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For those who have been following the blog, you now know that Adam and Emily have decided to stop blogging. This means it’s time to pass Blogging Away Debt to yet another new blogger or bloggers. Nate and I have been reading the comments and we’re open to having more than one blogger if we feel that it makes sense and we can limit any confusion that this may create. We are working on ways to accomplish this and are willing to at least give it a try.

For those who are interested, please take the time to consider whether you’ll truly have the time to devote to this project. Writing two to three posts a week takes a lot of time and effort, especially as time goes on. It’s also important to realize that you will have to have a very thick skin as the readers here, while supportive for the most part, will certainly not let you get away with much if they feel that you’re not sharing or committing to paying off your debt. It’s a lot more difficult to blog than it appears from the outside, and we really do want to pick a blogger(s) who can commit to following the debt elimination all the way through to the end since the last two have not managed to do so.

After talking it over with Nate, we will be doing the selection process a bit differently this time around. The main difference is that we are going to let the readers have some say in the process by letting you read the application posts, ask questions of the potential blogger and give your opinions on whether or not you feel they would be a good candidate to take over the blog. Here are the basics which you need to be willing to do in order to be the blogger here:

1. There is no need to have blogging experience (we always want to encourage anyone to share their debt story), but it’s essential that you’re a competent writer and can post three or more times a week.

2. There may be times when media wants to interview you. You need to be willing to do this.

3. The blog gets a lot of comments. It is essential that you are willing to read these and answer the questions posed by the readers.

4. You need to have a thick skin. Putting your finances out there will mean that you get comments that aren’t always supportive of the steps you’re taking. If you can’t handle having people delve into the details of your debt and hold you accountable for your actions, you won’t enjoy blogging here.

5. We aren’t looking for someone that has all the answers, but who has made the commitment to getting rid of the debt that they have.

6. As in the past, there will not be any direct compensation for each post made, but there will be an opportunity to earn some “bonus” money each month. This is not an opportunity that you would want to do merely for the money because it won’t be worth it. It’s something that you would do because it would help you remain accountable to your goals and give you motivation and help (from the readers) on how to ultimately blog away your debt.

If you think that you have what it takes to write for this blog, please feel free to email us at james@districtmediafinance.com. We’ll get back to you with more specific information, and ask for a writing sample. Feel free to post any questions you have in the comments below or email to us.

Jeffrey Strain

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Jeffrey tries to remain in the back ground of this blog as much as possible and support the bloggers so that they can share their stories.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Tara |

    I second the multiple bloggers at once approach… In this vein, it would be great to select bloggers that are at different ages/phases of life, with different levels of debt, and living in different parts of the country. As a reader living in Hawaii, our debt and spending issues are much different here… Finding a studio for less than $1,000 a month is a dream! A lot of us in Hawaii find it funny when people discuss the difficulties of a couple’s $250K single-family mortgage when both are working and making in the high 5 figures. Our cost of living in Hawaii is among the highest and our wages the lowest… making debt payments on top of that is a very difficult deal. Needless to say, we go without a lot of lovely vacations and big ticket items. Of course, with that said, I don’t have time myself to be a blogger, but I would appreciate a blogger coming from a similar situation!

  • Reply Meghan |

    There used to be a couple of really good sites where people blogged their spending diets (I’d say fasts but one of those ladies trademarked the term and then promptly stopped adding valuable content to her own blog). It was inspirational, and the blogging community seems to be lacking the person who goes all in! We’re talking no spending, darn the socks, no gifts kind of cutting back. Many of your readers seem to be looking for that type of person.

    That person isn’t me but I find those posts interesting and would make good blog reading!

  • Reply Chris |

    I like Tara’s idea of multiple bloggers at different stages in life/how each works through getting out of debt. The biggest misconception is that the posts have to be long. Short, friendly paragraphs are what I’m looking for these days….I don’t have time to read through a dissertation.

  • Reply jaye |

    I miss the days of one blogger, one voice… but maybe I’m the only one. I felt the most recent bloggers talked more about lifestyle and marriage than debt reduction. On top of that, the back and forth occasionally felt like a ping pong match to me.I stopped reading the blog regularly as a result. No offence meant, but I liked the more linear, nitty gritty, down-to-the-details info we received from previous bloggers.

  • Reply Shauna |

    I too like the idea of multiple bloggers as it may be easier to relate to one person’s situation more than another’s. Perhaps with multiple bloggers if they all tried the same goal for one week (one month) and compared how it worked out for them it would provide great insight into how a strategy works for a variety of people, and what pitfalls to avoid as well.

    Like Meghan said I find inspiration in someone at least attempting the going all in approach and then blogging about how this works out in real life. Personally I’m also more inspired by someone whose budget is a little more paycheck to paycheck (at least at the beginning of the debt journey) and has to struggle to put extra money towards debt. When the extra money someone has to put towards debt is more than I take home in a month, it makes my debt journey look impossible.

  • Reply Jen |

    I agree with Chris about the dissertations. It seems that the posts just kept getting longer and longer. I don’t have time to read a novel everyday. Less is more in spending and blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lin |

    I agree with Jaye. I really liked the personalities of the previous bloggers but felt their blogs were rarely about debt. I found myself skimming the blogs and not getting a sense of debt reduction motivation between bloggers and the community.

  • Reply debthaven |

    Would you consider asking Claire if she would come back (even as one of two or more bloggers)? Perhaps she has had enough time to resolve the issues that caused her to leave the blog.

    • Reply jeffrey |

      Doutbful. I would rather give the opportunity to new bloggers. She is free to update any time she wants, as are all the previous bloggers.

  • Reply scooze |

    I think transparency is key. I really like having numbers and openness and a blogger who really wants our help. Good luck!

  • Reply Mary |

    I think the key is finding someone who is really committed to paying off debt. I never felt that Adam/Emily really wanted to put it all out there and because they didn’t, they had difficulty figuring out something to write about. Claire was a bit different; in the beginning, I don’t think she felt she had a problem, however once she got on board (readers seemed to help her get there), she did a good job and was committed. It was fun seeing her grow and it was too bad she left. It would be nice to get an update on her debt and get her perspective of her journey now that she’s had time to reflect. I think I’d almost like an annual update on all of the bloggers. I most enjoyed Beks because she was totally committed to paying off debt and her posts reflected that. It was great reading her posts because you got to see her on her journey. That’s really what I’m looking to see….someone who is committed to their journey and willing to share/write about it. I don’t think 3 posts is a lot to write however if the blogger isn’t committed to paying off debt, they’ll run out of material pretty quick. Also, when the blogger is introduced, I’d like to see their debt from that point forward as opposed to including previous debt that was paid off included in their totals. I’d also be open to seeing a blogger that’s financial situation was caused by life throwing them a few curves….whether it’s a long term unemployment, divorce or illness and seeing how they recovered. That would be more interesting.

  • Reply Debt BLAG |

    Interesting… I was thinking about taking my personal blog away from being so debt-focused, so something like this might make sense…

    Is there likely to be some resolution on whether it’s one or multiple people soon?

    • Reply jeffrey |

      A lot will depend on what readers think of the people applying for the position. If there is only one strong front runner then it will remain single, but if there is consensus that several of the bloggers are interesting, then we will give multiples a try.

  • Reply Edward |

    No more just out of school woman debt bloggers who use cute terms like “hubby”. There’s only about 18 million of those blogs out there. I’d rather read information from someone who’s figured it out, dialed it down, rather than someone who’s screwed it up so bad they’re blogging in a feeble attempt to get a few bucks to pay off impossible high debt while “saving” for a house. It’s nauseatingly overdone. It’s the Wal-Mart of blogging. …Just another dumb Adam Sandler movie churned out on a conveyor belt. We need innovators to learn from, not sheeple. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but I’d rather learn judo from a dojo and not in an ice cream parlor.

  • Reply Gailete |

    Probably shouldn’t even comment since somehow I guess I didn’t realize that there was a blog to be reading. I do echo Tara’s comment though of having such a hard time even relating to someone living in a $25K house with a 6 figure income and they don’t know how they will pay the nanny. My highest income ever was $35K before I got slammed with chronic health problems 12 years ago. I guess it is hard to have sympathy for those who won’t give up any part of their yuppy lifestyle to get those bills paid off.

    Edward, FYI I graduated college in 1977 and call my husband ‘hubby’ on line as opposed to calling him sweetpea which is what I call him to his face. At times it is an act of necessity as he and my first husband share the same name. It is just an affectionate name and helps keep his privacy somewhat. Certainly because I’m not some silly young thing trying to save by cutting back on lattes.

    Now that I know that there is a blog, I will look forward to reading it whoever writes it.

So, what do you think ?