My 7 Links

Tripbase came up with a great idea called My 7 Links, where a nominated blog picks a post to fit in each of seven categories. Thanks to Robb (when he’s writing here), also known as Echo (when he’s writing at Boomer & Echo),  for nominating me when he wrote his entry for the My 7 Links project.

Your most beautiful post

Picking a beautiful post is a tough one for a site focused on personal finance info. So instead I’ll pick the one time in our two and a half year span that I missed getting a post out on a weekday. No Posts, Baby On The Way! was a rushed update that I wrote just before we went to the hospital for the birth of our first child. Hopefully when the next one comes, I’ll be a little more prepared!

Your most popular post

The most popular post on Canadian Finance Blog is Dirty Car Dealership Tactics. Apparently people don’t like being scammed by some of the shady car dealers out there, which lead to this post being on the front page of Digg and picked up by a couple major news sites.

Your most controversial post

While most of the posts in the Insurance You Can Do Without series could have made the cut, I’ll choose How Much Does Raising A Child Cost? It’s not easy putting a number to this, and the comments turned into a debate on whether a mother should stay home or head back into the workforce.

Your most helpful post

The most helpful post is probably Ways To Save Money. Not so much for the post itself, but the amount of ways to save money that it links to. Check it out and I’m sure you’ll find at least one new thing you could be doing to save money.

A post who’s success surprised you

Almost two years ago, I was was wondering if Mint.com was coming to Canada? Turns out I wasn’t the only one. For about a year this post was my top traffic source through Google and probably lead to a lot of the growth of Canadian Finance Blog. Unfortunately I rarely see any traffic to this post now that Mint has launched in Canada.

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

Published in August 2009, I thought What Should You Do In A Recession? Buy Your Own Island! would gather a lot of attention or at least raise some eyebrows. After all, I’m pretty sure no one else was advocating island purchases in the middle of the “Great Recession”.

The post that you are the most proud of

I’ve never really gone out of my way to write that big “pillar post”, so this one’s not all that easy. I don’t know if it’s the post or the achievement, but I was quite proud when I wrote Consumer Debt Paid Off… Now What? It was a great feeling to have all our student, wedding and first child related debts paid and able to look forward to what we can do next without this burden.

My 7 Links Nominations

While it wasn’t easy to only pick 5 blogs to nominate, the ones I did choose are all people I’ve got to know pretty well and I’d really like to see their picks from their sites.

  1. Million Dollar Journey
  2. Retire Happy Blog
  3. The Financial Blogger
  4. Bible Money Matters
  5. Free From Broke

Thanks again Robb! It was fun to look back at some of the old CFB posts. I’m looking forward to seeing what the sites I nominated come up with!

Written by Tom Drake

Tom Drake is the owner and head writer of Canadian Finance Blog. While you’re here, consider signing up for the RSS feed or email subscription. Both deliver the latest articles directly to you! You can also follow me on Twitter for all the latest posts or to send me any comments or questions!

4 Responses to My 7 Links

  1. I suppose most people did not pay much attention to buying their own island because all the best islands are not up for sale (Iceland, Oahu, etc.) Or perhaps we were all just too busy trying to find the best price on beef and oranges.

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