Giving You What You Want?

December 22, 2008

I know your time is valuable and that you have many different sites to choose from when it comes to personal finance topics so I really appreciate all of you that read Money Smart Life on a regular basis.

Writing Useful Articles

We do our best to write about relevant topics and deliver on the goal of the site, “Money Tips & Advice for a Better Life”.  I never thought when I started the site that I’d be wrestling with the issue of which topics to cover.  I thought over time I might run out of things to talk about but actually the opposite has happened.

I always have many more things I’d like to cover than time in the day allows.  I also worry about making sure we write on topics that are useful to you.  I remember my dad told me a saying when I was a kid that I think came from Abraham Linocln.

“You can please some of the people some of the time.  And you can please all of the people some of the time. But you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

Of course president Lincoln had a lot more to worry about than picking the right articles but I think the concept holds true for most things in life.  However, I still would like to strive for “all of the people, all of the time” even if it’s difficult to achieve.

Relevant Topics for You

My solution so far to my myriad of ideas has been to create new sections of the site when I have a topic I’d like to cover that might not apply to the majority.  For example a while back, I added a deals section that covers promotions, free trials, and free stuff; as well as a credit card review section.

I’ve always wanted to cover small business topics but didn’t want to flood your inbox with business articles if you’re just looking for personal finance information so not too long ago I started the small business portion.  I also wanted to learn more about stock trading so I teamed up with a guy who’s been doing it for a living for the last 10 years to write about that as well.

Does it make sense to juggle all these different topics at once?  Perhaps not, maybe the site would be better if I just focused on personal finance, but at least with my current approach I feel I’m giving you the ability to pick and choose which topics you’re interested in.

My Apologies

Of course, when juggling several balls, you’re bound to drop a few some times. Yesterday some of you may have recieved an un-edited article in your email inbox or feedreader on the topic of over and under trading stocks.  That was a mistake on my part and I apologize if you decided to wade through the unedited version.

Site Updates

Of course one of the drawbacks to spreading the content out across multiple sections like this is that it’s a little harder for you to stay updated on all the various topics at once. Here are some of the links you can use to subscribe to updates from the different sections of the site:

Money Smart Life – Daily updates on personal finance – Subscribe

Deals, Promotions, & Free Stuff – Subscribe

Small Business Success – Subscribe


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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