November was a great month for me. I took huge strides in my life as a “professional” blogger. I made several local television appearances, gave a presentation at the public library, and signed with a literary agent.
I also took steps to make the blog sustainable in the long term. Instead of striving for two posts a day and then feeling like a failure when I missed, I changed my aim for one solid post a day, and a second one if I have time. The net result? Fewer posts (50 as opposed to 58 in October — and probably heading toward 40 per month in the future), but higher quality. And, best of all, more personal satisfaction.
In fact, I’m quite fond of several of November’s articles, including these:
- November 3rd: Put your savings on steroids with certificates of deposit
- November 6th: The irritation threshold and lifestyle inflation (a guest post from Scott L.)
- November 11th: The debt-to-income ratio: How much house can you afford?
- November 13th: A do-it-yourself Christmas: 34 great gifts you can make yourself
- November 16th: Practice, passion, and patience: The secrets to successful blogs
- November 17th: Making the most of your checking account
- November 24th: You can’t always get what you want
- November 28th: Grocery shopping in New Delhi (a guest post from Kris B.)
Best of the Forums
The blog isn’t the only part of this site. If you have burning questions about personal finance, one of the best places to get answers is the Get Rich Slowly discussion forum. I don’t spend as much time as I’d like there, but many smart people help to make the place a good source for financial discussions. Here are some interesting threads from this month:
- First, the Tips, Tricks, Links, and Pointers forum is beginning to see more activity. It’s a great place to share ideas.
- A couple of readers have questions about student loans: which to pay off first? and how to get rid of huge debts?
- Elsewhere, Mike got his feet wet in the stock market
- I don’t usually highlight political threads, but the discussion about nationalized healthcare and the economy has been going strong for two months now.
- And, finally, Brad shouts the cry of “FREEEEDOOOOOOM!“
The forums are a great place to chat with your fellow readers. Have questions about emergency funds? Ask! Want to chat about cheap vacations? This is the place to do it. (Since opening last year, the forums have 2400 registered users and nearly 29,000 posts.)
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