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The Finwikian: Your Two Cents on Personal Finance — a new personal finance wiki)

A month ago today, I had a vision while at work. Not the kind where you hear voices or see people, but as I put back a book on wikis I thought “Why doesn’t someone make a wiki of personal finance and PF bloggers?” The thought stuck with me and by the end of the day I had come up a framework and a plan.

And today The Finwikian: Your Two Cents on Personal Finance is born!

What is The Finwikian?

A community has grown up around personal finance blogs. As a librarian-type, I felt compelled to organize it into a useful resource. Obviously, no one site will ever capture the multiplicity of viewpoints and experiences found in the individual sites. However, I hope that this one will be valuable for bloggers and for those looking for information.

For example, each blog page links to tables of blogs—such as Personal Finance Bloggers, Tax Bloggers, or Frugality Bloggers. These tables allow you to discover other blogs with similar interests, to learn a little bit about them by visiting their Finwikian pages and then to visit the blogs themselves if you’re interested.

That makes it an excellent tool for writers and readers, you can share your blog with others, you can contribute to pages on other blogs you read, and hopefully you will discover new blogs in the process.

There will be a number of pages on various topics from Dave Ramsey and his Debt Snowball to Credit Card Arbitrage and Peer To Peer Lending. I can’t create them alone; I hope that the personal finance community will join together in making this not just one person’s site and idea, but our site full of our ideas.

Dear PF friends, if your blog isn’t on the wiki, I’m very sorry. I cataloged a bit over 100, but according to PFblogs, there are over 1000 out there. It’s pretty easy to add your blog to the wiki and the list—if you have trouble with it, let me know.

Some useful pages for getting started on the wiki are:

  • The How-To Section which has information on everything from creating a new page to using formatting and templates. A lot of it is intuitive and the wiki editor is similar to a WordPress/Blogger/E-mail editor.
  • The About page.
  • If you decide to become a contributer on The Finwikian or even just want to support it, you can use some of these nifty banners/badges or make your own!

For updates, how-tos, and the like, you can also visit http://blog.finwikian.com and click here to subscribe to it.

Thanks everyone, I’m very excited about this opportunity and I hope that you’ll participate!


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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Lily March 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm

This. Is. Awesome. πŸ™‚

Looby March 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Wow! I am extremely impressed.

PT March 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Great work. The community will respond with big thanks!

budgetsaresexy March 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Dang, that is seriously a great idea! I’m excited to see what comes about from it πŸ™‚

Lazy Man and Money March 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm

For what it’s worth, I went through the pfblogs list once and found that about 440 fit my definition of active. I’m sure that pfblogs can give a better number, but I’m pretty sure they don’t take out old blogs.

paidtwice March 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Awesome! Congrats on creating a great thing πŸ™‚

World domination is just around the corner πŸ™‚

louise March 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm

this is a great idea!

Aryn March 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm

This is great! I’ll be adding my blog later today!

Dad March 4, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Certainly a wonderful idea. Too often a blog written several months ago with a lot of valuable ideas fades into the distance. This can preserve it where it can be found quickly! Keep up the good work!

Megan March 4, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Great idea!

Becky@FamilyandFinances March 4, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Wow…Wow. And I’m even in it! This is an awesome site.
I’ll have to figure out how to get a banner on my site πŸ™‚

Jonathan March 4, 2008 at 7:53 pm

I’m glad to see the actualization of a vision. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Lisa March 4, 2008 at 8:37 pm

This is quite an undertaking! I’m looking forward to checking it out.

Thanks for taking the time to make such a cool library of blogs
Lisa

Hilda March 4, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Mrs.M, I’m impressed! This is very, very cool. Thanks for all your hard work.

ms. m&p March 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm

I knew you were smart but I didn’t know you were a GENIUS! Seriously, this is brilliant. It’s exactly what I’ve always wanted. I feel like it’s Christmas.

Fiscal Musings March 4, 2008 at 9:24 pm

A very interesting idea. Good luck with it.

Emily March 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm

So very cool! I’ll do what I can to help, thanks for including me!

RacerX March 4, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Reason #428 Why you are such a Gem πŸ™‚

What a neat idea. I will add a badge this weekend…crazy time right now…Deserves a “Best of” this week as well…doh gave it away πŸ™‚

Great Community Project!

DebtKid March 5, 2008 at 12:02 am

I hope this takes off for you! Great idea!

hank March 5, 2008 at 2:08 am

I’ve got my eyes peeled for it! Interested to see it craft up! Good idea!

Small Cents March 5, 2008 at 2:51 am

Great idea. I’ve added Small Cents, and linked to it on blog, and will add some graphics on my blog… love it!

Jon March 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Hey,

I started an article on 401(k) plans. Hopefully people will contribute. Specifically, if anybody wants to add links to good blog articles about 401(k) plans that would be cool!

Jon March 5, 2008 at 3:51 pm

By the way, how about something on the main page talking about new articles? I can’t edit the main page or I’d add it.

mrsmicah March 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Thanks, Jon! I added a link in the top section to a “New Page” page. I’m going to redo the front page in a week or so and make it more accessible. But right now I want how-to type info up front. πŸ™‚

Funny about Money March 5, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Wow!! This exceeds cool! What an enormous amount of work you’ve done on this. It is gorgeous–and what an outstanding idea.

As soon as I dig out from under the current raft of student papers, I definitely will work on contributing something. Thanks for including Funny among the many blogs–I feel like I’m in awesome company there!

Dough Roller March 6, 2008 at 6:12 am

MM, this is a very creative and useful idea you’ve brought to life. I hope it continues to grow and becomes a great resource for both pf bloggers and readers. Nice job!

Easton Ellsworth March 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm

A perfect example of thinking outside the box and leading out to make something better than the sum of its parts. Way to hit it out of the park, MM!

Stephanie May 6, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Hi Mrs. Micah,

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I had edited the finwikian to start up a list of 20-something bloggers, but the listing was taken down. Did I do something wrong? I’ve started compiling a list of 20-something bloggers since I posted, so it would definitely start to grow, and not just have me on the list…
thanks!

Erin May 17, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Because I haven’t checked my email in months I just found out about this. AWESOME idea! I’ll have to figure out how to edit my page soon, thanks for starting it for me πŸ™‚

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