Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Money or Arlene Dickinson? What are we really interested in?

"arlene dickinson hot"
In the summer of 2010, I started a blog called "Money and Me for Canadian Families." Today, I took a look at the all-time stats for my blog to see which article has been the most read to date. It turns out that that there are two posts which are by far the most popular: Hard Knocks and Spare Change, Arlene Dickinson on Financial Literacy and Kevin O'Leary's Tough-love Approach to Kids and Money.

By comparison, all the other nearly 100 posts on personal finance, teaching kids about money at home and at school, reporting on big doings in financial literacy circles, politics and money, etc. have generated shockingly little interest.

Google search stats don't lie. The top six sets of Google keywords that have been leading people to my blog since inception are:
  • "arlene dickinson" (this is by the far the highest by a thousand searches)
  • "kevin o'leary children"
  • "kevin o'leary family"
  • "kevin o'leary kids"
  • "arlene dickinson hot" (this search phrase was used 96 times!)
  • "does kevin o'leary have children"

So what does this leave me with? The realization that most of the people who find my blog are not looking for financial education or resources. They are very likely Dragons' Den fans who are hungry for personal details about Canadian celebrity entrepreneurs like Dickinson and O'Leary.

This also confirms my observations over the last two years as a financial literacy blogger, producer and speaker that financial education products and services are not interesting to most Canadians. Is this because Canadians are already financially literate? I don't think so. I think our financial literacy is still low, largely as a result of this valuable subject being left out of the school curriculum.

So, if there is a need for financial literacy, why don't we want it? Why are we more interested in Arlene Dickinson's sex appeal and Kevin O'Leary's family life than our own money? I'd really like to hear what you think!

Copyright 2012. Laura Thomas. All Rights Reserved.
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  1. I think Canadians are concerned about personal finances but are putting it off or ignoring the issue. Its a scary subject for some, when deep down you know that you may not be able to retire at a reasonable age- its easier to just not think about it. I think we need a serious crack down on personal finaces in Canada. I'd like to see a mandatory financial rehab program for all bankrupt individuals in this country. Learn how to budget and set priorities.

  2. im a guy and i mainly typed "arlene dickinson hot" because I strongly feel this way and wanted to know if the internet also felt that way

  3. A search for "Arlene Dickinson is hot" brought me here. I also feel the same way, can't quite figure out what it is, but she's really attractive.

  4. I'm in my late 20's, I'm really not usually into older women. But I found Arlene Dickinson extremely attractive, she has a beautiful smile and voice. She's not really photogenic type when I look at pictures but she has a lot of appeal in her demeanor, as I watched the show the den. In a way, she is warm hearted, but she's a bit feisty, with a tad of foxiness. Very intriguing.

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