hopefully it will be a battle royale of great content about money…..everyone wins.

  • Glad you enjoyed Fincon, I wish I went! Looking forward to what’s in store here at ESM.
    Fervent Finance recently posted…The Golden HandcuffsMy Profile

  • Mallorie
    2 years ago

    This is so great! I can’t wait to see what comes next for you and your blog!

  • It was great to meet you, if only for a minute. I owe my entire attendance to you, so thanks so much! I went with much more of a “business” mentality, but I wound up having a lot of great discussions about my blog too. I had so many unexpected bonuses from the conference.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Everyone has their own agenda in mind for what they need to do at FinCon, could be all business, learning, or networking. Nice of you to say you your attendance to me, that probably goes to PT and the scholarship award. Stay humble, stay hungry;)

  • Woo hoo! Keep writing. Looking forward to more posts.
    Jason recently posted…Today is my BlogoversaryMy Profile

  • We blog for a lot of the same reason, sharing our story, helping others, and being a part of the great community. Great stuff! Great to hang with you!
    Brian @DebtDiscipline recently posted…Our year of living Debt FreeMy Profile

  • Thanks for sharing your FinCon experience. I have read many accounts about this gathering but have never attended myself. Perhaps, once I feel more like an established blogger I’ll feel compelled to go, though it’s kind of nice to put an actual face to a “faceless” blog and meet one another.
    DivHut recently posted…Investing In Yourself Living AbroadMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      You know I don’t consider myself an established blogger by any means, but it’s a great experience and great people. When I was there I felt like my blog was starting out in Charlotte on trip to San Diego, just getting started my friend.

  • ESM,
    Sounds like we had a similar experience and takeaway from the weekend. Really enjoyed hanging out, eating BBQ and walking the streets of Charlotte!
    Retire Before Dad recently posted…Well I’m Beginning To See The LightMy Profile

  • I don’t think we got a chance to meet but hopefully that’s something we can remedy in San Diego next year 🙂
    Jim Wang recently posted…Your Take: How do you mix work/business and personal on social media?My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Sounds great Jim, I did get to hear you present, but I’m making it a personal mission, meet Jim in San Diego!

  • Glad FinCon was such a great experience! You already do a good job over here, so I’m excited to see what you have in store for the future. I like the idea of mentioning real estate as I plan on buying my first rental in the next five years. Cheers!
    The Bearded Dragon recently posted…Congratulations! You’re Pre-Approved!My Profile

  • We didn’t really know about FinCon before this year’s conference, and it didn’t occur to us to go. Boy do we feel like we missed the boat! Although we’ve still learned a ton from it from everything people have generously shared — and we already registered for next year.

    Glad you left feeling fired up to do bigger and better things — look forward to seeing where you take the blog! And hope you’re feeling better. 🙂
    Our Next Life recently posted…When Did We Become Grown-Ups? // Embracing Our AdultnessMy Profile

  • Loved meeting you! FinCon is great for inspiration and ideas. Let’s rock this next year, okay? We got this! Stay in touch!
    Melanie @ Dear Debt recently posted…#FinCon15 Gave Me LIFEMy Profile

  • Hi EvenSteven – this is so great to read all those posts on FinCon, it does seem like everyone had a great time. And also, it feels like everyone has taken a step back on their blogging to think about how to take it to the next level.
    Passion is contagious, and there is a lot in your writing, which is why I referred to your post in my last blog post.
    I’m very much looking forward to reading more of your content as it goes to the next level 🙂
    TheMoneyMine recently posted…5 articles that made me smarter this monthMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Hey thanks Moneymine, yeah I’m working on establishing a clear vision for the blog as time goes on, it’s really fun for me writing about money, but I want to have more focus.

      I really enjoyed your post on negotiating, I tried commenting a couple times, but either the firewall or spam rejected it, but it mostly said great work. I wonder if you can negotiate a dental bill after the fact when your insurance doesn’t cover everything?

      • Thanks for the kind words about the article, it has indeed been widely appreciated. It’s encouraging.
        I think you should always try to negotiate, even if after the fact. You could always say that you didn’t realize it would be that much, maybe ask if they can help a good customer, or see if they can make a commercial favor just for you because it would really help and you would deeply appreciate.
        They might just agree to make you happy and collect their payment without discussing too much.
        Let me know how that goes 🙂
        TheMoneyMine recently posted…5 articles that made me smarter this monthMy Profile

        • EvenStevenMoney
          2 years ago

          I definetly will, I’ve had the bill sitting on our dining room table for about 2 weeks. I feel like I have to try something right!

  • Thanks for your FinCon15 re-cap EvenSteven! I love reading about everyone’s recent experiences. I’m pretty new to the PF Blogging scene, but really wanted to make it this year… didn’t happen, but it WILL happen in 2016! In fact, it’ll be in my backyard (San Diego) next time. Hope to meet you there. 🙂
    Michael @ Financially Alert recently posted…Joining the Yakezie Challenge!My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Sounds great Michael, my tickets are purchased and I’m ready. Look forward to meeting you:)

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