Saturday Sneak-Peak:

Welcome to this weeks edition of Saturday Sneak-Peak! Every week I explore a personal finance blog and give a brief review of the site. My major intent of the adventure is to expose everyone to new and/or obscure blogs. Up this week is MoneyBeagle.

MoneyBeagle has been blogging since last August and has had plenty of great articles. Here are a few of my favorites:

When is a Kid’s Birthday Party Too Much?

The Drive Home: Part I – Introduction

The Drive Home: Part II – Does the A in USA Still Stand for Auto?

I’m a Little Bit Less of a Fan of Amazon

I asked MoneyBeagle some questions to help you get to know him. Here they are!

YMR: What do you like most about blogging?

MoneyBeagle: I love the idea that I might make a difference in someone’s personal finance world.  Whether it be passing along a tip on savings, or sharing some lessons learned from a project designed to save money, I always take satisfaction in knowing that I helped someone (or may help a future reader).  I also love reading through other blogs and seeing the different approaches that each of us take to some of the fundamental things, such as saving for retirement or paying down debt.

YMR: Which post was your favorite to write?

MoneyBeagle: There are two that I’ve enjoyed (hope that’s not cheating).  I enjoy passing along savings tips or experiences when I’ve been able to save money on things that I was going to buy anyways.  The second was when I hosted a carnival for the first (and so far only) time. I hosted the Money Hacks 47 Carnival back in January.  It was a great experience because it made me appreciate how much work people put into the carnivals, and it also illustrated how much great content there is out there that I haven’t had a chance to read yet.  I’m still finding new blogs to read all the time!

YMR: What keeps you continuing to write?

MoneyBeagle: I continue to write for a variety of reasons.  First, I enjoy sharing my experiences and goals.  Sharing those goals and my progress towards them is motivation to achieve them, and it also lets others provide input and advice to do things that I might otherwise not think of.  Second, I love the interaction with readers and other bloggers.   I enjoy passing along my experiences and learning from those out there whose blogs I read or who comment on mine.  Finally, I am always looking to improve my communication skills, and blogging is a great way to do that.

YMR: How would you describe your writing style?

MoneyBeagle: I try to keep things informal and simple, and to write as though I would be talking to someone or to a group of people.  I always try to add a personal touch or connection in my blogs, but I know I have some tweaking to do to get this to where I want it.  One thing that I have been trying to actively work on, though I know I need more work, is my sentence length.  My wildly long sentences have been a problem since high school.  I can still remember my 9th grade English teacher trying to break me of this by having me attempt to diagram particularly long sentences in my writing assignments.

Many thanks to MoneyBeagle for letting me interview him! Have a great weekend everyone!

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