Today and tomorrow you may find the content around here to be a little lighter than normal. That’s because Laura, the Pocket Your Dollars team, and myself are taking a few days off to recoup, rest and revitalize after having completed a huge push.
If you hadn’t heard, I completed the rough draft of my book yesterday. To give you a sense of the magnitude of the effort, I wrote 9 chapters in the last 22 days. I’m eager to get outside in the sunshine, get some exercise and enjoy time with my family.
After I get caught up on email, bookkeeping and cleaning my house, I’ll get focused on making plans for the next 6-12 months for the website and our Pocket Your Dollars’ community. If you’ve been around here for any length of time, then you know I’m a goal-oriented person who typically shares a list of goals at the start of the year, then recaps them at year-end.
This year my list was different than normal with one major goal - write the book. In the weeks ahead we’ll be prioritizing site improvements, brainstorming content features and discussing an in-real-life Pocket Your Dollars event. (I so enjoy making goals and plans, that I found motivation in book writing when I’d consider that a reward of finishing would be the ability to make goals. Yes, I’m a nerd like that).
How can we improve?
This site and this community is a service to you. Our mission is to help you live life within your means so that you can get out and stay out of debt.
As we start making goals and plans, I’d love to have your input, ideas and suggestions. Readers have suggested almost every improvement we’ve ever made and I expect that to happen again.
Please, take a minute to leave a comment on this blog post or send me an email with your thoughts and ideas. If you’ve emailed me before about something – like having a “select all” feature on the shopping list – I’ve heard you and have your idea on my list.
A few questions you can think about to spark ideas include:
- What frustrations do you have with the site – how it works technically, is laid out or with its content? (I’m happy to hear your frustrations, please be respectful in communicating them though, because if we know your pain points, then we can figure out how to fix them)
- Which things or aspects of this site have been most helpful to you? (If we know what we are doing well, then maybe we can make it even better)
- Are there topics you wish we were writing more or less about?
- What is your preferred way to interact with Pocket Your Dollars? The website itself, Facebook, Twitter, RSS feed, email or some other way? Why? (I can get metrics about how many people interact each way, but those don’t tell me why people prefer one way over the other.)
Thanks for your ideas, input, suggestions and support. Enjoy the next few days!