After nearly six months, the first stage of a grand experiment has come to a close. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been using Sundays as a place to run reader stories. These are articles written by your fellow GRS readers in which they share their favorite tips, or (more often) explain the good things and bad things they’ve done with money.

I didn’t know what to expect from this feature at first, but I have to say: I like it. One of the ongoing challenges with a site like this is to keep the content dynamic and interesting. Letting you share your stories with the world is a great way to do that. I think everybody wins when we hear how other people interact with money.

Now, though, I’ve reached the bottom of my stack of stories. I’ve sorted through and used all the ones that seemed appropriate for the site. I guess it must be time to round up another batch!

If you’d like to share your story with other GRS readers, now’s your chance. I’m looking for new contributions for this feature. If you decide to send yours in, keep these guidelines in mind:

  • If your primary goal is to promote your product or site, don’t bother. While I don’t mind linking to reader websites, this feature isn’t meant as some sort of infomercial. It’s a place for readers to share their stories with each other. Save the shilling for someplace else.
  • Your story doesn’t have to be an example of what to do right with money, but be aware that readers can get cranky with folks they think are making dumb decisions. If you think you can handle negative comments, then go ahead and share examples of what not to do.
  • Keep things entertaining! Write naturally, as if you were sending an e-mail to a friend. Don’t try to gussy it up for Get Rich Slowly. I’ll help edit things so they’re presentable.
  • Readers have made it very clear that they’re tired of bankruptcy and “I ran away from debt” stories. Your story can still have these elements, but try not to make them the focus. If your story is, “I got out of debt by declaring bankruptcy”, it’ll go near the bottom of the stack.
  • Length doesn’t matter (your story can be long or short). You don’t have to put the story in MS Word or any other format. Just type it up and send it over to contact (at) getrichslowly (dot-org, not dot-com) or to grsstories (at) gmail.com.
Update: I wrote the above guidelines before Friday’s rant. For more extensive tips on how to write a good guest post for Get Rich Slowly, see the new GRS Writing Guidelines.

It’d really help me out if you put the words “reader story” somewhere in the subject line of your e-mail. (This lets me auto-filter submissions to the right mailbox.) And if you need to be anonymous for whatever reason, be sure to specify that, too.

I hope you folks have enjoyed the reader stories segment as much as I have, and I look forward to reading all of the new submissions!

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