When I’m not busy with Consumerism Commentary, I have a small window for working on other projects. Most of these have stemmed from Consumerism Commentary or focus on the personal finance community, but every so often I get a chance to focus on my other interests. Here are some of the other projects I work on, though I still haven’t been able to spend as much time on them as I would like.
The Carnival of Personal Finance was the first of its kind in this particular community. Each week, a different blog reviews a hundred or so submissions from other bloggers to highlight the best in blog-based writing. Since 2005, this Carnival has been a great way for new blogs to receive exposure within the community while larger blogs have the opportunity to help others succeed. When done properly, the Carnival can be entertaining, informative, and worthwhile to everyone who participates. Last week’s Color Theory Edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance was hosted by Fiscal Fizzle.
I thank Revanche from A Gai Shan Life, who has been managing most of the weekly administration of the Carnival of Personal Finance.
The Ad-Free Personal Finance Blogs Aggregator (pfblogs.org) is an index of active blogs that focus on personal finance, investing, and real estate. Today, most submissions I receive for inclusion are for blogs that are written for search engines rather than human beings. Using this list, it’s easier to find quality personal writing about personal finance. If you are a blogger whose blog should be included, add it today. This site is overdue for an overhaul, and if you’re interested in assisting with the management of this service, let me know.
The Plutus Awards is an annual awards show highlighting the best personal finance blogs and articles. We accept nominations in a variety of categories, and the entire personal finance blogging community is invited to vote for their favorites among the finalists. This year, nominations will begin soon, voting will take place towards the end of the summer, and the winners will be announced at a live event this fall.
Although it’s directly part of Consumerism Commentary, the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is like a website unto itself. Producing the Podcast involves finding topics to cover, making arrangements with guests, working with potential advertisers, and handling public relations. While Tom Dziubek is on hiatus during tax season, I was fortunate enough to be able to work with Bryan J Busch, who has done a wonderful job filling in, including developing questions that get to the heart of every issue.
These projects don’t leave much time for other things in my life at the moment, but I have been trying to spend some time learning about photography. At one time, I was involved with music education in the area, as well, but that has not been a focus for some time, unfortunately.
In addition to the Carnival of Personal Finance listed above, there are additional, similar carnivals within the personal finance blogging world. I participate in these occasionally, and this past week, Consumerism Commentary articles were featured in The Best of Money Carnival, The Carnival of Traders and Investors, and The Festival of Frugality.