Internet “experts” and a Commitment to Quality

Michael Lux Blog 2 Comments

One of my big pet peeves with people who hold themselves out as “experts” is that they have never faced any of the problems in which they offer advice. I’ve been there. I’ve spent hours on the phone with Sallie Mae beyond the point of frustration. I’ve wondered how I’m ever going to pay back my student loans. I’ve seen months where I spent more than what I made. I’ve researched… not because I wanted to write a blog article, but because I wanted to know if I would ever be able to afford a house. On the internet it is easy to pass yourself off as an expert by just doing a little bit of research and spending some time on a flashy web design. This website is held to a higher standard. I refuse to post just for the sake of posting and I’m not going to offer an opinion or advice unless I know what I’m talking about. Addressing student loan debt, or any financial matter, is too important for me to be concerned about anything other than providing quality information.

It is with this in mind that I have decided to enroll in the Yakezie challenge. is a network of financial bloggers working together to produce the highest quality information possible. This site and its content will remain exactly the same, but what will change is that I will now have a team of financial experts holding me accountable for the work I do. For me it will be a resource for support and advice, for you it will mean better content and better presentation. The Yakezie Badge will now proudly be displayed on all pages of this site.

This website is a passion project of mine and my goal is to reach and assist as many people as possible. If you come across anything that strikes you as wrong or confusing please let me know. Like any human being I love positive feedback, but the constructive criticism is what is really necessary to make the Student Loan Sherpa the best possible resource for each and every visitor.


  • Like people who give advice about parenting who have never had children? Yes, people that put themselves forth as experts but arent’ get under my skin, too. I think it’s great that you are open to feedback!

    • That is a great example. The internet has done so many great things but the rise of the self described “expert” is definitely not one of them.