Popularity has a price.

Screen shot 2009-12-15 at Dec 15, 2009, 12.08.13 AMYesterday, unbeknownst to me, I was given an invitation to sit at the “cool table” (or at least the personal finance equivalent of a cool table) with all the popular kids. I woke up yesterday morning, and as usual, checked my blog’s stats first thing. Usually I have about 50 or so visitors by 7am my time. Yesterday was a different story though, I had an incredible 1,300 visitors by early morning. I knew my post on counterintuitive frugality was not the cause of this giant boost in traffic. Checking referral sites revealed The Consumerist posted a blog about my recent 401K article. Here’s a link to their article and here’s a link to mine.

Being featured on the #1 Personal Finance blog makes me smile. It resulted in more visits in one day than I usually see in an entire month, futhermore, it also increased my adsense revenue from the typical $0.12 per day to a whopping $7.04. I’m freaking rich suckers and I owe it all to Phil Villarreal. Thanks dude for referencing my post, feel free to do so whenever you’d like πŸ™‚

I learned something yesterday though, popularity has it’s price. While I would say the majority of the comments in response to my article were positive, there were definitely some that were not-so-positive. Here were two of my favorites….

“I have been so focused on retirement, I completely forgot to establish a game plan for my 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.”
Um, how about you, like, draw a paycheck during those years? By working?

You totally took my quote out of context dude. Of course I plan to draw a paycheck, but where is the harm in trying to provide extra income from short term investments? Instead of being income dependent, I’d rather have other streams of money to provide additional financial security. I’m pretty sure I never indicated a desire to lose my job and stop earning income.

your post is so riddled with errors, logic and factual, thats its not worth responding to.

I deleted that comment because it provided no constructive criticism and I don’t think it qualifies as English, but it did make me laugh a little bit. Some people are jerks.

I’m all for constructive criticism, in fact there were quite a few opposing views brought to my attention, but sometimes people need to take a deep breath and relax. My life is different than yours, and so are my investment strategies. I didn’t tell anyone else to reduce their 401K contributions, I simply wrote about what MY strategy was. If you don’t agree with it, that’s A-okay by me.

I think some of the consfusion comes from a misleading opening paragraph in that article. The article states I make an argument against funding your 401K up to the employer match, which isn’t true. Just to be clear…EVERYONE SHOULD CONTINUE TO FUND THEIR 401K TO GET THE EMPLOYER MATCH. I’m sure that was an unintended mistake and really not a big deal as most caught the error, but I did want to take a second to clarify.

Getting to bask in the awesomeness of being highlighted on The Consumerist was definitely the best part of my day, even though some people made their best attempts to bring me down. In the words of Miley Cyrus…

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I’m going to have to punch someone in the face lose.

Playing with the popular kids for a day sure was nice, but part of me is definitely relieved to be dealing with my normal PF commenters and readers again. I love you all in a totally non-erotic way πŸ™‚

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17 thoughts on “Popularity has a price.”

  1. Aw, give us regulars some love, you PF Powerhouse! I admit I didn't see the link at Consumerist, but way to go. two more adsense days like that and you can start that short-term investment strategy via etrade…

  2. We love you to Ninja. Those haters need to heed Beyonce and go to the LEFT, to the LEFT!

    I loved Beverly Hills, 90210. I didn't really get it when I was younger, but I still liked it. I definitely appreciate the remake, 90210, though.

  3. Yep. I thought a long time ago about whether or not I wanted to try to push my blog up to being one of those top PF blogs (not saying I could've made it, but I was weighing the possibilities) and I realized that the more popular you are, in most cases, the more people try to make your life miserable. Smaller blogs also get ridiculous comments now and then or angry people on vendettas, or people who dramatically (and willfully?) misunderstand posts and yell at us about things that we didn't even say.

    But for the most part, it's a happier blogging existence. And since I want to be a librarian, not a problogger, I decided to just go with what makes me happy and not bother with the stress. πŸ™‚

  4. It's just proof that comment trolls are at even the top blogs. Don't let it get to you, you're much cooler than they are now, with your $7.04 AdSense… go Ninja, go Ninja!

  5. LOL same thing happened to me on The Consumerist. I had a guy come over to my blog and tell me to take the post down. Then he started lashing out at other commenters!! You are right – there's a price for getting your name out there. Oh well, you were on TC and they weren't!

  6. It's lame ain't it ninja how some people leave nasty comments because they can be anonymous on the internet. Just because it's the net doesn't mean manners should go out the window. It's good that you're getting some exposure for your blog though.

    And Beverly Hills 90210 rocks (the original). I used to secretly watch it, but never told my mates I did. Jason Priestly's hair was pretty fantastic, I always wanted that same do. I reckon he probably spent more time doing his hair than any of the girls on the show did.

  7. Do what you love and screw the rest! You are blogging about personal experience, not the nature of neural synapse. Most people are lazy, in body and spirit, and impulsive when anonymity is an option. Bad mix. Anyway, you're better than a cool kid… you're the cool kid who was friends with people who weren't cool kids and sat wherever you pleased. Like Zack Morris, except hotter. Yeah, that sounds right… Keep doing what you do. Can't wait for the next rap!

  8. Unfortunately, when you become popular, fans feel they own you and your life.
    You are no longer a free man, Ninja.

    On the bright side, you're still loved… mostly. (And a lil hated now.) ^___^;

  9. I want to pay the price… I want to be popular let me sit at the table:-) seriously though everyone has, and is entitled to their opinion. Sounds like you should just crank that 401k back up since you are pulling the big cheese from adsense

  10. Since I was one of the ones who coverted from the Consumerist, I would say I assumed the post was being linked for advice giving reasons. You can certainly manage your own financial future, but it's different if people read it as advice instead of opinion.

    Either way, I like the site, I'll be a regular. I enjoy disagreeing with you anyway πŸ™‚

  11. I read Consumerist every day. That brought me here, and to Carrie's site, too. Both are bookmarked. I work at a nonprofit here in the middle and we promote financial literacy. More voices will allow us to develop that corporate mantra, "best practices." We gotta hang together or hang separately. Keep up the good work.

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