On Monday, I posted an article about change, about personal transformation. In it, I noted that people generally don’t like change. They like things to remain the same. Well, Get Rich Slowly is about to change a little.
For one, my own role is going to become more background. As most of you have noticed, I’ve been writing less and less over the past few months. This is because I just don’t have much left to say about personal finance. After six years of doing this, the well has gone dry. Rather than regurgitate the same old stuff every day, I’m choosing to reduce how much I write here so that when I do write something, I can focus on quality.
In the meantime, I’ll focus on other projects. I’m going to follow my own advice and do work I’m passionate about. I want to write a second book. I want to write regularly at my other sites, like Far Away Places (my travel blog) and, especially, at Awesome People, my blog about amazing people doing amazing things. (Both sites are dormant right now, but I hope to revive them very soon.) And, of course, I want to continue focusing on my “Big Rocks” and doing volunteer work.
But while I may not write here as much in the past, I’ll still be actively involved in the day-to-day operations. I’m still the editor, just as I’ve always been. Over the past three years, Get Rich Slowly has gradually turned into a group blog, and that’s even more true now than before. As we move forward, the writing staff will include:
- J.D. Roth — I’ll still publish an article now and then. These will only appear when I have something important to say. Quality, not quantity.
- Robert Brokamp — For the past 3+ years, Robert has contributed two articles a month about retirement and investing. He’s a certified financial planner and a writer for The Motley Fool. Plus he’s funny.
- Donna Freedman — Donna’s been with us for about two years now. She provides two articles a month about frugality. She’s funny too.
- Sarah Gilbert — Sarah has been writing for GRS for about a year. Her thoughtful articles often include family themes and cover current events or green living.
- Tim Sullivan — Tim’s a young man who’s very interested in personal finance. He doesn’t have everything figured out, but he’s trying to get there.
And, of course, we just had an audition for new staff writers. From that process, I’ve selected three that seem like a good fit for you (the readers), for me (the editor), and for the overall nature of Get Rich Slowly itself. Who are the three new writers?
First, there’s Honey Smith, who describes herself thusly:
Honey Smith has been reading GRS since at least 2008, right when she got her first “real” job and started getting serious about finances. She and her husband Jake are in their early 30s and married in May 2012 after dating for six years, four of which they spent living together. Currently, she manages graduate programs at a large state institution, and he is an attorney who left big-firm life to start his own practice just over a year ago. Between them, they have approximately $200,000 of student loan debt and $30,000 of consumer debt, so she will be chronicling their debt-paydown journey.
Honey has considered herself a writer since composing the epic poem “The Fat Cat Sat on a Mat” in first grade. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in creative writing and a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. She has written everything from poems, fiction, and blogs to academic essays and print journalism. Her dissertation examined the rhetorical activities of activist women in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. In addition to personal finance, Honey is interested in vegetarianism and cooking; gardening (despite living in the desert and having a black thumb); issues in higher education (including the student loan bubble and the slow death of tenure); and animal rights. However, her heart lies with fantasy novels, trashy TV, and Skyrim.
Next, there’s Kristin Wong, whose bio goes like this:
Kristin Wong is a freelance blogger and screenwriter who frequently writes about relationships for MSN’s The Heart Beat blog.
After paying off her student loan debt, Kristin decided it was time to pursue her dream and also put her English degree to use. She scrimped, saved and in 2010, left her hometown of Houston, Texas to pursue a writing career in Los Angeles. Since then, she has written for television, web, and occasionally, sketch comedy.
When she’s not attached to her laptop, Kristin enjoys baking, amateur gardening, listening to 60s rock and exploring her city.
The last new writer is the ever-lovable El Nerdo. Nerdo is a long-time GRS reader and a prolific commenter.
Maximiliano “El Nerdo” Nerdez has been, at various times, scientist, dishwasher, professor, circus performer, politician, farmer, door-to-door canvasser, and fugitive from justice. He currently makes an honest living as a freelance artist and small business owner. He is interested in the philosophy and psychology of financial prosperity because (he claims) it’s all in the mind. El Nerdo does NOT live in Portland, and he remains anonymous in order to protect the innocent.
And, of course, there are always the articles created and suggested by you, the readers. The Sunday reader stories will continue as long as you folks continue to share them. (Have a story to share? Do it here.) And I intend to maintain the “Ask the Readers” column on Fridays.
In short, there will be lots of great material about personal finance here in the future. But it’ll be coming from a variety of voices instead of just from me. That’s the way the blog has been headed for years now, and this makes it “official”, I guess.
One last change here at Get Rich Slowly? After years of a fixed, regular posting schedule — 4am every morning! — I’m intentionally returning to a more irregular schedule. That is, articles won’t have a fixed publication time. They’ll mostly go up early morning (because that’s convenient for me), but some days — like today — they’ll get published mid-morning. Or early afternoon. And sometimes they’ll go up in the evening. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that I’m trying to move away from a manic “I must always post at the same time every day!” routine.
Ultimately, my goal is for Get Rich Slowly to continue to grow as a community of people who want to make the most of their personal finances. It’s been a great ride so far. I’m eager for that to continue.
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