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New Year’s Resolutions

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I’m never very big on New Year’s resolutions, because many don’t really seem to commit to them.  I’m of the opinion that if I’m going to do something, I won’t just say I’ll do it, I’ll just do it.  But, I’m also an advocate of planning, so with that in mind, I present to you 5 resolutions that I hope to achieve this year on The Wealth Artisan.

1. Review More Services

I think that service reviews are one of the most helpful things that I can provide.  Giving sound advice is a fundamental of this website, but reviewing services that help you implement that advice will really help out because you’ll know which companies you should, or shouldn’t use to reach your goals.  I work with many different companies, and I’m quite opinionated about service.  I think this could be a great area of improvement for this site.

2. Create More Worksheets

The worksheets are a great and helpful way to not only show you what you can do to help your finances, but they provide a nice illustrative way of how I address certain financial subjects.  I know worksheets aren’t the most fun things to sit down and do, but they will help.  Homework isn’t fun, but it’s necessary to learn a subject.  These worksheets will work in the same manner, and eventually, you’ll know things so well that you may not need to use the worksheets.  Although, I will always suggest you use them.

3. Use The Worksheets

I actually enjoy making the worksheets, but I won’t get them perfect every time.  Usually, I will just make up a quick spreadsheet any time I’m trying to analyze numbers, but using my worksheets more and maybe posting my filled out examples could help in two ways:

  1. I will be able to find areas where they could be better.
  2. You can see how I fill them out.

While I’d like to think that I’m the most concise writer on this planet, I know that isn’t the truth, I also know that many people learn by seeing something done rather than reading instructions.  Filling out these sheets may just be what some people need to know that to do.

4. Provide More Examples

I will sometimes provide real world examples when a subject is hard to understand, but I’d like to provide more examples in general.   I think examples keep people’s attention better, and make ideas clear.  I’m always trying to get better at citing reputable sources.  I try to address any source questions when they come up in comments, but I think I could better avoid the confusion with examples and links to examples that really drive the point home.

5. Get More Feedback

To date, I’ve never conducted a poll on this website.  This is a deficiency that I definitely want to address.  I think that feedback is invaluable and I’d love to know what you have to say.  I started out thinking “I’ll get a feel for what people want from the comments.”  And that has been true to a point, but I think that a poll would make it easy for someone who doesn’t have the time to write out a comment.  I think polls are a great, quick way to get answers from readers.

So, there you have it,  5 New Year’s Resolutions that I will continue to reference throughout this upcoming year, to ensure a higher quality of website for you to enjoy.  I hope you like my resolutions, and please let me know what you think in the comments (or try our new poll at below!).

What better time to introduce polls then now!

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