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Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Top 50 Accounting Blogs

“Reading gives us somewhere to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley

I was thrilled to receive notification that Crush The CPA Exam has named my blog one of their Top 50. I am Number 12. Read more about it below and also check out the entire list. There may be several blogs that you should be reading. Of course, read mine first. I post every business day.

Blogs are a fantastic and severely underrated method of staying up to date on all kinds of interesting subcultures and industries. Sure, social media such as Facebook and Twitter can provide faster updates and hotter takes; however, the fact remains that if you want to read long-form articles of substance on a niche topic, you want to look on a blog.

Accounting is no different. While a lot of interesting news and op-eds can be read through publications like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, or Bloomberg, these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finance-related written works. To help you find the best of the best, we’ve cultivated a list of the top 50 accounting blogs in no particular order.

No two blogs are created equal, and these accounting and finance-related blogs are no exception. Some of these blogs are great for individuals without any professional accounting experience who are looking for advice, some of them are geared toward students looking to become CPA’s, and some are perfect for seasoned professionals looking for an expert’s take on the latest developments.

These blogs were chosen based on their popularity, post quality, and post frequency. All of these blogs are also actively posting new content as of June 2018.

  • Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • P. J. O'Rourke

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Paraskevidekatriaphobics – Big Word for a Big Fear

Are you familiar with the word Paraskevidekatriaphobics?

Thank goodness for “cut & paste” because I don’t think I could even type it correctly while looking directly at it!

Here is some background – paraskevidekatriaphobia. The term was first coined in the early nineties by Dr. Donald E. Dossey, an American psychotherapist specializing in phobias and stress management, who reputedly claimed that when someone was able to pronounce the word they were cured.

I don’t have it and I hope you don’t either. It’s the fear of Friday the 13th – not the movie – the day. I’m afraid of the movie.

Like many human beliefs, the fear of Friday the 13th isn’t exactly grounded in scientific logic. If you want to know more about its origins click here.

As for today, inside your CPA firm or accounting department, why not lighten things up and do something fun for your team. How about a spur of the moment contest during lunch break. Have a spelling bee – use accounting words and then spring Paraskevidekatriaphobics on them if you can pronounce it! Of course, have a nice prize for the winner. Doesn’t have to be anything huge – perhaps a $20 bill.

As you go through the day, don’t give into the morbid and depressing. Keep with my motto, one that I have shared with you often: Life Is Good.

  • There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.
  • Oscar Wilde

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Social Media Leaderboard

top socialThanks so much to Avalara for researching and publishing the Accounting Top 100 Social Media Leaderboard. I am so pleased and humbled to be on the list at No. 38.

Be sure to review the entire list to find people you might not know about in the accounting world. The list if full of some amazing people.

I know may CPAs do not use Twitter. If you do not have a Twitter account, please get one. You do not have to tweet anything. Just follow some of the people on this list, scan through your stream a couple times a day and keep current on many happenings and important news relevant to the CPA profession.

  • The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
  • Socrates

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Take Notes

“Take note. If you don’t take notes your idea will get lost.” – Sir Richard Branson

I was so pleased when I read a recent post from Richard Branson, Why Everyone Should Be Taking Notes.

I am a note taker! I have taken notes all of my adult life. Of course, one reason is that I will forget to do something if I don’t write it down. Actually, I have been forgetful all of my adult life – not sure what that will mean as I get even older!

Each time I talk to a client, I take detailed notes. When someone suggests a wine that I might like, I make note of it. When someone mentions a great book or movie, I make note of it. When I get an idea for a blog topic, I make note of it immediately.

As Branson says, “No matter how big, small, simple or complex an idea is, get it in writing. But don’t just take notes for the sake of taking notes, go through your ideas and turn them into actionable and measurable goals.”

He also mentions that in his opinion, 99% of people in leadership roles don’t take notes.

  • Many people think writing notes is below them - but everyone should be doing it as it can greatly improve what you do.
  • Sir Richard Branson

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Thank-you to the large tribe of followers of my daily blog. You are what keeps me going! Stay tuned for lots more as we enter a new year. Best wishes for a successful, changing, dynamic and enjoyable 2018.
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  • Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don't notice where we happen to be.
  • Dan Gutman

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

What’s Ahead For 2018

“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” – Neil Armstrong

As the new year approaches, Accounting Today asked a panel of industry thought leaders and experts to paint a picture of what accountants can expect from the next 12 months in terms of important trends, big surprises and key initiatives to undertake.  

Thanks to Dan Hood and Accounting Today for including me in this group of thought leaders!

The question: What trends should accountants keep an eye out for in 2018? 

Read the entire article here with my comments and great insights from: Jim Boomer, Angie Grissom, Steve Mankowski, Erik Asgeirsson, Gary Bolinger, and Joel Sinkin.

  • There's always something in the game you wish you would have done different. That's why players improve, because they learn from what they did before. They might have been guessing before, but now they know.
  • Gordie Howe

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Men & Women Working In CPA Firms

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.” – Sheryl Sandberg

I believe accounting is a very female-friendly profession. When I began working in the CPA profession, I remember the Silent Generation managing partner telling me, “We now have a young lady who is taking the CPA exam.” He was very proud of that fact!

In my experience the profession has always been very female friendly and even years ago I felt flexibility was always there for working moms. It just wasn’t very flexible when it came to female partners!

Some of the friction I observe between male and females in CPA firms can be traced back to misunderstanding. Much like in a marriage, men and women are not always on the same wave-length. They approach things differently and think about solutions differently. Better understanding from both sides about some of these mysteries – Why did he do it that way? Why did she react that way? – can go along way to enjoying harmony at work.

Join me tomorrow – Thursday, November 2, 12:00-1:00 eastern to for a special webinar sponsored by SageWorks to learn why when women win, CPA firm win.

Register here.

  • The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.
  • Ayn Rand

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Best Blogs About Accounting – Top 20

“No person writes to win awards.” – Mo Yan

From Consultants 500:

Blogs are an ideal tool to stay up to date on the latest developments and learn new insights on how to succeed and grow your business. The only problem is that there are a lot of blogs out there and they are all screaming for your attention.

We searched for 50 “Best of List”, selected and combined the 20 most valuable “Best of List” and earmarked and ranked what blogs keep up appearing on most of these recently published lists. From a total of 137 Accounting Blogs reviewed and ranked, here are the top 20 results!

Click here to see the Top 20 Accounting Blogs to Follow.

I am so thrilled to be #7! This list will also give you other great accounting blogs to follow.

  • Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old your are.
  • Alan Alda

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Lighten Up – Summer Fridays

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle

fullsizeoutput_4085I am going to take my own advice. I’m doing things other than working all day on Fridays! Like last Friday, for example, I enjoyed watching my grandkids paddle board for the first time.

So, this summer I will not be writing a new blog post on Fridays.

On most Fridays this summer, I will be simply posting a link to a previous blog post that I think is important for you to read.

This Friday:

Here’s one from June last year (2016): My View – Casual Dress.

Have a great weekend.

  • A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.
  • Robert Orben

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Top Blogs & Websites for Accounting & Tax Pros

blogaware“Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.” – Alan Alda

I am delighted to be included in the 2017 Feedspot ranking of Top 100 CPA Blogs and Websites For Accounting & Tax Pros.

Feedspot allows you to read all your favorite blogs in one place. I am No. 45 on the list.

Maybe you aren’t aware of all the great blogs being written for CPAs. This list will be a valuable resource for you when deciding which blogs to follow and maybe inspire you to write a blog yourself!

Thank-you, Feedspot!

  • To refuse an award is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
  • Mark Twain