Did you know that there's such a thing as a fantasy blog stock market? And that people can buy/sell shares of your blog without you even knowing? Who comes up with this stuff? My blog has it's very own listing with stats and everything. Some guy called Jonny Sprout owns 50% of my blog, apparently. I'm not sure if I should be irked or flattered but I guess if some total stranger has to pretend own my blog I'm happy that he has a name like 'Jonny Sprout'. He's got 2 blogs of his own, one that's writing and the other that's photos of random places in Chicago. The photo blog is part of a wider network of 'Oh, The Urbanity' blogs which are blogs of photos of random places in various cities. There's even one for Golden, CO. I should do one for Boulder but I won't. Maybe I'll start having 'Oh the Urbanity' Fridays. Or maybe not. Or maybe random Fridays when I happen to remember this idea.
Anyway, I'm not sure if his investment has turned out to be a good one. My blog's 'valuation', whatever that means, started out at just under $210,000 on Sept. 11, 2008 and has plummeted to $7745 on Feb.6, 2010. On the other hand the share price has gone from $48.73 to $268.31. The stock market makes my head hurt. My retirement money lives in the stock market but my real money lives in the bank in a nice easy savings account. I know, I'll never get to retire using this type of financial planning but at least I don't wake up at 2 a.m. fretting about my money being plundered by the next Bernie Madoff.
Now if only there was some way to make real life money off my blog in the real life stock market.