This blows. Krystal over at Give me Back my Five Bucks has been publically outed, and as a result is shutting down her blog.
She’s going to start a new one, which is great, but it’s sad that the PF blogosphere is losing one of its most honest and frank personal money stories. I think everyone who writes or reads PF blogs drops by Krystal’s blog every now and then; and even if you don’t always agree with what she writes or the decisions she makes, it is great to see such an honest representation of a journey out of debt.
Krystal has had quite a big problem with people leaving nasty comments on her blog, and has always chosen to let people have their say, rather than deleting them or instigating comment moderation. While she says that every now and then it gets her down that strangers can be so rude when leaving horrible comments, for the readers, it presents an amazing opportunity to see the whole spectrum of responses to one person’s financial decisions – I think it reveals fascinating things about the world of blogging. Those things are lost when comment moderation is turned on, and I admire Krystal’s decision to let people have their say – even when they are belittling her own right to have her say.
Krystal making the decision to close her blog throws up interesting questions about how much personal information you should reveal about yourself when writing a blog. PF blogs either fall into two categories: people like Krystal who reveal every aspect of their finances, but retain their anonymity in order to do so; or bloggers who make no secret of who they are, and as a result probably keep a lot of things back. It’s very rare to see someone who is revealing every little detail about their finances, while blogging under their own identity.
It’s a shame that there are people out there who will go to such lengths to destroy someone’s anonymity as someone has to Krystal – and for what? What has been achieved? Other than a lot of people who are supported and encouraged on their own personal money journeys losing an inspiring resource.
I have been a long time reader of Krystal’s blog and while I’m not a big commenter, have enjoyed watching her progress and success, and the way she deals with setbacks, and I think the PF blogosphere will be worse off for the loss of Give me Back my Five Bucks. I’m wishing Krystal all the best with her new blog, and hope I stumble upon it one day!