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August 24, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, August 24, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the web's only collection of the best posts from this past week's editions the world of business and money-related blog carnivals!

We spent some time last week wondering of the Carnival of Real Estate had committed hari kiri, but it turns out it was only resting. It's back this week and actually contributed two posts to what was a very slow week for the world of money-related blog carnivals! And we've also featured a post from the Odysseus Medal, which is being developed as a strong, on-topic alternative to the CoRE.

Slow is the right word for the past week, as perhaps the heat of late summer perhaps created a situation where a lot of blog carnivals were on pure autopilot. A good example of this occurred with one of our regular favorites, the Festival of Stocks, where this post pretty much proves that the Fully Stocked blog's Maria Palma didn't even bother to read the posts contributed (Gotta love editors who don't edit. We think Maria has a real future in legacy media, perhaps even at the New Republic!)

Even Brian C. Fleming does a better job (and to be honest, he has much improved his Personal Development Carnival by at least screening out the off-topic and occasionally picking out what he believes to be the top posts.)

We still stand by our assertion that any blog hosting a carnival with the word "Lowdown" in its title is one to be avoided.

And now to business! The best posts of the week that was await you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for August 24, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs Going to the Top Too Fast Reflections of a BizDrivenLife Wilson Ng wonders if climbing up the corporate ladder quickly is really such a good idea.
Carnival of Real Estate How to Generate leads from Your Real Estate Blog: We Have Proof RSS Pieces We liked this post since it can apply to a lot more than just real estate. If you're looking to generate business from blogging, the REBlogGirl offers some good advice.
Carnival of Real Estate Beyond Home Buying: How Building and Renovating Can Be the Biggest Investments of Your Life Digerati Life The most fun post of the week! If you ever wanted to see what your home might look like if it were remodeled to resemble the starship Enterprise, the Silicon Valley Blogger shows you (plus nine things to consider when remodeling!)
Carnival of Small Business Issues Let's Talk About Hard Work, Shall We? Create a Thriving Business Jenn Givler rants about what's wrong with those Internet marketing gurus who only work two hours a day and finds that there isn't a substitute for putting in hard work.
Carnival of the Capitalists Carnival of the Capitalists 8-20-2007 Revenue River We don't often point to a Carnival itself as being Absolutely essential reading, and much of this week's CotC is no different, except for host Scott Allen's invaluable contribution at the end of the post in launching the Hall of Shame for spam bloggers!
Carnival of the Capitalists Mattel and Countrywide Show the Good, Bad and ugly of Crisis Communications Scatterbox Steven Silvers compares the response of both toymaker Mattel and home mortgage lender Countrywide in responding to huge crises in each of their industries. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Odysseus Medal (Real Estate) Does the Real Estate Industry Need Realtors? Bloodhoundblog Michael Cook asks the question that no Realtor really wants to hear and argues that if Realtors want to be relevant in the future, they need to do something very different from what they're doing today.

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