When I started giving myself my crash course on personal finance a few years ago, I became pretty familiar with this weird little three petal flower-badge thing that kept popping up on the majority of sites I enjoyed. Every site that had this graphic on their sidebar consistently produced material and the vast majority of it was high quality and informative. When J.B. and I were looking at putting this site together I mentioned this graphic, and that it said Yakezie on it. I thought it was some sort of club for really smart people! As we researched into it a little, we found out that I was basically right. We instantly made it one of our primary goals to become part of the network. We felt that on the day we did that, we would feel that we could say with some authority that we were a legitimate site that could offer relevant information to people. The only negative consequence is that if we achieve our goal they’ll have to change the description of the network from, “Club for really smart people,” to, “A club for really smart people… and a couple of slightly above average hicks from Canada.”
The Yakezie network is basically a group of personal finance bloggers led by a guy named Sam from the blog Financial Samurai (check out our suggested readings list for more of our favourite Yakezie members). They have a diverse range of views and opinions, and are some of the most well-read people you are likely to meet. The ones I have made contact with are extremely driven individuals who I have already learned so much from. In order to join the Yakezie as a full fledged member you have to take on their challenge. That is what we are announcing here at My University Money, that we are taking on the Yakezie challenge! In order to become full fledged members we have to break the barrier of a 200,000 Alexa rank in the next 6 months amongst other things and this is known as the Yakezie challenge. Wish us luck, and thanks to all of our readers who make this blogging adventure a fun way to exchange ideas with people all over the world! I hope that in six months I can write a post talking about how great it is to be fully accepted into the Yakezie family. Thanks to all the Yakezie members we have already been in contact with for their support and for all the information we have learned on their respective sites!
Since most of you have now probably already left our site to view these other great ones I have mentioned (I definitely wouldn’t blame you), I will simply leave you with an interesting personal finance thought I have had while viewing a lot of different sites over the past few days:
Where does “frugal” end and “cheapness” begin? I seem to have a somewhat different view on this from many of my fellow personal finance bloggers and I’m interesting to hear where that “line” is for everyone.