Don’t Quit Your Day Job…’s Story
I had only been in the workforce for a few years when the Great Recession hit.
It was devastating.
My coworkers watched helplessly as their life savings cut in half in a matter of months. The dire conditions compounded the pain; my company froze compensation to deal with the downfall and I watched as teammates sold the market lows.
You can imagine how that affected my company’s – and my – psyche. I vowed then to always be prepared for whatever the economy had in store.
Driven by the naïveté of youth, a voracious appetite for investing books, and the motivation from a worsening recession I talked to friends and colleagues about finance.
More importantly, I wrote emails.
One day, I penned an email to two of my friends encouraging them to sign up for the company Employee Stock Purchase Program. It went viral internally.
More than one older coworker told me they liked my writing: Did I have a website?
I brushed it off – it’s not like I was going to quit my day job to write.
(The website gears were already in motion, though!)
In May of 2009, I founded Don’t Quit Your Day Job… to continue the discussion. We’ve since tackled a huge array of topics: investing, finance, economics, technology, politics… and even fantasy football.
Hundreds of interactive tools, thousands of articles, tens of thousands of subscribers, and millions of page views later, DQYDJ is a trusted source for statistics, economics, and financial strategies.
You trust us to lucidly approach complicated subjects, shine the light on little known topics, and most importantly – provide you the links and sources you need to end arguments!
Thank you for your interest and attention. I hope you’re the next one to subscribe, follow us, friend us, mail us, or comment. I can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store.
-PK, Founder Don’t Quit Your Day Job…
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who Writes for DQYDJ?
Don’t Quit Your Day Job… regularly features two – ahem, two and a half – writers.
• PK – PK is the owner, lead writer, webmaster, and editor-in-chief.
• Cameron Daniels – Cameron has been a writer for DQYDJ since the beginning.
• Bryan – Bryan has been around since the beginning and writes when the spirit moves him.
What’s PK’s Biography?
PK is in his thirties and lives in the Bay Area. He’s married with two kids and a dog. He works at Twilio, writing code and prose and representing the company at events.
He’s a Computer Engineer by background, and has been a Software Engineer and Computer Engineer in everything from defense to semiconductors.
Nowadays he writes mainly prose, Python, R, and C++… and PHP by necessity. When the mood strikes, he’ll also design hardware and firmware (often for IoT). His PCB EDA software of choice is KiCad.
What’s Cameron’s Biography?
Cameron is thirty-something and lives in the Bay Area. He currently works for a Fintech company as an Analyst.
His formal education is in Mathematics and Economics from a University in the Midwest (where variables lurk not confound).
Cameron’s worked in defense, auto lending, consumer credit, and everywhere in between. He’s also worked in a few places in the US – from Silicon Prairie to the Pacific Northwest to New England to (now) Silicon Valley.
How much traffic does DQYDJ receive? From what sources?
Don’t Quit Your Day Job… served 4.1 million page views in 2018. On a typical weekday, we host between 15,000 and 18,000 page views.
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We try to write new posts – which go out to RSS, email, and social – once a week.
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Behind the scenes, optimizations, refreshes, and tweaks are constant. We manually refresh data for some calculators, update older posts, and combine and tweak old content.
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