This post is was originally published on Mad Fientist
I finally did it…
I figured out a way to create $100 bills out of neon green liquid.
The chemical reaction was more intense than I expected though so there was a big explosion and now there are $100 bills floating everywhere.
What the hell am I talking about?
I redesigned my site!
Check out my homepage to see for yourself.
A friend of mine is a designer so we took some ridiculous pictures (with glassware borrowed from my brother-in-law’s lab) and his design firm helped me restyle my site.
I still have more work to do but the majority of the redesign is complete so I wanted to share it with you.
Besides the fantastic new homepage, here are some other big changes:
I’m excited to say that there are no more Adsense ads!
I’ve always hated the ads because they look terrible, there’s no way to control what’s being advertised, and I’m not a fan of advertising in general (since the whole point of it is to entice you to spend money on things you don’t need).
The ads were here to cover the running costs of the site but now that the revenue from my credit card search tool does that, the ads are gone!
The other thing I’m excited about is the removal of the sidebar from my posts.
When reading other articles on the internet, I noticed that I really enjoyed the experience on some sites but not on others.
I tried to figure out what it was about the sites that I liked and it boiled down to these things:
- Uncluttered Interface
- No Ads
- No Distractions
Not having a sidebar means that there are no longer any other graphics vying for your attention when you’re reading.
You can now focus 100% on the content, which I assume is the whole reason you’re here anyway.
If anything looks weird on your computer or if you have any suggestions for additional improvements, please let me know in the comments below.
If things look really funky or if the site looks the same as it did before, your browser may not have the latest version of some of the files so clear your cache and press the refresh button to get the latest stuff.
To celebrate the redesign, I’m doing another batch of Mad Fientist t-shirts.
I originally printed around 35 t-shirts to give as thank-you gifts to my past podcast guests but a lot of other people saw them on Twitter and Facebook and asked if they could buy one. Since I only printed a small number to give away to specific people, that wasn’t possible.
After months of trying to find a good way to offer them for sale online, I gave up because I couldn’t find a company that offered the high-quality shirts I wanted at a reasonable price.
I have a trip to the States planned for next month though so here’s what I’m going to do…
I’m just going to order the same shirts I got before but I’ll do the packaging and shipping myself so that I can keep the price down as low as possible.
How to Order
I’ve created a Custom Ink group order form so if you want a MF shirt, order one here by next Friday (4/28/2017).
Once all the orders are in at the end of next week, Custom Ink will print all the shirts and will ship them to my parents’ house.
When I’m there visiting in May, I’ll package up all the individual shirts and will ship them to you.
This obviously isn’t an ideal solution but it’s the only way I could offer the high-quality shirts I got before (American Apparel 50/50 shirts) while keeping the cost-per-shirt below $20.
You may be wondering why I only want to use American Apparel 50/50 shirts. Well, they’re nice and soft, they fit well, and then don’t warp when you wash them.
There’s no point in buying a shirt that looks terrible after washing it a few times so that’s why high-quality shirts are the only option.
I have no idea how many people will order a t-shirt or how much shipping will be so I just set the price to $18.54 (shipping included) because that seemed affordable but high enough to hopefully cover the costs.
The price is a weird number because Custom Ink calculates the price for you based on the number of shirts you expect to sell (you can’t specify an exact sales price, only an estimate of the number of shirts you think you’ll sell).
Since I am paying the shipping costs myself, I’m only going to be able to ship to US addresses this time so apologies to my foreign readers.
Don’t Forget Your Address
When you purchase a shirt, make sure you enter your address on the optional Private Note field so that I know where to send it to!
As if the t-shirt isn’t cool enough already, Noah from MoneyMetagame.com discovered that the logo glows under black lights!
There are two versions of the shirt to choose from: Adult and Junior. The Adult is just a normal t-shirt cut but the Junior is a women’s cut with an open neck (not sure why it’s called Junior instead of Woman).
I’m 6’0″ and weigh about 170lbs and the Adult Large fits me well (MMM, J.D. Roth, and Noah are all wearing size L in the photos above).
My wife is 5’5″ and weighs 120lbs and she wears the Junior Small (which I think is what Winnie is wearing in her photo).
There’s a sizing guide on the order page so check that out if you’re not sure what size to get.
The Ultimate Guide to Financial Independence and Early Retirement
Now that I’ve completed the majority of the work for my site redesign, I’m going to focus more on writing again.
There’s been one project I’ve been planning for a while but haven’t gotten around to yet. Something Vicki Robin said in our recent podcast interview, however, has motivated me to finally get started.
Vicki mentioned that the exciting thing about this new online resurgence of the FI movement is that we are able to hyperlink to our peers and spread the FI message much more effectively.
To help facilitate this spreading even more, I want to put together an Ultimate Guide to Financial Independence and Early Retirement.
This guide will be nicely designed (similar to this one) and will link to the best articles on FI-related topics from around the web.
I plan to structure it in a way that will allow someone new to FI world to be brought up to speed very quickly. So rather than find one blog, randomly read through some of the posts, find another one, etc., they’ll instead be able to easily read through the core ideas and principles in a logical order.
Since the guide will ultimately be a collection of webpages, it will be free and easily shareable so it will hopefully help spread this idea to the masses.
I need your help on this though.
I’ve been focusing so much on creating stuff lately that I don’t actually read as many blogs as I used to.
I obviously remember all the great articles from sites like Early Retirement Extreme, Mr. Money Mustache, and JL Collins NH that I want to include in the guide but there’s probably a lot of other articles from newcomers that I’m not aware of.
I’ve created a Google Doc with a very basic outline and I’ve made it possible for you to add your suggestions:
If there’s a topic you think the guide should cover, add it as a heading (or subheading).
If there’s an article that you know needs to be in there, add a link to the appropriate section.
I’ll try my best to stay on top of reviewing the edits so that all the suggestions get integrated into the document.
You don’t even need to sign into Google to add your comments so take a look and add a couple of your favorite links right now!
What do you think?
Do you like the new design? Do you think the Ultimate Guide to FI and ER is a good idea?
Let me know in the comments below.