The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Volunteer Readers Edition

I just wanted to give a big thank you to all of the readers who wrote to me over the last week offering to contribute articles to any potential tabletop gaming site that I might launch in the future. I really appreciate all of your offers and I have filed them away in case that I decide to go ahead and launch the site with a multi-author model, which is one of several things I’m contemplating at this point.

The trick with that is making sure that I’m maintaining a distinct voice that people will want to read, which is very hard to do in a multi-author blog. For the most part, I generally don’t enjoy multi-author blogs because I deeply enjoy the connection with a single writer, and it’s also a reason why I’ve resisted having other writers on The Simple Dollar. I read blogs because of the personal connection to that writer – I know their foibles and I also know their sincerity. That makes me deeply value what that person writes, and when you introduce lots of other writers, I feel like that connection is damaged.

That doesn’t mean I won’t use the multi-writer model, it just means that that model has some negatives to go along with the positives for me. I care about the content, first and foremost.

Why I No Longer Worry About Having a “Personal Style” I abandoned such an idea in about 2005 or 2006. It just seemed expensive without bringing any real benefit into my life. I am who I am. I don’t need to create a “personal style” so that I stand out. If who I am isn’t good enough, some carefully-considered “personal style” won’t be good enough, either. (@ happiness project)

The Wisdom of a Crowded Rink It always looks like the wrong time to change your life or to do something outside the norm. If you spend all of your time waiting for the “perfect moment” to exercise or to change your personal finance habits, it’ll never happen. (@ jonathan fields)

How to Gain Respect and Make Professional Connections The key to gaining respect is to respect the people you’re working with. Mutual respect is simply the lifeblood of being a respected member of a group. (@ dumb little man)

Studs Terkel’s Working I had actually been seriously considering reviewing this piece of work, but I think this does a better job of capturing it. (@ get rich slowly)

I actually did the same thing not too long ago. After having a third child, I couldn’t justify having as little life insurance as I had. Now, if anything, the argument is that I have too much life insurance (it’d be about ten years of my annual income). (@ five cent nickel)

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