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January 20, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the January 20, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's only weekly review of the best business, management and money-related posts from each of the week's major blog carnivals! Each week, we select the best posts from each of the blog carnivals we read, and we also select one post as being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM) As an added bonus, we also pick the near contenders for the best post of the week that was as being Absolutely essential reading!(TM)

If you're a blogger who's going to be hosting a carnival in the near future, be sure to visit this week's Carnival of Debt Reduction for a good example of how to do it well. While you don't have to present your edition of a blog carnival in a Question and Answer format, you should:

  1. Only include contributions that are on-topic for the carnival.
  2. Clearly identify the contributor and their blog!
  3. Provide enough information about the contributed post so the reader can decide if they really want to read it!

Remember, as the host of a blog carnival you're really engaged in the task of marketing what is, more or less, a weekly online magazine. Make it worth the reader's time!

And now, on to the rest of the week that was....

On the Moneyed Midways for January 20, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Blogging for Cash Where Traffic Comes From The Scratching Post K T Cat provides an invaluable discussion of where blog traffic comes from and what it takes to build a base of regular readers.
Carnival of Career Intensity How to Channel Inspiration RealitySeeds It may all sound like new-age drivel, but Lorenzo shows how things like "shape-shifting" and "channeling" might help you get unstuck in solving a problem.
Carnival of Debt Reduction This Would Be an Argument FOR an Emergency Fund Blogging Away Debt Tricia's debt repayment strategy recently went off track due to unexpected expenses. Here, she finds that a small emergency fund may be a vital element in keeping financially afloat.
Carnival of Entrepreneurs What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur? BillDA Are entrepreneurs born or made? Bill D'Alessandro tackles the chicken or the egg question of how entrepreneurs become entrepreneurs!
Carnival of Entrepreneurs Defining Entrepreneurial Failure The Probabalist Johan Holmberg takes a detailed look into why entrepreneurs fail and how they're treated when then do.
Carnival of Fraud Avoid the Next Internet Scam: Tips for Selling Safely The Digerati Life The Silicon Valley Blogger identifies a new rip-off called "the second chance scam" that affects buyers on eBay and craigslist and provides advice on how to avoid it.
Carnival of Home Business The Elevator Pitch - Your Mission Statement ipop*in How do you answer the question "What do you do?" Kristen Harrell says you need to have a "rockin'" answer to the question, not just to spark interest but to inspire yourself too! The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Investing Another Approach to Retirement Planning: Balancing a Retirement Target Fund Myself The Simple Dollar Trent looked at investing in Vanguard's Target fund portfolios for his Roth IRA, but was put off by the required minimum investment level. So instead, he's developed a plan for building his own target fund!
Carnival of Personal Finance How the Poor Get Rich Dirty Mechanism Scott Lee presents a wealth of wisdom in a very short space - not to be missed!
Carnival of Real Estate Flip This House Lawsuit The FRAUDfiles blog Tracy Coenen discovers a blog dedicated to the lawsuit surrounding one of her favorite real-estate "reality" shows and why its original hosts are no longer making new episodes.
Carnival of the Capitalists Why Lean Six Sigma Works Only Sometimes The Scratching Post Lean Six Sigma, a method for improving processes, is only sometimes effective in improving a company's bottom line results. K T Cat finds where it works well, and where it doesn't.
Cavalcade of Risk Labor Optimization at Walmart: The Big Squeeze, Revisited Workers' Comp Insider Jon Coppelman reveals how Wal-mart's efforts to better match staffing levels to customer surges may lead to increased exposure to risk. Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Stocks The Biotech Industry: 30 Years of Failure BioHealth Investor H.S. Ayoub investigates why biotech companies aren't living up to their hype, finding that Big Pharma is outperforming biotech companies by a widening margin. Absolutely essential reading!
Personal Development Carnival Don't Make the Same Mistakes George Constanza Did Instigator Blog Ben Yoskovitz lays out what the Seinfeld character could have done, and what you can do, to be successful.
Personal Growth Carnival* Personal Development Ideas: Top 10 Personal Development Ideas Gleb Reys summarizes the top 10 things you can do to improve your life that he's learned over the past year.
Real Estate Investing Do's and Don'ts for Home Remodeling Projects Rich Dad Says Jane finds the secret to getting the best results from remodeling contractors is communication. Be sure to scroll down to the end to see the results of her first remodeling project - not to mention the comments for some really good advice!
Working at Home Why Work Worldwide Success David explores the reasons why we work and how work is a fundamental part of success.

* A "Bryan C. Fleming" production. For more about the Bryan C. Fleming universe of blog carnivals, see this excellent post by the Silicon Valley Blogger at The Digerati Life (or our commentary from the December 15, 2006 edition of On the Moneyed Midways. And for the record - he did appear again this past week!

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