Hello, friends! I have a lot to say, and I’ve done a lot of work on Get Rich Slowly during the past three weeks, but most of my efforts aren’t yet ready for public consumption.

  • The site de-design is 95% complete, but that final five percent is fiddly. I could be ready to launch the new layout tomorrow — or it might be two weeks. It’s tough to say. If you’re curious, though, you can check out my current progress here. But be warned that the site isn’t fully functional. (For fun, I mocked up this very post in the new format so you can see the difference.)
  • I have several long articles in the works — quality! the internet is dying! the sunk-cost fallacy! — but nothing that’s wholly finished. And with my attention more focused on the de-design and Real Life than on writing, it’ll probably be a while before anything is complete enough to publish.

Still, I thought it’d be fun to stop in with a J. Money-esque stream-of-consciousness post to share a some cool projects from some of my friends.

Speaking of J. Money, let’s start there.

Bringing Sexy Back

I know that there’s a huge crossover between folks who’ve been reading Get Rich Slowly for a long time and folks who loved Budgets Are Sexy before J. Money left the site. Well, guess what? J. Money is bringing sexy back. That’s right: J. Money has re-purchased the site, and he’s begun publishing new stuff regularly. Yay!

In other blogging news, I’d like to share my current favorite read: Money and Meaning from my buddy Douglas Tsoi. Douglas and I met a few years ago and have formed a solid connection. He’s a deep thinker, and I like that.

Douglas and I presented a financial workshop together at World Domination Summit in 2019. I bought his 1993 Toyota pickup from him at the end of that year. (Boy, does Kim hate having that thing parked in front of our house!) And in February of this year, he launched Money and Meaning through Substack. It’s truly terrific. You should check it out.

Cashing Out

You know what else is terrific? Kiersten and Julien Saunders from the rich&REGULAR blog have published their new book, Cashing Out. I no longer review friends’ books at GRS (because that’s truly a Kobayashi Maru), but I will say this: I read an advance copy of Cashing Out and thought it was great.

Here’s what I wrote to Kiersten in Julien in February after reading their book:


I deeply appreciate that your book isn’t just a re-hash of the same stuff everybody has already said. You go deeper. You talk about society, culture, relationships, and psychology. I believe this stuff is far more important than merely mastering the mechanics of money. The mechanics are simple. (They may not be easy, but they’re simple.) These other things are what make money management complicated, and they’re too often ignored. You’ve written an excellent book, and I’m happy to help promote it.

Anyhow, here’s what I came up with for a blurb. I hope that it’s useful.

“Cashing Out is important and inspirational. Kiersten and Julien avoid the B.S. that plagues most money manuals, opting instead to provide readers with the knowledge and confidence necessary to save, invest, and — in time — cash out by cashing in on the American Dream. Highly recommended.” — J.D. Roth, founder Get Rich Slowly

Thanks and good luck, my friends!


Taking Stock

Speaking of books, I’m excited that my friend Doc G is close to releasing his book, Taking Stock. It’ll be out on August 2nd.

For those unfamiliar, Doc G (a.k.a. Jordan Grumet) is a hospice doc who also hosts the excellent Earn & Invest podcast. He and I roomed together at a past Camp FI, and we’ve had several terrific discussions over the years. (Near the end of my cousin Duane’s life, Doc G helped talk me through what was coming next.)

Here are two videos promoting Taking Stock: the book trailer, and a conversation between Doc G and Grant Sabatier. (Note that despite my best intentions and ample opportunity, I still have not read this book. Sometimes I am a bad friend. 🙁 )

Oh, and speaking of Grant Sabatier (notice how one subject is naturally leading to another here? crazy!), earlier this year he partnered with The Motley Fool to produce a course called Financial Freedom in Uncertain Times. I’m honored to have been one of the folks interviewed for the project, along with Doc G, Kiersten & Julien, Jamila Souffrant, Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, Bola Sokundi, and Amanda Holden.

Again, I haven’t had time to work through the course, but I’ve talked with Grant extensively about it, and I know that our interview was deep and insightful. I suspect the course contains quality material, and I do hope to dive into it in the future.

Buy This, Not That

While we’re discussing the future, I should mention the upcoming book from Sam Dogen, a.k.a. The Financial Samurai. Sam is a polarizing figure in the world of personal finance, and I get that. But even when I disagree with him, I find his writing thought-provoking and often truly insightful.

Sam’s new book is called Buy This, Not That and it comes out on July 19th. I haven’t read it yet — the postman legit placed a preview copy in my hands three hours ago — but I plan to do so after I finish Doc G’s book.

During a recent email exchange, Sam had this to say about Buy This, Not That:

The book is more than just trying to achieve financial independence. It’s also about how to make more optimal decisions to live your best life possible. […]

I read a dozen books as research before writing my book. I wanted to see what worked and what did not. And the key missing elements from many of the good books were specific action items and frameworks to follow based on different situations. I also wanted to write about a decision making framework on how to tackle some of life‘s biggest dilemmas. Real life stuff that go beyond money.

As a side note, my brother used Eat This, Not That to help him figure out food and lose weight. For a long time now (since the beginning of GRS, I think), I’ve wanted to do a similar “Buy This, Not That” series on the blog, but never figured out a way to make it work. I’m glad Sam has.

Little Miss Evil

To close things out today, I want to mention something fun. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Bryce and Kristy from Millennial Revolution, which is one of the few money blogs I still read regularly. Well, these two don’t just write about money. Several years ago, they also published a kids’ book called Little Miss Evil.

I’m reading Little Miss Evil right now and it’s a heck of a lot of fun. I love the core idea: What’s it like to grow up with a super-villain for a father? A super-villain who uses a nuclear bomb for a coffee table?

I always enjoy seeing my personal finance friends do other stuff — making art, producing music, climbing mountains, brewing beer — and that’s certainly true in this case.

Okay, that’s it for today. I didn’t intend to spend two hours writing about all of these things, but hey — it’s stuff I’ve been meaning to share. Maybe you’ll enjoy one or more of these projects from my friends.

Oh, one last thing: Old comments are really, truly gone. That’s right: More than fifteen years of comments here at Get Rich Slowly have vanished into the ether.

Well, that’s not wholly correct. The comments still exist in the database, but for some reason they have all become disconnected from the articles they belong to. We have no idea how it happened, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to fix it. I’m bummed, as you can imagine. It’s a huge, huge loss. But neither Tom nor I can come up with a solution to restoring them.

23 Replies to “Cool projects from some of my friends”

  1. Financial Samurai says:

    Such a lovely writeup. Thanks for supporting us on our book launches. They take so much work to write and edit, that to have your support is just wonderful.
    Funny thing is, I haven’t even gotten my hard copy of BTNT yet! It supposedly comes tomorrow according to my Penguin.
    I hope you enjoy it.
    Best, Sam

    • Jack says:

      I look forward to reading your book! I heard you on the tropical MBA podcast and the Noah Kagan podcast and they were great.
      I like how you are tackling specific dilemmas many of us face. The numbers are one thing, but figuring out how to best utilize our money for an incredible life is what having money is all about.

  2. J. Money says:

    Yeahhhh buddy! Let it all flow from your mind and into ours! 🙂
    Excited about the new de-design and other thoughts percolating in your head… Feels like 2008 all over again and I am 100% here for it!
    (Though I would totally cry for a week if all my comments flew into the either, ugh… more quality stuff in there than in my blog posts! Lol…)

  3. Chris says:

    J.D., I know you are still working on the site redesign. I checked it out and wanted to let you know that the type size was hard for me to read with the black background. I don’t have any problems reading your current site. I have vision issues. I thought you would want to know this. I think I could read ok if the type size was larger. I am a long time follower, since ‘08, but rarely comment. Thanks for considering.

    • 1PF says:

      If you want a larger font size, most web pages can zoom in on the text (e.g., Mac: command+=).

    • Anne J says:

      Agree! The links were impossible to read, even stretched on my iPad. Don’t want to miss a word JD.

    • J.D. Roth says:

      Chris and Anne, it would help me to know what you’re using to read the site. Are you on a phone? A tablet? A computer?

      On a computer, the site should be very readable at this point. But for some reason, the mobile site isn’t displaying correctly at the moment. The code is there and it should work, but I’ve introduced an error somewhere that I need to track down. It’s on my list. 😉

      I have no idea why the links look crazy on Anne’s iPad (she sent me a screenshot). I’ll look into that too.

      So, if you (or anyone else) spots something goofy, please let me know what you’re using to view the new site.

      • Jeanette says:

        Long-time reader, first-time commenter. I’m reading on a laptop (using Chrome). The links are very smudgy and almost impossible to read. I have some vision issues too.

      • rh says:

        I am on a Windows laptop using Edge and the links are impossible to read.

        • J.D. Roth says:

          Ah, thanks RH. There must be something goofy with the CSS. I’ll put it on my list of bugs to squash.

          • Charlotte says:

            Black backgrounds hurt my eyes. I avoid websites with that color. MMM’s brown background is the darkest I can tolerate.

          • J.D. Roth says:

            I’m going for green, not black. May need to go greener, I guess. Conversely, white backgrounds strain my eyes haha. It sucks getting old.

      • Financial Samurai says:

        For what it’s worth, I don’t see a black background on my phone or laptop. Black background is a setting on the phone though I believe, ie Dark Mode.
        The green bold links are easy to read and click as well. They are not smooshed together at all. I’m using Safari web browser on my MacBook, but Chrome browser works fine too.
        Maybe individual settings are getting in the way. But I’m very not tech savvy.

      • RichardP says:

        I’m on a Windows PC using the current version of Firefox and also am getting ‘blurry’ links. Since I have your direct email from previous correspondence, I’ll send you a capture of part of the screen.

  4. Shaun says:

    Hey JD, this is what the site looks like on my desktop, loaded in Chrome.

  5. J.D. Roth says:

    Hey, for all of you having trouble with the blurry links in the new design, can you visit this site for me? https://edwardtufte.github.io/tufte-css/ — This is the code base I’m using to design the layout. I’m curious whether you see blurry links there too. If so, then that’s the issue. If not, then it’s something that <em>I</em> have managed to introduce with my fiddling.

    • Jeanette says:

      I checked out that page. I was able to read and click on the links just fine. Sorry!

    • rh says:

      That website looked good on Windows using Edge. Links looked good too.

    • Melissa Cafiero says:

      Hey J.D. Looks like it’s a text-shadow setting in the CSS causing the unreadable links. When I remove the highlighted link in my browser’s (Edge) console, the text goes from the blurry view someone posted above to a clean line of text.

      • Melissa Cafiero says:

        And here’s the clean view of text after I remove it.

        • J.D. Roth says:

          THANK YOU, Melissa. Yet another instance where I wish I could give a reader a Gold Star. Or a Turtle Prize. Or some silly nonsense like that. I want a way to repay you all when you give help like this. I’m guessing that the issue stems from me tweaking colors for background and text without considering that other elements might be using those colors for styling. Anyhow, you just saved me a lot of time, and I appreciate it.

  6. Matt says:

    It looks like the wayback machine has versions of your articles with all the comments. Perhaps there’s some way to scrape that data to recreate the comment-article relationship?

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