Updated on 02.15.11

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Gaming Site Update Edition

Trent Hamm

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was working in collaboration with a friend on a site focused on board and card gaming, and I also promised to give you guys updates on any progress on the site.

Unfortunately, my friend has made the decision to drop out of the project, mostly out of a desire to not have to commit to any sort of standard writing schedule. The idea of having a set writing schedule, coupled with a sense that he would be letting a friend down if he failed to meet that schedule, made my partner eventually choose to not be involved.

So, what’s next? I’m not interested in launching the site without a partner because, simply put, The Simple Dollar is my top writing priority and I don’t really want to “carry” another site. So, for now, I’m just going to quietly search for a gamer I know who may be interested in writing on such a schedule before we continue to move forward.

One final thing: I loved the design of the site. Loved it.

How To Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job The key, in my opinion, is setting goals for yourself that take you away from your job, then focusing on the plan that will take you to that goal. (@ dumb little man)

A Grocery-Shopping Hiatus: How Long Can You Eat from the Pantry? You could eat for a surprisingly long time from our pantry. It’s usually stuffed full of items purchased in bulk. (@ frugal dad)

Choosing a Luxury Eccentricity My luxury eccentricity is kitchen implements, I think. The kitchen implements we use are slowly getting better and better and better over time. (@ wise bread)

Confessions of a Spendaholic: How to Curb Compulsive Spending There is some very solid advice in this article if you find yourself having difficulty curbing such impulses. (@ get rich slowly)

A Layoff Story: The Ant, the Grasshopper, the Honeybee & COBRA This is a great little story about the challenges of dealing with a layoff. (@ len penzo)

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  1. valleycat1 says:

    Stay motivated when you hate your job: Maybe the situation is bad enough that it’s time to be planning to depart, but in the meantime, you can usually find some small part of the job that isn’t completely awful, or some skills you can hone – practicing how to deal with a hateful job situation, specific job-related skills that will help you move on, etc. I was in the *bad job* situation years ago when The Joy of Working book first came out & I found it helpful in finding ways to tolerate & even enjoy where I was, even though I did eventually leave.

  2. John says:

    What sort of update schedule were you looking to maintain with the gaming site?

  3. valleycat1 says:

    More on ‘hating your job’: It also depends on what it is you hate about it – the actual work you are doing, the work load, the schedule, co-workers, the boss, the office culture, etc. Part of growing up, IMO, is learning to deal gracefully with the less than ideal – and knowing when ‘less than ideal’ morphs into ‘unacceptably bad.’ There a more options beyond staying in a job you hate vs. getting away from it.

  4. Marc B. says:

    Sorry to hear your board game site won’t be launching anytime soon. I will console myself with the happiness of recently learning that a piece of glass or plexiglass can fit over loose Catan hexes, making set-up feel a lot more classy.

  5. Amy H. says:

    Loved the luxury eccentricity article! Mine is concert tickets (rock and opera/classical).

  6. valleycat1 says:

    I don’t select my luxury eccentricity to make other people feel better about my otherwise frugal living or care whether they can relate to it or not.

  7. Joanna says:

    About “A grocery shopping hiatus”: my partner and I did this, sort of on accident. We ended up going an ///entire month/// without doing any grocery shopping save for a couple of small trips for fresh veggies and milk. Even THEN we still had about a 1/4 full freezer and the pantry still wasn’t entirely bare.

  8. kristine says:

    Bummer about the site. Going through the same thing- due to a personal situation, my co-author backed out of our 2/3 done book that already had a publisher. I am too discouraged and exhausted to finish it, at least for now.

  9. A small contribution to your Game Site
    Go well


  10. Steppo says:

    I’m interested in contributing, Trent. Zip me an e-mail and I can send you a few of my online writing samples.

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