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21 October 2006

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this special Friday Saturday, October 21, 2006 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the one place on the web where you can find the best posts from the blogosphere's major business and money-related blog carnivals! Every week, we award one post, chosen from our short list of top posts, with the title of being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM)

This week, we had more blog carnivals to consider than usual - it would seem that the fracturation (fracturing + saturation) of blog carnivals is continuing, as we're drawing upon more niche carnivals to compile OMM. We'll also note that a negative effect of this trend is that bloggers submitting posts to blog carnivals can expect much less site traffic than in the past. We've done an experiment over the last two weeks with the venerable Carnival of the Capitalists and have found that the volume of traffic originating from the carnival is far below where it was when we stopped regularly contributing to all carnivals just six months ago, despite achieving favorable placement within the carnival.

Instead, we're finding that a stronger and growing source of our traffic is coming from the web's search engines, which have improved greatly in their ability to find information in blogs. Our guess is that will be the future and that blog carnivals will go the way of the first, and recently deceased, Carnival of the Vanities.

We also anticipate that ubercarnivals like On the Moneyed Midways will replace the regular blog carnivals, just to serve the general interest reading purposes of blog surfers everywhere. Speaking of which, scroll down for the best posts of the week that was....

On the Moneyed Midways for October 21, 2006
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Business User Driven Innovation Innovation Zen Daniel Scocco looks at how businesses can tap their customers to develop new products.
Carnival of Career Intensity Looking Busy Botulus How important is it to you that you be busy all the time at work? Goss shows how working smarter, not harder is really what's important.
Carnival of Debt Reduction Hey Tricia... It's Your Pal, Your Credit Card Blogging Away Debt Tricia received an unusual letter from her credit card, wanting to go do something together. Unfortunately, it turns out she's just not that into you, Plastic!
Carnival of Fraud Fraud, Burnout and Getting What We Deserve Non-Profit Consultant Can devoting a little time each day to the "selfish" needs of non-profit workers help prevent them from the temptation of dipping into their organization's tills when they get burned out? Ken Goldstein wonders if the growing problem of fraud in non-profits might not be solved that way.
Carnival of Investing Availability of Exotic Beta Abnormal Returns Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are revolutionizing the investment options available to common investors. Abnormal Returns reveals how the kinds of investments previously only available to the very well-heeled are now trickling down to the masses.
Carnival of Passive Income Borrowers and Savers: Get Great Interest Rates My Wealth Builder Super Saver looks at how Prosper.com's wrinkle on the microloan concept (which just netted economist Mohammad Yunus the Nobel Peace Prize) to both investors and borrowers.
Carnival of Personal Finance Home Equity or Business Loan? Gina's Tax Blog Gina Gwozdz talks through why taking out a home equity loan, but not treating the loan like home equity debt on your taxes, makes better sense.
Carnival of Real Estate Broker Commissions: The Law of Thirds, Getting a Commission Matrix Jonathan Miller finds that the residential real estate brokerage business has not just a public relations problem, but also a major structural problem.
Carnival of the Capitalists 10 Reasons Why Organizations Are Not Able to Retain Employees Gautam Ghosh on Management Well worth reading if you're an employee, and mandatory reading if you're a manager.
Economics and Social Policy Has Wal-Mart Single Handedly Affected the U.S. Economy? How? Debt Free Steve Faber looks at what's wrong and what's right with the U.S.' retailing behemoth.
Festival of Frugality Don't Be Afraid to Ask for a Discount Five Cent Nickel
Festival of Stocks Why Study the "Fundamentals"? ValueBlogger The ValueBlogger shows not just why fundamental analysis should play a large role in your selecting stocks for your investment portfolio, but also why you shouldn't rely on "professionals" to do it! The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Investing Carnival Now What Are the Bad Boys of Hedge Funds Up To? My Simple Trading System Praveen uncovers how hedge funds are shaking down companies that are running late in filing their financial statements.
Personal Growth Carnival Many Divisions of Money Live Your Inspiration Jane Chin finds that money is not just physical currency. It also has mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions!
Wealth Building Ideas Divide and Rule: Make Compound Interest Work for You WOW Alexander Becker has a radical idea: divide and subdivide your money into smaller and smaller amounts, and put them to work for multiple tasks instead of just one big one. In doing so, you'll achieve greater returns than if you had left the original money undivided!

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