After years of blogging and essentially starting from scratch with no skills, no knowledge, no network and no talent, I toiled away for hours on end learning about blogging, platforms, networking, SEO and content. I used to be envious of other bloggers whose success seemed to be second nature since they worked in Silicon Valley where everyone who’s anyone has a blog, or their relative or buddy got them into blogging or whatever. I had found it odd that for years, even in 2010, I had never, ever met a single person in my personal life or worklife who had a blog. Finally, as luck would have it, right under my nose at our neighborhood Christmas party, there was a small crowd of guys hanging around talking about the state of affairs in the US. Inevitably, the conversation moved to one gentleman’s blog. As we got to talking, I couldn’t believe the similarities in our beliefs and concerns over the deficit, fiat currency collapse, hyperinflation, the impending collapse of municipalities, more bailouts to come – you know, doom and gloom that goes great with a holiday party. While our wives were singing carols in the next room, we were talking economics. So, I outed myself as well in front of my neighbors since I don’t publicize my moonlighting, and we were talking about our blogs a bit. As it turns out, he runs a great blog, very well-followed (much more-so than me) with lots of funny commentors and he puts a TON of effort into each post. If you like my writing here, stuff like ZeroHedge, The Mish, Roubini, Taleb and others, then you’ll love The Burning Platform – go check him out and comment, subscribe to his RSS and enjoy the misery! Happy Festivus!
Here are some of my favorite reads from the week:
The Burning Platform – The Bernie Who Stole Christmas
Zero Hedge –Is the Government Rigging US Equities Returns?
Oblivious Investor – 2011 Tax Brackets
Financial Highway – Your Thoughts – Gold Bubble?
Five Cent Nickel – 10 Year End Tax Moves
Financial Samurai – 2010 Year in Review
Early Retirement Extreme – Lifestyle Design Robust?
Consumerism Commentary – It’s Festivus!
Wealth Pilgrim – How a Mortgage Works
Canadian Finance Blog – 10 Free Personal Finance Sites
My Journey to Millions – Tax Law Changes Summary for 2011
Invest it Wisely – Gold Profits…
KNS Financial – 6 Free Ways to Reward Your Employees
Len Penzo – 12 Days of Christmas
PF Firewall – Free Shipping Day Bad for Savers?
NarrowBridge Financial – The Case for Walmart
Some Stuff I Wrote:
- 6 Reasons You Need More Emerging Markets Exposure – How to Play It
- Muni Bond Market Imploding – How to Play It
- Hedge Funds Using Twitter Traffic – Can You Exploit This?
- Study Tips from a Guy Who’s Been Outta College for a Decade
- Buyer Beware: Customer Loyalty Programs Can Cost You More
- 5 Ways to Avoid Layoffs by Standing Out
- ETFs Offer Incredible Benefits…with a Dark Side
- 5 Reasons to Ignore the January Effect
- Would You Lend to This Guy?
- 2011 Energy Tax Credit Summary
- Silly Store Shenanigans – Price Cuts vs Return Policy
- 6 Figures? You Get 2 Bonuses Next Year