Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup – # 1 – October 9th, 2011

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One thing that has been on my blog radar for quite some time now is to start putting together a weekly roundup. For about 5 months now, I’ve had a general idea about what theme I wanted the ongoing roundup series to have, what I wanted to include as far as content, and the overall purpose.

What’s the purpose, you might be asking? Simple! I feel like with a roundup, I’ll be able to connect with you, the readers, on a more personal (non personal finance informational transmission only) level, encourage community, and also to give back to the other bloggers around the blogosphere who have mentioned My Personal Finance Journey throughout the past week.

As far as the theme goes, the title of the roundup gives it away. The roundup theme is named after the Lionel Richie song, Easy Like Sunday Morning, to remind us of the importance of slowing down at least once a week to take appreciation for that which transpired over the past few days.

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Weekly Updates from Jacob’s Personal Finance Journey and Life

  • Unfortunately, I was not able to get away to attend the 1st ever Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago this past week. However, I have very much been enjoying reading all of the detailed recap posts from the >200 bloggers who did attend. 
  • Free From Broke included a very detailed listing of all of the posts around the blogosphere recaping the conference in his recap post, and Good Financial Cents posted an AMAZING video featuring interviews with close to 30 of the bloggers and sponsors. 
  • As far as my personal finances go, this past week has been pretty routine, with no big expenditures occurring. The main thing I am planning for right now is to save $700 for a trip to New York City in November to accompany my girlfriend (who runs a wine blog called The Academic Wino, which I’d recommend checking out) when she does the New York City Marathon on November 6th. 
  • As far as my life in general, this past week, I have been continuing my graduate school research in Alzheimer’s disease in my lab (see picture of me at my lab work area below, of course sporting the proper PPE!) and have started a new half marathon training program to get ready for the Richmond Suntrust Half-Marathon in mid-November. My best time for this race is 1 hour 30 minutes. We’ll see if I can get close to this this year. Should be fun nonetheless! 
Yours truly in my lab explaining the Alzheimer’s research I do to my parents during a tour. 

My Favorite 10 Posts of the Past Week

I read quite a few interesting posts throughout the madness that sometimes is the work week. Listed below were 10 of my favorites. Enjoy!

If you’re interested in submitting an article for consideration/inclusion to this roundup, just email me by clicking here. Since I’m only 1 guy without a time-machine to give me unlimited time each day, sometimes I miss some really good articles in the blogosphere, and it’s good to be notified of them directly. 

Guest Posts from Personal Finance Bloggers on My Personal Finance Journey

There were no guest posts from other PF bloggers on My Personal Finance Journey this week. Let’s change that, shall we?

If you’re an individual PF blogger (not a company that has a blog) and would like to guest post on my site, please click here to read more details about how to kick off the guest posting process. I’d love to hear from you!

Blasts From the Past

For the first 6 months after I started this blog, I pretty much “blogged in a cave.” What I mean by this is that I cranked out over 200 very good blog articles in this time period, but since I didn’t know any better, I didn’t reach out to other bloggers, get involved with the online community through commenting on other sites, or do any kind of site promotion at all. As you can imagine, some of the articles written during this time period didn’t get the attention that I think they deserved corresponding to the content contained.

The Blast from the Past section will feature one old My Personal Finance Journey article each week that I feel is high quality, but was published prior to my blog having any sort of real readership. This week’s article is listed below:

Ways for Parents to Give Their Children a Head Start in Life

Personal Finance “Mad Props” of the Week Award

Every once in a while, when I’m reading an article or site in the personal finance blogosphere, I’ll be so impressed in hearing about what a person did or wrote about, that all I can say to myself is WOW! This section of the roundup will serve as a running “home” for recognizing outstanding achievement. 

The winner this week is J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy. He won head-over-heels more Plutus Awards at this year’s Financial Blogger Conference than anyone else, runs an incredibly entertaining blog, and spearheads the charitable Love Drop event on top of being a full-time blogger.

If you know of someone in the PF blogging world that is really doing amazing things, feel free to send me an email for consideration in future roundups.

Giveaways

Listed below are the giveaways I’ve come across in my journey through the personal finance blogosphere this week (along with the links so that you can head over and enter!). 
  • Accountant By Day is giving away over $200 is cash prizes during the entire month of October.
  • Squirrelers is giving away $75 in gift cards through October 11th.
  • The Penny Hoarder is giving away a Nintendo Wii Bundle with Mario Kart through October 30th.
  • The Thousandaire is giving away close to the $700 in prizes through October 15th. I’m sponsoring one of the prizes too! 
  • Free Money Finance is giving away free tickets for a dinner and fundraising show where you can meet him.    
  • Buck Inspire and Retire by 40 have teamed up to give away a Kindle Fire and a Mango Passport Bundle to celebrate their 1 year blogging anniversary (both of them started on the same day) until November 7th. 

If you’re hosting a giveaway and it’s not listed above, please send me an email to let me know, and I’ll get it included in next week’s roundup! 

Blog Carnivals Featuring My Personal Finance Journey Articles

    If you are hosting a carnival that includes (or included) My Personal Finance Journey and I missed listing it here (I don’t get trackbacks since I’m not on WordPress, so I have to rely on direct email and Google Alert notifications), please email me so I can include it in my roundup. Thanks!

    Top 10 Referring Sites to My Personal Finance Journey This Past Week

    1. Life Hacker (700 visits in one afternoon)
    2. Yakezie
    3. Pulse News
    4. Free Money Finance
    5. A Rich Life
    6. Arbor Investment Planner Blog
    7. Health Insurance Colorado
    8. Consumerism Commentary
    9. Control Your Cash
    10. One Cent at a Time

    Top 5 My Personal Finance Journey Commenters From the Past Week

    1. Krantcents (who I’m convinced is the most prolific blog commenter in the world – anyone care to 2nd this?! Every post I go to he’s already commented on!).
    2. 20’s Finances.
    3. Free Money Wisdom.
    4. BatShite – Scott T. Bartlett.
    5. Tracy from CESI Debt Solutions

    Best Reader Submitted Question From the Past Week

    This section will serve as a running location for any very insightful, high quality questions submitted by readers throughout the week.
    There were no questions submitted this week. However, if you are wondering something about personal finance, please feel free to email me and ask!

    My Other Sites

    Currently, my only other site besides this one is The Carnival of Passive Investing, which runs monthly editions. If you have any passive investing posts you’ve written recently, you can submit them to be included in the carnival.  

    However, I have several other domain names purchased, and I am currently learning WordPress Self-Hosted to get these sites live as soon as time allows! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on progress.

    Well, that wraps up this week! If you have any suggestions or recommendations for things you’d like to see in this weekly roundup, just let me know by sending me an email!

    As always, thanks to all the readers for creating such a great community here at My Personal Finance Journey. Your interaction is what keeps me going on this blog!

    Until next time – Jacob

    Comments

    1. Thank you for the link and my new status of prolific commenter. I think I am on a mission or quest to reach my goals.
      My recent post KC Awards: Clone Wars Edition

      • No problem Krantcents! I think you are well on your way! Are you expanding outside the PF blog realm of commenting soon? You should think about offering your commenting services for hire! I'm sure people would be interested!
        My recent post Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup – # 2 – October 16th, 2011

    2. 20sfinances says:

      Great round up. It is appropriate that Krantcents has beat me to commenting on this post. 🙂 I love the picture, by the way.
      My recent post 5 Ways to Cut Costs – Week 10

      • Yeah, gotta love the dorky science picture! haha. But yes, very fitting that you and krantcents were the same order commenting as in the listing above!
        My recent post Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup – # 2 – October 16th, 2011

    3. Ben - BankAim says:

      “(who I’m convinced is the most prolific blog commenter in the world – anyone care to 2nd this?! Every post I go to he’s already commented on!).”

      I’ll second that! krantcents is everywhere.. I noticed that a few weeks ago! 😉

    4. Great roundup outline. Mine is much shorter on Fridays-will have to rethink the format.
      Would love more info on your Alzheimer's research.
      My recent post Choosing the Right College: A Potential $100+K Mistake?

    5. Hey, just discovered your very cool blog today and it’s gonna be one that I defo follow. Why? Because I also see krantcents comment everywhere and love that you pointed it out LOL. Good on you krantcents 🙂

      “blogged in a cave”?? Damn I can relate!

      Loved the articles you linked to. Gave me a nice little break for my normal dose of full of internet marketing

      • Glad you liked the article Sunny! Did you have trouble getting the word out about your articles when you first started blogging too?
        My recent post Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup – # 2 – October 16th, 2011

        • The problem I faced was that I thought I didnt need to connect with other bloggers and that my content would naturally attract readers. Now I realize it's a lot about networking – especially when you are starting out.
          My recent post Amex Platinum Cashback

          • haha! That sounds very familiar to what I thought when I first started. Or, it might have been that I was NOT thinking!
            My recent post Contents and Building Insurance – Are These Coverage Types Necessary and What Do They Include?

    6. Great round up. I am looking forward to your blast from the past series. Thanks for sharing the pic too. It is neat to see you in your glory at work.

      • Thanks Miss T! Hope you enjoy the articles! I included a new blast from the past article in this week's roundup regarding Homeowner's Insurance! An exhilarating topic!
        My recent post Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup – # 2 – October 16th, 2011

    7. Thanks so much for the love my man!! You are awesome. Composing an email right now to you 🙂 Keep up the good work! I want to see you at the next FINCON!
      My recent post My Realtor’s Two Main Clients: The Wealthy & The Poor

    8. Great roundup outline. Mine is much shorter on Fridays-will have to rethink the format.
      Would love more info on your Alzheimer's research.

      • Thanks for reading Dean. I look forward to reading your future roundups as well.

        My research in Alzheimer's disease involves discovering new drugs that target the toxic amyloid-beta protein aggregates that are associated with the disease.
        My recent post Contents and Building Insurance – Are These Coverage Types Necessary and What Do They Include?

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