Pardon The Dust – New Look!

Do you like the new look?

I’m getting ready to fly home to Michigan tomorrow morning for my Uncle/Dad’s 50th birthday. I took Friday and Monday off work to make time for the short trip. I’m pretty excited! You think I’d be spending time checking-in my flight online, packing or otherwise preparing for the trip. Oh, getting some sleep also sounds good! But, I’ve actually been spending the last three hours or so changing the layout of the site here at Dividend Mantra.

Most 30 year-old men would likely be spending this quasi-weekend night out on the town or doing something extremely unproductive, but noooo…some fire that seems to burn inside me forced me to spend a few bleary eyed hours tweaking the look of the site here for only the second time since its inception back in early 2011.

I hope you like the new look! 

I wanted to commemorate some of the recent progress I’ve had personally. I recently passed the $100,000 mark in invested assets after staring out with just $5,000 three years ago and then shortly thereafter was featured in an article in USA Today. So, I guess I’m in the mood to celebrate. A new look on this blog is a much cheaper way to celebrate than partying it up!

Let me know what you think of the new layout. I spent way more time than was probably necessary making it all work, and there are probably still a ton of bugs I haven’t figured out yet. Please make me aware of any issues in the comments section and I’ll do my best when I get back from my trip to fix them. I’m not very good at programming or HTML, so I’ll try to clean up the dust the best I can.

In the meantime, as always I sincerely appreciate everyone who stops by and offers up support and inspiration. There are bigger things ahead, so let’s all continue to grow our wealth together. Onward and upward!!

Thanks for reading.


    • says


      Thanks! Glad you’re digging it. It probably should have been much simpler to change the look than how I made it out to be! :)

      I’m having a great weekend so far. I’m up here with family and relaxing. It’s wonderful.

      Best wishes!

  1. says

    Have a great weekend back home! I’ve been thinking of changing my layout some as well, but that might just wait a bit longer. I’m thinking of going self hosting sometime later this year and possibly swapping over to WP from Blogger because everything I’ve heard about WP has been great and that there’s a lot more freedom. I like the new layout. Have fun!

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      I honestly thought about switching over to self-hosted WordPress. I contemplated for a couple hours on that, and decided to just change the look instead. It turned out well, but obviously self-hosting would be preferable just simply for ownership of content. That’s the major drawback to blogger, but I’ve never heard of a legit blog getting shut down for no reason.

      Glad you like the new layout. I think it turned out well. Better than expected actually.

      Have a great weekend!

      Take care.

    • says


      Having a great weekend in Michigan so far. Landed safely! :)

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the new look. It’s cleaner, has more color and looks more professional. Hope the functionality remains the same.

      Best regards!

    • says


      Wow! Very cool stuff being on CNBC. My 15 minutes of fame is likely coming to an end, but it feels good to reach out and inspire a whole other world of readers.

      Yeah, I’m disappointed the blog wasn’t mentioned. I’m not sure how many people found their way here just by my name and face. Maybe I should stop by on one of the articles and link my blog?

      Best regards.

  2. says

    Really digging the the new look! It has a nice clean look to it! I have been working on upgrading my default WP theme to something a bit nicer and more profession. Certainly takes a ton of time!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • says


      Thanks for the support. Glad you like the new look.

      I think your look is nice too. It’s very clean and minimalist. Nothing at all wrong with that.

      Enjoy your weekend as well!!

      Take care.

    • says


      Thanks so much! I was wondering what you might think of it. Your blog was part of the inspiration for the change. I love the look.

      Yeah, it’s not too bad up here. Hope all is well in Minnesota!

      Best wishes!

    • says


      Hey, thanks! Coming from someone as web savvy as you, that means a lot!

      I honestly thought about going over to WordPress. I just thought this would be a nice change in the interim, until something like that might be necessary. I’m glad it looks like WordPress, as those seem to come across as more professional.

      Hope you’re having a great weekend!

      Best regards.

    • says


      Thanks! I know you moved from Blogger to WordPress a while ago. It’s something I’m contemplating, but this works for right now. You seem to be glad you made the change.

      Stay in touch!

      Best wishes.

    • says

      Steven J Fromm,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      The old site was very plain and just had a standard Blogger template. Glad to hear you think the new look is sleek! I thought so as well.

      Best regards!

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