FinCon Virtual Networking Giveaway

September 13, 2012

Do you remember how boring your first day home was after spending a week or two at summer camp as a kid?  That’s how I felt when I walked into work on Monday morning following last weekend’s Financial Blogger Conference. 

It’s hard to replicate the energy you get when you pack over 300 passionate money bloggers into a conference room and have the keynote presenter inspire them to make their mark on the world before they die!

Although I hung out with lots of these amazing people, there were many more that I didn’t get the chance to meet… and I’m going to right that wrong with a contest.  I want to connect with everyone I didn’t meet in Denver, and anyone who wanted to attend but didn’t get a chance.

I know it’s not the same as meeting in person but connecting on Facebook and Twitter will have to do for now, at least until next year! 

The contest will have two winners, one person will win a free ticket to FinCon 2013 (bloggers and authors only, sorry no corporations) and the other will win a virtual ticket to FinCon 2012 (a video collection of all the presentations that were recorded).

So to enter the contest, follow me on Twitter and become a Fan on Facebook, use the tool below to enter and it’ll track your participation. Don’t worry, even if you already follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you can still enter.


I also want to say thank you to everyone at the conference that gave me feedback on my new super-secret project.  As you may have heard in my conference session or read in my FINCON Connection article, I’ve been working on a new web tool for a while now.

Several people were gracious enough with their time to let me give them a demo and then offer feedback. I really appreciate it, so a special thanks to:

and of course anyone else who I left off the list. 

I also want to thank the folks at Swift Media who have been helping me make this thing a reality.  My goal was to get it launched before the conference and I really cut it close. I finally published it to the web around 4 AM and then caught my flight to Denver 5 hours later.

As you can see from this screen shot of our Google chat, John was up working on it with me until almost 1 AM to help me hit my deadline.  Now that’s going above and beyond in my mind.  Not only have they been responsive, John’s always been able to work his design magic and figure out a way to do what I needed, so thanks to those guys.

So lets connect! To enter, follow me on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook using the widget above. Good luck and I look forward to “meeting” you.


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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4 Responses to FinCon Virtual Networking Giveaway

  • Sustainable PF

    Ben, I already followed in a number of ways. Hope those count! Would love to be able to view the 2012 videos and get into the 2013 conference! Let me know via email if I have entered correctly?

  • Agatha

    I totally felt that same way after leaving FinCon12! Been a bit blue because felt such a sense of fun & community there. It inspired me to try to create more of that in my daily life….so I’m starting with the local FinCon LA meetup.

  • Karen

    Did you do the service project at Lincoln Park?I think our team planted trees together.