I’m going to just come out and say it: I have bad timing. Not truly horrible timing, the sort where you find yourself walking into your bank in the middle of a robbery or ask your boss for a raise after he receives some horrible news; my timing isn’t that bad. Well, alright, having a major seizure for the first time ever just over a week before I got married, that might have temporarily pushed me into horrible timing territory.
But for the most part, my timing is, just, well, a bit off, causing me to miss a lot of opportunities, both to help myself and to possibly influence others. That latter case, and what got me thinking in this manner, was on full display on Sunday. You may recall that for the last week or two, I’ve been pointing out the voting for Fourth Yakezie Writing Contest was coming up. My plan had been to give it a week or two to get all the entries published, read through them all on one fine day, and then to vote according to the best from what I’ve read.
Well, you’ve probably figured where this is headed: I settled in on Sunday night at around 10 p.m. (Eastern) to do my reading and voting, only to see that the ballots closed (so to speak) at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern). Apparently, I hadn’t paid close enough attention to see that all the entries were up and the ballots were closing much sooner than I expected. I had managed to miss the whole thing, even as I encouraged others to read and vote. (That’s a pretty solid definition of ‘ironic’, if I do say so myself.)
As with any dark cloud, though, there is a silver lining: I’ve been trying to get back on the blogging ball in July, to pick up on all the things I’ve let slip over the past few years while trying to juggle school, work, life, and blogging. This serves as all the more incentive to get back into the swing of things, to keep up with my fellow bloggers, and generally try to resume everything I loved about blogging, and make my blog into the success I know it can be. Granted, trying to do this in a month when I also need to devote twelve hours a day to research and several more hours each day to writing a thesis might not have been the best idea, at least when it comes to retaining my sanity, but if I can pull this off, keeping my blog going strong while working full-time and/or caring for a little baby should be a snap! So, on with the great blog entries from the last week:
Great Yakezie Posts
Announcing the Winners of the 4th Yakezie Writing Contest! – I might not have gotten to vote on time, but plenty of my fellow Yakezie members did, and there were definitely some high quality submissions to be considered. I’m definitely going to have to re-read these articles (and take some advice on self-promotion from the winner, it seems).
5 Things College Grads Should Never Do – There’s plenty of things you can do after college that are less helpful than you might think, and Derek of Life and My Finances lays out five of them. The grad school one in particular struck me (although I think how much it can slow your first job acquisition is determined by the field you are in).
11 Ways to Make Personal Travel More Sustainable and Less Polluting – A pretty impressive list on Prairie Eco-Thrifter for ways to get from point A to Point B while minimizing your impact on the environment. With most of the methods also cutting down on your fuel expenses, they aren’t bad ways to decrease the cost of travel, either (particularly when gas is still hovering over $3 a gallon).
Does It Really Cost $295,560 to Raise a Child? – Given that I have a little one of my own on the way in less than five months (and the expected delivery date is zooming right up on me, I can tell you that), I’m more than a little bit interested in this examination of a USDA report from Retire by Forty. It definitely is going to have a major impact on our finances, I can say that much for sure.
What is Freecycling? – You’ve probably heard the term mentioned at one point or another, but freecycling (giving away usable products to others who want them, and taking advantage of things they are giving away) is explained in more detail on the Sustainable Personal Finance Blog in case you were interested.
7 Steps to Reduce Your Credit Card Debt – Let’s be honest, there are plenty of us who have credit card debt they want to eliminate. Darwin of Darwin’s Money shares a seven step plan that should help you get that debt well under control. Just make sure that you stick with it, because even the best debt elimination plan is only as good as your dedication to your goal.
I Love Credit Cards – This caught me off-guard; the general rule around the personal finance blogosphere is that credit cards, at best, were a tool that be used with utmost caution. But KrantCents makes some good points; when used properly (paid off every month, not used to buy things you can’t afford, etc.), credit cards can be very useful and helpful tools.
Hockey Cards- My First Experience in Market Bubbles and Speculation – Bubbles, those widespread beliefs that over-inflated prices for something are justified (without any proof), can arise anywhere, even in hockey trading cards. This cautionary tale from Young and Thrifty should hopefully give you some idea of what to look for in such bubbles.
Contests and Giveaways
The College Investor is still doing his Summer iPad Giveaway for the rest of the month. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely making a point of entering (and doing so as often as his contest rules will allow).
That pretty much takes care of all I have to share today; here’s hoping everyone has a great week, with no bad timing to spoil their moods.