It’s been a hectic month for me here at Saving to Invest. I recently moving blogging platforms from Google’s Blogger to WordPress. For non-bloggers this is akin to moving from an old style cell phone to an i-Phone like smart phone. Both do the basic stuff, but you get a lot more features and control with WordPress. Off course there is also a steep learning curve as I move from a fully hosted platform, courtesy of Google who own blogger, to a self hosted platform. I definitely had some challenges making the move, but so far have no regrets. I will at some stage write a more detailed post on why and how I moved platforms, but in a nutshell if you are blogging just for fun (and want to make some extra bucks on the side) with zero technical inclination go with Blogger. But if you want to enter the professional blogger/”webpreneur” space where your blog is a business, then a self hosted WordPress platform is the way to go. Also special kudos to the support desk at Media temple, whose servers now host this site, for their help in the migration (especially with the php.ini size issue!). I definitely recommend them if you are looking for a top notch affordable hosting service.
This last week also brought about the House approved version of a new 2010 stimulus package that I alluded to last year. It is being passed through congress under the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, and if it gets passed (very likely) it will contain a number of stimulus like credits and tax breaks for consumers and business. While it is not as generous as the $787 billion stimulus package of 2009 and has no (much hoped for) extensions to the home buyer credit or new car tax deduction, it does have provisions that are likely to help many struggling in today’s economy. I will be writing more posts on this stimulus/tax breaks package as it progresses through Congress.
One thing I have been remiss on over the last few months as one thing after the other came up is to point out some of the good reads I come across from other personal finance writers. Here are just a few that are worth a read on this sunny Memorial day:
- How To Raise Your Credit Score and the related article at LMM, What is a Good Credit Score?
- 5 Tax Deductions To Take This Year
- April’s Income and May’s Business Update! – A pretty honest look at how much an internet blogger/webpreneur makes. Gave me a few ideas.
- 2010 College Grad Financial Survival Guide
- Ten things I don’t want to pay tax for anymore
- The Common Thread Between the Housing Collapse, the Euro Crisis and Millions of Americans – Debt