More Carnival Love, Thanks Passive Dad, and Other Ramblings

by Kevin on August 28, 2008

Several of my posts were featured in Carnivals this week. Here are some of the generous hosts:

Also, another reminder about the contest. It ends Sunday night. You could win a $25 Amazon gift card by subscribing to the blog via RSS or e-mail. There are currently 76 entries.

I wanted to address a comment I received when someone sent in the secret phrase to me via e-mail. It essentially said he/she wasn’t fond of giving up his/her e-mail address, but the gift card made it worth it. Eeek!

Let me emphasize a few things:

  • You can subscribe via RSS and keep your e-mail private.
  • If you choose to subscribe via e-mail, rest assured that I am not going to sell or abuse it. I see it as a honor or privilege to receive your real e-mail address — I protect it as much as Feedburner will allow. The only thing you will get from me on that address is what Feedburner sends you — namely, my posts.
  • The only other way you will get contact on that e-mail address from me is if you leave a comment on the site. I try to respond to each and every single comment my readers leave — heck, you took the time to comment, so I should take the time to respond. One day when I have millions of readers that will be impossible. But until then, I try to keep up with it.
  • Walt pointed out in a comment that you still have to e-mail me with your secret phrase. That’s true, but the point I am trying to make is I’m not going to harvest your e-mails and sell them to third parties or something like that.

In other news:

  • I started my second year of night MBA classes this week. Together with five other students (one graduate, four undergrads), I get to manage a $400,000 absolutely real portfolio for the university. This is real, donor given money not a simulation or something like that. And we do have a faculty advisor plus two advisors from a local bank — but they have no voting power and are not there to tell us what to invest in. We make mistakes, we lose money. We make good decisions, we make money and get the praise. Terrifying and awesome at the same time. Should be a great resume builder.
  • I added a few extra posts to the popular posts page.
  • As of today I have 353 RSS readers. That’s awesome guys and gals. I never thought it would be that high. Now how about 500? Tell your friends!
  • If you have commented in the last week I have been slow to respond. In fact I just got my inbox back down 11 unread/not responded to yet messages. This was due to my MBA program and of course more people e-mailing me. The more the merrier.
  • I wanted to recognize one of my site sponsors: The Passive Dad. Why not take a minute to go visit his site? He definitely has an interesting take on things. Thanks Passive Dad!

{ 6 comments }

Walt August 28, 2008 at 8:59 am

As I recall, the contest was to subscribe to your RSS feed and then email you the secret phrase. So even if you subscribe via RSS (to keep your email private) you still have to divulge your email in order to enter.

Kevin August 28, 2008 at 9:01 am

@Walt: That’s true, but the point I’m trying to make is I’m not collecting the e-mail addresses to sell to a third party or something like that.

Pinyo August 28, 2008 at 9:03 am

Thank you for highlighting the Money Hacks Carnival and good luck with the giveaway.

The MBA class sounds great too!

Start-Up August 28, 2008 at 9:58 am

You can always sign up for a free gmail account and under the settings section have your e-mails forwarded to your real account. That way you don’t give away your real e-mail and you don’t have to check multiple accounts for e-mail.

M August 28, 2008 at 1:29 pm

I had to double take when I read your subject header and read “More CARNAL Love” rather than Carnival… but I digress.

MBA program and the chance to lose/make real money? Eep. No kidding on the terrifying and (potentially?) awesome part.

Passive Dad lawn care article – I forwarded that to my favorite lawn care fanatic… we’ll see what they say.

Scott @ The Passive Dad August 29, 2008 at 1:59 am

Congrats on your 400k portfolio management opportunity. I recall from my portfolio days that public institutions tend to have a lot of restrictions on stocks and potential conflicts. I’m sure the research will keep you busy.

Thanks for the mention 🙂

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