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Saturday Sneak-Peak: MoneyTLD.com

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 MoneyTLD.com. Mike has contributed to the discussion on the site a few times and I greatly appreciate that.

Mike has some great tips on his site and I suggest you head over there and check them out. Here are some of my favorites:

Five Tips for a Successful Phone Interview

When Should a House Guest Start Paying Rent?

When is Mega Millions Worth Playing?

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

YMR: What have you enjoyed most about blogging?

Mike: I most enjoy the ability to learn more. Although I consider myself knowledgeable in the area of personal finance, blogging forces me to think about that knowledge in a more structured manner. I have to organize my thoughts to make them coherent for other people, so I learn by teaching. If I don’t have the details right, then I do research to make sure I do have them right. I try hard not to fudge my knowledge. Plus, my readers shouldn’t hesitate to call me out on something if it looks like I did. Without that give and take, I’d just be in an ivory tower and would lack the capacity to improve.

YMR: What post did you enjoy writing the most?

Mike: While I didn’t necessarily write it, I really enjoyed hosting the Money Hacks Carnival on March 25. Compiling it was ridiculously time-consuming, but hosting that carnival really enabled me to see what else was out there. And even for the blogs already in my feed reader, I got to re-examine the posts that those bloggers thought were worth submitting. I find that much of my reading online is simply skimming, so this gave me a better chance to really delve into and think about the material.

YMR: How would you describe your writing style?

Mike: Conversational. In my head at least, I write the way I talk. As a result, I probably use too many cliches and could certainly write more tersely, but I hope that my writing thus feels familiar and readable.

YMR: What did you learn since January (about blogging) that you did not know before?

Mike: Hmm, that’s actually a pretty tough question. I’ve been blogging for several years at various sites, so the process isn’t new to me. However, if there’s one thing I’ve relearned, it’s that keeping up the pace is really difficult with blogging, especially when starting a new blog. At the beginning, you have no readers, no advertising income, and no real motivation to write aside from the idea of creating a kick-ass blog. Without a big marketing budget or celebrity status, gaining a readership is a very slow, organic process. While getting into blogging is super-easy, continuing to blog is very difficult. The many out-of-date blogs littering the internet attest to this fact.

I want to thank Mike for letting me interview him. It was a pleasure! Please head over to his site and poke around. I am positive that you will find something that you will enjoy!

Do you have a new blog (less than 6 months old)? Would you like to be featured in a Saturday Sneak-Peak? Contact me and I will set you up!

Have a great weekend!

Friday Feed Frenzy – Stock Market Roller Coaster Edition

This week has been a crazy one for the stock market (by the way, I absolutely love this picture). Down 4% one day, up 4% the next. Many blog posts this week dealt with the market turmoil, buyouts, etc. I try not to worry about short-term market fluctuations because I am investing for the long haul. I know that the times are tough, but we have pressed through them before. Things will be better again soon!

I know that I have not posted that frequently lately, but if you saw my work for school, you would know why! Since it is my last semester, everything is coming together. I also will be attending 3 professional conferences in the next few months. I will be heading to Schwab Impact next week in Atlanta, the Financial Planning Association annual conference in Boston in October, and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education annual conference in Los Angeles in November. So, if my posting is sporadic, you know why!

Here are some articles that I found particularly interesting this week. As you see, there are none about this weeks financial news.

Paul over at Wise Bread tells us how he got some CEO’s to really listen to his complaints. I never really knew that CEO’s at companies really read complaint letters. I might try this next time I have some bad experiences. Actually, maybe I will have Mrs. Adam write some letter’s to some of the companies that have been ripping her off lately.

JD at Get Rich Slowly talks about the never-ending war against advertising.

Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity gives some great tips on how to draft a basic financial savings plan.

Gather Little by Little gives some great advice on how to sell a used car. I have been reading Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and I have considered selling my car as he suggests (be a gazelle). I do not know if I will go through with it, but this article still has some great tips.

Single Guy Money wants to know if you are really ready to buy a home. Mrs. Adam and I have been talking about this recently. We know it is a GREAT time to buy a home in the area where we live (well, I won’t be living there until December).

photo by azrainman