Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Friday’s Fab Links – a roundup of great personal finance blog reads!
Hope your week has gone well so far? Mine has been pretty good except for the fact that earlier this week I was attacked by a flood of spam comments on this site which not only took up some valuable time sorting out but also made me stress out ever so slightly.
I use a WordPress plugin called Askimet which usually works wonders for capturing all these hideous spam robots or whatever they are. But on Tuesday I logged on to my admin panel to find 150 spam comments waiting to be ‘approved’ in my pending comments folder (not the spam folder).
Scanning down the comments, I could see the usual spam suspects (I won’t say the brand names in case the spam robots are looking for a mention of those words but they alluded to luggage and sunglasses), so I tried to delete them all by bulk. For some reason I wasn’t able to do this, probably because my blog was busy trying to cope with the number of spam comments still coming in.
A new spam comment appeared every 10 seconds, I kid you not! I had to manually delete each and every one but more were coming in as I deleted them! One whole hour later, I managed to get to zero comments and deleted the new ones coming in one by one as I looked up another plugin at the same time in a bit of a panic.
I’m now using WP-Spamshield which is amazing! Stopped those little suckers within seconds. Phew! So if you find yourself in the middle of a spam attack on your WordPress blog like I did, check out that free plugin. 🙂
Without further ado, here are my favourite personal finance blog reads from this week:
Shannon over at The Heavy Purse hosted a great guest post by Laurie from the Frugal Farmer – How We Told Our Children About Our Debt Situation. Laurie explains the importance of letting your kids know if you’re in trouble with debts (in an age appropriate way).
John over at Sprout Wealth explained How to Start Investing With $1000 or Less. I enjoyed this post because I don’t know all that much about investing and it’s good to know that you don’t need to save up an absolute fortune to at least begin investing!
Wealth Tortoise wrote a post called How Much Should I Be Saving? Well my savings definitely have room for improvement but as you know debt repayment is my number one goal right now. But once the dreaded debts are gone, I intend to save, save, save! (And invest). So what’s the right amount to save? Read Wealth Tortoise’s post to find out!
Done By Forty published a really interesting perspective about blogging and the personal finance community. It’s called Preaching to the Choir. The PF community is really supportive of each other and as DB40 eloquently puts: because we tend to comment on each other’s blogs, it can often feel like we’re preaching to the converted bearing in mind that many readers are also PF bloggers. However, what we don’t always know is how many ‘readers’ we’re making a difference to behind the scenes who don’t actually leave comments. (Side note: In case you’re a reader but you’re worried about commenting, don’t be! I welcome comments from readers and bloggers alike!)
Charles at Getting A Rich Life wrote a great post called Find Your Financial Freedom Inspiration. In this post Charles outlines some really good reasons as to why he wants to become financially free. It’s important to know your reason for wanting financial freedom so that you can use this for inspiration when you need it most.
I hope you enjoy the above reads as much as I did. Please check back here tomorrow because I’m co-hosting Financially Savvy Saturdays. This is a brilliant blog hop where you can submit one of your posts from the last week for others to read and share!