The last few weeks have gone very poorly. I’ve found no motivation to add anything to this site or even to pay my bills. The latter has cost me $39 in over-limit fees on one of my credit cards.

However, I’ve been thinking about what I need to motivate myself to work on this site and, more importantly, my financial situation. Leo Babauta recently noted what he feels are the only two things you need to do to motivate yourself: “1) make things enjoyable and 2) use positive public pressure.”

I’m already doing the latter, that’s what this site is here for. However, the former is where I’ve been falling short. I find the technical aspect of this site fun, but not actual financial side of things. All I really need to make fun is posting to this site as that’ll increase readership and increase the weight of the “positive public pressure.”

What’s New?

So, with that in mind, I developed a new feature: nuggets. Nuggets are links to other useful and/or interesting bits of financial advice and information I’ve stumbled across. They link right to the article in question and I usually include at least a quote and frequently some quick thoughts on the piece.

They’ll be interspersed with the full articles, but are distinguished with the gold coins icon:

This is based on John Gruber’s Linked List and will make it easier for me to bookmark what I’m finding useful, pass it on to you, and to post more regularly and quickly.

I still need and want to write my longer posts, but I need to be comfortable with posting here for that to happen.

Stats

For the past two weeks (October 6th-20th) I’ve seen only 41 site visitors (mostly at the head & tail of that period). Almost all of that traffic has come from the banner on my personal site" because I released some new Textpattern plug-ins recently.

I’m still retaining my six subscribers to the RSS feed.