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!