OK, that was a cheesy SEO trick to see if I get more readers, but that is one of the things I learned at CPFC13 a few weeks back (so blame Preet for that).
A while ago I wrote a post about Some Thoughts on Financial Bloggers where I was a bit crass about my fellow financial bloggers (although it was interesting enough that I got a comment from Squawkfox (and then she got mad at me for not putting it up fast enough)), so after spending an entire weekend locked in a room with a bunch of Financial Bloggers (OK the door wasn’t locked), I can revisit my concepts a little.
The most interesting observation I can make about the conference was that there was only 1 segment solely on Finance (a panel which I chaired on Investing), but I suppose there is a great need to learn how to write effectively if you have a Financial Blog. I had fun chairing it, but I didn’t get to do my full Kermit the Frog Financial Blogger imitation (it involves a great deal of arm waving).
Another interesting point put forward was that Personal Finance (as a writing topic) is a very dry subject and there is a great need to differentiate yourself from the thousands of other voices that are out there, and I somewhat agree with that message. There are countless very good Financial writers out there, but what makes folks read their content? What differentiates a great deal of these writers is that their content is rock solid and very useful, and while sometimes it’s a bit dry, the topic itself is not always exciting either. I do not have the talent of these writers, hence my way of being different is by writing in a personal style and talking about things in my life (mostly).
A very interesting weekend, and as usual while the conference topics were interesting the most interesting part of the weekend was putting faces to names and having conversations with folks to find out who they are and why they write. As I have mentioned before the question most asked of me was, “How can you write SO much?“, the answer is, I just do, but this volume may decrease in the next little while, we shall see.