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October 15, 2010

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, October 15, 2010 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where we bring you the best posts we found among the best of the past week's money and business blog carnivals for your education and entertainment!

We have another case study in how not to host a blog carnival. The sad thing for us is that the host only did one thing wrong and aside from the one thing, we would consider the carnival to have been well done.

But that one thing completely wrecked it. And unfortunately, any and every casual reader who might click through to that blog carnival won't be able to avoid running into it and asking "WTF?", most likely in much more graphic language.

In this case, what that one thing is, is a photo that appears near the top of the blog carnival post. One that is, dare we say, completely out of context with the content of the blog carnival and therefore completely inappropriate. And that's putting it mildly. If you must, here is a link from the obsolete Blog Carnival site where you can link to the blog carnival in question - we do not recommend clicking through to it and we refuse to link to it directly.

What makes it a sad thing is that for the first time ever in the history of OMM, we're going to completely bypass considering any posts contributed to an otherwise well done carnival for inclusion in OMM. When we say we're presenting the best posts we found among the best of the past week's money and business-related blog carnivals, we mean it. This week, we discovered that means all it takes is just one thing to make us scratch an otherwise perfectly good blog carnival entirely from our consideration.

We apologize to the bloggers who submitted posts to the blog carnival in question. We know you had no control over the carnival host's editorial choices and had very different expectations for how your contribution to the carnival would be presented. We regret that for one of you, the carnival host effectively sabotaged your post from any chance to benefit from the small, but increased exposure that your post might have enjoyed from being included in our weekly wrapup of the best posts we found in the week that was.

We also apologize to the blog carnival's organizer, who also had no control over how this week's edition of the blog carnival would be presented.

Now, to get things back on track, for the evidence that we are indeed highlighting the best posts we found among the best of the past week's money and business-related blog carnivals, just scroll down!

On the Moneyed Midways for October 15, 2010
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Best of Money The Save 10% for Retirement Rule Is Stupid Provident Planning Paul Williams identifies the things you should consider before commiting any percentage of your income to your retirement savings.
Carnival of Debt Reduction Personal Finance Basics: Pay Cash for Everything You Buy Smart on Money Being able to pay cash for everything sounds like something that only the rich can afford, but Mr. Money discusses how he and his family make it work to their advantage on much more modest means.
Carnival of HR How to Write Job Postings That Don't Suck UpstartHR Dr. Daniel Crosby says you should first create obstacles in your job posting, then advertise your culture to help narrow down the pool of potential applicants through self-selection before determining if the remaining candidates are a genuinely good fit for your company. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Personal Finance How to Win McDonalds' Monopoly Game Bargaineering Jim Wang works out how to get the biggest bang for your buck from the fast food giant's 2010 edition of the classic board game!
Festival of Frugality Frugal Date Nights Prairie EcoThrifter Looking for low-or-no cost ideas for your next date night? Miss T offers a number of suggestions for things you and that special someone can do to find if your relationship can survive to the next level.
Carnival of Money Stories Finding a Sweet Spot for Part-Time Jobs My Wealth Builder The Super Saver isn't the ordinary worker bee. He's worked no fewer than seven part-time, mostly seasonal jobs in 2010 and here, he identifies the things he's finding to be the most important criteria to him in choosing among the jobs that are available. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Money Stories Squirreling Gone Wild #16: The Crafty Waitress Squirrelers We have to admit that our eyes light up whenever we see a new addition to the "Squirrelers Gone Wild" series among the blog carnivals we cover. This time, the Squirrelers delve into the twisted mind games a waitress inflicted upon them to try to "nudge" them into giving her a large tip. It is, hands down, The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!

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