Sadly, it looks likely that Shoestring Alley will be closing soon. I’ve had a potential security breech type situation rumbling on for a while and I’m finding it a bit prohibitive. As in, I don’t feel comfortable about writing things on here in the way that I used to, hence the declining number of posts over the last few months. I know there are plenty of bloggers out there who are quite open about who they are and where they are which is great. I, however, am not one of them. For a start, I am contractually obliged not to discuss certain things online which is one of the reasons that I take care not to reveal who I am, where I work, what I do, how much I earn and so on. Secondly, there are people out there who I would rather not know that many details about my home/personal life. Thirdly, I don’t think it is a good idea to talk about personal stuff online and make it easy for weirdos to track you down. During the last couple of years I have been asked to take part in interviews for a few national publications and also a TV series about budgeting. I found this enormously flattering but declined every single one because I didn’t want to give anything away…
When I first started this blog I told a very small handful of people about it and, in a fit of misguided enthusiasm, told a person that I knew – instantly – that I shouldn’t have. I don’t think this person would even remember the website name but I really don’t want to take the risk anymore…they have become troublesome, to say the least. Although I made it clear that this blog was private they have, more than once, referred to it in a group setting and and sat smirking at me to see how I would react/get out of it. Like I say, I doubt that they can even remember the name of the blog but I don’t want to take the chance any more.
Writing this blog has been a fantastic experience. I’ve ‘met’ some fantastic bloggers and have been so thrilled to hear from every one that has been kind and interested enough to leave a comment. It has also proved to be the learning and motivational tool that I needed it to be – I really know what I’m doing with my finances now, I live comfortably on less than half the income I had when I started this and I’ve got plenty of resources to fall back on should I need to.
I think that, once the house move has happened, I shall start blogging again but with a different blog. After all, there are going to be plenty of budgetary challenges to grapple with while we try to renovate an entire house with a monthly budget of about £100! However, even though we’ve got less money than ever, I don’t know if I’m really frugal enough to be in the ‘frugal’ ranks. I like a few luxuries here and there, and sometimes £5, £20 or £50 spent here and there is worth more to me than it would in the bank! So as for the exact nature of the new blog I can’t say. However, if you would like to read whatever I start next I’ll be happy to let you know. Email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment including your email address. When I’ve started the blog I’ll drop you a line to let you know. I don’t think the blog/security problem will be an issue for a few weeks so I’ll leave this post (and the rest of the blog) up for a few weeks and then it will be closed.
Thank you so much to everyone that has stopped by here – it’s been amazing. xxxx