Ever since Google Reader retired last year, I have been looking for other ways to look for financial information online. It is a big world out there, and finding some new and original topics to read about can be tricky. Even with Google Reader, I only was able to read the feeds I had subscribed to. Meaning after a while, you want a change of scenery, to read something written by someone else.
Bloggers generally do a great job at doing weekly roundups, featuring great reads from all around the web. The only drawback is they tend to stay within their niche. So a food blog will have a roundup of recipes, and a finance blog will generally only feature financial articles. Even more narrow a selection when the blog is only featuring articles from a small group of other blogging friends.
Anyway, I recently set out to expand my horizons and look around for new sources to read from once in a while. Social media turned out to be a great source. You can see if a post is popular when several friends are sharing it around. Twitter is a bit overwhelming for me, as it drops a lot of information in a very short amount of time, and rarely with a picture, so Facebook and Google + are now my go to media when I feel like browsing for new content. What I find great is other sites are curating good reads for you and putting them out there for the world to see.
For me an interesting story is a story that makes me think, want to act on it, or read more about it. For example Experian was sharing a post recently about financial lies we tell our significant others. I don’t know if it was the video or my nosy nature but I immediately wanted to go see what lies other people tell. I know I often lie about how much money I make because I feel uncomfortable around people making much less and don’t want to be treated differently, but I don’t do that with my partner, we are equals in the relationship and I couldn’t do it. I don’t lie about how much I spent outside of our joint finances either, because it is my money and I can do whatever I want with it! Anyway, I was curious to know about other people’s modus operandi. I also love everything real estate, like guides on how to buy your house with a partner or discussion on buying a cheap home with repairs or a more expensive home in better shape.
I generally browse stories from authority sites, and influential people. For example Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach You To Be Rich often shares great posts. I think if a busy guy like Ramit took the time to read a post and felt it was worth sharing, and took the time to do so, it must be a great read.
I could spend the whole day browsing from story to story, and often discover hidden gems this way. Another thing I like is when the website suggests related stories that make you want to stay longer and read a few more pages. Generally that is a Sunday morning activity, otherwise it would take way too much time out of my regular schedule!