Link-love #24

Photog feature on Bored Panda, worth a look
Photog feature on Bored Panda, worth a look

 I found this page that features the photography of Elena Shumilova, absolutely beautiful photos. Check them out here on Bored Panda. posted Day One Advice: 78 successful bloggers reveal what advice they wish they knew [when they started blogging).  Most of them sound familiar to me. I started blogging because I got interested in personal finance and was following a bunch of blogs on the topic. I wanted financial freedom, I still do. Slowly, I felt the desire to write and chronicle out my own journey with personal finance, and here we are. Don’t start blogging for the money, blog because you love to write, anything else is just crap.

Check out this post on by Martin on Studenomics;  why you need to drop the get rich quick mindset if you ever want to see results. Make plans, set goals, make progress. Super simple stuff.

I liked this post on Money after Graduation too, since I have a similar goal of saving up $10,000 this year Bridget writes: How to save $10,000 and track every detail of progress in an awesome spreadsheet. One other post on MAG struck a cord with me recently; Why you’ll never be rich: the American dream is dead.  I’ve been struggling with this myself lately. I’ve watched my parents make something out of nothing, I started with a better background but I still have the deck stacked against me. The job-market is different, and that’s just the start of it…

Looking for creative ways to invest? This actually made me laugh… Look no further; 35% return on stamp investment on Freedom 35. Stamps? Yeah…

On a more serious note; how hardcore pornography has distorted the way young men (and young women) think about sex, an older TEDtalk by Cindy Gallop.  Porn is not real sex. There is so much I can say about this and it’s the primary reason that I don’t enjoy porn, it doesn’t even come close to the real thing. It’s a pisspoor substitute to what making love can be.

make love, not porn

And lastly, I thought this older article was quite interesting; a 75-year Harvard study finds what it takes to live a happy life on “Vaillant’s key takeaway, in his own words: “The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points … to a straightforward five-word conclusion:Happiness is love. Full stop.’ ” And I will leave you with that for today.


Published by Renée

I write about my life, travel and my financial up and downs on my blog, Nickel By Nickel, while contradicting myself daily. ;)

12 thoughts on “Link-love #24

  1. Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos at Bored Panda. That brought a smile to my face.

    I agree you should blog because you want to, not so much to make money. I blog because I want to write, although I can’t guarantee that it’s not still crap :).


    1. They did for me too, that’s why I wanted to share them. Honestly, most of the blogs started for money I end up abandoning (as a reader) I enjoy personal stuff much more, maybe it means I’m more of a lifestyle-blog fan.


  2. I have so many people ask me about blogging for money, how much money I make from it etc. I tell them all if you are blogging for money, you won’t last and won’t make it. Write because you love it.

    Also agree re the porn thing and love. I don’t watch it, never have and it has shocked so many people. I have no interest in it, it’s not real.

    And happiness is love, absolutely. Put love first and everything else just works.


  3. Uhh I hear ya. My parents were immigrants who started out poor with nothing and now live frugal but comfortable lives. I started out with more than they had but in a very different economy/world and right now wonder if we’ll ever be able to achieve the status they have.


    1. I had some moments this weekend where I just cried from frustration. I know that doesn’t help anything and where I’m currently living isn’t helping the situation either. The world is different, I wonder what looking back will be like in 40 years


  4. I guess money shouldn’t be the only reason, but quite frankly, money was one of the big reason why I started my blog.

    I’m not much of a writer so I had some reservation to start one, but people were telling me that you don’t have to be a greater writer to be a blogger as long as you bring your personality and personality I got.


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