December 1, 2009, 7:12 am

The Financial Blogger 3rd Anniversary and Giveaways!

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Miscellaneous
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Back on November 15th 2006, I was creating my very first post (not much to say about it! Hahaha!).  It has now been 3 action-packed years since then.  I have been waking up in the bus with my laptop under my arm early in the morning 5 days a week. While most people read or sleep, I open my little plastic case and my fingers dance on the keyboard, at times as fast as a cheetah going for its prey.

I first started this blog in order to share my passion about finance and to improve my English writing skills. Since then, my priorities toward the blog have grown as it is now part of my website company. The purpose of this blog will always remain: talking about money, opening our minds to the marvellous world of finance without limits and having fun!

In 2009, I wrote a few posts that I really like such as:

Making a 6 figure income at the age of 28

– My series on sources of passive income

Survival guide to an MBA

– The difference between index mutual funds and ETF’s

Best stocks of 2009 contest

The blog also has grown with the help of many other bloggers. Here’s a big thank you to the following:

Million Dollar Journey

Canadian Capitalist

Mike from Four Pillars

SVB from The Digerati Life

The Dividend Guy Blog

Those are the “five pillars” that help me in my day-to-day adventure as a blogger.

I would also like to give a special mention to Richard Handcock, Primerica agent. While I will never work for this company, Richard was kind enough to share his perspective on this long debated topic over The Financial Blogger. He is the living proof that the company doesn’t make the advisor. There good and bad advisors everywhere. Richard is surely part of the 1st category.

Since I purchased Gather Little by Little a few months ago, I have also discovered a whole new world of great blogs. Here’s a few of them:

Man Vs. Debt

This guy impresses me with the originality of his posts. He has the capacity of writing long and well thought out posts.

Cash Money Life

I have learned a lot from the guy behind the blog by reading about his quality advice on how to manage a blog and make it prosper. Definitely a star Blogger according to me!

Frugal Dad

This frugal dad always comes up with nice writing about how to save money. While being frugal is still a huge challenge for me, he is an inspiration.

Bible Money Matters

Peter not only writes about personal finance but he is doing some great logos for websites as well! I particularly appreciate his practical way of presenting financial concepts and how you can apply them in a simple manner to your daily life.

Good Financial Cents

This is another great Blogger who had a lot of success in 2009. As a fellow CFP, I can appreciate his effort to provide quality financial planning content to his readers.


Alright, enough with the Blogger link love and here comes the giveaway to thank the most important part of my blog: Loyal readers!

ipod-touch1st prize: iPod Touch!

2nd prize: $50 gift card at Amazon

3rd prize: $25 gift card at Amazon

How to enter the contest?

#1 sign up for the free trading lessons course and forward me your confirmation email at thefinancialblogger at gmail dot com. This is 100% free and there are no other subscription scam attached to it, promise!

#2 leave a comment saying what you would like to see in 2010 on The Financial Blogger

#3 register to my new mailing list (on the top right of the blog)

Winners will be announced on Friday December 11th so you can get your prize before Christmas!

The Financial Blogger has now become bigger and better in 2009 and I hope it will continue to grow in the upcoming years. One thing is for sure, if I can do it, it will be because of you; my loyal readers! I have always wanted and dreamed of earning a living from my writing.  Having thought it was not really possible since writing books has not become the Klondike for many people. But now, I am seeing a window of opportunity through this blog… it is truly an AMAZING feeling!

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Congratulations – I’d like to see articles on how to budget for a small business and financial impact of kids.

Enjoyable site. Thanks.

by: Deborah Brouwer | December 4th, 2009 (1:51 pm)

Hi – thanks for an excellent blog. I’d like to see some specific posts on the psychology of spending.

I would love any tips on getting through school without $100K in student debt.

Congratulations for 3 years of useful articles!

I’d love to see some articles about international allocations.

Keep up the good work!

Did #’s one and 2, and I’d LOVE to read more about preparing for retirement at a younger age….

and CONGRATS!!!!!

by: Russ Giles | December 4th, 2009 (7:14 pm)

Mike, I’d like to see some dividend stock specifics, such as pay dates, list of monthly payers, history of special dividend declarations, etc. Thanks for the contest, and the personal replies!

I’d love to see more info and help on finding a job after being laid off – again!!! Third time in less than 3 years. I haven’t had a permanent job in almost 3 years! Very frustrating!!! Of course, I do live in southeastern Michigan, the worst economy in the country – highest unemployment, foreclosures, etc., and can use all the help I can get! Also, tips on saving as much money as possible while on unemployment and maintaining my excellent credit. I do have some savings, which I’ve been able to maintain but not build due to being laid off and each new temp job paying less than the one before! Also, I have no idea how long it will take me this time to find a job, as they are INCREDIBLY scarce around here and it’s getting worse all the time! They’re saying it might take over 10 years for this area to recover! And, if we wanted to move, we can’t – we can’t sell our homes, at least not without a HUGE loss, and moving is VERY expensive anyway. It’s SO very scary! Thank you!

I would like to read more about investing in emerging markets–ETFs or perhaps more direct methods, currency hedging, risks, etc.

by: Darryl Lapaire | December 5th, 2009 (1:09 am)

What I’d like to see is more info on the true value of an MBA – does it matter which school it’s from and what does it cost. What is the ROI on that piece of paper?

Congrats on 3 years. I’d love to read more about teaching your kids the value of money.

Congrats on year 3. I’d like to hear how you balance work, business, family and education. Your posts on how you accomplished your MBA were very insightful.

by: Yuko Tanaka | December 5th, 2009 (3:11 am)

In 2010, I would like to see you write more about giving as a component of financial health. What are different methods of giving that you support? Do you do this weekly, monthly? Is it a money thing, or do you believe that giving time is as good as giving money? How much should you give? Etcetera.

I’d just like to see a little more focus on the “get what you give” portion, I guess.

Thank you!

Congrats. I woul d like to hear move about the second stages of finanancial health – what to do after you have paid off debt and are saying toward retirement

Congratulations! I’ve just started investing directly through a discount broker, for now just with ETFs, so any topics that can help me with that are great.

Good for you. Three years is a heck of a long time in the blogging world :). I’d enjoy more posts on dividend investing as well as passive management investing.

Congrats… I think it would be beneficial to have specific stock picks and trace the portfolio’s performance!


Hey Mike, count me in for the draw. I’d like to see more giveaways. 😛

Kidding – just keep doing what you are doing.

Great site!

I would like to read more about trading – some nitty gritties would be nice. Also some of your thoughts on balancing work, businesses and family.

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Congrats! I’d like to see an article on some of the retirement strategies, like RRSP meltdowns and annuities.

I’d like to see an article ” stock market for dummies ” , because I still dont totally understand the stock market.

Congrats on 3 years! I’d be interested to see some posts on dividend investing and on leveraging in general.

Congrats. I would like to see home savings articles.

I hope i made the cutoff for the contest!! i would like to read more about good budgetting habits & lifetime financial planning (what and when). Thanks!!

Thanks for the great posts. I’ve been reading your blog religiously for a while now. I’d like to read a post on the valuation of a blog.

Awesome giveaway, and congrats on the milestone!

Very nice give-a-ways.
My husband and I both retired before the age of 65 and now that our income is basically fixed, we become very nervous with the fluctuating markets.
I would enjoy reading articles on diversifying our funds to protect them so we can enjoy our retirement.

Congrats on 3 years and wish you many more in the blogosphere! Any and all things leverage and commodities.