Updated on 07.30.14

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bugs Edition

Trent Hamm

Lately, I’ve been working with a coder to help me with some back-end issues with The Simple Dollar, as there have been a few bugs floating around in the software I use to update the site, the most onerous of which is that some small fraction of comments seem to disappear before I ever get to see them in the moderation queue. He’s also implementing a few features, such as automated text elements in posts (like the “shelter” bit in the Trimming the Average Budget series, which I couldn’t figure out how to change for about a week).

Anyway, over the next month, you might occasionally see some minor bugs pop up here and there on the site. Don’t sweat it – I’m almost always aware of the bug and it’s usually there in an attempt to make something work better or faster or more conveniently (for me and for you). If you do see something that’s really interfering with reading the site, please email me directly about it.

In the Absence of “Yes” How can we handle situations where the key decision that makes up success or failure is completely outside our control? We all face these situations – in essence, a job application is that very thing. I really like the advice here, and it’s left me thinking for days (I also left a long comment there). (@ soul shelter)

Five Ways to Get Started Making Money Online This basically outlines the five ways to make long term, sustainable money online. However, these methods are a time sink up front if you want to really build any degree of lasting success with them. (@ dumb little man)

Help a Reader: How to Stay Motivated For me, using the numbers alone is a poor way to stay motivated. If I had just looked at the balance of our credit card bills and tried to use them as a motivator, I would have failed. Instead, look for personal, tangible goals – things you really want, not a bank account balance – and specify them as clearly as possible. (@ free money finance)

Saving With Purpose: Short Term Goals Whenever people plan for the future, short term goals are often completely overlooked – and they often result in debt. (@ frugal dad)

Career Fairs … are neither. I agree completely with this take on career fairs. They’re usually an extremely poor way for people to find out what they want to do with their life or to get their foot in the door with anything. (@ seth godin)

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  1. Carrie says:

    I think people would have been more understanding about the “shelter” thing if you had left a comment saying that you were aware of the issue but having some technical difficulties (my apologies if you did and I just missed it).

  2. matt says:

    Career fairs have their place, specifically for people about to graduate college. If you are middle aged I agree they are going to do nothing for you, but since quite a few people that read this site are in college my advice to them, is attend all career fair type events you are able to. Chat up the people, try to get past the HR guy and talk to the actual employee they dragged along to get a read on the companies culture and values. I had never heard of my current employer before seeing them at a career fair, and now I’m basically doing my out of college dream job, with a clear path to my engineer with 10 years experience dream job.

  3. J says:

    Good to know you are working on the moderation queue thing. Too many times I have submitted something with pertinent information to a topic and it gets stuck … forever.

  4. Christine says:

    Does that mean my comments won’t sit in moderation for days anymore? Yay! I look forward to participating in the discussions!

  5. Gretchen says:

    It would have taken 2 seconds to comment once on the shelter thing.
    Bug “you are aware of” or not.

  6. Have you all recuperated from your stomach bug?

    And I totally agree on the making money online thing…it takes a LOT of work.

  7. Shevy says:

    Hooray on the moderation queue issue. At least 2 or 3 of my comments never saw the light of day. Looking forward to having that fixed.

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