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December 15, 2006

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the December 15, 2006 weekend 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 not only the best posts from each of the blog carnivals we read, but we also select one post as being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM) But that's not all! We also recognize the close contenders for the best post of the week that was, which you'll find identified below as Absolutely essential reading!(TM)

If you're anxious to get reading this week's edition, go ahead and scroll on down since this section is a quick "how not to run a blog carnival" editorial.

For those of you who are regular readers, or perhaps contributors to blog carnivals, odds are that you're familiar with the work of one-man-blogging-carnival-industry ringmaster, Bryan C. Fleming. Bryan's niche in the world of blog carnivals is to generate web traffic for several web sites he operates. Now, there's nothing wrong with that and normally, he does a pretty decent, but not stellar, job for the carnivals he assembles. After all, putting together a blog carnival does take a bit of work, and many of us who take on the job on a regular basis will develop or rely on systems that have been set up to automate a good part of the process, which Bryan clearly does.

This week though, things were clearly on autopilot in the Bryan C. Fleming universe of blog carnivals, as this week's Festival of Investing featured these contributions (from a truly good blogger whose work we've previously featured, and who probably thought there might be a real-life person organizing the carnival somewhere in that alternate universe):

Silicon Valley Blogger presents A First Look At Asset Allocation posted at The Digerati Life.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents A First Look At Asset Allocation posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “My apologies for the double submission — I had entered the wrong email address and wasn’t sure if my post would make it to your carnival so I resubmitted. I am sorry for the inconvenience and hope you will consider my post. Thank you very much! - SVB”

Priceless. And now, onto the best posts of the week that was....

On the Moneyed Midways for December 15, 2006
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Entrepreneurs Trust Tip 7: Returning Calls Unbelievably Fast Trusted Advisor Being there, as in quickly returning customer calls (or organizing blog carnivals!), really matters in building trust according to Charles H. Green.
Carnival of Fraud Is DELL Cooking the Books? Stock Market Beat Accounting always sounds boring until potential fraud turns up! William Trent takes a closer look at how Dell is really dealing with its warranty expenses.
Carnival of Investing Investment Risk Tolerance: What's Yours? Personal Finance Advice Are you ready to take a quiz? Are you ready to take five quizzes? Jeffrey Strain challenges you to find out what your true tolerance for risk might be!
Carnival of Personal Finance Baseball Cards Can Teach Your Kids About Stocks Finance-4-Kids Ever wonder how to drive home lessons about investing for kids? Finance-4-Kids finds baseball cards might be a good place to start.
Carnival of Real Estate The Six Stages of the Long-Term Real Estate Play Active Rain Brian Brady identifies the stages that the hottest ex-urbs go through on their way from hidden value to realized investment returns.
Carnival of the Capitalists How to Layoff 2,000 People Passion, People and Principles If you have no choice but to layoff 2,000 people, how would you do it? David Maister argues its best to do so quickly since it makes the effects less personal. Also see Charles Green's "Pfizer, Doctors, Sales and Trust".
Economics and Social Policy Pfizer, Doctors, Sales and Trust Trusted Advisor Charles H. Green's post served as the starting point for David Maister's "How to Lay Off 2,000 People" post elsewhere in this week's edition of OMM. Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Stocks Investing in the Growing Dental Industry BioHealth Investor Did you know that dentistry is booming? H.S. Ayoub, DMD, examines investment opportunities in the world of dental care.
Home Business Carnival How to Perform a Professional Analysis of Your Competition Buzzle Jim Hart talks through a three prong strategy for analyzing your competition. Absolutely essential reading!
Personal Development Carnival Your Business Blogger at Stern School of Business Reasoned Audacity Jack Yoest shares the Cliff Notes version of what he lectured about to a group of budding entrepreneurs at NYU.
Personal Development Carnival Serious Tips to Help You Get Over Your Ex Levnnow Self-Help Tools Is there someone in your life for whom you've needed to sever all contact because it's not good for you? Tabs offers advice on how to move on successfully.
Personal Growth Carnival They've Brainwashed Us GameProducer.net Juuso notes that while it's easy to question everybody else, it's a heck of a lot of work to question yourself. If you're going to ask yourself some tough questions, it might help to acknowledge that you've been brainwashed.
Real Estate Investing The Most Effective Tool an Investor Can Use! Cash Flow Treasures If you're a real estate investor, Steve Burns has identified the best tool for you to use in researching your opportunities: the Recorder's Office!
Wealth Building Ideas There Is a Science to Get Rich Emmanuel Oluwatosin: Inspiring Excellence, Realising Ambitions Why does it seem like like things are only working for some people, while others are left far behind? Emmanuel Oluwatosin answers the question in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Working at Home Are You Really Helping? Success from the Nest Lots of people assume they know what their customers want, but Tony Clark says that may not be so true. Absolutely essential reading!

Just for the record, the members of Bryan C. Fleming's universe of blog carnivals include:

  • Festival of Investing (hosted at Investing World Today)
  • Personal Growth Carnival (hosted at Bryan C. Fleming)
  • Wealth Building Ideas (hosted at Wealth Building World)

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