I’ve got good news and bad news.
Let’s start with the bad news.
I’ve lived in the Indianapolis, Indiana area my entire life. I love it here. I love being a member of the community, and I love contributing to the city’s glory. There are certain institutions in Indy which have been part of my existence as long as I can remember. I started reading the Indianapolis Star newspaper when I first learned to read. Like most kids, I started with the comics. A couple year later, I started reading the sports section. And eventually the middle school version of Peter Dunn began to start my daily read with the Business section of the paper.
Fast forward 20 years. The Indianapolis Star asked me to write a weekly column based on the popularity of my blog—This blog you’re reading right now. I said yes. And every Monday morning I would spend 90 minutes writing a newspaper column. Eventually USA Today, owned by the same company that owns the IndyStar, noticed my work (I think my mom sent it to them), and they asked me to write for them too. Before I knew it, my 90 minutes of writing per week was in dozens of papers read by millions of people.
Oh yes, the bad news—The Indianapolis Star is no longer interested in running my column. This is only bothersome for two reasons. The first is sentimental. I like touching the financial lives of the members of my hometown. I’m selfish. I already do this on TV and radio, but I want to always be in people’s faces, including on Sunday mornings. The second reason why I’m bothered by this new development is the circumstances in which it happened.
I’ll spare you the details.
Now for the good news.
Well, everything. I still write for USA Today and their various other outlets. I’ve received several new offers in the last 24 hours to write for other publications, and my thriving business isn’t impacted at all. My company, Your Money Line, serves millions of people directly through their employers and indirectly through our partnerships with benefit companies and financial institutions.
Americans are hurting financially. I’ve never felt more passionate about creating ways to ease that pain.
Thanks for continuing to read.
Peter Dunn a.k.a. Pete the Planner® is an award-winning financial mind and a former comedian. He’s a USA TODAY columnist, author of ten books, and is the host of the popular radio show and podcast, The Pete the Planner Show. Pete is considered one of the foremost experts on financial wellness in the world, but he’s just as likely to talk your ear off about bass fishing.