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Where to Meet Me In Person This Month…

Meet me at SXSW! I’ve been working like mad on my new startup, BestBlogs.net. My goal is to release a (very) beta version at South by Southwest in Austin, TX later this week.

Meet me at SXSW

Speaking of South by Southwest, I’ll be there all week for Interactive! Will I see you there? I’m not organizing a meetup or speaking–you will mostly be able to find me in the blogger’s lounge. Stop by and meet me, get a sneak peek at my startup, and generally hang out.

Hope to see you there!

Or…meet me at IMPACT!

After SXSW, I come back home to San Diego, where I’ll be a panelist at the IMPACT conference. IMPACT is put on by Ken McArthur, who is one of the most genuinely nice marketers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. If you’re going to be around 3/19-3/21, stop by–it’s only $97 for the whole weekend, and you will get to meet some Internet business greats.

IMPACT is a great place to get your Internet business questions answered, meet with other entrepreneurs, and interact with a great group of people. Sign up now for just $97 (and no, I don’t get any money for promoting this…in fact, I’m giving my own time to be a part of this just because I enjoy the company at these events!)

Erica.Biz Nominated for An Award!

Wow–I’ve been nominated for a Plutus Award! This set of awards honors the best blogs and companies in personal finance. I’ve been nominated in the Best Personal Finance Blog for Entrepreneurs category…and I’m up against two of the largest personal finance blogs and a huge community website!

I’m the huge underdog in this race…please vote for my blog. There are only a few days left to get your vote in. Oh, and you can vote for other companies or blogs in other categories if you want, but you don’t have to…so don’t feel obligated to fill out the whole form if you don’t know any of the contenders in a particular category. Just vote for me, Erica.Biz, in the “Best Personal Finance Blog for Entrepreneurs” category. Thanks to Flexo from Consumerism Commentary for putting these awards together!

Adam from Man vs. Debt’s New Ebook!

I’m pleased to have been a part of the group that was sending Adam Baker tons of feedback on his new ebook, Unautomate Your Finances.

Though I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of the name, the book itself is great. Baker takes you step-by-step through his journey of getting out of debt and sorting through tough life decisions about money. I wish I would have had this book in 2007…it would have helped me save thousands of dollars!

Baker covers the basics nicely, including how to simplify your finances, how to get rid of credit card debt, and how to figure out where all your money goes every month!

If you’re in debt and feel a bit overwhelmed, or if you’re stuck wondering why, at the end of the month, you seem to have more bills than income, then I recommend you pick up a copy of Baker’s book. Go through it step by step and start getting your finances on the right track. I can attest from personal experience–it doesn’t matter how much money you make–if you don’t know where your money is going every month, making more money isn’t going to help. Get your finances under control first.

Baker’s book also includes a few free bonuses. The first is a 27-minute interview with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. If you enjoy Leo’s take on minimalism and simplicity, you will really enjoy this interview.

There’s also an interview with J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly–one of the most popular personal finance blogs. Plus, there are some other bonuses that make Baker’s system worth far more than just $17.

Pick up your copy of Unautomate Your Finances today and get a pile of awesome bonuses for just $17.

Lisa Morosky’s Discounts for A Good Cause

My VA, Lisa Morosky, has a sister, Kim Lamendola, who will be traveling with a team of teachers from Vanguard Classical School in Denver, CO to Sierra Leone, West Africa to conduct teacher in-services for the teachers living there. Kim and others will be providing the national teaching staffs in Sierra Leone with staff development, further learning, and opportunities to expand the education programs within the local communities.

Lisa is helping organize a donation drive where you give $25 to her good cause and, in return, get discounts on a bunch of great products (including her VA services, which I highly recommend!) I’ve included a $20.00 coupon to Guest Post Secrets in the mix, so if you didn’t get a chance to pick it up during my 3-day special, here’s a good opportunity. And if you need a VA–especially if you’re a blogger–here’s an unprecedented opportunity to pick Lisa’s services up at a discount.

Donate to a good cause and receive huge discounts on tons of products!

That’s all for now…whew!

Look for another meaty business blog post here on Thursday. I hope to see you at South by Southwest and/or IMPACT!

(Don’t forget to vote for me for the Plutus Awards. It takes about 30 seconds.)

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