Slowing Down, or Starting on My Dreams

After communicating with many of my readers and doing some soul-searching, I’ve decided to somewhat slow down the posting frequency on The Simple Dollar, starting tomorrow. I know this announcement is going to please a lot of my readers who complained that I was moving too fast and that they couldn’t keep up with all the articles.

How much slower? First thing, I’m eliminating the morning roundups and changing them into weekly roundups. The weekly roundups will be almost exactly like the morning roundups, except they’ll have ten (or so) links to interesting articles I’ve found in the last week. This will pop up on Wednesdays.

Second thing, I’ll post only two articles a day and only one on Saturday. I’ll still continue the weekly personal finance book review on Friday and the personal productivity/development book on Sunday. If anything, the average article quality should go up because I can be somewhat more picky about my ideas.

So, a weekly schedule will look something like this: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday will have two regular articles; Wednesday will have a weekly roundup and a regular article; Friday will have a personal finance book review and a regular article; Sunday will have a personal productivity/development book review and a regular article; and Saturday will just have one regular article. More than likely, when the book club returns, it will appear weekly on Mondays.

Why? The first reason is that countless people have encouraged me to start the cooking blog I’ve long discussed, so I’m going to give it a shot. This won’t be ready to go for a while, as the posts on that blog will be rather time-intensive. I will say, though, that the current plan is for that blog to have one post per day, and I hope to launch it sometime in March or April. Don’t worry – when that blog is launched, I’ll be sure to mention it loud and clear on The Simple Dollar.

The second reason is that I was beginning to feel quite strongly that some of the great discussions that go on in the comment threads at The Simple Dollar were being hindered by the speed of the posting, and that by slowing down, articles will have more time to ride on the front page, gather comments, and build up interesting conversations.

I view this move as the first step towards chasing my dreams of writing full time, as it allows me to explore another venue before making that leap. I hope that when the time comes, you’ll all take a moment or two and see whether the cooking site is of interest to you (I expect that it will be quite interesting for some and not so much for others).

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  1. Writers Coin says:

    That’s weird, I just emailed you about whether new blogs are better off posting more or less. I assume you started off at three per day? This is good, especially when you can be pickier with your ideas.

  2. SJean says:

    I think this is a great development for this blog, not just for the cooking blog and other projects. Sometimes it felt like your blog had ADD and I have seriously considered unsubscribing a couple times. But I didn’t, due to the fact that I still like some of the articles you write very much. Others I just skimmed the bold text and moved on. you have made a smart choice, way to understand what the readers need.

  3. Amanda D says:

    I think this is a great idea. I wish you luck. I think quality over quantity is always a good thing.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I think this is a great idea…I always worry that I’m going to miss something since you post so much.

  5. Daisy says:

    Uh huh, this IS a great idea. At least you won’t run yourself into the ground. :)

  6. Becky says:

    I also think it’s a great idea. You’re right on by saying that readers don’t have time to have good “comment” conversations because of the speed of new articles coming out. Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone :)

  7. sunshine says:

    Hmm, I must have ADD as well because I liked the frequency of the posts. I could (almost) always come to your page and find something new. That said, I think it’s a great personal move, considering your reasons for reducing the frequency.

    Looking forward to the increased caliber of your posts AND to the cooking blog. That promises to be GREAT!

  8. Rita says:

    Your output has been impressive for so long, it was always fun to click on your site and see what was new.
    Please, don’t make us wait until spring, before the cooking blog is up, can you occasionally post a work in progress cooking piece on the simple dollar? Cooking and saving money go hand in hand. Have you checked out savingdinner.com? It has saved me money and time, and I eat better through menu planning.

    Rita

  9. Sam says:

    I always wondered how you were able to write so many articles and post so frequently. I must say that I liked it, but I can understand your current course of action. Good luck and I’ll be eagerly awaiting the cooking blog!

  10. Frances says:

    Trent, I am SO GLAD you are making the move to fewer posts! I was often overwhelmed by the frequency of your postings. I eagerly await the cooking blog. :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Rob in Madrid says:

    I’m looking forward to the cooking blog as well. I’ve been slowly moving away from processed food and eating out to making all my own food. Never thought I’d say this but I really enjoy cooking. I agree that posting too much means good ideas get lost in the shuffle (ie get buried before people have time to read them)

    Anyways most bloggers would be content with 2-3 good posts a week not a day!!!

  12. LC says:

    I like the frequency of posts and always finding something new, but I was also getting frustrated that it was difficult to get to an article a few days old that I was interested in reading the comments. Some other blogs have an email notification when someone new comments to that post. Is there a way to get that here?

  13. guinness416 says:

    I too think this is a good move – most people probably subscribe through feed readers anyway, so’ll be getting your latest content. Another suggestion, if you really want to encourage more conversation (and hence more page views) in the comments might be to put some of the longer posts “below the fold” once they’re not so current, like bripblap.com does. The big book reviews and the like.

  14. Beth says:

    Oh, the “behind the fold” suggestion is a great one. I was out of town for a week and it was a complete pain in the neck trying to get caught up (boo-hoo, too much content to read!).

    I think slowing down will be a great benefit to the comment threads. I’ve often found a thread I wanted to comment on, but if the post was a day or two old, that meant it was at least 5 pages back, and I figured the conversation was dead.

    and hey, maybe I can start getting caught up on the other pf blogs now.

  15. Mark says:

    GREAT IDEA!

    I have always been frustrated to see good discussions get pushed further and further down the page and get fewer and fewer comments.

  16. Mark says:

    Great, more time for Minimum Wage to make worthless comments.

  17. paidtwice says:

    I like the constant fresh content but at the same time I also like when there is more time to fully digest an article. I’m happy you are following your dreams and I look forward to learning to cook :)

  18. I’m looking forward to the cooking blog too.

    I enjoy your content very much and I take the time to read regularly, but, as with most thing in life, less is often more. Cheers!

  19. Diane says:

    Your decision to post less frequently has come at a good time for me. I’m spending too much time on the internet and not enough on more creative pursuits. Can’t wait for the cooking blog!

  20. Marta says:

    Yum! Can’t wait to see the cooking blog – hopefully you’ll focus on healthy and frugal cooking!

  21. vh says:

    “Only” two articles a day? Good grief! All those articles are great fun to read (tho’ Diane is right: I also have taken to spending too much on time on the Net, a lot of it hanging around The Simple Dollar). But I get worried that you’ll burn yourself out maintaining a high level of productivity like that for a long time.

    Don’t burn the saucepans! Can’t wait for the cooking blog! Hope you’ll soon have plenty of time to experiment in the kitchen.

    Waitaminit…. If you have a cooking blog, won’t that make all your grocery and kitchen purchases tax-deductible?

  22. I’m a fan of quality over quantity. Glad to hear you’re making this change. By the way, the length of this post was near perfect (about 500 words). I find myself skimming much more on lengthier entries.

    Best of luck on the launch of the cooking blog.

  23. Louise says:

    I think this is going to be great for the blog but the missing morning roundup is terrible news.

  24. Anne says:

    This sounds like a good choice for you, though I have to admit that I will miss the morning roundups, which have become part of my daily routine.
    I’m really looking forward to the cooking blog!

  25. Kat says:

    I really like the morning roundup, so I am sad to see it going. It is one of the main reasons I started reading this blog.

  26. Amy says:

    I enjoy the frequent posting, but often find myself skimming the longer articles as I don’t have time to read them completely.

    I am looking forward to your cooking blog as well. Always looking for new ideas and recipes to try.

  27. Rick says:

    Well Trent, while your reasoning is impeccable, I’ll miss the large quantity of quality content here. Yours is the first PF blog I started reading, and I continue to feel it’s the best. Keep up the good work.

  28. Mike says:

    Great idea, Trent. Even two articles a day is a lot of work. I think you have some great readers who post a lot of smart comments. Maybe you could just be the editor once in a while and ask some of your commentors to turn a couple of their best responses into short articles, especially while you’re developing the cooking blog. (I can’t wait to read it, BTW.)

  29. Shevy says:

    I understand your reasoning and I know the cooking blog is something you’ve been wanting to do for some time, but I’ll admit to being disappointed in the reduction of frequency (although I don’t think the roundups will suffer tremendously by being weekly instead of daily).

    I love reading your posts. Like Rick, your blog was the first PF blog I read and I’ve found a lot of other great blogs from links in your roundups.

  30. JB says:

    I think it’s a good idea too. I read your blog frequently and found that alot of times I’d have to scroll down to read 2-3 posts at once since I hadn’t checked in a few hours. And the longer a post is at the top the more discussion there will be..it’s sad to see a brilliant post get pushed down by an equally brilliant one the same day and them both not get the discussion/comments they deserve.

    Looking forward to the cooking blog too!

  31. Sandy says:

    For those of you interested in cooking videos, there’s a great website that I use often. I’m sorry I don’t know how to get you the link, but you can get there by googling:

    about cooking videos

    When the page comes up, click on

    Cooking.com – Technique Videos

    (it’s the 2nd on the list). Trent you might enjoy picking up some pointers from it too! It is an awesome website!

  32. Heidi says:

    I am going to miss the frequent posts (especially the round-ups), but I think that you’re reasoning makes perfect sense. Good luck on the cooking blog! Can’t wait to subscribe.

  33. I just wanted to wish you luck – both with the cooking blog and with writing full-time!

  34. Helen says:

    I concur, I often miss things – I think frequent blogging is good for low-content blogs, but when you’ve got a lot of good stuff to say, it requires more time from the reader as well. I like the idea of being able to read the blog intro to get the gist of it, and reading on if I want more detail.

    Good luck with your new projects, Trent.

  35. Wim says:

    Good idea!
    Looking forward to the cooking blog.

  36. Nathan says:

    Trent, love your stuff(I’ve been pushing everyone I know to read it, much like i got them into watching Heroes) I just hope you include some of the ‘Simple Dollar Retro’ Sometimes it’s nice to find old articles without having to search. SO maybe in the weekly roundup you can include 2 or 3 rather than 1. My fav. part of the roundup.

    Thanks!

    -Nate

  37. This new schedule is an excellent compromise you’re making! I eagerly anticipate hearing about and seeing your other projects unfold. Good luck with all these endeavors. :)

  38. chris says:

    Am I the only person who never figured out feed readers? I’d like to think I’m pretty tech enabled, I’ve been using the internet since 1996 and got a degree in computer science (I’ve even read a whole book on xml which feed readers use), but I just can’t figure out how to make good use of a feed reader. I pretty much just visit the websites I like manually and read all the blog postings since the last one I recognize. I tried google reader once but it honestly seemed way too hard to use.

    Anyone know of a good tutorial on how to make use of feed readers/rss feeds?

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