There are a ton of new personal finance blogs popping up lately, which is awesome. One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that many new bloggers (and even some experienced ones) fail to set up subscription options. And it drives me INSANE. I hate being that person who’s all, “Um, hey, I want to read your posts without actually returning to your site,” but I simply read too many blogs to visit them all manually.
I need a subscribe button that’s easy to find (buttons for Twitter and Facebook would be great, too), and for the love of cheese, PLEASE allow your entire post to publish via RSS. I know people want visitors, but I refuse to click through when I only get the first 40 words of a post. I just unsubscribe instead. Pro tip: You can set up Analytics for your FeedBurner account. Then the people reading via RSS or email still get counted in your totals.
Anyway, the new Yakezie teams started this week, and I’m pleased to announce that I had no difficulty finding the RSS buttons to subscribe to their sites. A few of them, however, better be glad my laser eyes are broken – partial RSS feeds mean I refuse to subscribe and may miss some of their awesome posts.
If you have a blog (or you’re thinking about starting one), please don’t commit blogging crimes. Set up a FeedBurner account and use it to publish your FULL posts. Then put buttons on your blog. And if you aren’t subscribed to So Over Debt, whether or not you’re a blogger, there are some handy buttons at the top right of this page.
Lisa from Cents to Save is participating in a Declutter Challenge – something I should STRONGLY consider – and updates us on her progress. I swear, my closet could swallow a human and I wouldn’t notice. Intervention needed!
YFS at Your Finances Simplified gives 5 financial tips from MTV’s Jersey Shore. I’ve been fortunate enough to never see an episode of this show, but the post is definitely worth reading!
Ultimate Smart Money notes that Netflix is finally making a comeback from its 2011 disaster – is it time to buy Netflix stock? Personally, I’m a little skeptical, especially since the streaming selection has sucked lately!
Joe at Retire by 40 is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! He has some ambitious social media goals for February and needs your help to meet them. Head over and enter – there are lots of ways to win!
Karl at Cult of Money thinks coupons, promo codes, and extreme couponing are doomed in their current forms. You guys already know how I feel about coupons, so I can’t say I’m sad to see this line of thinking.
Aloysa at My Broken Coin has the coolest idea ever – instead of making lists of things you need, make lists of things you DON’T need. I actually did this and learned that I have enough canned vegetables to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Elise at Black Freelancer provides 3 tips to overcome tax anxiety. Man, where was this post when I was doing my taxes? 2011 was my first year with non-W2 income and I thought I’d have a stroke before I got finished.