Writing

Sports Illustrated’s Fifty Years of Great Writing – Free!

I love reading essays. There are few things better than kicking back with a small piece of great writing that can both educate and entertain you, yet you’re finished in just one sitting. For many, many years, Sports Illustrated was the home of the best in sports essays. For many years, I was a faithful …

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Practicing What You Preach

Recently, a dustup occurred in the New York Times, where a regular writer on personal finance topics, MP Dunleavey, bought a home on the spur of the moment. The problem? Based on her earlier writings, that home purchase seemed to be far outside of what she and her husband could reasonably afford. Karen Datko at …

Categories: Meta, Writing

Review: On Writing Well

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. One of the biggest parts of being a knowledge worker is knowing how to communicate that knowledge well to others. This is true for everyone from the CEO down to the low-level office staff, from programmers to marketers – in other words, …

What To Do If You Disagree With The Simple Dollar – Or Any Other Financial Guru

Inevitably, as you read this site, you’re going to find something that you disagree with – I write on too many topics for all of my readers to agree with me on everything. I know in the past, I’ve had some bitter disagreements with readers on Rich Dad, Poor Dad, pets, housing requirements, and many …

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Why Talking About Myself Is Important When Writing About Personal Finance

I spent some time reading through the site recently and I realized how often I talk about myself and my own experiences on here, everything from my specific goals to my values and dreams, as well as a lot of the financial realities of my life. Now, given that this site focuses on personal finance …

Categories: Goals, Meta, Writing

Ten Signs Of Questionable Financial Writing

As a person who has devoured a ton of personal finance information in the last year, I’ve discovered that many writings about personal financial issues are quite good, but there are a lot of junk floating in the water, too. Here are ten things I look for to quickly tell me not to bother reading …

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Ben Stein Is The Best Yahoo! Finance Columnist, Period: Here Are Ten Reasons Why

Today, I spent some time exploring the redesigned Yahoo! Finance site and inevitably I wound up reading the latest works of some of the columnists there. In the past, I was pretty harsh on some of their columnists, but I have always quite enjoyed the work of Ben Stein, and thus I spent an hour …

Categories: Websites, Writing

Are Personal Finance Blogs A Suitable Replacement For Financial Books And Magazines?

Here’s a loaded question that I was asked yesterday during an IM chat with a reader of The Simple Dollar. I gave a quick response to the reader, but I spent a lot of time considering this question, mostly in terms of my own site. Is The Simple Dollar an adequate replacement for financial books …

Categories: Books, Magazines, Writing

Curing Writer’s Block – And Other Mental Blocks

GolbGuru over at Money, Matter, and More Musings recently asked me how I’m able to consistently post so much material on a daily basis and keep it as only a small part of a daily routine. The answer is fairly interesting, and it applies to many aspects of life, not just writing. The biggest aspect …

Building a Financial (and Personal) Idea Diary

Although I (really) like to bloviate about all sorts of personal finance topics, I keep many more thoughts on my own finances to myself. I’ve found that keeping a handwritten diary of my non-numerical financial thoughts has been invaluable (for the numbers, I use a computerized ledger). I personally use a Moleskine daily planner for …