I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about blogging, specifically PF blogging. A lot of new people are coming on the scene every day, and they all want some sort of mentoring. For some reason, a lot of them have been coming to me.
I’m flattered by this, and I really appreciate everyone’s confidence and faith that I will be able to help them. I hope that I can continue to live up to that confidence and earn that faith. I am, at heart, an educator, and I look forward to any opportunity to help educate the next generation.
That being said, as some of you out there may have already found out, I can be brutal. I can rip something apart if I think it doesn’t live up to the potential or the desires of those who ask for my opinion. I don’t do this to be mean, on the contrary, I do this because I feel obliged to care about what you do as much as I think you care about what you do. I think this is better than patting you on the head and marvelling at what a good job you are doing. I think you deserve better.
To that end, here are the rules, so anybody who wants to ask my advice or opinion knows.
- Do not ask for my advice or my opinion unless you really want to hear it.
- I don’t believe in platitudes, and I don’t want to waste either your time or mine by blowing smoke.
- No matter how negative I sound, it’s important for you all to know that I will only be negative if I think it will benefit you. If I didn’t like you, or if I didn’t really like your work, I would ignore you, your work, and any request for help.
- I’m not perfect. No matter how much I want to believe otherwise, at the end of the day, my opinion is really just that– My opinion.
- Don’t feel that you have to change who you are or what your message is just because I ripped you apart.
- You know better than I do, what your message is, and who you are aiming for. Feel free to disregard any advice I give if you feel that it is stupid.
- If you choose to ignore my advice, please don’t ask me for different advice. I won’t give it. My opinion rarely changes.
If you look at my blogroll, you will see a new category labled “F4Y picks”. This will be a community of sites that I really think have the game down. These are going to be the blogs that I frequent the most, and these will be the blogs that I will refer my readers to if there is a question that I don’t feel is best for me to answer. This is a tough group to belong to, and to be fair, I will not move any of my current blogroll there unless a) they ask, and b) their site passes muster.
If you are a blogger, and you wish to become a F4Y pick, e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave me your name, the site name, a brief description of your theme (message, not template), and a reason WHY you believe your site has what it takes. I don’t know what all criteria I will be looking for, but if someone wants to grease the wheels, a link to my blog will certainly help. Of course, so does candy.
If you are a blogger, especially a PF blogger, and you want my opinion or advice on anything, also email me at: email@example.com. There are a few of you out there who can vouch that I will personally answer your request.
William J. Stanton
Founder, Finance For Youth.