Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I write for several online outlets on the subject of credit cards and travel rewards. Both subjects can be complex, but I would say that writing about travel rewards is the most challenging. Every airline and hotel program has its own complicated terms and conditions that can be difficult to explain to even the most sophisticated audience.
An even greater challenge is addressing these issues to readers who are just beginning to learn about these programs. That is the mission of a great site called Noob Traveler, where I am now a contributor. My first post is about How To Use Online Shopping Portals During The Holidays.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
One of the great things about attending an event like FinCon, is all of the contacts I made with my fellow bloggers. And the one thing that most cannot resist is my offer of a guest post for their site.
So this week, I have a guest post being featured at CouponPal one of the top money saving sites on the Internet. My post is on 4 Easy Tips to Save Money on Holiday Travel, and I tried to offer some advice that really helps me and my family when we take to the road.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Last year, I was thrilled to attend the 2d annual Financial Blogger's Convention, called FinCon. I was lucky enough to travel just a few miles to attend FinCon in my home town of Denver. At that event I hosted a tour of Denver, moderated a panel discussion, and gave a presentation on the challenges and rewards of freelance blogging.
This year, I am traveling 770 miles to St. Louis in order to attend FinCon13. While in St. Louis, I will attend the Plutus Awards for which I have been nominated as Best Freelance Blogger. I will also host a freelancer's forum to meet up with other freelance personal finance bloggers (Friday at noon at the Historic Sports Bar in the hotel). Finally, I will be giving a short speech at Ignite FinCon on How To Travel For Free.
My goals this year are:
- Develop new relationships with media outlets and financial services companies.
- Learn from my fellow bloggers and freelance writers.
- Re-kindle relationships with some of the great people I met last year in Denver.
- Have fun!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I am stunned to hear that the novelist Tom Clancy has died at age 66. I never met him, but he and his work has been present at some of the key moments of my life.
I was first introduced to popular, adult novels when my father all but forced me to read his favorite book, The Hunt For Red October. Back then, I was a young teen and had not really graduated from reading whatever the teen novels of the time were, long before the current crop of wizards and vampires became all the rage.
When I graduated from the University of Delaware in 1994, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Clancy would be our commencement speaker. I remember it was somewhat controversial because the school had to pay him, unlike the school officials and local politicians who normally spoke at graduation (what ever happened to that Joe Biden guy?)
More importantly, I vividly remember what he said that day. He spoke of his dreams of becoming writer that got side tracked by marriage, family, and everyday concerns. He told us of how, even as an insurance broker, he kept pursuing his dream. At age 37, he published his first novel, The Hunt For Red October, and the rest is history.
When I heard him speak, I had no idea how I would make a living after college.I eventually wound up working in computers just as it became the industry to be in. Later, I had the dream of being a commercial pilot. I even earned my commercial pilot's license, just as that industry became the place not to be.
After working as an employee of one company or another for nearly two decades, my dream was to be my own boss and set my own schedule. I haven't written a book yet, let alone sold millions of novels, but I too have achieved my dream. Like Clancy, I started writing professionally at around age 37, when I also had a marriage, children, and plenty of everyday concerns.
I never cared much for Clancy's politics, nor did I think that most of his novels were as good as his first few (or the movies for that matter). But the lesson that Tom Clancy taught me on that beautiful May day in Delaware is one that I will pass on to my children.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Update: The voting has ended, and I have made the list of finalists.
Thank you to everyone who voted!
FinCon, the financial blogger's convention will be occurring in October in St. Louis. The Plutus awards will be held at this event, recognizing the top bloggers in the country.
This year, I have been nominated for Best Blog Contributor or Freelance Writer and I would like your vote.
This link will automatically fill in myself and Credit.com for the relevant categories, you just have to add you name and email address, any other votes, and click 'Nominate' at the bottom (there is no way to just vote).
Why I deserve to win
The last year has been a fantastic year for me. I have been honored to be a freelance contributor to many of the top personal finance and travel blogs including:
- Wise Bread
- Money Talks News
- PT Money
- The Card Journalist
- Money Smart Life
- Card Wisdom
- Smart Balance Transfers
- Credit Card Reviews
- The Points Guy
- Mommy Points
- Credit Solution Program
- MSN Money
- Yahoo! Finance
- Huffington Post
- Business Insider
- Any many others...
- How to Get Paid for Business Travel which appeared at Credit.com and Yahoo! Finance.
- The Credit Card Perks Military Members Get that appeared at Credit.com, ABC News, and Yahoo! Finance.
- The Five Best Credit And Charge Cards You’ve Never Heard Of at PT Money.
- Get Started With Travel Rewards in 4 Simple Steps at Wise Bread.
I have also made several appearances on radio shows including:
- Rudy Maxa's World that is heard nationwide.
- The Michael Finny show in San Francisco, California
- Talk Credit Radio with Gerri Detweiler in Sarasota, Florida