Michael Bovee is a recognized debt relief expert and a passionate consumer advocate who has been helping people struggling under the weight of overwhelming debt for more than a decade. You can find him in videos, listen to him in podcasts, or read his articles and feedback to people struggling with debt around the internet. Michael offers free help and feedback to reader submitted questions on his site at: http://consumerrecoverynetwork.com/ask-a-question/
1. How did you get into blogging?
Before I got started blogging there were… forums. My early experiences sharing with people struggling with debt and credit, and who search for answers and tips on line, came in the form of participating in discussion forums dedicated to the topics I am well versed in. Blogging was a natural progression from forum commenting for me. Blogging has provided an outlet for me to get more detailed and tutorial based information out to the world.
2. Where do you get your ideas?
There are many inspirations for the topics I cover. The larger portions of ideas for my blogging come from my professional experiences, real time reader questions, and blog comment participation. Other ideas come from the ebb and flow of changes that occur in the economy and how this affects people’s lives.
3. What makes your blog unique?
There are very few places on the web offering their readers professional feedback on how to navigate debt and credit challenges on their own. Most professionals and companies offering products and services focus on converting site visitors into sales. I have taken the opposite approach. I prefer to offer readers the ability to be part of the solution they are looking for by giving detailed information and honest feedback about the simplicity of resolving their challenges on their own, thereby saving time and money.
4. What is your biggest blogging accomplishment or your proudest blogging moment?
Hands down, the best blogging moments come when a reader posts comment updates about their successes, and the gratitude expressed for having found the blog.
5. What opportunities have opened up to you because of your blogging?
I have had several opportunities to write and create videos for web sites with a much larger reader base and daily traffic. This has helped grow more awareness of the DIY debt relief process I have so strongly advocated for since 2004.
6. How do you let people know that your blog is out there?
I have not put much effort into building awareness about the blog as of yet. Making the transition from fee based education and professional debt relief services, to a completely free debt relief help and advice blog, has been a slow transition. I have been offered a couple of opportunities to build more awareness about the blog that I have put on the back burner until some of the changes to the web site are completed. Most of the site changes should be complete in time for 2013. I am excited to build a much broader audience for the blog starting next month.
7. Do you have a favorite blog to read?
I follow too many bloggers and websites to pick a single favorite. There are several economic bloggers I have read on a near daily basis for years though.
I catch most posts by Mike Shedlock (Mish) at: http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/.
Last year I began a near daily read of http://www.nakedcapitalism.com.
For several years I have been a frequent reader, and sporadic contributor to: http://getoutofdebt.org/
8. Why do you attend FinCon?
In the early part of 2012 I was speaking with a friend and personal finance expert about the concept of moving away from fee based education and support, toward a free content and publishing model for my website. She suggested I attend FinCon. I am very happy I followed the advice she gave.
I met many dedicated and caring people in the personal finance community while there. I came home with actionable ideas for my future in blogging, and shaved months off of my personal learning curve related to my publishing project. I was able to network and connect with other like minded bloggers and personal finance devotees. Those connections continue through today.