The very first post on Money and Such was published on February 27, 2007 - two years already. Time flies when you are having fun... and what a couple of years to be writing about personal finance, am I right?
My first post was about my investment philosophy, i.e. buy-and-hold index investing. Over the past 18 months that was quite a painful philosophy to stick to, but we're staying the course believing that in spite of all the pain, and possibly because of it, this strategy will yield the desired results in the long run. If you're worried about the market just remember: "past performance is no indication of future results"...
Money and Such has not taken the world of personal finance blogging by storm, nor did I expect it to (although I might have secretly dreamed that it would). There are many personal finance bloggers out there and many of them crank out high quality materials and do a killer job of getting the word out about deals and bargains and are simply fun to read. Still, even though there are hundreds of personal finance bloggers out there, I believe that Money and Such fills a relatively under served niche in the blogospehre. The way I see it, most personal finance blogs focus primarily on the basics of educating the public on how to start taking better care of their personal finances. The topic is well covered by well informed, talented writers, whose blogs are far more popular than Money and Such will ever be.
At Money and Such, I write about the topics that are of interest to me, which tend to be slightly more complex than what I find on other personal finance blogs. Yes, I write about investing, but I try to tackle a little more advanced topics such as diversification strategies and the impact of dividends. I write about the economy and economic policy. I am not an economist, but I am a lawyer and MBA by training and my views are colored by my industry experience of what works and what doesn't. They are also colored by my bias against government intervention in the markets, except for by means of well crafted regulation - which is why I recently spoke out against government imposed salary caps.
At least once a week I typically write a post about career planning - my career is important to me, and I devote a lot of time to thinking about it and analyzing it. I also try to observe the careers of those around me to learn what works and what doesn't. This type of observation led to such posts as the true value of two incomes and avoiding dead-end career paths. Oh yes, occasionally I have been known to go on a little rant that's completely off topic. That's one of the privileges of having your own blog...
So what to expect from Money and Such? Pretty much more of the same. I like the way this blog has been evolving and the topic mix so far. I expect to continue posting 3 or 4 times a week. How long will Money and Such be around? Don't know. I fully expected it to disappear after a few months, but it sort of became a habit. It's still fun and it will keep going as long as it is.
With that little monologue, let me solicit your input. Any advice on where to take this blog? Things that you would like to see less or more of? New topics that you would like me to cover?Should I finally get my own domain name, and if so, how the hell do you set-up your own website? Let me know by jotting down a quick comment. Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon!
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