Don’t Feed the Alligators

A Personal Finance Blog from a Small-Scale Landlord’s Perspective

Thursday marked one month of Don’t Feed the Alligators. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, my readers, for your attention and comments, both online and off. Ultimately it is you that makes this blog what it is, so with that in mind, I would like to ask for your help, comments, and suggestions to the following administrative issues:

Schedule: To date, I have been trying to publish an article approximately every 3 days. I originally decided on this schedule for two reasons: 1. I thought it should be relatively easy to write one article every 3 days, and 2. I didn’t want to exhaust my relatively short list of ideas too quickly.

On Point 1: I was traveling for many days this month, and found this pace difficult to keep up. I have resorted to writing opportunistically and then publishing when appropriate (I am writing this on Sunday…). I also found help in the form of a guest blogger, who already has many great ideas for future articles. I am reasonably sure that I can manage to keep churning out 2 articles per week.

On Point 2: My list of ideas is now growing much faster than I can actually write and publish articles, so this is not going to be an issue until well past October at my current pace.

Question Series 1 for my readers:

Are you happy with the current pace? Would you rather see articles published when they are finished rather than on an arbitrary timeline — even if that could mean that you don’t see a new article for 5 days?

Content and Comments: Nearly half of the articles that I have written so far have been inspired from reader questions. This certainly helps me to stretch out the long list of topics that I have in mind already. I am hoping that more people will become involved in the comments section, however. Good feedback is ultimately going to be essential to the future content, style, and quality of articles here.

I hope that am helping some of you to get your financial houses in order, but I have a couple of articles brewing that will ask you to help me with some advice for optimizing what I’m doing with my own financial house.

Question Series 2 for my readers:

Are you happy with the content of the articles here at DFTA? If not, how can I improve? Is there a specific topic that you would like to see and discuss? If yes, what is it that I’m doing well? How can I promote more discussion in the comments section?

Subscribers: After the initial rise in subscribers at the beginning of last month, subscriptions have remained rather flat. Curiously, nearly every day I lose a subscriber only to gain a new one. Here is where I would like your help. If you have enjoyed reading Don’t Feed the Alligators, please consider subscribing. If you are already a subscriber, please consider sharing a link to this blog with you friends, family, and coworkers. The more eyes reading the articles here, the more likelyhood of some good discussions in the comments sections and therefore the better the information that you will have in the end.

Thanks again for your readership and support. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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4 Responses to “One Month Mark of Don’t Feed the Alligators”

  1. Steve Says:

    Regarding scheduling, one article a week is sufficient for me. The lapse between helps me digest the information and make any associated updates to my “financial house.” On the other hand, I can always refer back to the archive, so don’t let my opinion slow you down!

    In regards to content, I think it’s been great so far! Since you’ve managed to work yourself out of financial ignorance to financial responsibility it seems fitting to outline the steps necessary to do so chronologically. I’m thinking that though each person’s finances are different, we’d probably follow pretty much the same steps from poor house to stability.

    I’m currently interested in learning more about how to protect my income/assets in case I lose my job and also how to plan for retirement. And in the back of my mind, I really want to buy a house.

    Thanks for the blog!

  2. MITBeta Says:


    Thanks for the comments and your readership!

  3. Cyclothymia Says:

    Personally, I don’t think there’s a need for a set schedule. The quality of the content is obviously of highest importance. On the other hand, building blog traffic requires regular posts so that you’re showing up high in searches…

    Either way, you’re doing a great job, and I just sent the link around a bit.

  4. MITBeta Says:

    I’ll try to keep the quality up, then! Thanks for the post and thanks for sharing this with your contacts.