I don’t normally like to interrupt the stream of personal finance articles with something that’s more related to the website than it is to money, but this is an important message that can help support the entire community of blogs that focus on writing about personal finance. If administration-type articles don’t interest you, skip ahead to read about the extreme couponer arrested for stealing newspapers or listen to our podcast about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but I encourage you to read further.
I founded Consumerism Commentary at a time when there weren’t many personal blogs dedicated solely to the writer’s financial journey. Since that time, there has been an explosion of personal websites focusing on money management, long-term investing, frugality, and the role of money in designing a satisfying life, or in making sure all the bills get paid, or in taking advantage of rewards opportunities.
Even if websites like these weren’t able to generate income, there would still be a good variety of great writing in this genre, detached from mainstream media and from product- or service-focused companies using blogs as a marketing tool. In an effort to bring more attention to this style of personal writing about personal finance, the Plutus Awards reward bloggers and independent writers for publishing their best work and moving the industry forward. The Plutus Awards also allow this community of independent writers to honor the best products and services.
As of today, nominations are open to the public, and will be so for only a couple of weeks. After the nominations are collected, a panel will choose finalists, and voting will be open to the public. The winners will be announced at the Financial Blogger Conference in October.
I encourage all bloggers and readers to nominate their favorite blogs and products for the Second Annual Plutus Awards.