Thanks to my good friend Mark at My Own Advisor, who nominated me for the 7 Links Project. The purpose of this project is for each blogger to highlight 7 of their posts based on 7 questions, and then nominate 5 other bloggers to do the same. It’s like a chain-e-mail for bloggers to write-up their favourite posts, share with their readers, and then pass it on 🙂 You can view Mark’s post he wrote just a few days ago, and he certainly has much to be proud of with the success of his blog: My Own Advisor – 7 Links Project.
Looking Back I was quite surprised to see that in a period of only 11 months, I had already written 75 posts, with some 683 comments. That also includes a published article for Canadian MoneySaver Magazine. Considering the Dividend Ninja started as a test-site for WordPress, it’s sometimes amazing how life unfolds. I’m also delighted with the personal connections I’ve made, and the whole experience has been a real pleasure. Well, onwards and upwards!
The Seven Links
Your most beautiful post
Well, I don’t exactly think writing about dividend and index investing is necessarily “beautiful”. But what really is “nice”, is the way an income generating and balanced portfolio, of bond ETFs and dividend stocks, is priceless during times of market volatility. It validated all my efforts to keep a balanced portfolio combining indexed investments and dividend paying stocks. While my portfolio lagged behind others during the euphoric market rise from 2009 to 2011, it sure paid off when things started tanking recently. I wrote about this during the recent market slide on August 5th, 2011, Keep Calm and Steady.
Your most popular post
My most popular post, according to Google Analytics is High Yield Canadian Stocks, with over 5,281 page views (year to date), and 37 comments. I covered some of the Canadian Stocks that were yielding between 5% and 10% dividend yield. It just goes to show you, investors are still yield hungry, even after all these years!
Your most controversial post
By far, my most controversial post was part-1 of Can You Live off Your Dividends? In Part-1 of this series, Dividend Income in Retirement, I examined the concept of dividend income as a viable means to support retirement income. This post gathered a lot more attention than I expected, with some 1200 views in 2 days, some 11 tweets in one day, and a flood of comments. A lot of people were taken aback when I suggested living off dividend income wasn’t as high yielding as people suspected, and that it would require a massive portfolio to generate the necessary income. When I suggested Yield on Cost (YOC) had nothing to do with current dividend yield in retirement, many became very passionate in their responses.
Your most helpful post
Back in November 2010, I wrote a post on how to use Stop Loss and Limit Orders. From the comments, and emails I received from readers, it was quite clear many people were unable to find an easy to understand reference. So my post seemed to be quite helpful. It later turned out that the brokerages handled stop orders and limit orders differently, so no wonder people had difficulty figuring it all out.
A post whose success surprised you
I was quite surprised that Creating Monthly Dividend Income, became one of my highest traffic posts with over 3,906 page views (year to date). Maybe it just ranked well in Google. It was probably the quickest post I’ve ever put together, in about 20 minutes as I remember.
A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
Maybe I was being secretly boycotted by the “Alliance of Dividend Investors Against Indexing”, or maybe I should have used “Couch Potato” in the post titles. But I was disappointed that my two part interview with Dan Bortolotti at the Canadian Couch Potato, didn’t get the attention it deserved. Dan took time out of his weekend to answer my questions, and traffic on the interviews was less than average. Nonetheless, these are a couple of great interviews that are worth reading, if you haven’t already:
The post that you are most proud of
I’m definitely most proud of The Dividend Payout Ratio, which was my first article in print. It was published in the July 2011 issue of Canadian MoneySaver Magazine. It took me about three days to put this post and the data together, but I thoroughly enjoyed the research and seeing the final result in print. I also enjoyed the feedback and questions I received from MoneySaver subscribers. I’m sure every writer remembers their first published article in print!
The Five Nominees
I’ll nominate five other bloggers I also enjoy reading. Apologies to My Own Advisor for the duplication on two of those blogs, but they are my favourites as well! If you’re already on the list, have already taken part, or not even interested, then just ignore the nomination and enjoy the free link 🙂
Here are my five nominees:
So if you would like to participate in the 7 Links Project, then just write up your 7 answers, and nominate five more bloggers, and pass it on 🙂 It’s that simple and fun to take part!