You’re Invited To My PF Blogger BBQ!


Hey everyone, I’ve got some really exciting news! As you may already know from my comments around the blogosphere I recently moved into a new house. Even better news, I finally have a back yard! Why is this relevant? If you’re a personal finance blogger in the Portland area or who plans to be in the area, I’d like to invite you to my back yard! OK, that sounded a bit weird, but it’s true!

I’m Starting The Portland Personal Finance Blogger BBQ Potluck!

Wow now that I write that out, it seems like a mouth full! OK, maybe the name will change, but you get the idea.  I’ve been to a few different blogger outings now. You know, I’ve been to seminars, I went to some sit down socials with other personal finance bloggers, never quite made it to FinCon, but I’ll get there one day; I’d like to take what I’ve learned from these events and come up with the ultimate good time/networking opportunity for personal finance bloggers in the Portland, Oregon area. Well, truth be told, if you want to fly here from China to hang with us, I’m OK with that too, but I don’t think that’s too realistic!

How The BBQ/Potluck Is Going To Work

I see the entire thing going in steps…I’m still not done planning the steps out yet, but here’s what I’ve got so far…

Step #1: Everyone Gets Here And Socializes While Food Is Prepared – We’ll hang, chat about life, blogging, and anything else that comes to mind over a beer or two while Ana manhandles the grill. Ana’s a beast more fierce than Tupac’s entire posse, the Lock Ness Monster, and Godzilla combined on the grill…so, you’re in for a treat!

Step #2: We Eat, We Party Some More – Everyone loves to eat, and since we’re not at a restaurant, we can pig out phroogie style! By the way, a big thanks to Jason Vitug @ for coining the word Phroogie in his community! It’s an awesome word!

Step #3: The Speaker Of The Month Gives A Presentation – At some point, we’ll all gather around the TV in the game room for a presentation put on by the speaker for that month. The speaker will give a 15 to 30 minute presentation that revolves around becoming successful and maintaining success in the personal finance blog industry.

Step #4: Question And Answer – We’ll have an opportunity to ask the speaker of the month questions to get a real understanding for the new and exciting strategy we just learned about.

Step #5: We’ll Party Again!!!! – After the short seminar and talk about how to make our blogs more successful, we’re going to crank the music up and start partying again!

When Will The BBQ Be?

My goal is that everything will be planned, up and running by the end of June. I’m not sure exactly what date it will start on, but when you RSVP, you’ll be placed on the mailing list and you’ll be given plenty of notice. Talking about planning, I’m looking for 1 more blogger to help me with that process. I’d like for the Monthly Blogger BBQ to be hosted by 3 great bloggers. This way, we can bounce ideas back and fourth about how to make this fun, and educational for other bloggers like us! I’ve got Mel from Dear Debt on the team and would like to add one more great blogger’s ideas in the planning phase. If you’re interested in taking part in this venture, please send me an email at or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you via email!


Step #1: Make Sure Your On PT Money’s Blogger Map – This get together is going to have a lot to do with building a local and national community around your blog. A great way to do that is to show your community that you exist. PT Money has made it easy to do that with their Personal Finance Blogger Map. So, if you’re not on the map, make sure to add your blog by clicking here!

Step #2: Send Me An Email – Let me know that you’re interested in being part of the PF Blogger BBQ. To do so, send an email to answering the following questions…

  • What’s your name?
  • What’s your phone number?
  • What’s the URL to your blog?
  • Would you like to be a speaker?
  • If you’d like to be a speaker, what are some topics you’d be interested in speaking about?

There Are A Few Rules

  1. This get together is going to be a BBQ style potluck. So, please bring some kind of BBQ related dish. It’s OK if it’s raw, we’ve got a grill and a great cook! It’s also OK to bring side items!
  2. It’s a BYOB. If you plan to drink, please bring something you’d enjoy.
  3. Remember, the get together is going to be at my home and you are going to have my personal cell phone number. Please respect my privacy and my property by not sharing my information!

Great Posts From Around The Blogosphoere!

Why We Don’t Give Our Kids Allowances – In this post, Brian makes a very valid point. It seems like people are getting flat out lazy…OK he didn’t put it like that, but trust me, there’s a good reason he doesn’t give his kids allowances!

Your Mortgage Is 30 Years Too Long – In this post, Holly talks about the struggles she and her hubby went through getting a mortgage now that she’s self employed and touches on the big question…15 or 30 years?


  1. A little too far from Minnesota but it’s nice to see other local meetups going on! We’ve had a couple here in Minnesota and it has been great to meet people in-person that I talk to on a regular basis online.

    • Hey DC, too bad you’re so far. If you ever make it out to Portland, give me a shout and we’ll hang!

    • I’ll definitely post pictures and a story after each one. Maybe it will turn into a tool for bloggers to get tips!


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