TIME: The 25 Best Financial Blogs

Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

For the record from TIME magazine,

The 25 Best Financial Blogs

From Paul Krugman to Freakonomics to the Consumerist, we compiled a list of the most influential (and useful) finance blogs out there and then asked some of the best-known bloggers to review one another’s work”

Exactly 4 years

Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Today, July 29th, 2010, is exactly four years after I published my first online entry on July 29th, 2006. I’ve done some navel-gazing when I posted my 2,001th and 3,000th post.

The following is an edited version of my reply to some friends today. My friends want to start an online publication to continue sharing their ideas and passion for democracy in China and Hong Kong (some months ago they stopped publication of their monthly free community newspaper).

Over the last four years, I have published over 3,000 posts. Some are shorter posts, some took me days and over months to plan and execute. Some are my personal comments. Some are simply things I find interesting. I’ve written about Science & Technologies. I’ve done many many interviews (audio or video). Some entries include video reports of provincial and federal ministers. This year, I even reported on Prime minister Harper’s visits to Calgary (twice). I have interviewed successful businessmen in Canada and I have interviewed Oscar winning director plus up and coming directors. I’ve even written food review because I love food.

I am not trying to brag, my effort over the last four years have allowed my site to gain enough “online reputation” and now for certain subjects/keywords, search engines (including Google) have put my work up on page one of their search results page. So people find my work via Google.

As I mentioned, I don’t have time to be part of your project, there are many things I need to do. But I will try to share my insight if and when I have time.

It took me over 1,000 entries (probably close to 2,000) for me to feel that I am getting the hang of what is good and what my “style” is. So I say before you have published at least 100 entries don’t make snap judgement too quickly. You are still learning. And I still consider myself learning by doing.

I think there are a lot more to be learn about online publishing for us all. And at the end of the day, we are as good as our content. If there are continue good content, then people will find you.

P.S. I almost forgot today is the fourth year anniversary of the first publication of my blog so I want to thank my friends for indirectly reminding me of the anniversary.

No LUV for Southwest Airlines: How to crash a brand in less than 100 hours in a perfect social media storm – A business case study (draft / beta)

Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

Please note that this article serves as a placeholder for an ongoing business case study of the Southwest Airlines social media storm. Information contained here will be under constant update and revision.


Business case background:

Southwest Airlines was a respected brand only a few short days ago. So what had happened to the brand in less than 100 hours that caused people to say out loud that they will NEVER fly with Southwest again? Thus no LUV for Southwest Airlines.

The purpose of this business case is to look deeper into the causes leading to Southwest crashing its brand in a perfect social media storm. And how other businesses can learn from Southwest‘s mistakes.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 - N922WN, Sports Illustrated One (Swimsuit 2009 Bar Refaeli) at HOU by E-Mans av8pix.com.

photo credit: av8pix @ Flickr


Dis-Revenue per Employee, Revenue per Employee, Southwest Airlines, Twitter, Social Media, Social Network

Raw research materials:

1) NOT SO SILENT BOB by Christi Day – Southwest Airlines, Emerging Media Specialist

2) MY CONVERSATION WITH KEVIN SMITH by Linda Rutherford – Southwest Airlines, VP Communications & Strategic Outreach

3) Smodcast #106: “Go Fuck Yourself, Southwest Airlines – In which, surely, our hero is Too Fat To Fly. And don’t call me Shirley.

4) Smodcast #107: “Thinicism – In Natali [the lady Kevin Smith talked about in #106] tells her story.

5) I’ve linked to some materials here in the blog entry “Southwest Airlines – From a loved brand to a damaged brand – Kevin Smith & Linda Rutherford”.

6) More to be added.

Principal researcher:

Kempton Lam  B.Sc., MBA

Background of Principal Researcher:

Kempton received his undergrad degree in Computer Science (with high distinction) from University of Toronto and is well versed in social media technologies from his years of blogging experiences. His MBA degree from University of Calgary has also prepared him to deliver comprehensive insightful study/report on time and within budget. During Kempton’s undergraduate and graduate studies, he has received multiple scholarships and awards for his academic excellence.

A Business Case Study (draft / beta)

It will take some time to complete the full report so please be patient.

What Kempton plans to do is to update this report in different draft versions. And keeping it as a “draft/beta” version until it is completed.

Concluding note for now

This report will study some serious issues and topics even though the trigger of Southwest‘s troubles may seem “trivial” to some people. But let me assure you, the business implication is deep and significant.

Just so you know I can laugh at myself and the absurdity in whole mess for Southwest. Here is one of my favourite ad, it serves to remind me to be humble and always be ready to do what is needed and right (and to learn).

Two Star Bloggers I Follow: Jonathan Schwartz & Mike Dillon (formerly at SUN)

Monday, 15 February, 2010

Two star bloggers I follow have moved, you can now follow them at Jonathan Schwartz (SUN former CEO) & Mike Dillon (SUN former GC).

You can also follow Jonathan’s tweets.

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