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AAYB in 2018

It is said you are more likely stick with an intention to do something if you write it down or share with someone else. Instead of settling for just one form of reinforcement, I’m going with both–I’m writing these resolutions down and sharing them with you.

The new year has brought a renewed focus for All About Your Benjamins and I wanted to share so you know what to expect going forward:

  • Quality over quantity. When I first started this blog, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of the bloggers I look up to and put out great content multiple times a week, if not daily. I quickly discovered that was not going to be me—as much as I enjoy writing, I don’t have enough to say for daily writing, nor do I have the time. Over time I’ve learned those bloggers are able to produce mass content because they have the infrastructure at their firms to allow them to read, research and write A LOT. As a solo advisor, I don’t have additional CFP’s on staff to handle my clients’ financial planning, an office manager to run the operations, and an investment team to handle the trading for client portfolios. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, far from it—having my own firm has always been a dream, so I cherish the opportunity to be able to handle all of the duties associated with running my firm. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am excited, though, to be making my first hire shortly to allow me more time to create content, but I know I will still be limited because I’m not willing to sacrifice time spent with my clients, or the level of service they’ve come to expect in order to create content. At the same time, I don’t want to force a blog post when there shouldn’t be one;  I’ve found myself at times, writing just to write so I could have something to put out. In 2018, I’m going to commit to only writing when I have something important or valuable to share. If a week goes by without a post, that is going to have to be ok.
  • Weekly Mixtape and Week-In-Review video. Regardless of whether or not I write an original post, the Weekly Mixtape and Review video will continue. My intent is to post the Weekly Mixtape Saturday morning, but depending on the boys’ sporting events it may not get posted until Saturday afternoon, or worst-case Sunday morning.
  • Whiteboard Videos. The Whiteboard Videos were put on the back burner as I started the Week-In-Review videos and podcast toward the end of the year, but don’t worry, the Whiteboard Videos will be back and so will Roman and Leo!
  • Podcast. I’ve hinted at and mentioned my upcoming podcast, but here shortly, it will become a reality. I’ve already recorded two episodes, need to finish a third, and then I’ll be making it live. Starting a podcast has been a learning experience, but I’ve had a lot of fun, and I’m excited about the upcoming episodes. I’ve already got a great list of commitments for guests, so I have high expectations for the podcast—I hope I can deliver.
  • More “philosophical” posts. I used quotes around philosophical because I’m not sure if that’s the right word, but it’s the best I could come up with. While I love reading and writing about investing, the feedback I have received over the last year has told me I should spend more time writing about financial planning as a whole, which includes more thought-provoking posts. Rather than focusing only on writing using evidence, charts and other data to make a point, expect to see more posts centered around an idea—more of an opinion backed by experience, rather than academic research.
  • Investment posts. Don’t worry, if you’ve enjoyed my investment posts, I’ll still be writing about investing…they just won’t be the main focus.

So there you have it—a more refined focus for All About Your Benjamins.

Since the only regularly scheduled post will be the weekly mixtape, it’s probably a good idea to subscribe to my email list so you don’t miss any new posts. I’ll continue to share my new posts on social media, so you can opt to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube—I’ve got most of them covered. I also have an official email address, so if there is anything you’d like to see on the blog or in a video please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at contact at allaboutyourbenjamins dot com.


Disclaimer: Nothing on this blog should be considered advice, or recommendations. If you have questions pertaining your individual situation you should consult your financial advisor. For all of the disclaimers, please see my disclaimer page.