I recently stumbled over an online article announcing a contest, called "The World's Next Great Investing Columnist." At first, I thought of the typical online financial media columnist, which is more of an over-educated noisemaker than a writer serving the reader's best interest, and how I would never fit into that mold.
But then I thought of the themes and purpose of this blog, The Financial Philosopher: Helping people find their way through the noise and distraction of the outside world so that they may become more acquainted with the greatest source of wealth--the authentic self.
Next I read some of the reader comments following the article announcing the contest. This particular reader offered a cynical and sarcastic "formula" for the online columnist, which is to:
Create a controversial title to get the clicks… state some 'facts' you Googled supporting your title… intersperse some trite humor and borderline-offensive commentary… Publish. Next week, present a contrary article following all of the above.
This comment gave me the idea that the online world needs more columnists who write because they have something to say, not because they have to say something. Therefore the winner of this contest should not be the "World's Greatest Columnist" but rather something the world needs now--something we may call The Anti-Columnist.
Please join me in my quest to win this contest and to bring the themes of The Financial Philosopher to a broader community and vote for my article...
Here's the link to my submission for the contest: Are You the Hunted or the Hunter?
Ironically (but not surprisingly) readers must use the Facebook "like" button to vote. I believe there may be just enough intelligent people who are on Facebook that can vote for the article to help us win. But I digress…