It’s awesome. The community of personal finance bloggers grows every day. Requests for additions are flying in, and I’m not exaggerating. The issue is this: It’s pretty clear when a blog is an “investing blog” or a “real estate blog,” but what is a “personal finance blog?”
Is a blog focused solely on earning money from affiliate programs and advertising really about personal finance?
Due to Google’s Adsense, a service that has benefited many great bloggers and content producers, it’s pretty simple to earn a few bucks off a blog. Personal finance is a topic that seems to attract a number — a large number — of people who set up blogs just to see how much money they can make off of it. Sometimes the true intent of a blogger is painfully obvious.
I don’t want to get in the middle and judge who’s not serious about producing good content or enhancing the community and would rather try to make a buck the “easy” way. I want to be inclusive. I also want pfblogs.org to represent a modicum of quality.
Should there be a time requirement for new additions to the aggregator? Perhaps a month? Now, it would be easy to back date posts to give the appearance that a blog has been around for longer than it has, so maybe there should be a waiting period. Perhaps we should let market forces do the work, include everyone on pfblogs.org, and let those who don’t survive in the market die off. I’m open to ideas.
Incidentally, we’re getting ready to launch a major contest, with the grand prize of probably around $200 and a runner-up who would win around $50. It will be an offline contest and will involve television, radio, or some other mass media.
P.S. Sorry for those of you trying to respond with comments. The problem has been fixed and anyone can comment now. I look forward to reading everyone’s thoughts.