Saturday, January 7, 2012

The person behind the web site . . .

I love reading personal finance topics on line and there are so many GREAT sites out there . . . if you were like me, have you ever wondered who the person is behind the site ?

So I started trying to know more a bit out the person behind the web site - I asked for their permission for me to conduct an email interview with them.

First I sent out an interview request like this.  Not everyone replied of course, but I manage to get a few reply from the sites I love most ....

( click on the paragraph title to view original interview scripts )

He is most probably one of the person whom I know the longest in real life.  A young guy who shared his true belief and through out his blog sharing, you can see he is making an excellent progress toward finance independence if not already is.  Although I know him the longest among all other bloggers or web site owners, until today I don't remember his web site URL.  I just google search "Champdog Finance" and usually his come up at the top.  May be its time he re-brand his blog !? :)

CP Teh
CP is in education line.  With his intuitive interest and strength in Math, he shines out an interesting charisma on Technical Analysis in stock market.

KC Lau
I am sure KC Lau needs no further introduction.  It was KC who gets Meshio to blog whom I asked advice from the very first time I started out sharing my stories.  My years of calling KC the pioneer and the guru of the gurus in Malaysia Personal Finance blogsphere has never been challenged.

Although I am nowhere near his success, but I always thought my life path share quite some similarities with his.  Frugality is within our bones but we treat ourselves quite well from time to time :D

I always think accountant who also pursue personal finance is a best match of skills.  After he help you fix you yourself, he can help you build an empire too. :)

Through out years and years of constantly reviewing personal finance web sites, Gabe's always stands out to be the easiest and most browser friendly site.  Simplicity says it all.

Alan Tan
Alan is another blogger who needs no further introduction.  Not just personal finance, he shares pretty much everything interesting that he came about; and carefully shape his marketing so that people always find his articles first.  I always ask my lover to read my blog but she always end up reading Alan Tan's blog even without realizing it. :D

Its hard to find a lady in personal finance blogsphere ?  So she claims but I didn't even realize any gender differences in internet until this was brought up.  She likes Sabah so I like her :)

Although this is no longer an active site but its one of those things in life.

What have you done ?
What are you doing now ?
What do you wish to leave behind ?
What have we actually left for others ?

Eventually we all will join Fathersez . . . and how would the world remember us by ?

There were quite a handful objectives I was planning initially when I thought of this interviewing project.  But unfortunately most of my thoughts did not materialize well.  Mostly that is due to my in-experience to conduct email interview - my questions were not well formed and many were answered from a different perspective than initially intended.  For example, how would you answer this question ?  Please do leave your answer in the comment section.

"You met someone in a social party, describe what you do in 2 to 3 sentences."

However, I did manage to realize 2 interesting findings through this exercise.

  1. Most of us blog or create a web site just for the sake of sharing.  Seldom do we realize how precious it has become and we never thought of keeping our blog/site to live forever, even beyond us.  And to achieve that is nothing harder than setting up a trust ourselves.  Which can be easily done once you have the know how.  Check out kclau's interview respond and search for "set up a trust".
  2. Most of us here who are giving out truthful sharing here share some similar background
    • We came from a middle income family, not so poor, not so rich ... ok may be a bit poor.
    • We learn to be frugal from our parent
    • We "save" quite well, thanks to parental influence
    • But we learn to "invest" after we have gone through our lives ourselves
    • Now our saving part is saving us from our investment swing
      • About there - financially independent !?
    • We do ok now and we start to pamper ourselves from time to time :D
      • Opps, drop back to rat race !?

Alright, thank you very much for reading so patiently up until here.  I know its another boring wordy post.  But I have decided to keep this boring wordy style.  After all, everyone will have a cup of his own tea :)

And I haven't found any other ways to embed a message where a reader hates to hear now but would realize and appreciate it years later.

Next article : scheme vs scam


ChampDog said...

lol! Thanks. The link is not working by the way. I agree the URL is hard to remember. It was my first blog and it was started with the wrong name. Will see how but have no plan to change it at this point in time.

Thanks about googling "ChampDog Finance" idea and I've never thought that could be the easiest way to find my blog. :) Cool one! :)

ChampDog said...

Btw, Kris is a she? Are you sure? Or I'm the confused one?

Michael Tsen said...

hee hee I think I am confused then, link fix.

Kris said...

I am hot blooded :P

Michael Tsen said...

looks like a need for re-interview :D

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