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June 2, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this Saturday, June 2, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's weekly review of the best posts from the best-hosted of the week's major business and money-related blog carnivals!

Every week, we scan through hundreds of blog posts contributed to dozens of money and business-related blog carnivals, seeking out the very best posts in each carnival. The best one we find from all the carnivals we read wins the title of being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM) And for those posts that make the cut to the final round of competition in finding The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM), we award the title of being Absolutely essential reading!(TM)

This week, we were surprised to find that many of the best posts in the various carnivals involved lists of one type or another. Not wanting to miss out on the action, here's one of our own listing our thoughts why that might be the case:

  1. It's a purely random occurrence. Really, the list writers just got lucky this week!

  2. The list format forces better writing on the part of the carnival contributors. Yeah, a writer could just post their grocery list on their blog, but describing why each item is on the list takes thought and making each item interesting takes talent.

  3. They're easier to read. Compared to other formats, blog posts (and online writing in general) benefit from short, succinct statements that get the writer's point across quickly. The list format lends itself to that.

Now that we've shared our thoughts on the matter, we'll be deliberating avoiding list posts in the upcoming weeks - unless they're of spectacular quality! Until then, the best posts of the week that was await below....

On the Moneyed Midways for June 2, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Fraud Protecting Your Business Against Internal Fraud The Authentic Bartender Embezzlement, internal theft, payoffs, kickbacks and skimming (oh my!) - George Courtney describes many of the different ways your employees might be harming you and your business!
Carnival of Fraud The American Nightmare: An Illustration of the Subprime Lending Mess and Borrowing Bust [A Flowchart] The Digerati Life The Silicon Valley Blogger maps out the path to ruin taken by the unsuspecting victims of "crooked" agents and "slimy" subprime lenders.
Carnival of the Capitalists Six Rules to Avoid PR Disasters SOX First Leon Gettler lists the six things you and your company can do after encountering problems with your products or services to recover your most important resource - your reputation.
Carrnival of Real Estate How to Remove Cigarette Smell from Your Home Laguna Niguel Real Estate We often see lots of commentary about the real estate market and business issues facing real estate agents, but we don't often see the things they have to do to make a house acceptable to potential buyers. Rory reveals a three step plan to repairing the effects of years of cigarette smoke on a house.
Festival of Frugality Six Common Myths: Adding a Baby to a Household Costs a Lot of Money SavingAdvice Young couples often put off having children because they believe its too expensive for them. Wixx goes after the myths of high baby expenses with some common sense frugality.
Festival of Frugality Frugal vs. Cheap Blunt Money Is there a difference between being frugal and being cheap? Blunt Money clarifies the difference and provides a useful list of examples! Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Stocks Bullish on the U.S. Dollar Wealth Building Lessons The US dollar has been trending down in relative value for several years now, but the Wealth Builder thinks it might be due for a springback in the short term and describes how he's making his bet! Absolutely essential reading!
Personal Growth Carnival How to Strike Gold in Your Life ZenChill.com Power Tools Raymond David Salas draws lessons from the 1849 California Gold Rush to apply to today's pursuit of The Secret. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Real Estate Investing "What's the Difference Between ROI and CAP Rate?" Bigger Pockets Joshua Dorkin answers the investing question asked by a member of Bigger Pocket's forum (well worth reading for the discussion!)
Small Business Issues 12 Ways for a Small Business to Beat Tesco Business Opportuniites and Ideas The story is from Britain, but John Crickett's 12 suggestions apply to small business owners anywhere a larger competitor moves into their market.

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