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09 February 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the February 9, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the only weekly review of the best business and money-related posts from each of the week's major blog carnivals! Every week, we seek out the best posts from among the hundreds posted to the various blog carnivals and we select one post as being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM) As an added bonus, we also cite the near contenders for the best post of the week as being Absolutely essential reading!(TM)

Do posts submitted to blog carnivals really drive a lot more traffic to your blog? Once upon a time in the blogosphere, that was true. But, now that blog carnivals are proliferating while becoming more and more narrowly focused, we're wondering if posting to a carnival is really worth the time and trouble. To find out, we're going to run a little experiment. Since it's been so long since we've seriously contributed to the blog carnivals ourselves, we thought that we might sort through our recent posts and submit on-topic posts to some 20 or more carnivals. Since it will take several weeks for them all to play out, we'll take our most recent month of traffic (shown in the image to the left) and compare it with what we see in the next month.

But enough about science! Once again, we have lots of new carnivals this week. Scroll on down for the best posts we found for the week that was....

On the Moneyed Midways for February 9, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
30s and 40s Personal Finances Everything You Need to Know About Financial Success in Less Than 100 Words Worldwide Success David takes on Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams in seeking to provide the most wide-ranging, yet shortest, guide to attaining financial success.
Business, Technology and Knowledge Technology Could Make Waitresses Obsolete Small Business Buzz Michelle Cramer provides an analysis of the pros and cons of automating the ordering process in restaurants - with the minimum wage likely to go up soon, this post is perhaps a glance of how the future will adapt to higher costs for low-skilled workers. Absolutely essential reading!
Capital, Charisma, & Cojones 20 Bad Workplace Habits Passion, People and Principles David Maister excerpts executive coach Marshall Goldsmith's new book to provide a list of 20 bad habits employees and bosses should avoid.
Carnival of Career Intensity Making Decisions with Less the Stress Towards Better Life Victor Fam lists five things you can do to minimize the stress associated with making an important decision
Carnival of Debt Management Never Pay Off Student Loans Early! Stingy Students The StingyStudent looks at the reasons why paying off a student loan early might be the wrong thing to do. Worth reading just for the hypothetical situation involving an amourous Himalayan Yeti.
Carnival of Entrepreneurs Think Like an Entrepreneur Priscilla Ortiz What can you learn about entrepreneurship from Trump University students? As the students are themselves entrepreneurs, they begin with why they decided to strike out on their own.
Carnival of Fraud Booms, Busts, Fraud and Sarbanes-Oxley SOX First Leon Gettler reports on findings by University of Minnesota researchers that indicate fraud is most likely to occur when times are good, and paradoxically, when more information that is made available to the public, the likelihood of fraud increases. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Improvement When Not to Buy a House 1SiliconValley.com Steve Leung has five warning signs that may help you avoid making the most costly mistake of your life!
Carnival of Management Tips Fire Your Crappy Customers - The Homestead Hubbub Instigator Blog Ben Yoskovitz examines the situation of Homestead CEO Justin Kitch, who suggested that there's a time and place for firing customers. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Project Management Top 6 Problems with Risk Management Software Project Management How can something that seems so reasonable be so hard to do convince people to do? Pawel Brodzinski exposes the obstacles that project teams erect in the face of implementing risk management processes in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Real Estate Attracting a Conversation: Blog Comment Tips Zillow Blog David Gibbons finds that blog comments for realtors may be a key to developing new connections and provides suggestions for growing a blog into a community.
Carnival of Taxes Taxpayer Panic - What to Do If You Can't Pay Uncle Sam! BrianBrown CPA Sure, we all *want* to give Uncle Sam a large chunk of what we earned last year, but what if you can't pay your tax bill? Brian Brown talks you through what you need to know to survive the experience.
Carnival of the Capitalists A Government-Enforced Monopoly PowerBlog Jordan Baillor shows the inherently corrupt process by which the government's power of regulation is used to create monopolies that only benefit the politically connected few. Absolutely essential reading!
Economics and Social Policy What Type of Training and With Whom?: Getting a Return on Investment The New Business World There are two kinds of training that corporations provide to their employees: general and specific. Murad Ali highlights the findings of a study that indicates one is much more beneficial to the bottom line than the other.
Festival of Stocks Reasoning About Two Sub-Prime Lenders Worst Case Scenario Investing With sub-prime lenders at risk of higher levels of defaults with the end of the so-called housing bubble, the WCSInvestor takes a closer look at two sub-prime lenders to see if there's opportunity afoot.
Home Business Carnival What I've Learned Starting an Online Store Starting an Online Store Called givitup If you've ever wondered what's involved in setting up shop on the Internet, Nancy's take on her experience in operating her business will give you a taste of what you might be in for.
Personal Development Carnival Creative Thinking Is for Everyone Young Man's Journey to Become a CEO & Succeed Milo Riano discusses how to think creatively, arguing that it's not just for select artistic individuals - it really means continuous improvement.
Personal Growth Carnival* It's Nice to Be Important, But It's More Important to Be Nice GameProducer.net Juuso observes that the effect that titles can have on people, warning that "the moment you start to think that “being important” (or “more important than others”) is your goal then you are heading to wrong direction."
Real Estate Investing The Savvy Investor: Watchouts for New Market Investing Bloodhoundblog Michael Cook recently traveled from New York to North Carolina in pursuit of some real estate investment opportunities. His experience shows some of what real estate investors have to consider when looking at properties outside their home territory.
Wealth Building Ideas* It's About How Hard You Take the Hits and Still Keep Moving Reflections of a BizDrivenLife Wilson Ng finds inspiration in the central subplot of Rocky Balboa - if you had been planning to wait for the DVD, you might want to catch the movie while it's still in theatres after reading Wilson's review!
Working at Home How to Complain and Get a Good Result Wise Bread Paul Michael reveals the secrets of getting the kind of response you want when writing a complaint letter to a company's customer service department.

* 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.

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