Yakezie Membership Application Form – 2H2013

Yakezie Eta Class (7th) 2H2013

by in Featured on Sep 3rd, 2013


Greetings all Challengers! For those of you who joined the challenge before February 15, 2013 please fill out the questionnaire to be considered a Yakezie Eta Class Member. If you are within 30 days short of the six month period, you should still apply for consideration as this process takes about a month. If you are beyond 30 days short, please wait for the next class.

The 33 questions will likely take anywhere from 15-30 minutes so please save your work and scroll down to the very bottom and click submit. The questionnaire will be open until September 14, 2013. To help ensure everyone submits before the deadline, I’d like for every Challenger to ping another Challenger to fill out the form. Late submissions will not be accepted given the amount of logistics this process entails.

The Yakezie Membership committee will review each application and send out notifications by end of September to begin writing a Member Post or continue the challenge for the next class. If there are some holes in your application, please use the time until the deadline to work on your holes.


Frugal Portland Hits the Big Time

Yakezie Zeta Class

by in Featured on Mar 25th, 2013

Oh, hi.

You look adorable. Every single one of you. Did you do something to your hair? Is that a new shirt?

What a great looking bunch!

I’d like to thank all the little people who helped me get to where I was today. Wait, no, wrong acceptance speech. Let’s try this again.

Stage One: Young Grasshopper

It was with some trepidation that I joined the Yakezie challenge almost exactly one year ago. I’d been writing several times a week, and I was starting to find my voice. Some of the nice voices inside my computer (which, by the way, is how crazy starts) were telling me to join the challenge at Yakezie. As some of you probably know, that entire sentence could have been in Mandarin for all I understood. So, the voices sent links.

And the voices inside my computer were some of the nicest voices I’d ever heard. If I’m going crazy, it sure is pleasant. It took me a long time to realize that they were, in fact, linked to real, live, breathing people who I was happy to consider my friends. But that took a long time. At first, they were just little cute pictures with nicely worded pieces of advice.

One of the first things Sam ever typed to me was something along the lines of, “Wow, I’ve never seen a blog with two different captchas, you might want to consider changing that so that people can actually comment on your posts,” and I was sort of starstruck. You remember how girls used to swoon at Beatles concerts? Me neither, but I’ve seen the pictures, and I have to be honest, it was a little like that when the cool kids started commenting. Read More

Celebrating The Diversity Of The Yakezie Network

Welcome New Yakezie Challenger Class (Zeta)

by in Featured on Feb 18th, 2013

How diverse is your diversity committee? Not very, was the case with an old employer’s first attempt at spearheading diversity in the workplace. There were no women or minorities on the committee. We all knew the intention was good, but we couldn’t help but be reminded of the irony every single month the Diversity Newsletter was sent. This was back in 2000.

For better or for worse, there have been a lot of leadership changes in finance since 2000. In 2003, Stanley O’Neal was the first African American to be named Chairman & CEO of Merrill Lynch. Sallie Krawcheck became CEO of Bank of America in 2009 for a couple years. Meanwhile, Abigail Johnson assumed the Presidency of Fidelity Investments late last year.

If there ever was an “old boys’ club” breeding ground, finance was it. Have a read of Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis if you want to get a further glimpse of how things worked in the old days. More than a decade later, the undiverse diversity committee I once knew finally reflected the people of the industry.


Welcome Yakezie Epsilon Challengers!

Dear Yakezie Epsilon Challengers,

Has it been over 6 months already?  Yes it has!  Congrats for almost making it through the Yakezie Challenge where you’ve each strived to develop great blogs and new friendships in our online community.  There’s only one thing left, and that is signing up and making sure we know who you are.

The Yakezie Challenge is open to all who desire to be a part of a collaborative community of bloggers. Once you are a Member, you will be listed on the official Yakezie Blog Network page and gain exclusive access to various Yakezie initiatives.  Our mission is to help our readers, help each other, support educational efforts through our Yakezie Writing Contest, and have a fantastic time in the process!


The Yakezie Value Proposition

A United Nation Of Bloggers

by in Personal Finance on Mar 30th, 2012

There are hundreds of millions of websites around the world, with thousands more sprouting up every day.  With such a crowded field, it’s vital to have a value proposition for your visitors to explain why your site is unique.  If you want your readership to grow, you must continue to provide fresh content, good customer experience, and something differentiated from your competitors.

With the whimsical ways of the web, I’ve thought long and hard about what makes Yakezie.com and the Yakezie Network special.  As far as I can tell, there is no other free blogging network as dynamic or as large as ours.  But being free and large is not all that matters.  Please have a look and share what else I might be missing.

How To Negotiate A Severance Package
  • tracyma: Thanks for the post. very insightful and helpful.
  • Jerry: Selling is all about emotion. The more emotional you can get someone, the more they will buy. This is why the...
  • tracyma: Yes, hard work!! No pain, no gain. And sticking around longer is a good strategy too.
  • ESI: Love this: “Look at all the freelance writers out there writing for major magazines. They are 25 year old...
  • Laria: Will definitely do that. So this didn’t happen with you after you first started? I also read somewhere...
  • Financial Samurai: That’s true. You should check out my latest post: Inside Info On How To Make Blogging...
  • Jenny: Great point about doing a reality check on the website’s stated income and their actual traffic! So true...
  • Untemplater: I re-read the title a couple times haha – it’s funny how making money blogging about making...
  • Matt: I don’t mind banner ads, heck I even click on them from time to time. But I hate anything that will...
  • Financial Samurai: You should ping them and ask what’s up!

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