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Name Change: "dumberthanafool" now "TheDumbMoney"

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April 17, 2012 – Comments (9) | RELATED TICKERS: SPY

Well, I did it.  I have been meaning to do it since long before I started my own separate blog, which you can find here.  I originally chose "dumberthanafool" on a flash of...something...when signing up for this website, lo, back in 2009.  I honestly don't remember exactly what I was thinking.  Anyway, I started getting comments on my posts like, "you're not dumb, you're smart!"  Which is nice.  Who doesn't like getting called smart?  But let's face it, if I were that smart I'd be an All Star.  (I still hope to achieve that one day, using only my tiny number of real life picks, but that's another story.) 

Anyway, the old name, I think, conveys either: 1) an impression that I'm fishing for compliments and validation, or 2) false humility.  Neither of these things are good!  I think TheDumbMoney as used here will, first of all, match my blog, which is "good branding," blerg.  And second (and this is why I chose it generally), it will convey something factual that I think I was trying to get at in my original name, that I'm not a professional, that I'm just some dude trying to figure all this stuff out.  But if I can succeed in investing and if I can succeed in promoting my blog, it also will convey that sometimes The Dumb Money, as They the Professionals call us, can do OK.

And yes, I ran a Google search on the name.  Two blogs have previously used the name.  At the time my The Dumb Money blog became active, neither of those had been active since early to mid 2011.  Nobody "big" is using it.  And it's not like I intend the blog to make my bookoo dollars.  So I figured, what the hey, I'll stake it out.

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On April 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

I don't know man, the acronymn DTAF flows much better then TDM.

To avoid useless keystrokes can we just call you Dumb from now on ;)

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#2) On April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM, Valyooo (99.43) wrote:

Nice move

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#3) On April 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM, dragonLZ (99.31) wrote:

You used to be one of my favorite players, now I hate you.

All glory to DTAF!

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#4) On April 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM, awallejr (79.68) wrote:

Ok.  But you already had a name. Now trying to reset a score I could at least understand.

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#5) On April 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM, TMFBabo (100.00) wrote:

Anyway, I started getting comments on my posts like, "you're not dumb, you're smart!" Which is nice. Who doesn't like getting called smart? But let's face it, if I were that smart I'd be an All Star.

Glad to see some people still value process! Anyway, my first thought was along HCG's lines about "DTAF" no longer applying. 

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#6) On April 18, 2012 at 1:32 AM, TheDumbMoney (53.33) wrote:

Ha, anyone who still wants to call me DTAF may do so.  Thank you for the very nice comments.  As you know I do value process most of all, and I do hope and think one day I'll be an All Star with my small number of real-money picks, whether they remain the same or as they may change over time.  One of the first ones to go is probably going to be Altria.

DTAF

D Mon

TDUM

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#7) On April 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM, XMFSinchiruna (26.98) wrote:

HUM TDUM T

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#8) On April 18, 2012 at 12:36 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

A rose by any other name...

Just so you don't copyright the term. I do not want to have to pay royalties any time I feel the need to use the word dumb. :)

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#9) On April 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

+1 for the comments

Screennames arent meant to be taken seriously in most cases.  Seems like the only time people take my screenname serious is when they want to insult me.  

Seems like many people's screennames are intentionally ironic (like TSIF, Ultralong, goldminingexpert, Lemoneater, and Alstry =P).  I thought yours was no different. You always seem to have thoughtful posts and comments so I always attributed your name to irony. 

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