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State of the Blog – Summertime Edition

by Ryan Yates

I thought it would be good to update everyone on the State of the Blog since we all were just updated on the state of the Oil Spill the other night.  Now I don’t have a Oval Office to film this update,  this written version is the best I can do.

 First: I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to check out all the cool money saving tips from my 600 Money Saving Tips post. 

Second: I’d like to thank you for your continued support and kind words you’ve sent through email and/or comments. 

Third: It’s summer time, I hope you have some fun vacations or activates planned.  Even as I continue to pay down my debt I understand the importance of some good R&R time.  I’ll be traveling “Up North” (as we say around here) for a week of relaxing with my family.  Sun, sand, and water – what a great combination.  Oh yeah, it will be paid for in cash that was saved up from the beginning of the year.  It was one of my New Years Goals, it’s always nice to check off a goal.

Da Blog

I’ve got a few things in the pipe line for DeliverAwayDebt.  You’ll start to see some slight design changes happening shortly. 

The first happened Monday as I dumped Google Adsense.  I just can’t stand the look of it and I think it just takes away from the feel of the blog.  I’m also going to be moving things around the sidebars to make it look smooth and clean.  I have a new footer in the works that will be making a debut in the next month.

Up Coming Posts

Many of my previous posts have highlighted some of the tools and systems I use to destroy my debt.  I’m currently working on a series that will explain the Debt Destroyer (soon to be trademarked, or not 🙂 ).  The Debt Destroyer is just a fancy (or stupid) name for my system.

  • The System
  • Capture your daily expenses
  • Category Development
  • Blow money
  • Sinking fund set-up
  • Cash envelopes
  • ING Account set-up (electronic envelopes)
  • Budgeting worksheet
  • ING Account usage (how it all works together)
  • Debt snowball
  • Extra income (i.e. get a second job)

I’ll be packaging the posts into a nice little free eBook for anyone who would like one.  It will take a little time to get all the material out.  My current 2am to 3:30pm work schedule is making it increasing difficult to get write new content and stories for you to read.  The hours suck but all the extra money is helping to increase my debt snowball payments.  I will be posting the above topics at a minimum of once per week.  I would rather give you some great and useful information, than to just  post crap.

New Adventures

I’ve also been looking into my Crystal Ball to try and see the future.  I know you may call it a Magic 8-Ball but calling it a Crystal Ball just has a certain mystique about it.  The ball is telling me I need to put energy into something that can really help people get out of debt.  This blog has helped a number of people so far but I want to go deeper.  As I look at how I’ve transformed my view of money, debt, and my future I keep coming back to two people who have helped me. 

The first is Dave Ramsey.  If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be delivering away my debt.  I can still remember the nice sunny spring day that I heard him telling a caller to get over his butt and get a pizza delivery job.  In that moment I made the decision to find a delivery job.  The funny thing was that in less than 2 minutes after making the decision I drove past a local pizza joint with a “driver’s wanted” sign.  That night I spoke with my wife about it and the next day I was hired to be a driver.

The second is Chad Pennycuff.  Chad was my Financial Coach.  Chad is the person whom helped put our money management system in place.  He helped to get my wife and I on the same page financially.  He showed us how talk about money together and learn to make the best decisions with our current income.  He showed us how to live off of my current income while banking all the pizza money for debt repayment.  At the time, the pizza money was only subsidizing our income and not being used to pay down debt.  

I’m amazed at the impact these two men have had in my life.  They’ve helped me so much, I want to do it for others.  I want to be a coach like Chad.  I want to help people understand their money better and blast away their debt.  I want to give others the knowledge that I was given.  In short, I want to be a Financial Coach. 

Beside learning to be a coach, I’ll also have to build a business around it.  I’ve been intrigued with small businesses for as long as I can remember.  My Grandfather was a small business owner and self-employed for over 45 years, so I know it can work.  I’m currently going through Chris Guillebeau’s Empire Building Kit.  It’s a slick training programming that helps you find an idea you are passionate about (yes, that word is a little over used) and helps you begin to put your ideas to use.  What makes it nice is that it’s taught in bite sized pieces everyday for 365 days.  With all of my current work and family commitments it’s a perfect fit for me.  If you’re looking to start a business or just looking to learn more, I recommend you check it out.   Build Your Own Empire in 1 Year (affiliate link)

Thanks for listening, I just want you to know what’s been shaking on this end of the CAT-5 connection.  Have a great weekend and make sure to get out there and enjoy the summer.  If anyone is interested in some one on one debt busting help, I would love to help you.  Drop me a line and we can get to work. 

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Forest June 17, 2010 at

Jeff, you are going to make an awesome coach and I am sure you are set for success… Looking forward to reading the free ebook and I will be around to do as much promo for it as I can…. I already know it will be a huge hit!

It sucks about the work schedule but the day you can breath a huge breath of fresh air and say I AM DEBT FREE is so so so close!

I run a small business of sorts and after all my hard work for the past few years I am finally starting to see some reasonable livable months of income coming in that will help me bust that debt at super speed (I need to save it up in savings and then pay off in a lump sum due to my debt management plan).

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Jeffrey Kosola June 17, 2010 at

Thanks Forest. Too bad we didn’t meet before you went into that nasty debt management program. I know it’s helping you out, but not having the ablity to prepay it can make it a pain to blast the debt away. I glad the hard work you’ve done is paying off with your business. That what many of use would love to do.

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Jeff @ sustainablelifeblog June 17, 2010 at

Jeff,
I can honestly tell you that from the short time I spent coaching (about 1 summer) that it is VERY rewarding, and can occasionally sting with disappointment, but it is worth it. I’ll be looking forward to the changes around the blog and the E book as well. I finally downloaded the Thesis theme myself, and I’m going to redesign my blog as well.
Have fun up north (I’m assuming your talking about the UP) on vacation. You’ve earned it.

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Jeff @ sustainablelifeblog June 17, 2010 at

Also Jeff do you think you could do a review (or shoot me an email) about what you think of the empire building kit? I wanted to buy it during the last release, and I’m still considering buying it now that it’s open all the time, but honestly, I dont really have the $150 to spare (well, I do, but it’s for debt, not for that).
Thanks.

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Jeffrey Kosola June 17, 2010 at

Hi Jeff, glad to hear you had some success with coaching. You’ll love the Thesis theme, it’s a little tricky in the beginning but it makes styling everything simple. Make sure to get the Thesis Open Hooks plugin, it makes layout a snap. I’m not going as far of the UP, just the tip of the mitt. I’ll send you some info on your next question.

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Jeff @ sustainablelifeblog June 17, 2010 at

Thanks Jeff!

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Cathie June 17, 2010 at

We have a very short little “vacation” planned, next weekend, actually. Enjoy yours! I’m looking forward to reading about how much you spend on blow. JK; I always enjoy reading your posts.

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Jeffrey Kosola June 17, 2010 at

Enjoy your mini-vacation Cathie. Haha “blow money” that made me laugh, I didn’t even think about that. Thanks for enjoying my posts, I’ll send you a check for the agreed upon amount we talked about for saying such nice things 🙂

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Aaron April 18, 2011 at

Rereading this again as summer it is once again .

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Cathie June 17, 2010 at

Oh, and by the way, re an older post about Bed Bath & Beyond: I was in there a couple of weeks ago, and mentioned that I was upset about them not taking expired coupons any longer, and the cashier told me that the only ones they are no longer taking are the entertainment book expired ones, and others like that. They are absolutely honoring their own expired coupons, just as always. Just thought I’d pass that on.

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Jeffrey Kosola June 17, 2010 at

Thanks for the heads up. I haven’t been to BBB since I wrote that post. I’ll update it today.

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Suzanne June 18, 2010 at

I really enjoy reading your posts, they are funny, inspirational, and informative! You are doing an amazing job with paying down your debt on your own and should be proud of your accomplishments. Enjoy your vacation, you deserve it!
Suzanne
Social Media Specialist
CareOne Debt Relief Services
http://twitter.com/AskCareOne

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Jeffrey Kosola June 21, 2010 at

Thanks Suzanne, I’m always trying to make them a little bit funny since that’s one of the ways I get through each day 🙂

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Nunzio Bruno June 18, 2010 at

It looks like you have some really great stuff coming down the pipeline and I’m pumped to see it! I’m also excited with your interest in becoming a coach. I was a coach/consultant first and blogger second and I want to offer myself as a resource. If you ever have a questions about the process or experiences I would be more than happy to field them. I know you have your own support system but I’m out there too over there at Financially Digital if you need it.

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Jeffrey Kosola June 21, 2010 at

Thanks for the offer Nunzio Bruno, I will be taking you up on your offer. The more people I can ask questions to the better.

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Bucksome Boomer June 19, 2010 at

Love reading your “state of the blog”. How exciting that this journey has led you to a new passion and direction. I’m looking forward to those upcoming posts and the e-book.

Have a great vacation!

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Jeffrey Kosola June 21, 2010 at

Bucksome, it’s always fun to see where things can lead when you start them. I knew at the beginning of my blogging career that I wanted to be a coach, but never really knew just how much I wanted to be one. DAD has helped to really drive the idea into my brain.

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James June 23, 2010 at

sometimes all it takes is a little coaching and some good advice in order to get the right thoughts in your head to ensure you can reach all your financial goals.

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