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Three Things I Think From a Financial Blogging Conference (and Personal Finance Links)

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I went to the first financial blogger conference this weekend. I met a lot of people and learned a ton. What does this mean for you? A better website is likely to be coming down the pipeline. Here are a few other ideas I had while I work to put them together:

  • Twitter Changes Everything 1 - I think that Twitter changed the conference in an unexpected way. There was a level of accountability for the panels. One of the panels tried to justify payday loans and another person said that they want people who don't pay off their credit cards. I understand that's how these people make money, but the reaction on Twitter was awesome. I realized that I wasn't alone in being surprised by this.
  • Twitter Changes Everything 2 - My wife was following the conference from a couple of thousand miles away and knew more than I did about many of the things that were going on. She was effectively everywhere at the conference.
  • Best Lazy Learning Idea - I think you should buy the books from Mike Piper of Oblivious Investor. He's got a series that focuses on covering a topic in 100 pages or fewer. When I tweeted that I'd like to read his book, he came and found me. Don't know how he did it, but I'm giving some time to read Can I Retire? over the next few days - though I probably go get through the book in a couple of hours if I focused on it.

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  4. Generation X Finance asks can you afford to have kids in this economy?
  5. Million Dollar Journey posts what is a pension adjustment (PA)?
  6. My Dollar Plan explores can stores set minimum credit card purchase amounts?
  7. The Sun’s Financial Diary presents easy ways to trim household costs (part 1).
  8. Money Smart Life continues his interview series – Bible Money Matters.

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20 Responses to “Three Things I Think From a Financial Blogging Conference (and Personal Finance Links)”

  1. Glen Craig says:

    It was great meeting you at the conference.

    You’re so right about Twitter. It really is a game-changer. (And you’re right about Mike Piper too. Super nice and uber-intelligent).

  2. Hey Lazy, It was great meeting up at fincon. Seems the twitter factor is in fact huge. Farnoosh honed in on that as well! Gotta check out some of your links, looks like good reading :)

  3. Mike Holman says:

    Hey LM – Great to meet you in person. I see the Pats won on Sunday, so you must be pretty happy.

  4. I didn’t get to meet you during the conference, but Twitter was a HUGE tool. When I was introducing myself to people, they kept saying “I saw you on Twitter”. I got the book too, and I can’t wait to read it!

    • Lazy Man says:

      Briana, I didn’t get a chance to say hello to you either, but I saw you and love what you are doing. I wish I was so focused on personal finance at age 20. I wouldn’t be surprised to see you start a new website in 10 years: 30 and Retired :-).

  5. Evan says:

    I was pretty jealous as I was reading on Twitter everyone meeting each other!

  6. Glad to hear you enjoyed the conference! I’m a big fan of Mike Piper’s investing ideas as well.

  7. It was so good meeting you. I have to remember to come by and stalk you more often…in a lazy way, of course.

  8. MR says:

    Since I read your blog before having my own, it was great meeting you!

    Actually, I didn’t use twitter much until I saw the tweets on the fincon screens. I’ll be using it more too!

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  10. Kelly says:

    It was an amazing conference. Twitter is always my go to source for info on everything, and I avidly followed the hashtag all weekend so I could see what I missing (since I sadly can not be in three places at once).

    Hope you are recovering well. :)

  11. Mike Piper says:

    It was great to meet you at the conference and chat over dinner! I hope you do end up enjoying the book. :)

  12. Peter says:

    It was great to meet you after having read your blogs for years and having worked with you on a variety of projects over the last couple of years.

    I was the supposed “Twitter expert” on the ask the experts panels, and even I didn’t anticipate the effect that Twitter could have on a conference and on a panel session. You’re right about the accountability it brought to the panel. For a while there I thought people were going to rush the stage and put the payday loan guy’s head on a pike as a warning to all other payday people. I noticed he left shortly thereafter.

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  15. It was great meeting you at the conference. You are definitely right about the power of Twitter. I can’t even count the number of fincon11 tweets that we sent during that panel!

  16. Rob Bennett says:

    The Twitter thing is an interesting take, Lazy Man.

    The conference was super. But I am beginning to wonder if conferences in the future might be set up differently. We should get like-situated people in a room and have them talk about specified topics amongst each other. The presentations were all good. But the material put forth at the presentations can be found after you get back home. The chance to meet people is time-limited and thus offers much higher value proposition.

    Rob

    • Lazy Man says:

      There was an opportunity for that with the breakout sessions. I don’t know if anyone took advantage of them. Also, I don’t Phil wanted to have “dead time” with nothing going on. Personally, I liked having the things to do, but you are right – you felt like you missing something if you didn’t show up. In a lot of cases, I think you were – the presentations were good as you mentioned.

      I think a lot of people got to meet each other. I didn’t get a chance to connect with you, but then again I said that about at least 30-40 people after the conference.

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