About the title of this blog

I know the word ‘ignorant’ has negative connotations. People who are ‘ignorant’ are uneducated, lazy, easy to be manipulated. When someone calls someone else ‘ignorant,’ it can often be in a pejorative way. However, the dictionary definition is: lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated (obtained from a good ol’ Google search).

I think a large part about being a successful adult is recognizing when you just don’t know something, instead of acting like you do. The truth is that I’m ignorant about a lot. My fancy four-year college degree and Masters degree is wholly un-useful when it comes to, say, anything related to living in a home that’s over 100 years old. Except if you count going to the job that pays for me to live in the house.

The reason I started this blog is to document my progress and learning for myself and anyone else who could benefit from this. I recognize my ignorance in many areas of personal finance, even if I am pretty decent some parts of it. I have some to teach, and lots to learn.

In the words of Vicki Robinson, “no shame, no blame.” It’s not easy for me to not kick myself every now and then about things I’ve done. I don’t like messing up, as I’m sure nobody does. Understanding my areas of ignorance (or areas for growth, if you want a more positive connotation) and then overcoming them is liberating. It helps me move on and be better. So, I hope people can come to this blog feeling kind of like me–looking for more things to learn, and ready to ask questions–no shame, no blame.

-SB

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