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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Google, Fed Cuts and the Stress of Blogging


Minyanville brings together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

Blogs themselves need no introduction, as they get as much publicity as pretty much anything these days, save maybe the latest Britney news. There's an expanding world of excellent financial blogs, covering just about everything, from global economics to swing trading. Minyanville's goal is to bring together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

Trend Spotting
Badges? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges... Some Names Might Help, Though.
  • ZachStocks writes on the potential music stoppage in Google (GOOG).
  • ValuePlays applauds the Starbucks (SBUX) shakeup.
  • In the interests of full disclosure, I'm long some Dunkin Donuts ice coffee as I type.
  • Chris Perruna writes on Yingli Green Energy (YGE).

Knowledge is Good

  • Dr. Brett writes on embracing trading mistakes.
  • TradeLikeMike has a nice explanation of volatility skew.
  • A Dash of Insight writes on the gap between perception and reality.
  • Value Blog Review runs down his 15 Most Important Blogs for new traders or investors (and thanks for including me).

Odds and Ends

Stress Tests

  • Can blogging be hazardous to your health (I realize it could be hazardous to mine if I ever run into a bat-wielding Lenny Dykstra)?
  • This from the Times (hat tip, Abnormal Returns).
  • Om Malik's blog, GigaOm, regularly breaks news about the technology industry. Last week, the journalist turned blogger broke a big story about himself. Mr. Malik, 41, blogged that he had suffered a heart attack on Dec. 28.
  • "The trouble with a personal brand is, you're yoked to a machine," said Paul Kedrosky, a friend of Mr. Malik's who runs the Infectious Greed blog. "You feel huge pressure to not just do a lot, but to do a lot with your name on it. You have pressure to not just be the C.E.O., but at the same time to write, and to do it all on a shoestring. Put it all together, and it's a recipe for stress through the roof."
  • I don't know, I guess we all have different stresses. I take pride in this, but it's honestly fun and particularly low stress, in my humble opinion. He's running a real business; he has 12 employees as they note; he's more like an entrepreneur who's in the blogging biz.
  • And it just might be possible there are other factors involved. "Paul Walborsky, the chief operating officer for Mr. Malik's company, Giga Omni Media, played down stress as a factor in Mr. Malik's health. He noted Mr. Malik's incessant smoking of cigars and cigarettes was a more likely cause."


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