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Five years of blogging… Sort of

It has been five years since my first post on Feb. 18, 2006. In a way it’s the 5-year anniversary for this blog, but I haven’t really been writing as frequently lately as I should be in order to claim that legitimately. This is my first post in 2011!

So to celebrate, I’m raiding the archives and taking a stroll down memory lane.

Google Docs to surpass Office in a year: Google Docs has made great strides, but it still didn’t really happen, did it? A great alternative though for the cash-strapped with basic needs.

Why your organization should be using open document standards: What can I say, I’m a standards kinda guy. I still strongly believe in open standards, but I’ve also become pretty enamored with the XML-based formats for Office. Such small file sizes compared to the old binary formats!

Return to blogging: Ah my initial return from hiatus. I left public accounting and took a year long sabbatical to strike out into the world of internal audit. A year later, I knew everything there was to know and returned to share my knowledge. (Kidding!)

Today I am a CA: This is what I’d been working toward and blogging about since the beginning, and it was a very proud day to announce it to my readers! Next up: Certified Internal Auditor!

Here’s the hoping I blog more frequently over the next five years. Thanks for being a part of it.

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Accounting gets a shot of adrenaline

Bill Kennedy’s getting it done at Energized Accounting, a relatively new blog hosted by Google’s Blogger that so far has been host to some inspirational posts for me. The latest is all about a favourite topic of mine, data visualization:

If you want effective communications, you have to take responsibility for both the sending and the receiving of the message. You have to take into account how your stakeholders take in messages. Some people are just confused by spreadsheets.

Bill’s a CA and is from Toronto, making him a pretty cool guy right away. But his posts reveal his enthusiasm for helping his clients. He talks a lot about Microsoft Dynamics GP, which a lot of my clients use as well. I’m hoping to learn a thing or two that might help me help my clients!

From the sounds of things we’re on the same page in terms of providing clients with their financial information in innovative and illuminating ways.

On an interesting side note, Bill links to Francine’s blog and labels it satire! Oh, if only.

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re: A new auditing and accounting blog

re: The Auditors is a relatively new blog that covers the auditing profession and is written by Francine McKenna, who has some impressive work history which she details on her LinkedIn profile. I’ve added her to my Links.

Some posts I’ve found particularly interesting:

I think I found her via JobsintheMoney’s CareerWire blog, which links to the both of us.

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Blogging is the new graduate school?

That’s the title of a post written by Ryan Healy for the Brazen Careerist blog. It’s an interesting concept, on that JobsintheMoney’s CareerWire blog picked up on as well:

Blogging is a way to deal with the biggest problem at the beginning of one’s career: No expertise. If you offer intelligent opinions or advice on a credible blog, then you are an expert. This is why more young people should blog. If you have a focused blog, then you can jump from job to job and learn many skills, but the constant will be that you are an expert in whatever area you choose to research and write about.

Plus, the more people who blog about a given subject, say, accounting, the better the conversations between bloggers. More interaction between blogs on the same topic raise the topic’s profile. I actively encourage any young accountant in particular to blog about their experiences, especially going through the UFE process.

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Impossible to hide

A comment by Dennis Howlett in one of his recent posts forms my inspiration:

I can only ever be the judge of what I think might work in a situation where I have incomplete information. I could be completely wrong. But that’s where the blog metaphor makes such a positive difference. It is impossible to hide in a blog. You get caught out sooner or later.

He was talking about being asked to recommend someone for a job in tech PR, but the sentiment is pretty close to my feelings about this blog, which recently turned a year old and is going stronger than ever.

I’ve never tried to come off as much of an expert – I have some knowledge and I’m eager to share it with anyone who will listen. I’m nearly a full-fledged CA, but the designation means that I have to keep learning, not that I’m done.

That’s the great thing about blogging. You learn by writing, by sharing your thoughts and reading others.

Anyway, I guess that quote made me think about why I like this blog, what I get out of it, and why I’ve kept on with it for just over a year now. Here’s to the next year!