On the 13 of January this year I published my first post, the next morning via my contact form I had received a message from a journalist from a major financial daily. My first thought was, wow, I might be on to something. From that day on it has all been fast and furious.
My intention for the blog was to write about the world of finance, particularly private banking, from a private bankers view (obviously, right? Because that is, well what I am). I wanted the style to be one in which anyone literate, regardless of background or education, could read my articles and get a unique angle on the world of finance. Considering the amount “stuff” competing for everyone’s attention these days it was important to write in a style that is easy and pleasant to read. When you sit down to read this blog I really do want to put a smile on your face and make you think “Oooh, that’s interesting”. By the growth and the popularity of the blog I think on average I’m doing an okay job.
So what has this blog achieved during its first six months? Here are the highlights:
The Cypriot crisis was the first thing that put this blog on the map and brought a torrent of new readers to the blog, particularly finance journalists and other investment professionals. I wrote several articles on the subject during the crisis, but this one I am most proud. It was an analysis done on the fly with limited information. There was a real moment of no one knowing what was going on so it is a testament to the confusion at that time. Considering the fog of war when it was written, I think I did a pretty darn good job (I had help, you know who you are).
Since this blog is anonymous the only way I can gain credibility is in the quality of the writing and analysis. Though I take no pleasure in what the Cypriot people and my colleagues in the finance sector there are going through, the crisis in Cyprus really did put this blog on the map.
Unfortunately (and I hope I am wrong) I will have to return to the subject this year. If so, you the reader are lucky that so many Cypriot finance professionals reached out to me during the crisis and I now have some real quality assets I can turn to if needed.
My absolute favourite post is the on one I wrote about getting a job in private banking. The article was widely distributed and remains a popular one that people are finding everyday via Google.
I was inundated with emails from students and hopeful private bankers. It all made me feel young again and I was really happy to see that so many (including recruiters) felt that the advice was helpful and different from the norm.
Fritz and Hans
I wrote an article about the UK in which I used two fictional German chaps to make a point. These guys became so popular that I still get asked when Fritz and Hans will make a comeback. We will see.
There’s an ongoing moral sort of theme on this blog. I respect a person’s right to an opinion and to express it. So when I got the chance, thanks to a very smart man called Sami, to expose a fake politician I took the opportunity, even though it had nothing to do with private banking.
The blog post went viral and the politician in question was forced to come out and deny my findings. It should be noted that not once, not one single time did he offer any proof. Just a denial. I think that speaks volumes.
This was a particularly proud moment, because the politician in question clearly likes to depict an open and approachable image. Yet in fact he actively blocks debate and followers who express a differing opinion to his.
The best thing about the blog has been the debate it has generated, I very much appreciate the emails and the comments and I really do try to answer them all. If I don’t, I have simply missed the email and need reminding. I get a lot of mail and I have a limited number of hours in the day.
A special thank you to those who have provided guest blog posts particularly David Jones and Boudewijn Chalmers.
This inventory would not be complete without mentioning Twitter. The strong growth in the blog readership is mainly due to Twitter and from a purely personal view I have met so many great people through it. Many have been instrumental in helping others find the blog. Way too many to mention here, but I will try to mention a few. So a big thank you to:
Bridget from Financial Social Media for all her advice and help
For all the great blog post ideas Jim and Alessandro. Keep 'em coming.
For consistently helping to get the message out Phil, Hazel, The ComplainingCow, Peter Lazos, David Rose and Jello Markets
Naomi, for raising my game, even though she’s trying to put me out of work
For the great banter during this year Peter, Volatility Smile, Gaelic Torus, Vince, Soolebop and David (also for spotting my first typo, thanks Dave)
The Twitter RatPack for the laughs @snowbirdie @KendallCRE @ArtsandClouds @JasonDJarrell @TweetingTailor @spacechelle
For help in getting the message out to “da Yuuf” Madame Butcher from eFinancialcareers.co.uk and also FinanceInterns
And anyone else I have forgotten, tweet me and give me a tug. (Do you have any idea how long it took to add all those links to an article?)