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January 26, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the January 26, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's weekly review of the best business, management and money-related posts from each of the week's major blog carnivals! Every week, we scan dozens of blog carnivals, seeking out the best posts and selecting 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)

The word that best describes this week's edition is "fracturation," which we've created by combining the words "fracturization" and "saturation" together. Where blog carnivals are concerned, we've seen a trend over time toward the creation of more and more blog carnivals (saturation) focused on narrower and narrower topics (fracturization). Since this week features more new blog carnivals that any of our previous editions, we thought it was a good time to pull the word out of storage and put it back into public consumption!

There's lots of good stuff this week, and there's a surprising amount of humor involved, so let's go straight on to the best posts of the week that was....

On the Moneyed Midways for January 26, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Brilliant Business Ideas A Dozen Reasons Why I Shorted Google Market Poetry We weren't going to include Brilliant Business Ideas among our covered carnivals this week, but Frozen Pozen's stock shorting rationale in rhyme was too good to pass up!
Carnival of Branding Choose the Identity that Defines Your Entity Aridni Todd presents the Business 101 pros and cons of the various types of business structures.
Carnival of Career Intensity Business Advice for Artists and Sensitive People Christine Kane Christine Kane offers 15 pieces of business advice that really aren't just for artists and sensitive types! Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Customer Service The Perversity of Measuring Trust Trusted Advisor Tom Peters is famous for saying "What Gets Measured Is What Gets Done." Charles Green shows how what gets measured can create perverse incentives against what you actually want to achieve. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Debt Management Power Secret: A Must Read for Those 24 or Under SmartCoolRich How would you like to be "set for life" by the time you reach age 30? How would you like to be able to "call the shots" in our life (for once)? Burningchrome has the secret….
Carnival of Entrepreneurs Personal Training?... That Will Never Work! Renovate Your Life with Craig Craig Harper has grown his personal training business from 1 to more than 1000 clients, all without a formal marketing plan or an advertising budget and despite flashier competition. It's the "how" that's fascinating in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Improvement Green Is Making Me See RED Wisdom from Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket Wenchypoo rants against rabid unreasoning environmentalists. Very contrarian and common-sensical at the same time!
Carnival of Management Tips Non-Financial Currencies Passion, People and Principles How can a boss can increase the compensation for their employees without increasing their pay? David Maister lists 15 non-financial currencies.
Carnival of Money Stories Good Debt, Bad Debt, No Debt Ask Uncle Bill Uncle Bill tells the story of his son's girlfriend Megan, a full-time student planning to take on two part time jobs as part of her plan to achieve her goals more quickly without going into debt.
Carnival of Personal Finance I'll Buy Sex When I'm Ready to Buy Sex One Year Exit Plan Paul's irresistable post is a fun snark on misdirected advertising. Sex or toothpaste, indeed!
Carnival of Real Estate We Can Always Reduce the Price Later The Real Estate Guide Many homeowners come to market with the idea of charging a high price and then, if their home doesn't sell, lowering it later. Athol Kay argues that it's a lot smarter to set the price at the right level when you first bring it to the market.
Carnival of Stocks Why You Should Use a Stop Loss and Profit Protect Discipline WhoActs.com Gerry Wollert discusses how these tools can minimize losses or lock in gains for an investment portfolio.
Carnival of Taxes Phaseouts for Tax Benefits AllFinancialMatters When it's tax time, the smart tax filers strive to take advantage of all the tax breaks they can get. Financial planner JLP shows where the fun stops.
Carnival of the Capitalists Insurance - Public and Private Penguin Unearthed Jennifer outlines what insurance is intended to do, then compares the different trade-offs various countries make for controlling insurance costs.
Personal Development Carnival Who to Compare Yourself With FredFullerberry.com Fred Fullerberry helps you uncover the individual you should use as a benchmark to measure yourself against.
Personal Growth Carnival I'm Okay, You're an Idiot Trusted Advisor Charles Green says that a certain cliché should be written "I'm an idiot, you’re an idiot. So let’s get over it, let’s work together and let’s do something great." Absolutely essential reading!
Real Estate Investing One of My Favorite Landlord Tools The Landlord Blog Anesia Springborn shares her discovery of a new invention for landlords- easily interchangable door locks with a master key!
Real Estate Investing The Big Picture About Cash Flow from Foreclosures Cash Flow Treasures Steve Burns talks through how stepping in at the right time may lead to a win-win scenario.
Working at Home The Paperless Home Office Mortaine's Blog Stephanie Bryant shares how she manages to cut down on the amount of paper she has to manage in working from home.

* 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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