State of the blog (and: Introducing Apex Money!)

Okay, enough with the navel gazing! I've been very introspective around here lately. While that was necessary (and cathartic), it's time to get back to work, to turn our attention to money once more.

Before we begin, though, let's talk about some changes to my workflow. Mainly, these will affect me, but they'll indirectly affect GRS readers too.

Refining Get Rich Slowly

As most of you have gathered by now, I'm going to shift how I approach my writing schedule. As in: I'm not going to stick to a schedule. I'm not going to feel pressured to publish. Instead, I'm going to write what I want, when I want. I think we'll all like the results.

As part of this change, I'm going to be less frenetic, less scattered about my writing. For instance:

  • Normally, I have several articles going at once. I “parallel” process. But we all know that multi-tasking doesn't work, right? I'm going to shift to “serial” processing my articles. I'm going to focus on one piece at a time. I'll still read and collect info about other subjects, but when I start writing something, I'll keep writing that piece until it's done.
  • This change will also allow me to do deeper dives into subjects. For instance, I've been interested lately in mortgages for retirees (especially for early retirees). I'm doing preliminary research on an article right now. When it comes time to actually write the piece, I hope to interview brokers and other experts. When I do deep dives, there may be longer lulls between publish dates.
  • To compensate, Tom (who handles the business side of GRS) and I are exploring other ways to provide material as my publishing pace decreases. That means featuring more guest authors. It may mean bringing on staff writers. And it may mean partnerships with other, established sites. (For instance, we've been talking to NerdWallet about republishing one of their articles each week.)

I've thought a lot about these changes. I've talked them over with people in Real Life. This new approach feels much healthier than my old one. (And, in fact, it's pretty much how I was doing things at Money Boss before I re-purchased GRS.)

I'm also going to make sure I set aside time every week for fitness and friends. Since moving two years ago, I've let both of these parts of my life atrophy. That's no good. By making them priorities once more, I think I'll be happier and more productive.

And here's one final change to my work life: Although it might seem to go against everything I've written lately, I'm partnering on a new site: Apex Money, which curates top money stories every day.

Introducing Apex Money

As some of you know, I've long longed to create an “aggregation site” that collects the best articles about money. When I re-purchased Get Rich Slowly eighteen months ago, I kind of thought that's what I'd do here. But I didn't.

Instead, I implemented the “spare change” section on the home page, which is continuously updated with links to interesting money stories I find from all over. Then, in my weekly email, I pick a handful of these links (usually three to five) as my favorites from the past seven days. Newsletter subscribers love it.

Well, when Rockstar Finance — a popular curation site — went dormant recently, my buddy Jim from Wallet Hacks asked if I'd like to collaborate with him on something similar.

The birth of Apex Money, pt. 1 The birth of Apex Money, pt. 2

This seemed like a no-brainer.

Jim and I have partnered together many times in the past (most notably on the Personal Finance Hour, a proto-podcast we hosted for most of 2009). With him handling the tech side of things and me focused on content, we're playing to our strengths. Besides, I'm already doing most of this work already!

So, we tested the concept privately to see if it'd work for us. After ten days worth of curation, I feel confident that I can do this without getting overwhelmed. It takes me an extra 15-20 minutes per day to write each Apex Money post. More importantly, it's fun. I'm having a great time whipping these up. There's no pressure.

Note: Jim and I aren't the only ones with this idea. Zach from the excellent Four Pillar Freedom just started his own curation site: Collecting Wisdom. I've subscribed already.

Anyhow: If you'd like to get a daily dose of top-quality financial advice, you should bookmark Apex Money. (Or, if you prefer, subscribe to our email newsletter.)

Don't feel obligated, though. All of the money links I bookmark show up in the “spare change” section here at Get Rich Slowly. The best each day make it to Apex Money. Then the best each week make it to the GRS Insider that I send each Friday.

In the meantime, stick around Get Rich Slowly as we continue to master our money (and our lives) together. It's great to have you along for the ride.

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Billy Fi
Billy Fi
10 months ago

fibloggers.com

jone
jone
10 months ago

My only real question is: what do you recommend to replace YNAB 4.0 (buy it once edition)?

Chris
Chris
10 months ago

I had noticed Rockstar Finance died. So sad, I read it every day. Thanks for mentioning your new site and the other one from 4PF. I will check them out. I think there is a lot of value for those kinds of sites where you can get good content in 1 place and read what you want. I am appreciative of the Spare Change feature here at GRS also. Another site that I read that does a similar thing is a blog called Cash Only Living. She usually writes about 5 things: 5 things she read recently that she thought… Read more »

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

I also wanted to mention Liz Weston’s site since no one else did. Guessing you already check, though.

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  J.D. Roth

Wonderful! I think she writes quality stuff.

PawPrint
PawPrint
10 months ago
dh
dh
10 months ago

GRS is the only PF site I look at. Self-help-wise, I mostly look at minimalist material:

http://www.hipdiggs.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/blackboxfilmcompany/videos

https://www.youtube.com/user/jmillburn/videos

dh
dh
10 months ago
Reply to  dh

And, JD, I’ll tell you a great book I just finished reading that you could use like no other (tee-hee): The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker. It’s a room-by-room (including yards and garage) guide showing what to keep and what to trash. Spoiler alert: you’re barely going to keep anything. So much *practical* info and inspiration in this book.

Steve
Steve
10 months ago

Excited to see this partnership – I used to love Bargaineering and was disappointed when it closed shop.

KAREN L
KAREN L
10 months ago

I really like Donna Freedman’s Surviving and Thriving, and I know she’s been a guest writer for GRS in the past.

Honey Smith
Honey Smith
10 months ago

so are you intending for this blog to be a hobby or business? Your decision says hobby because it is all about what is best for your own enjoyment. I don’t see any goals for the site listed (in terms of unique page views, ad conversions, etc.). How will you know your goal is being met? What are you measuring? if you are clever, you will invest some cash into guest writers who will make the site profitable, which would leave you able to contribute in whatever way you feel is best. that approach would probably take some time.

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
10 months ago

I’ve actually been looking for something new ever since Rockstar Finance died. Excited to follow along!

Paul
Paul
10 months ago

Very cool! I really enjoy reading Tawcan (tawcan.com). He often publishes articles that aren’t directly related to personal finance but important enough to consider.

Sandy
Sandy
10 months ago

The main thing to consider about blogs is that it is all about THE VOICE. Who is the voice of the blog? Do the readers like what they are hearing/reading? Is it consistent? Will that voice keep bringing readers back time and time again? When you sold GRS the first time around, I read it briefly under the new ownership and then never returned because I wasn’t reading YOU anymore. Instead, I found other blogs with A Voice. Now, you seem to be doing the exact same thing again in bringing in a staff of writers rather than publishing YOUR… Read more »

wendy
wendy
10 months ago

These are all on the life vs finance side of things, though money does come up…

I’m assuming you read David Can at Raptitude, but can’t recall off the top of my head if you’ve mentioned him.

Also check out: Eric Barker of Barking Up the Wrong Tree; James Clear; Daniel Pink; Mark Manson; and The Happy Philosopher.

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