Tuesday I arrived home after attending the first annual Financial Bloggers Conference in Chicago (aptly named FinCon11). As some of you know I used to run a web company, so networking is one of my favourite past-times! (LOL the 3 drink tickets per night were awesome). I have a stack of 200 business cards from the conference, and I had the chance to meet all these people personally. 🙂 That’s priceless, and I’ve certainly met some great financial bloggers I will be connecting and collaborating with further. Philip Taylor of PT Money, did an absolute outstanding job of organizing this conference – above and beyond! And he is also a pretty humble and easy-going guy, a real professional. I can hardly wait to see what he does with FinCon12!
One of the first people I met at the conference is Kylie Ofiu, an Australian blogger who has just published her first book – I’ll have more on that in mid October with a book giveaway! And of course I met so many well know bloggers from the U.S. – I can’t even begin to mention names because there were so many! Fortunately I wasn’t the only Canadian attending. It was a real delight to meet Mike at the Dividend Guy Blog, his business partner Pierre (who is jealous he is not picking stocks for DGI), Tom from Canadian Finance Blog, and the Finance Fox. I also had the pleasure to meet Adam from Canada’s own Moneyville. Although he is a really tough editor, he is also a nice guy to hang out with. And of course I was also delighted to meet Paula from AffordAnything, who made the 10th spot in my Top 10 Finance Blogs.
Not to mention I met Krystal Yee at the conference as well. (Although she lives in Vancouver, I had to fly all the way to Chicago to meet this girl – LOL). For those of you who don’t know, Krystal and Preet Banerjee of the Globe and Mail, are organizing the Canadian Personal Finance Conference 2012 for next year in Toronto. I’m looking forward to that, and you can preregister on the website at CPFC12 !
The real highlight for me at the Financial Blogger Conference, beyond the personal connections I made, were the seminars by some of the leading bloggers in the industry. The experience and income these people have generated from their online businesses is staggering – massive actually! How does 30K per month sound for a start? Most importantly they were more than willing to share their success secrets and how they got there! Fortunately I had my laptop at the conference seminars, and took extensive notes. Next week I’m going to do a detailed post on the FinCon11 seminars. I think this will be a real valuable post for my readers in terms of resources for creating an on-line income, and how to get started. Otherwise just great reading material and inspiration! 🙂
I’m pleased to announce I’ll be publishing my third article with the Canadian MoneySaver this year, titled What Happened to the Income Trusts? Part-2. I’m just working on the finishing touches for submission and it will be published in the November Issue of Canadian MoneySaver, and posted on the Ninja after November 15th.
I am also delighted to announce that after submitting my third article to the MoneySaver this year, I will now be a contributing editor! I’m really honoured to be on board with this long-running Canadian publication, which I started reading in my late 20’s. It is indeed a well respected publication for Canadian investors. Thanks Dale!
They also say that good things happen in threes! So I am also delighted to let my readers know I will be featured, as well as some other Canadian investors, in the October Issue of Canadian MoneySense Magazine. It was pretty surreal having a professional photo-shoot in my own home, two days before flying to Chicago! I can’t say too much about the article, other than it’s a small part of my portfolio strategy they are featuring, along with other Canadian investors. Be sure to check it out on the newsstands in mid October!
Surprise, no links. Have a nice weekend everyone! More FinCon11 to follow 🙂