Not so anonymous anymore
Hi! Well, let me start by introducing myself. My real name (as I’m sure most of you have already guessed) is Krystal, and I’m the one and only who maintains this blog. The picture is of me and my sister in Alaska last year. I’m the one in the maroon jacket (on the right).
I started GMBMFB almost 4 years ago out of frustration. I was frustrated that I was still in debt, and frustrated that none of my “real life” friends wanted to talk about personal finance. I needed support, and I wasn’t getting it. So after months of stalking my favourite PF writers, I felt compelled to start my own little blog. It’s been a long journey. I’ve become friends with so many fabulous people from all around the world, and I’m really excited to still be here. :)
I’ve been blogging “anonymously” since the beginning of this journey (although apparently not very well – what anonymous blogger uses their real first name!?), but there have always been people in my real life who have known about this obsession of mine. And also those who have quickly figured out who I am, because you can probably tell that I’m not very good at disguising anything around here.
I’m sure you’re all wondering why I’m revealing my identity after so many years. Well I have been offered an AMAZING opportunity to become the Toronto Star’s “20-something” personal finance blogger over at Moneyville.ca. My new blog is called 20-something & Change, and I will be covering all sorts of topics – most of which I blog about here as well – but will be more to a general audience and not so much about my money and my personal life. I’m really excited about Moneyville and I hope that you guys will go on over and take a look at all of the other amazing columnists they have on board, and maybe read my work over there as well?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to become a writer. But I haven’t had the dedication or the skill. I remember taking a journalism class in college and dropping out after a month. I couldn’t handle the stress, and I found out that I wasn’t a very good writer/reporter either. So when I started blogging, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. It provides me with a network of people I can interact with, share ideas with, and get and receive feedback instantly.
It was never my intention to become a “professional blogger.” I just like talking to people I can relate to (all of YOU out there reading this). This opportunity just kind of fell into my lap, and I feel very fortunate that I was asked to do it. I can honestly say that I think Moneyville.ca is going to be a big deal in the online personal finance world in Canada. There’s just no other site like it – with so many amazing writers collaborating to make personal finance interesting and engaging to the general public.
Give Me Back My Five Bucks will still live on, and I don’t anticipate any big changes around here. This site is my baby, and I will continue to blog about my own personal finance journey, and my path to financial freedom. So stick around!
P.S. You can also enter to win $10,000 via Moneyville.ca!
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.