For the second year in a row I’m speaking at the Financial Blogger Conference. This year there’s something new going on: the “PF Olympics,” a competition for the best personal finance writing.
The competition is kind of like being on “Dancing With The Stars”: It doesn’t really matter whether your footwork is as good as the other couple’s. As with just about any Internet-based contest, the determining factor is how many votes you get.
An element of skill is involved, if you get to the finals. But I’m not there yet, so once again I’m asking for your help.
The top three finishers in each category will be given one week to write an article on a topic of the judges’ choosing. That’s where the rubber will meet the road, where it will actually matter if you work hard at the craft of writing vs. the art of social networking. I’m pretty good at one and piss-poor at the other. (Guess which is which?)
Currently I’m No. 7 in one category and tied for No. 11 in another. That’s why I’m asking for your help in getting my work considered. If you think the way I write is worth a vote, I’d sure appreciate it.
Here are the links:
Should you have time to read/vote only once, I’d ask that you select the Get Rich Slowly piece, “Stealth savings: Sneaky ways to fatten your wallet.” I think it has more of a chance of winning — in part because of the subject matter and, yeah, because GRS has more readers and J.D. Roth has asked them to go over and take a look.
Feel free to share those links with friends. (Yes, I acknowledge that the DWTS factor is kind of cheesy. But you play by the posted rules, right?)
Re the “high-stakes” reference: The top prize is a $1,000 American Express gift card. Who wouldn’t want to win that?
More to the point, I am staring down a major (and expensive) life change in the near future. A grand’s worth of plastic scrip would certainly be useful. (I’d also spend part of it on items for my Friday giveaways.)
Voting ends July 29. Thanks for your help, if you feel like extending it.
P.S. Not ready to write about the life-changing event just yet, but watch this space.