While I tend not to divert my attention and offer very many blog updates, I thought I would take today to offer a quick update on some of the changes that you have already seen take place at 20′s Finances over the past few weeks. For those who don’t know, I recently attended a blogging conference in Denver. Many of my non-blogging friends questioned my purpose in spending hundreds of dollars to attend a blog conference, but I knew that I paid for the trip because I am serious about building up a site that makes a difference in people’s lives.
Defining My Focus
Over the past month, I have done some reflecting on what my site offers young adults, who may or may not be graduating college. If you haven’t noticed already, I have focused on key challenges that every young adult faces when they transition into adulthood. Everyone has their own time frame when they make this transition. Some make it right out of high school. Others do it gradually in college, while the remaining few make the leap sometime after graduating college. The time frame is not the important part.
It’s the ability to overcome these challenges successfully that sets young adults apart from the rest. That’s what I hope to provide my readers. I want to help others learn to manage their money. I want to help others with their career. I want to help others invest for their future. These are great aspirations and I have been working diligently to accomplish these goals.
The Value of Other Voices
Yet, in my reflection, I also came to an important realization. I can’t do this alone. If I provide worthwhile information to change people’s lives in radical ways, I can’t do this alone. I need help. The first place that I have begun to do this is by hiring staff writers. At this current point, I am paying two staff writers to write once a week. I contacted both of these writers directly because I knew that they could contribute something worthwhile. Many of you will already recognize their names, but here is a little bit more about each of these writers:
JT is the investing guru. He writes for his own personal finance blog, Money Mamba, but has been hired on to write about some of the investing aspects that simply go over my head. While I am slowly learning everything I need to know about investing, JT is a master (at least in my book). It took a little bit of persuasion on my part, but he has signed on for the purpose of contributing to this community.
Don has been writing for 20′s Finances for some times as well. He’s an excellent writer and has a lot of different experiences that make his contribution worthwhile. Don was the first writer that convinced me that my site would be better with staff writers. He did so because of his writing on his personal finance blog, Money Smart Guides.
I am happy to have both of these writers contribute here. Not only do they write great stuff, but in case you haven’t noticed, it has allowed me more time to provide much more interesting and researched content. Instead of having to produce several high quality content each week, I can focus on one article a week. For example, in the coming weeks, I am going to be writing a series on buying your first home. I know this is a huge interest of many of my readers and I want to do everything that I can to prepare everyone for this challenge. In case you are worried, this doesn’t mean you will lose my personality or voice. I just want to add more value for my readers. (Side note: I may be looking for more writers in the future, so if you think you have what it takes to writer for us, feel free to drop me an email at 20sfinances *at* gmail *dot* com. We only hire the best!)
The best way to get ahead is to not only invest in yourself (in this case, invest in the blog), but also move forward with a vision and a specific plan. I now have a clearer picture of what it will take to bring this site to the next level and I can’t wait to do so with the support of the awesome community that is forming. As always, if you ever have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to email me directly at 20sfinances *at* gmail *dot* com.
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