**chirp, chirp**…….. **chirp, chirp**…….


That’s what it’s felt like around here lately.  I haven’t had time to write in what seems like an eternity.  I check Twitter in 2-minute spurts, as opposed to the half-hour long binges I used to go on, or sometimes even having it up on my computer for my entire work day.  I started getting emails from the Rockstar Finance forums tenderly letting me know what I’d missed since I was there last.  And I know you guys are all getting along just fine without me, but I still feel like I owe you an apology.  I love contributing to discussions, I love watching debates, and I love the personal finance community, and I feel like I’ve been absent from the party lately.

As I write this, it’s 8:45pm on Thursday night.  The self-imposed deadline of 12 noon on Fridays looms in my head once again, especially heavy after not posting last week, either.  I thought about trying to bang out some piece about tax reform, or healthcare, or maybe a follow-up piece on how millennials are still doing okay after the avocado toast debacle this summer.  But I really, truly appreciate those of you that take the time to read what I write.  It means a lot that you give me time out of your day to let me share what I feel is important.  And you deserve better than just a hastily-typed post on a topic I, uh… liberated… from elsewhere on the web.  You deserve more planning, more research, and more care.

These last two weeks have been a wonderful whirlwind.  Adjusting to new work routines, spending time with Rachel in the evenings for the first time basically since we were married, and moving to a role where I’m learning a new vocab word, computer tool, or person’s name every 4.5 seconds has been both exhilarating and exhausting all at once.  Honestly, many of my previous posts were  written during the downtime in my last position.  I know that eventually, I’ll likely find a new rhythm that will allow me to read and plan and write even more than I could before, but it just hasn’t happened recently.

So this week, I don’t have a post to share, but I do have a question to ask.  What would you like to see on Steward and Slave?  Are there questions you have, or concepts you don’t understand?  What do you want to know about how Rachel and I are transitioning into our new jobs?  I haven’t given up on the Five-Dollar Words series (though I can hardly call it a series at this point, with only one entry!); what financial jargon just turns your brain to mush?

Leave a comment below, find me on Twitter or Facebook @stewardandslave, or drop me a line at, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

3 thoughts on “Crickets

    1. Hey, SFW! Unfortunately, I don’t have any neat and tidy tips or tricks to pass along to you. I think the biggest piece of advice is to just be honest. The get-rich-quick blogs filled with listicles and clickbait are popular, sure, but most don’t last very long. Take the time to write content you would want to read yourself, do something meaningful for your audience, and participate in the community. That’s what inspires loyal readers, and loyal readers are the most valuable types of readers out there. They share your site, they come back often, and they pour back into you sometimes even more than you pour into them. I hope that helps!

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