I'm not sure a single reader noticed, but the right sidebar of Money Musings no longer contains a link to my net worth and profile at NetworthIQ. There are a few reasons for this:
- Who cares? I just don't think it's all that important to the blog, really. Sure, every so often a reader would click that NetWorthIQ link, probably just out of curiosity. Big whoop. If anything, it was there for me more than anyone else. And I don't need it: I have Quicken to tell me what my net worth is at any given time.
- Privacy. Not that I have any left, really. After running this site for more than five years, well, I'd be deluding myself if I thought I had so much as a shred of anonymity left. But still: I've lately found that I do feel more comfortable when I keep my net worth under wraps.
- Other things are more important. I'm still tracking and discussing my Savings Goals and Debt Paydown publicly, and I think those items are significantly more beneficial (and perhaps tangible) to everyone involved — myself and readers alike. I've never had any specific "Aim for Such-and-Such a Net Worth" goals, anyway. This isn't to say that I'll never talk about it going forward, but I'm not going to have it hanging out there 24-7.
- Net worth doesn't equal self worth. Suze Orman has a little credo that she occasionally recites, and I believe it goes something like this: "Self worth equals net worth." I know what she's getting at — that you have to value yourself before others will value you — and I think there's a fair amount of truth to it when the precepts are applied correctly. But because I see so many people going ga-ga over folks, usually celebrities, who flaunt their money and pricey toys, I just want to do my (admittedly miniscule) part to bring the meter back the other way. I don't value other people by their net worths, and I'd hope others don't value me by mine. (But I know many people will do so, no matter what.)
- Brother, can you spare the time? Keeping the numbers updated at NetWorthIQ takes time. Not much time, but even so, I'd rather spend what free time I have doing other stuff. Like writing articles and building spreadsheets and trying to master QuickBooks.
In any case, I'll trust that no readers are too bothered by the disappearance of my Net Worth link. Besides, if you just have to have a Net Worth Fix, there are plenty of other bloggers who are willing to divulge their dollar signs all day long.