Sunday, December 10, 2017

Upcoming BIGScribe Financial Bloggers Moot

This coming week, a select group of extremely elite and exclusive financial bloggers will be meeting up for a friendly gathering. Over the months leading to this event, I have been trying to sell the idea of a financial blogger's "Unconference" or TEDx like conference to the directors of Bigscribe.

I can't really say that I have been successful, because it is quite a counter-intuitive idea.

Why would financial bloggers, generally wonky introverts, be willing to speak for about 5 min to 10 min on one investment idea for almost negligible pay? The resulting event would also lack a central theme because folks may talk about anything under the sun so we cannot even predict how much value add this would bring to paying customers.

While I have difficulty understanding why others might be motivated to do this, I do know that I will happily jump into any speaking opportunity given that I'm possibly one of the rarer "flaming extroverts" in the finance blogosphere and having more than a decade of public speaking experience helps too.

But here are some reasons why another blogger should consider making a 5 min pitch:

  • First of all, if you speak in an "Unconference", you get to participate for free and you get to home with 20+ new ideas from the other speakers.
  • Secondly, this is a great opportunity to get new fans of for your blog. 
  • Thirdly, some of my ideas are incomplete and instead of talking about back-testing or quantitative alpha, a 5-10min talk can only accommodate perhaps just one new concept. So I need audience participation to shape your ideas further.
So this Friday, we are doing this at a super-miniscule scale so only four of us have volunteered to speak on a pet topic of our own so far. 

My topic is something I have been promoting since my bar exams ended last week. I created a minor stir suggesting that financial independence could not preclude someone from becoming a loser and I will be building up this subject matter into something bigger. I can tell that this issue is something other bloggers are deeply vested in.

I will be talking about "Mid-life Crisis and how it impacts Personal Finance" :
  • An overview about mid-life crisis and some science behind it.
  • What coping mechanism are there for mid-life crisis.
  • What it means for folks who are planning our finances.
Rest assured that there will be an AAR after the talk and I am guessing the other bloggers will probably not give me an easy time for this.

I do not know the full list of invited bloggers for this Moot, but I do hope that if you are invited, you can volunteer to speak on a pet topic that can be shared with fellow financial bloggers. This is not a formal event, even if it's just sharing a formula for a new facial cleanser or a book review, it will be very much appreciated.

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