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Why I was worried about writing an article that can really help Blog Discussion

This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's "Why I was worried about writing an article that can really help people" blog. Please read the blog first, as the discussion follows it.


  • SonOfPearlSonOfPearl Forumite
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    I think that this site is fantastic and must have helped so many people, including myself to save money. However, there are always going to be some people who you just can't help because they can't help themselves. Don't beat yourself up about it - adding another 10 never, ever's wouldn't make a difference.

    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink!
  • peter999peter999 Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    Yes, people need to read & understand advice articles thoroughly, taking onboard everything in them.

  • This website and forum ROCKS!
    It has helped me in many ways in just a couple of weeks.
    It's altruistic principles are sorely lacking in so many areas of life.
    GOOD LUCK to all readers and thanks to Martin and all the webferrets!
  • To be honest, I don't see the scenario with the guy who ignored the never ever as a bad thing.

    Haven't we all ignored good advice from time to time to our detriment? Isn't that all part of the learning process?

    What was the first thing the guy did when he realised that the advice had been there for a reason? He realised that you supplied good advice after all and came to you with full trust that you'd be able to give just the right information to help him fix it. Sure, he'll be in a sticky patch financially for a while - maybe a long while - until it's all sorted. Lesson learned.

    I think you are looking at this all wrong. You just had a win.
  • hollymcrhollymcr Forumite
    39 Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10 Posts Combo Breaker
    My two-penneth: What the world (without this site) is lacking is the information to make sensible judgements. I don't have time to work out all the tricks, or to track all the interest rates, etc, but I have the time to follow (some of) the instructions here and its been hugely beneficial to me and others I've recommended the site on to.

    Whether people follow the instructions is not something this site can control, but better they at least have access to the instructions here, not just those on some bank site telling them to take out a loan for a convenient monthly payment. Even those who find this site and fail to follow the instructions properly are likely better off than those who just find some loan company and fail to read their small print instead.

    Martin doesn't say, but I'll bet the advice he gave the person who failed to follow his advice was better than he'd have got from the loan company when he failed to read their advice too.
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