My Own Advisor – 7 Links Project

Tag, I’m it!

Thanks to my friend over at Invest It Wisely for nominating me to participate in the “7 Links Project”.

What is this project you might be asking?

The purpose of this project is for each blogger to highlight 7 of their posts based on 7 questions, and then nominate 5 other bloggers to do the same.

The following are my responses to the 7 questions.  I hope you take time to check these articles out if you haven’t done so already.   They’re worth it 😉

Without further delay, here we go….

Your most beautiful post

Geez, that’s a tough one because I don’t know if any of my posts are “beautiful”, certainly not like this post from Invest It Wisely:  The Most Important Lesson I Learned from My First Love.

If I had to select one this would be it:

If you’re a dividend investor you should know who Grace Groner is.

If you don’t know the story of Grace Groner I encourage you to check it out.  I consider it beautiful certainly not because of Grace’s financial success but because of what she did with her investments and her generous heart.

Your most popular post

Thanks to Rob Carrick at The Globe and Mail for sharing and spreading this post throughout the blogosphere:

Why I Left the Mutual Fund Industry.

This post had a host of excellent comments, thank you readers!

Your most controversial post

I don’t think I write anything too controversial on my blog but maybe I should?   Controversial posts would certainly generate some lively debate.  I’ll give that some more thought folks…how I can stir the pot more on this blog.  Until I write something completely off the charts, here’s my selection:

I’ll maximize my TFSA first thanks!

Now post a comment below so we can argue about RRSPs vs. TFSAs.  😉

Your most helpful post

Maybe my readers would be a better judge of this?  Anyhow, I thought this post was pretty helpful:

You can learn from the Canada Pension Plan.

Readers, what do you think?

A post whose success surprised you

I’d have to say my two-part interview with Derek Foster.  I was surprised that Derek was so eager to do the interview with me and surprised by some of the comments about it.   I was also surprised by what that post didn’t do, generate more buzz.

Derek Foster was excellent to chat with.   He was candid and entertaining.  What I thought would be a 30-minute chat; surprise – ended up being a two-hour conversation about investing, the economy, why people chase stocks that don’t pay dividends, and on and on.  Thanks Derek for taking the time to answer my questions.   I had so much content I needed to create a Part 1 and Part 2!  You shared more than I asked for and provided some great information to me and my readers.  Our conversation also helped me understand my own financial journey for the better, so thanks for that!  Stay in touch Derek.

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

I thought this post would get more attention:

Carrots or Consequences? 

Some folks are motivated by “carrots” (positive outcomes) and others are motivated by “consequences” (negative outcomes).  I think pain (consequences) is a big motivator for me but only one person offered their perspective – which one gives them a bigger kick in the pants when it comes to personal finance and investing practices.  I thought this post deserved more bloglove.

The post that you are most proud of

I’m definitely a guy that tries to learn from his mistakes, even the silly ones.   I guess this is why in our world of “look what I can do” I thought it would be honest to post when I make a mess of my personal finances.  Thanks again to Rob Carrick at The Globe and Mail for featuring my article back in June.

My $1,981.05 Mistake.


Well folks, that’s the list.  Hopefully there will be many more blogposts in my future.  I hope you continue to stop by and contribute often.

I firmly believe personal finance and investment blogs are an excellent vehicle to share what you know and what you don’t know, easily and frequently with anyone that will take a few minutes to stop by.  This way, everyone shares.  More sharing = more learning.  More learning = better personal finance and investing decisions.   Better decisions…well, you get the idea.   Everyone wins my friends.

OK, I now have to nominate 5 other bloggers to share in the 7 Links Project.   I have no idea who all has participated in this project to date so if you were nominated before, and already wrote a “7 links” post then please ignore my request.  Well, at least this request anyhow.

Take it away…

The Dividend Ninja – an excellent site about dividend investing and indexing and this blogger’s two-pronged approach to retire wealthy.

The Wealthy Canadian – a site I visit daily, to learn from a wealthy Canadian who “originally left the workforce in late 2010 at the age of 33.”  Yup, you read that correctly 🙂

Beating The Index – another excellent site offering information and insight into a personal quest to beat the Toronto Stock Exchange.   And yes, he does it.

The Passive Income Earner – a quality site that tells you everything you need to know about passive dividend income as you follow a 30-something on his march towards a secure retirement.

Retire Happy Blog – another quality site with quality articles written by a professional financial speaker, best selling author, syndicated columnist and financial expert.  Anything you don’t do Jim?


In closing, thanks to everyone who reads, follows, comments and shares the articles posted on My Own Advisor.   I truly appreciate your support and commentary as I march towards financial freedom.  I learn from you and I hope you’re learning from me.  Stay tuned to my journey!

Mark Seed is the founder, editor and owner of My Own Advisor. As my own financial advisor, I've grown our portfolio from $100,000 to well over $500,000. Our next big goal is to own a $1 million investment portfolio for an early retirement. Come follow my saving and investing journey by subscribing to my site. Delivered by Subscribe Here to My Own Advisor

18 Responses to "My Own Advisor – 7 Links Project"

  1. The Derek Foster interview was really useful and interesting. It was a really good 2-post mini-series and it was really kind of Derek to impart knowledge from his experience.

  2. Rob Carrick was kind to you too, eh? 🙂

    You run an great site with top-tier material, and agree with one of the other posters that perhaps your presence will be much bigger soon someday. Radio interviews, features… all good signs. Sure you don’t want to join the Yakezie? 😉

    1. @Invest It Wisely,

      Yes, he has been kind to me, and hopefully a few more articles to follow. Yeah, I should probably join Yakezie at some point; I simply don’t want too much pressure to make/commit to a post. I write when the mood strikes 🙂

      Thanks for your positive comments and support for my blog – it is very much appreciated!

  3. Hi MOA,

    If there’s one thing I’m impressed with this post, it’s seeing how your blog has blossomed (that’s an even weirder word than beautiful) to the point that your site offers a wealth of solid content and resources for readers to learn from and rely on. A bang-up job with your blog to date, keep it up. When you’re getting mentioned by the Globe & Mail, you’re obviously doing something right, that’s for sure.

    Count me in on the 7 links project! Kudos to whoever originated the brainchild of this series. And a shout out is in order to Invest It Wisely for nominating you because otherwise, I would not have been nominated. 🙂

    Thanks once again for the mention! I’ll be sure to post my 7 Links Project; even though I don’t have an enormous amount of archives built up at this point, I’ll do my best to have the articles I have published to date fit the respective categories.



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