A while ago, I wrote a post about Some Thoughts on Financial Bloggers. 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)). After spending an entire weekend in a room with many Financial Bloggers, I can revisit my concepts a little.
The most interesting observation I can make about CPFC13 (Canadian Personal Finance Conference 2013) was that there was only one segment solely on Finance (a panel I chaired on Investing). There is a great need to learn how to write articulately 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 was that Personal Finance (as a writing topic) is a dull subject. There is a great need to differentiate yourself from the thousands of other voices that are out there. I somewhat agree with that message. There are countless outstanding Financial writers out there, but what makes folks read their content? What differentiates a great deal between 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. My way of being different is by writing in a personal style and talking about things in my life (mostly).
An exciting weekend, and as usual, while the conference topics were interesting, the most exciting 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 do, but this volume may decrease in the next little while. We shall see.