Weekly Roundup: Picking Up The Pace Edition

Before we get into the roundup this week I wanted to share a little site news.  Over the next few weeks I’m going to be experimenting with a revised blogging schedule (beginning next Monday).  I plan to publish both a morning and afternoon post each weekday, and continue my tradition of posting a lighter post on Saturday.  I may take Sundays off, or I may share an inspirational post if I have something in mind.

If you follow Frugal Dad via email, you’ll notice that on days I publish two articles you will receive one email with both posts (don’t forget to scroll down after the first article).  If you follow in a feed reader, or by bookmarking the site, you can simply check in any time to see what’s new.

One disclaimer:  Please don’t feel pressured to keep up with every single post.  I know many of you are comfortable with a once-a-day schedule.  In fact, 90% of the blogs I follow keep this schedule, and as a reader I admit to not following each article from those that post more frequently.  Still, I have a small handful of favorites that post twice a day, and I always look forward to both posts.  I hope you’ll consider me in that category, too.

I’m open to any feedback you have on this schedule, so feel free to comment or drop me a line any time.  Now let’s get on with the roundup, shall we?

The Fab Five

Debt Tsunami: The Ultimate Method For Paying Off Debt.  This is a debt snowball post on steroids!  But what else would you expect from “Man vs. Debt?”  I like the idea of any debt snowball plan prioritizing human emotion over interest rates, because those same emotions that got you in the mess have to be repaired in order to get you out.  (@ Man vs. Debt)

The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009 Is Here: What Does It Mean For You – And What Might It Mean for the Future? I was planning to do a post on this one, and still might, but Trent covered the topic so well I thought I would just share his thoughts.  The “under-21” clause has many people upset, and while I basically agree with anything that limits the use of credit by young people, I think this may be taking regulation a bit too far.  Not every 19 year-old deserves the extra scrutiny required to obtain credit, but some level of scrutiny should be required of a lender extending credit to anyone at any age…shouldn’t it?  (@The Simple Dollar)

Roth 401(k) – Frequently Asked Questions.  Imagine taking the best aspects of the 401(k) and the Roth IRA and combining them into one investment vehicle.  That’s almost what you get with the Roth 401(k), and this post answers some of the most frequent questions on the topic.  (@ Money Smart Life)

Travel Full-time for Less Than $14,000 Per Year.  This post had shades of The 4-Hour Workweek, and I loved it!  Not necessarily because I am able to implement any of these ideas with a wife and two small kids, but because it really gets you thinking outside the box.  Bonus:  Some pretty good travel tips included as well!  (@ I Will Teach You To Be Rich)

Child Proof Your Electrical Outlets to Cut Energy Costs.  From the “every little bit helps” pile comes this ingenious post from Kerry.  One could easily add these insulating foam gaskets to every outlet in their house for just a few bucks and a little time.  Bonus:  Kerry recently announced she’s authored a new book–397 Ways to Save Money.  Congratulations!  (@ Squawk Fox)

Best of the Rest

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  1. The more posts you have, the more search engine traffic you get, which means many more potential readers. As long as you can keep writing quality stuff, go for it.

  2. DDFD: What Trent says is true. The site has “plateaued” a bit, and I’d like to increase my reach. Short of paid advertising or PR help (which I have zero budget for), simply writing more is the next best thing. I’m going to have to improve my time management to do it, but that’s something that needed addressing anyway!

  3. Thanks for including the link to the article about cheap travel. It is very detailed and has a lot of great information for people who are more interested in traveling than being a tourist.

  4. Hi,

    A couple of thoughts on more frequent posts. One is that I really like Trent’s The Simple Dollar, but I do find that I can’t read them all since it’s two a day. I get the posts by e-mail, but scan each and probably average four solid reads of a post per week. I also read that some probloggers found an increased readership by writing fewer posts (e.g. every other day). Does this depend on the type of blog? Trent has a good point above tho that more posts means more search engine traffic. I’m very interested in this since I’m in the process of developing a blog (not finance 🙂 and have been considering this very topic. Thx!

  5. @Dana: I think it does depend on the blog in that some bloggers post infrequently, but generate huge, in-depth posts.

    Most of my posts here are in the 700-1000 word range where I try to cover a subject and move on to let you, the readers, discuss.

    I have also heard that more infrequent posting generates more readers, but more frequent posting increases the chances of new readers finding you, so it’s probably a wash.

  6. As long as it’s coming in the one email daily, I’m fine with a double entry. On the weekends, they tend to pile up, (too busy with this great weather now) but I get to them when I have time.

    Whatever you do, just keep writing 🙂
    Your reader/commenters keep this always lively and enjoyable!

  7. Wow! Two posts a day! (bows in admiration) I don’t know how you do it Frugal Dad! But I’ll keep up, promise! Thank you so much for the mention! Hugs!