Weekly Round-Up: Technical Problems

If you’re a regular reader of The Amateur Financier, I have a few things to say about my site’s performance. You’ve noticed lately that there have been numerous problems with my site. At least twice this year, it has been down for a sizable portion of time (several hours at least, by my own calculations), and even when it is up, it has been incredibly slow and getting slower with each passing day. I’ve tried some methods of improving the function of my site, but it’s proven difficult to really make any improvements given my current web host. To top things off, my site has been down completely for several days, rendering it literally impossible to visit my blog.

That’s why I’ve decided to switch from my previous web host (DreamHost) to one that has been highly recommended by my fellow bloggers (HostGator). The transfer process ended up taking down my blog, but now that it’s back up, hopefully it will run faster and smoother than ever before. It’s all part of my effort to improve my blog, making it better, faster, and dare I say it, more profitable. Unfortunately, these improvements might mean that there is some technical difficulty, but I’ll just need to power through that as best I am able.

It’s going to be a few more weeks before everything is fully up and running at full speed. Thanks for bearing with me as I get things up and running properly. While we wait, let’s go through some of the best posts from around the personal finance blogsphere, particularly by my favorite Yakezie blogs:

Great Yakezie Posts

A New Year, A New You – With the new year upon us, many people have set new goals for how to improve their lives (such as myself).  If you haven’t yet, you might want to check out the infographic featured by Buck Inspire for some ideas.  There’s no financial resolutions that are covered, but if you need some help on how to do that, read on:

13 Ways to Save More Money in 2013 – With so many ways to cut down your spending, it’s good to get some advice on how to do so.  This post from Retire by 40 shares some methods to keep your spending to a minimum in the new year.  Keeping track of your expenses is a particularly good one.

Bacon is Way Better than New Year’s Resolutions – As you might guess just from the title (which definitely caught my eye), 101 Centavos doesn’t care much for resolutions.  He still has plenty of things he wants to do, including spicing up his family’s menu, but doesn’t think that setting new goals at the start of the new year does much good.

How to Start Saving and Investing With Small Amounts of Money – It’s good to get started saving and investing just as soon as you are able, but many people find excuses not to do so.  This article on Faith and Finance provides some ways of getting started putting money aside, even if you are low on money.

How to Graduate Debt Free – Getting an education is a useful, in many cases necessary, part of succeeding in life nowadays.  Trying to do so without debt is increasingly tricky.  Luckily, there are some methods to graduate with no debt (or at least, much less debt), as this article on Life and My Finances shows you how.

How to Transition from Vacation Back to “Real Life” – With the holiday season over (at least until Groundhog Day comes along), it is now time to get back into the swing of work (I’ve been trying to, myself).  This post from The College Investor provides some suggestions on how to get back into the swing of things and improve your productivity.

How to Answer The “What is Your Biggest Weakness?” Interview Question – There’s quite a few questions you will be asked on your next job interview, but this is one of the trickiest.  If you want some answers other than “I sometimes work too hard”, check out these suggestions from the Financial Samurai to give you some thoughts.

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

My article on Five Quick, Easy and (Relatively) Inexpensive Gift Ideas was a popular one, featured by numerous personal finance carnivals (fitting for an article on saving money, I suppose).  It was featured in:

Alright, that’s it for this week.  Here’s to a


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