“Never has so much been written, that made so little sense, and read by so few, about such an important subject.”
— Big Cajun Man 2014 (with apologies to Sir Winston Churchill)
By my official count this is (around) post number 2505 of my illustrious (ignominious?) writing career. Why the heck have I been doing this for so damn long? I really have no idea, but I am still here about 9 years of doing it (given my son was the reason I started doing this, and he turns 9 years old next month).
What are my favorite posts over the years? That’s a very good question I’ll give you a few that I enjoyed writing and some that hurt but needed writing (remember this site is really more cathartic for me, than it is informational for you):
To make some extra money to help with my son’s needs
To help other folks who might not be lucky enough to get all the help I have received over the years.
My dad passed away a few years ago, I still mention him here but I’m an Adult Now is a raw bit of writing I did about his passing (and the fear it instilled in me).
After getting laid off from Nortel in 2008 I wrote a few posts about it but On Being Laid Off is me talking about it publicly for the first time. A year ago, is me looking back after a year of being laid off (I got my new jobs a week after that).
Sometimes I write knowing full well I am poking the bear (figuratively) and I am a Civil Servant really is one of those (I grew tired of the constant jokes about how rich we all are).
At the end of it all my most popular post continues to be A Script for Customer Retention Deals which I only wrote because I had just got a good deal for my wife and I wanted to remember how I did it (next time).
I’d also like to thank my wife (a contributor to this site) and my children for allowing me to use them as examples in my posts and for having the patience of Job, while I string together this string of very odd prose.
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.
Don’t worry my Random Thoughts will return next week as usual, but I did find a very useful end of year report program from JetPack which tells a lot about my site and what has happened over the past year.
I will include excerpts from this report for your perusal
19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform.
This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2012.
If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.Somehow this comparison doesn’t do it for me, now if you were talking about a Metallica Concert or maybe the Rolling Stones, then I’d be impressed.
In 2012, there were 299 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,795 posts.
Welcome to my new-ish look, for the site. I have change the Theme used for the site, but for now it will continue to resemble the old crappy look, until I have time to revamp things a little. The changes will most likely be slow and steady, but stay tuned (I have been using the old theme for about 5 years, so it was time to put that to bed).
My heart goes out to the Canadian 4×100 M relay team, yup, we stepped on the line, but that doesn’t detract from their achievement. There will be other days men, Canadians are proud of you, so don’t hang your heads, you did a good job.
Given how busy I was this week not a lot got out on the Twitter Feed, however, I did manage to get some oldies out for my readers enjoyment:
The importance of making sure things are clean and well behaved in life is very important (financially), however if you are running a petit business the way I am here (small just doesn’t really say how small it is), it is very important to know what you have written and what is still hanging around in your archive of stories. I have started cleaning up my archives, and will continue to do so for the next month or so, and I may then change the look of this site as well (I am sick of it, and have been for a while).
Yesterday was Bastille Day in France, so hopefully my French cousins enjoyed their Independence Day (effectively).
With this clean out, I may go back under 2000 posts, we shall see, but because I am wandering through the archives, my Tweet posts from the archives are much more interesting these days as well:
If you did Donate $25 a Week, you’d be surprised how much money you were actually giving away every year (and I am sure there are Charities that would love to have the money too).
With OK My Man I ranted about the lack of respect shown by many folks in the service industry, now I don’t get too rude with them in return, however, I do try to find ways to not use the service if this happens as well (i.e. vote with my feet).
With the iPhone being 5 years old and RIM announcing terrible numbers on that day, I figured I’d look back at my initial views on the iPhone.
With Occam’s Razor I took the concept to a financial point of view.
I figured I’d give some good news with If this gets paid off, ANY debt is payable! I remember when the actual cost of the Big Owe was published and I thought how can $1B get paid off by a city, well, it happened a while ago.
It’s important to keep things simple and that is the point with If You Hear Hoof beats…. , most of the times the obvious answer is the right one.