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I bought Get Rich Slowly! (or: The return of J.D. Roth)

Why, hello there. My name is J.D. Roth, and I’m an accidental personal-finance expert. Eleven-and-a-half years ago today — on 15 April 2006 — I started a little website called Get Rich Slowly. This website.

I ran this blog as a one-man show for three years. Then, for a variety of reasons, I sold the site. I stayed around for another three years, acting as primary writer and editor-in-chief until the middle of 2012. Then I “retired”.

For the past 5+ years, I’ve been busy — just not here.

  • In 2010, I published Your Money: The Missing Manual, a compilation of everything I’d learned about money while writing this site.
  • From 2011 to 2014, I wrote the “Your Money” column for Entrepreneur magazine.
  • In 2013 and 2014, I wrote and published the year-long Get Rich Slowly course with my pal Chris Guillebeau.
  • In March 2015, my girlfriend and I left Portland, Oregon for what turned out to be a 15-month RV trip across the United States.
  • In October 2015, I launched a new personal-finance website: Money Boss, which is all about managing your household finances as if you were managing a business.
  • This year, Kim and I purchased a run-down 1948 “English bungalow” on an acre of land just south of Portland. We’ve spent the past few months fixing up the place. (And there’s still tons more to do!)

Meanwhile, I’ve continued to write for other outlets, speak at various events, and (as always) meet with readers from around the country — and the world.

Today, everything changes. Eleven-and-a-half years after starting Get Rich Slowly (and eight-and-a-half years after selling it), I’m pleased to announce: I’m back. I’ve re-purchased Get Rich Slowly, and am returning as the site’s owner, manager, and editor.

Why I Bought Get Rich Slowly

It’s difficult to convey just how excited I am by this news. I’m ecstatic. Seriously. I’m on cloud nine.

Last week, I had a conversation with a friend during which I mentioned I might be buying back Get Rich Slowly. “Why?” she asked. She was genuinely mystified. To her, blogs are dead (or dying). And why would I want to buy back something I’d already sold?

Well, for lots of reasons.

  • First up, by re-acquiring Get Rich Slowly, I re-acquire the rights to all of my old articles. This is a Big Deal to me. When I sold the site, I didn’t understand just how frustrating it’d be to not have access to the words I’d written before. Now I own that material once again.
  • On a related note, Get Rich Slowly has published 4675 articles containing millions of words during the past decade-plus. That’s a huge (and useful) body of work. Google likes huge (and useful) bodies of work.
  • Get Rich Slowly is an established brand. Sure, it’s lost some its luster over the years, but I’m confident that the tarnish can be removed, that the site can be polished so that it shines once more.
  • From a business perspective, I’m buying an income stream. Get Rich Slowly doesn’t produce the revenue it once did, but it generates enough to provide a modest income. And, I hope, that income will grow over time. I still have a substantial nest egg — I’m financially independent — but I’d love to save even more.
  • Honestly, I also re-acquired Get Rich Slowly out of pure emotion. I love this site! It’s the best thing I’ve ever created. I still get email from people who write to thank me for helping to change their lives. That feels good, you know? It makes me feel like I’ve done something right in the world. And I want to return to that sort of purposeful work once more. (And now that I’m older, I feel like I can handle this beast without becoming overwhelmed like before.)

Maybe the most important reason I bought Get Rich Slowly is freedom. Look, I love Money Boss, and I’m proud of the material I produced during my two years running that site, but I feel like I backed myself into a corner over there. I set out to make it about advanced personal finance, about financial independence and early retirement and entrepreneurship. These are great topics, but they’re also limiting. There’s so much more to write about! (Plus, not everyone wants to pursue financial independence. Not everyone can pursue financial independence. Not everyone should pursue financial independence.)

Note: I’m aware that my limitations at Money Boss were self-imposed. If I wanted, I could have changed the rules I set for myself. And if the deal for GRS hadn’t gone through, that’s exactly what I would have done. But it feels much more natural to tackle the broad spectrum of personal finance here at Get Rich Slowly than it does at Money Boss.

What Happens Next?

What does the immediate future hold for Get Rich Slowly? Well, there’s tons of work to be done, that’s for sure. My head is filled with dreams and schemes for the site, but before I can get to any of these future plans, I need to address some immediate concerns.

  • Get Rich Slowly needs a facelift. Believe it or not, it’s still running on the same core layout I chose in 2006. The layout has been heavily modified since then, but it’s still the same layout. (I was shocked, actually, to discover this.) I have a new design in mind, and I hope to implement it sooner rather than later. I want the site to be clean, attractive, and accessible. (I’ve been toying with the new design all summer; here’s the current version.)
  • Meanwhile, the archives are in need of a “content audit”. As I mentioned earlier, after 11-1/2 years this site has published 4675 articles containing millions of words. (About half of these articles are currently flagged as “private” and not listed in the archives.) It’s going to take months to methodically work my way through this huge library to bring everything up to date.
  • While all of this is going on, I want to resume a regular writing schedule. Get Rich Slowly has only published eight articles in 2017. (I used to publish at least eight articles here each week!) My pace at Money Boss hasn’t been much better in recent months. But now that the transaction is finished, now that Kim and I are finished remodeling the house, and now that I have a new writing studio set up on the bottom of our property, I’m ready to pursue my passion with vigor!
  • Most importantly, I want to re-build the Get Rich Slowly community. I believe that the best part of this site has always been you, the audience. The readers here have always been smart and supportive and amazing. But as the site slowed and stagnated, that readership naturally drifted away. I’d love to bring old readers back while introducing new folks to the core ideas of sensible personal finance.

I know myself well enough that I won’t commit to a strict publishing schedule right now. In the olden days, I published two articles at Get Rich Slowly each weekday and one article on Saturday and Sunday. That was a lot of work. But rest assured that I aim to publish often. What’s more, I’m eager to highlight the amazing work my colleagues are doing elsewhere in the world of personal finance.

That’s it. That’s my big news — and the big news for this site. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll begin publishing articles about all aspects of smart personal finance. Meanwhile, I’ll be working behind the scenes to clean up the site’s appearance. This might take some time — and things might get a bit janky now and then. Please be patient.

My hope is that by early 2018 Get Rich Slowly will once again be firing on all cylinders. I hope you’ll join me for the ride!

One last thing for long-time readers. Have no fear! Naturally, I’ll bring back the cat photos. And to show I’m an equal opportunity kind of guy, there’ll be dog photos too. Animals for everyone! Enjoy…

Thanks from Tahlequah!

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  1. We’ve missed GRS and we’ve missed YOU!

    But don’t worry, we’re still out here. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has still been checking back every day only to be greeted by the same sad piggy from that last post in June.

    • Haha. I’ve been checking back too.

      My goal is for you to NOT see the same sad piggy (or puppy) day after day. In fact, I have an ambitious publishing schedule set for myself. Perhaps TOO ambitious. We’ll see. I have a conference next week in Dallas, but then I’m home without commitments for two months. Plenty of time to polish Get Rich Slowly while also publishing new material.

  2. That’s huge — congratulations!

    Also omg that dog is adorable. Someone needs to do a roundup post of personal finance bloggers’ pets.

  3. Welcome Back GRS! This site was the beginning of my personal finance education. Without you I would still be in debt, living paycheck to paycheck. Your personal stories, book recommendations and guidance were life changing. Glad you found your way home.

  4. So happy to hear that Getrichslowly is back under your wing! This is one of the websites that started it all for me and I’m extremely excited to see you return it to its’ glory! Take care.

  5. Well this is great NEWS !! Can’t wait for you to start publishing again. I have been following you (not in a bad way – LOL) since you bowed out, but it wasn’t the same. It was fun to follow your cross country adventures and trips but Money management is where you seem to be at your best. You have helped me sooooo much I can’t begin to tell it all. I’m a single person on the younger end of the Boomer scale and found your site when I was newly laid off from my job or 28 years !! But reading your blogs and taking to heart all you shared gave me hope to re-build my life. Now I’m working again and have managed to have a pretty good emergency fund in place (advice from your columns helped) and slowly building a nest egg for I hope a reasonable retirement in maybe 4-5 years. But even than hope to expand my side business , art business to help supplement. Can’t wait to see what you do with the site. WELCOME BACK !!!

    • Yeah, I’ll be interested to see what happens to Money Boss too. πŸ˜‰

      Actually, I have an article going up at Money Boss later today that basically says, “Well, this site is probably on hold for a while because now I’m back at Get Rich Slowly.” It’ll take a few weeks (or months) to get everything sorted, but I’m confident that eventually my little blogging empire will have some sort of cohesive structure.

  6. Well done! Now THIS is a move I can get behind! Even though you sold the site for millions, as have others, I always felt a little bit of remorse because it always seemed like you guys had some regret going after the money instead of maintaining the community. Otherwise, why would y’all try and recreate the magic with new sites so soon right?

    I know you can’t say how much you sold GRS for, but can you say how much you bought GRS for? And if you can’t say that, can you say what fraction did you buy back GRS for e.g. 1/8th the price you sold it for? That would be fascinating.

    If everybody knew they could buy back their sites after a nice break for a fraction of the cost, I think that would be great. How did the conversation come about and how did you calculate the purchase price to buy? Can you convince Quinstreet to do the same for other sites going forward?

    This is the best personal and financial move I think you’re making!

    Sam

    PS if this comes out in caps, it isn’t my fault, as I wrote in lowercase.

    • As before, I can’t discuss the terms of the deal. Let’s just say I’m pleased with the terms. I think that the two transactions worked out well for both me and Quinstreet.

  7. This is great news! Good to have you back J.D. I’d love to see the Sunday readers posts come back it was one of my favorites. Real stories from real people. Super motivating.

  8. This is so exciting! GRS was the first finance blog I ever read when I discovered blogs in 2009, and it was a long time favorite. I used to start every work day by opening email and then GRS. But I admit I stopped reading in 2013. Now, I can’t wait to get back into it! Welcome back and I can’t wait to see what you do with the place!

  9. Welcome back! I’m looking forward to what’s coming from GRS. As I type this I’m camped out on my brothers sofa, having evacuated my home during the fires in Santa Rosa. I’d love an article in the future about insurance, preparing and recovering from disasters. Thankfully my house is still standing right now, but much of our neighborhood is gone. My home no doubt has smoke damage and any hope of getting a contractor to my house in the next decade is gone. Do I even stay? At any rate these are some of the questions on my mind right now. Would love your perspective.

    • Believe it or not, I’ve been pondering an article on insurance. This is surprising because it’s a topic I seldom cover. But I read an interesting comment at Reddit from an insurance company employee about how to make sure you don’t get screwed by your insurance company, and I think it’s valuable info. So, it’s on my short list. Hope to have it written soon.

  10. I am so excited you are back! It was never really the same after you left and I stopped reading a few years ago because of that. Interestingly, I had looked around to see what you were doing a few months ago but Money Boss just didn’t speak to me the same way GRS had. Looking forward to regular stuff here again. Welcome back!

  11. I faithfully kept GRS in my favorites and would check on it when I’d look at my other bookmarked sites. What an awesome surprise when I seen a post today! I’m 52 and am happily retired since the end of June 2016. I have received so much great information from money sites and yours has always been at the top of my list. The site’s name resonates with me because building financial independence is a one-step-at-a-time process that cannot be rushed. It’s always a work in progress and I never stop learning. Congratulations and I look forward to reading your new articles.

  12. I have to agree with everyone above that GRS changed my life and it’s exciting to see you return. I’ve continued to follow your other sites and recently followed your Twitter account, which is how I saw this post. I stopped following GRS a while after you left, but your effort to bring back former readers is already working since I just resubscribed to the RSS feed. I look forward to seeing it come back to life. Personally, I’d love to see some articles about estate planning since my goal is to tackle that aspect of my finances in the coming year. Thanks for all your work!

  13. My husband and I have been following this site on and off for the past 9 years. Great to see you back! Congratulations!

  14. Welcome back! Time to resubscribe…and done. I, too, kind of kept up with you ad hoc but it wasn’t the same. Looking forward to seeing what you bring back to GRS.

  15. Welcome back and cheers from a fellow Norwegian personal finance blogger. You among others inspired me to create my own blog (in Norwegian) and it has gone pretty well over the years. (5+)

    Cant wait to read what you come up with here. Take care!

  16. I’ve really enjoyed Money Boss so I’m a little sorry to hear that it may be dormant (for some time, forever?). But I first discovered you here 10 years ago so I’m delighted to hear that you’ll be back and publishing more frequently. As others have said, I suspect there are many like me who kept their GRS “subscriptions” of one kind or another even though they stopped visiting the site. Looking forward to more!

  17. I stumbled upon GRS over the last year or so and enjoyed reading your older articles. I look forward to the new and updated content! Welcome back!

  18. Oh my cat, JD!!! That’s friggin awesome news and totally warrants all caps!
    Congratulations!
    So glad to have you back at GRS, looking forward to reading more!

  19. This news is as exciting for the readers in the hinterlands as it is for you, J.D. The writing shed should have been a clue, but I missed it. Can’t wait to hear and see more of your work.

    The best part is our community continues to grow and as we grow we have a larger and larger influence in the world we live. No longer can we be satisfied with helping individuals change. It’s bigger than that now. There is a new world order, and responsible finance is the rule.

    I love it!

  20. “Believe it or not, it’s still running on the same core layout I chose in 2006. The layout has been heavily modified since then, but it’s still the same layout.”

    And that’s a bad thing how? It’s a good layout that still works, much better than a lot of “modern” websites full of obnoxious flash and what not that requires absurd amounts of browser resources just to render a webpage.

    Don’t fix what isn’t broken.

  21. Congratulations on the purchase. And welcome back! I’m so glad you made the comeback. I can see that Get Rich Slowly will have a new look and new feel in no time! πŸ™‚

  22. This is great news. I’m sure you’ll get your readers back.

    Looking back, I realize you were probably the first personal finance blog that got me started. After you, it was Early Retirement Extreme, then Mr Money Mustache. Now my favorite is The Wealthy Accountant.

    I’m guessing it’s difficult to keep the enthusiasm for writing. Both ERE and MMM are no longer what they used to be, but TWA continually writes compelling useful material.

    I’m sure once you’re up and running, I’ll be recommending your blog like I do with TWAs.

  23. I’m new to the Get Rich Slowly community (I first learned about you through Paula’s podcast and Money Boss), but I’m glad to see you’re happy with the re-purchase!

    Looking forward to reading more from you πŸ˜€

  24. Yea! And to think… I’ve almost dropped it from my aggregator a half dozen times… Looking forward to new and spectacular content.

  25. Wow! GRS was a huge part of my journey to FIRE. As of Dec. 5th, it will be FIRE years since I said goodbye to my employer. So happy you’re back!

  26. What great news! I was one of the readers who drifted away, and I’m so glad you’re back! And I don’t believe blogs are dying one bit, of course that is just my opinion though. I love and read them regularly.

  27. Welcome back home!! JD, I’d be really interested to read a post about WHY you sold GRS to begin with, and also WHAT was in it for the buyer?? GRS is YOUR voice and YOUR creation. There is no way that anyone else can come along and take over. You were the voice of the site and that is what readers came here for. Once that voice left, so did the readers. At about the same time you sold GRS, the dude over at the Simple Dollar sold his site too. WHY?? I mean, I get the money angle of it but what the heck is in it for the buyer?? They can’t possibly keep ‘the voice’ of the site going. I have seen several other very successful blogs fail, btw, for this very reason. Readers get miffed and stomp off! I want to know if the buyers of these well established sites are able to make a success of it (obviously not here at GRS, see the evidence) or if they all pretty much fail and ….. have these buyers now realized that they cannot swoop in, take over and make money from a reader base who aren’t interested in what they have to say. Is this whole notion of buying up successful blogs and milking the readers a non starter? I think so. Anyway, glad you are back! I will start reading GRS daily again, haven’t read it in ages.

  28. Wow, so glad to see you’ll be back here! I stopped following this site quite a while ago because it rapidly went to hell in a handbasket after you left, but I did follow your writing elsewhere. I’ll be happy to subscribe here again now that you’re back, and I hope the community grows into what it once was. The comments here were the best!

  29. Great to have you back! Best news I’ve heard in a long time (which might say more about the news I hear lately).

    The caps for the comments are probably coming from your CSS stylesheet. This looks like it – “#comments,#respond{text-transform:uppercase;margin:…”

    That “text-transform:uppercase” is probably it. So when you get access to the CSS, it’s worth a short that it will be an easy fix there.

  30. Welcome back, JD. I’m so glad you got the GRS content and platform back! I have been letting people over on the MMM forums know — hope many of them will return and help you rebuild this community.

  31. Hi J.D.-

    Great to see you back! I have been checking in on GRS periodically for months and am always disappointed to see the same article. I followed and read religiously in my first few years out of college. It was part of my daily morning routine! The focus and learning helped me to pay down student loan debt and max out my 401k contributions early on. Today, that debt is down to ~40k from ~120k and my 401k has a very healthy balance. I’ve also opened a business and bought a multi-family house. I am thrilled you’re back and really looking forward to seeing some new content!

    -Meridith

  32. Welcome back JD!! Glad to see you pulled a Steve Jobs!

    Side note, did the RSS feed change or not get updated? I haven’t been getting updates for a long time. (the content hasn’t been strong for a while) but I expect that will change.

    • I don’t know the status of either the RSS feed or the email subscriptions. I don’t have access to those parts of the site yet. Once I’m able to move Get Rich Slowly to a new server, I’ll absolutely make sure that both get updated…and I’ll tell everyone how to connect to them.

  33. Great news! πŸ˜€ Welcome back! I stopped reading GRS, but I will for sure come back as a reader now that you are back πŸ™‚ Looking forward to a new start for GRS!

  34. Congratulations! Just yesterday I sent the archives page to a friend asking for money advice with the comment ‘but I only recommend the early years; look for the ones in written by J D Roth”.
    I am very much looking forward to the new chapter!

  35. Congratulations! I have always enjoyed your writing. I wasn’t reading the blog as much as I used to since you were gone but it was still on my blogroll. Looking forward to reading more posts JD style πŸ™‚

  36. Super thrilled you are back! It has been a ride following you around the web and watching this site head off into the yonder. Great decision, I look forward to seeing what’s in store! And referring people here again!

  37. Congrats JD! The amount and quality of content has certainly dropped off in what seems the past few years. Very glad to hear you’re back behind the wheel here!

  38. Welcome back, J.D.!!! Congrats on buying the site back and looking forward to the updates you have planned!

    — Jim

  39. Congratulations!

    So glad you are back! I know the later authors meant well but their articles really did pale in comparison to what originally made this a great site to visit.

    Looking forward to seeing your new energy!

  40. This is great news to wake up to. Discovering was a critical step on my path to financial enlightenment. It made me sad to see it dwindle over the years, and I stopped even looking for a new article as they weren’t very interesting even when they did publish.

    Selfishly speaking, I hope you continue to post about your new home. As someone about to build a house, I’ve been particularly fascinated by your stories on home ownership and related expenses.

    Congratulations and welcome back JD!

  41. I too am glad you are back at GRS! Your writing style in addition to the topics that have always interested me. I stopped following GRS once you left because it was not the same. Enjoyed Boss Money, but I agree with you. The topics were not as universal as GRS.

    Welcome back. I will be re-subscribing. And will encourage my readers to follow as well.

  42. Oh, hell yeah. Welcome back to the addiction, my friend! I totally understand why you’d buy the site back. It’s YOUR baby. Even though you sold it, it’s still yours. Your blood, sweat and tears went into making this site what it was, is and could be. It’s your baby and you want it back. And now, you have the time to devote to building this sucker back up. To rejuvenate it. To…release it’s potential.

    Looking forward to seeing how things progress, and I’m definitely re-subscribing now! πŸ™‚

  43. HE’S BACK! The world is a better place today! Happy for you, J.D. Looking forward to where you’re going to take this!

  44. This news made my day, JD! Can’t wait to follow along and see where you take it. See you soon at Fincon!

  45. Yay! So glad you are back. As many others have said GRS was one of the first financial blogs I began reading, probably in 2006. I’ve missed your writing since you bowed out and can’t wait for some new stuff. It’d be great if you can convince Donna Freedman to contribute now and then as well.

  46. Good luck JD! I love it.
    It’d be great to see some life back on GRS again. Auditing those old articles would be such a huge job, though. I’d like to update my older posts too, but just no time.
    Keep at it, my friend.

  47. Wow. I feel like this is fate. I was just pulling up some of my old fave sites that I haven’t read in awhile to see what they were up to. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve been to GRS in probably 2-3 years.

    Crazy to see this post on the day I return. Good luck on the relaunch JD. I’ll be checking out GRS more frequently knowing you are back in the game. πŸ™‚

    Good luck sir!

  48. Welcome back. I followed this for a little while back in 08, but then stopped reading; when I wanted to pick it back up, you weren’t around anymore and the quality just wasn’t there.

    Excited to see what you do with this in the next several months!

  49. Welcome back! I was just thinking of this site, and poof, I saw in my feed your bought it back. How exciting!

    BTW, I totally second the need for a redesign. I still remember reading this way back when and it’s never changed. πŸ˜€

  50. Amazing that you returned to your original passion. Congrats. Maybe GRS should be called Getting Richer Slowly. Of course, “rich” isn’t all about money, not by a long shot. You’ve had a rich few years away from the site.
    Let’s do this!

  51. J.D., I’m writing as a long, long-time fan of yours — I started reading GRS around 2007, I guest-posted in 2011 about my space shuttle trips, and I have been following you around the web ever since you sold the site. I’m still writing about space and still reading extensively about personal finance and financial independence in my spare time. As such, I really can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with GRS. Best of luck, and let us know if you need more guest writers πŸ™‚

  52. Welcome back, J.D. The community is happy to have you! I’m looking forward to see where you take the blog from here.

  53. Welcome back, JD. Really happy to see this. I had been sad this year to see what had happened to GRS and had recently stopped checking in.

  54. Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus saying, “Welcome back J.D.!” Longtime reader, infrequent commenter. I too was sad to watch what you built at GRS drift away over the years, and am really happy that you were able to get it back. Hurrah!

    And since this is a finance site and a lot of us are finance geeks, I’d love to see a post in the future which recaps how the economics works out for your from your build the site – sell at the peak – buy it back at the trough dynamic. That is cool. Now you just have to drag it out of the trough….no pressure! πŸ™‚

  55. I am excited for you. I can tell that I missed out on something in the early days of this site from bits and pieces I have heard over the years. I only started lurking in the PF universe 5 years ago or so. Good Luck on the reboot!

    • Haha. It’ll be less fun than you think. At this point, I’m going to try to tackle it myself. I need to refamiliarize myself with everything that’s there anyhow. But I appreciate the offer.

  56. im very happy that you come back, when you sell it i think that “lost his essence” but with you comeback this is amazing, regards from santiago of chile =)

  57. JD; Yours was the first blog that I started to follow and read on a daily basis. Your RSS feed was at the top of my Dashboard. I was sad when you sold and I deleted the feed shortly thereafter due to uninteresting or poorly written content. If you are going to have regular contributors, they need to have a “good voice”, like yours! My favorite blogs all have that in common. Financial Samauri, Retire by 40, and Root of Good, have that knack of capturing the reader.

  58. Welcome back! Found you through buying your book, and loved it. Then went through the website history, page by page (wow).

    Looking forward to the months ahead!

  59. This is great news. Welcome back. I’ve been getting my fix on the message boards, but even that went by the wayside as well. Looking forward to getting reacquainted with my GRS addiction. Congrats on the little English bungalow, it’s lovely.

  60. Welcome back! I haven’t clicked through in ages but did for you. Very excited for you to take this back over and take it to the next level. (it is funny how clunky the site looks compared to typical sites now)

  61. I yesterday I found the Bob Clyatt book and was introduced to the “semi retirement idea”. Out of couriosity I cheked what is he doing now and found your article on Money Booss, where in december 2016 you wrote:

    “Now that I’ve resumed writing about money, I feel like a young pup instead of a Big Dog. I’m glad for the success of my colleagues, but can’t help wondering what might have been if I’d elected not to cash in my chips.”

    Now you have your chips back πŸ™‚ Enjoy πŸ™‚

  62. J.D, as a long-time follower, fan and fellow blogger from the < 2010 era (FrugalDad.com) I'm most excited to read this news! I, too, have just recently returned to blogging about money (though under a different URL).

    I missed writing in general and could never find another topic I felt this passionate about to sit down and write about it at least once a week.

    Welcome back!

  63. Glad you are back! Your site first introduced me to personal finance, and my life has become better as a result. As there had been no new posts since June, I thought the site had essentially folded. Today was going to be the last time I bothered to check for updates. Glad I did!

  64. Congrats J.D.! As a new reader, I feel lucky to enjoy watching how you renovate the site that’s inspired so many! What an amazing opportunity to revisit and revitalize your best work, an inspiring endeavor for sure! I’m sure it won’t take long to shake the rust off and get the ‘ol band back together! I look forward to seeing what you do with the place!

    Best of luck!

  65. Wow, that’s awesome J.D.! I haven’t been reading this site as much as I used to in the old days (it used to be one I’d check daily), but I happened to hit up the site today and saw the news. I’m looking forward to GRS returning to its creator and the new direction and content you will bring to the site!

    Keep me updated!

  66. You missed a great chance there, buddy: The headline could have been “Blog Wars III: The Return of the J.D.”

  67. I am so glad that you are back and have rebought the site. I left when you did and only found out you have returned because of Simple Living Forums.

    Sometimes we need to go back to our roots. I am glad you found your way back.

  68. YAY!!!!!!! I am so happy you’re back! The site was definitely losing its luster, to the point where I had stopped checking it.

  69. Welcome back JD! Yours is one of the first blogs i read on PF..
    And it was sad to see no worthy articles lately and the blog hanging un-updated for a long duration.

  70. Yay!! You’re back!! This was the first financial blog I read and I hated what it had become which was pretty much nothing. So glad you stepped back in and I have added it back to my must-read financial blogs!!

  71. I can’t even begin to express my level of excitement when I learned you were taking back the helm of GRS! It was my intro to personal finance and a daily ritual for years. So glad to see the site revived. Welcome back J.D.!

  72. i started reading back in 2008 during college and stopped reading this blog for last few years. glad to see you back.

  73. I can’t believe this!!! I have been a reader since 2006 and have stopped visiting since you left. I then followed your other blogs. I met you and Chris G as well at Powell’s when you published your first book. I even shared a couple of ideas which you turned into articles. This is awesome! I’m beyond excited. I looooove your writing because it is so authentic.

  74. I was thinking about GRS, googled it, and saw that you are back. I’m thrilled! I used to read regularly (and even had one article posted), when you were involved, and it showed up in my inbox. I shall follow GRS again. Yay!

  75. J.D. You just made my whole holiday season with the email that I received from you today! So glad you are back! Every thing I know regarding personal finance, I learned from Get Rich Slowly. Have hardly been there since you left. Hasn’t been the same.

  76. Oh my Gosh! I just checked in after a few months and what a surprise! so glad you’re back! Now I’m back for good, too!!!

  77. Oh and just for the record…EVERYONE I am talking to who are interested in blogging agree We are just SUPER TIRED of podcasts! Yikes!

  78. I was a regular reader of yours and of the site back in the early days, but drifted away after the site was sold. I recently saw an article in my feed that you’re back at the helm, so my interest perked up. At the same time, it occurred to me that I should go onto the forums and let readers comment on my savings status, but it looks like the discussion boards are gone (for now?). In any case, it’ll be good to see what you do with this site– looking forward to it.

  79. Woohoo, you’re back! I read GRS regularly during my college years, drifted away due to a combo of the site being sold & life changes, but now I look forward to catching up again.

  80. I randomly checked GRS for the first time in years. What a surprise! Like others I was at the beginning of our financial journey and used to read GRS religiously until it sold. We’ve all come a long way since then I imagine. We are hoping to FIRE within the next six years.

  81. YAY! Delighted on your return. You started me on my $ journey and I look forward to seeing your post here again.

  82. As with a few of the readers, I checked in to GRS randomly today and saw the latest article was by you, JD. Then the next one. Then the next. Then went to jdroth.com and found that you had bought back GRS. Wow! Welcome back. Long time reader, probably first time commentator.

  83. I haven’t been reading GRS for a long time. Donna’s article told me you are back! Awesome! Back to adding the site to my reading list again!

    (You probably don’t remember me. This is Suba, I used be write Wealth Informatics. I live in Portland and believe it or not, have my own toy manufacturing business, if you ever want to meet up for coffee)

  84. It’s great to see you back in charge JD. Does this mean you will transition out of Money Boss and focus on GRS full-time?

  85. I left GRS after you left, J.D., and it looks like you beat me back by several months!
    I am shocked and surprised and happy to see that you are back in the saddle.
    I remember those early days fondly, and I hope that your return will put the spark back into the site.
    If you’re back, I’m back.

  86. I hadn’t checked this blog in several years after JD sold the site, but with John Bogle’s passing yesterday, I was reminded that I originally found my way to the Bogleheads forum after reading an article here way back in the early days (2008 or so). As a result, I randomly visited this site today for nostalgic reasons – and was thrilled to discover that J.D. is back! I’ve re-bookmarked the site for future reading – welcome back!