September, 2007


Favorite Blogs (2007)

Wed Sep 5, 2007 6:17:17 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Finance, Fun, General, Health, Payroll, Tools and Tricks, a little about life

As of this moment I am subscribed to 79 blogs and have read more than 2000 posts in the last 30 days. Many of those blogs do not write often or really at all, so it sounds worse than it really is. I also skip some after reading the headline, so the 2000 could be higher. After reading many of these for months or some for even a few weeks, I have favorited a few of them and thought I would share them with you. I have broke them into categories of sorts.

Career Advancement

  • Brazen Careerist is Penelope Truck’s take at advancing your career. She actually has some experience too. Once working in the corporate world, she now is a ‘career advancement’ journalist.
  • Employee Evolution is the Gen-Y version of Brazen Careerist. In fact Ryan does guest posts on that site and that is how I found this blog. As a Gen-Y myself, this hits home quite nicely.

General News

  • Open Congress is a great way to stay involved and up to date with the events happening in DC. I personally only read the new blog but used to read the voting for my rep and senators. I took these off because they were listing all of the votes (ie vote to Adjourn or measures). There is an Open Mass, the Massachusetts version. I would like a Open Washington and Open Oregon personally. It would be nice to see how things will be fixed or broken in the future.
  • WebbAlert is what happens when you take good looks, spunk, a love for all that is tech, and a triple shot espresso. In this four-day-a-week video blog, Mogan Webb comes to us to talk about the important tech/business topics.

Personal Finance

  • Blogging Away Debt is a step by step, challenge by challenge effort to eliminate $40,000 in credit card debt. I might be off on the exact amount, but it is a ton. As of a few weeks ago, they were below $20,000 in less than two years. For anybody who thinks they cannot afford that new toy they want, read this for a month.
  • Blueprint for Financial Prosperity takes a bit of a consumerist point of view. Many posts on this site are about saving money, not getting screwed out of deals, or just being frugal. (Frugality might be a theme for this section)
  • Get Rich Slowly teaches the necessity of not getting into credit card debt (like its author J.D. used to be), being frugal with your lifestyle early on, and saving 15-20% of your income without gambling to get a few million when you are ready to retire. There are a few other gems on site, so don’t be shy while looking around.

Up and Coming Business Info

  • AVC is Fred Wilson’s side project for talking about the Venture Capital and tech businesses. He also talks a bit about his life and his love for music. Fred’s day job is VC for Union Square Ventures. Some of the companies he has backed in his life are Geocities, Feedburner, del.icio.us, and these.

Hope you all enjoy the list as much as I do.


The 4-Hour Workweek (Book Review)

Mon Sep 3, 2007 9:07:11 am by Dustin
Filed under Book Review, Finance, Fun, General, Payroll, Tools and Tricks, a little about life

Full Title: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
ISBN: 978-0-307-35313-9
Get it cheap.

Summary: This book is all about DEAL.

  • Definition: figure out what it is you would do if you did not have to go to work. This can be anything from spend more time with the kids to backpack around the globe.
  • Elimination: Tim explains most people are stuck going to work each day for eight hours but can do the work must faster. Figure out how.
  • Automation: how much of your day to day tasks could be automated? Tim even outsources making up with his wife after a fight to somebody in India for $4/hr.
  • Liberation: now that you aren’t at work, go do whatever it is you have always wanted to.

Once you have accomplished DEAL you would no longer have to wait until your Golden Years to truly enjoy life.

What I thought: I heard a ton of chatter about this book, so I thought I would pick it up. Turns out it was an interesting read. Tim has some very radical ideas portrayed which would undo most of corporate America if enacted. He even explains telecommuting from the other side of the world is not for everybody because 1) most people would not what to live on the other side of the world and 2) we call not all do the DEAL system otherwise we would not have an economy.

So you are probably asking if DEAL for me? I would say parts of this might work for me. Such as finding secondary forms of income to fund ‘mini-retirements’. There are also parts which do not really sit well with me. Telling your boss you are telecommuting while you are at Oktoberfest seems a little unethical to me.

I also do not think I am waiting to have an exciting life when I am old just because I working everyday. Hell last week I was hit by a car – exciting.

You might also be interested to see The 4-Hour Workweek website or Tim’s blog.