My name is Mark Goodfield. Welcome to The Blunt Bean Counter ™, a blog that shares my thoughts on income taxes, finance and the psychology of money. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant. This blog is meant for everyone, but in particular for high net worth individuals and owners of private corporations. My posts are blunt, opinionated and even have a twist of humour/sarcasm. You've been warned. Please note the blog posts are time sensitive and subject to changes in legislation or law.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Blogger Blues

This summer, my intention was to play some golf, spend some time with my family and write a few blog posts. As they say, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

Unfortunately, injuries waylaid my golfing. First I got shoulder tendinitis. (Household tip: If you have a pot light that will not come out and you get frustrated, do not, I repeat, do not, pull as hard as you can downwards and ruin your shoulder). In addition, I had a strained groin (Golf tip: when your feet are in an awkward position due to an awkward lie and the grass is wet, do not swing as hard as possible). I did however eventually recover from both my injuries by late July and got in some golf including a 74 after 17 holes in my club championship that became an 82 after I choked with an 8 on the final hole (2nd golf tip: If you have been using your 5 iron to drive since your driver was inconsistent, do not switch back to your driver on the last hole).

Switching gears, I was much busier with client matters than I anticipated this summer and was unable to find the time I hoped to write some of my blog posts for the fall. In addition, after six years of writing this blog, I had a bit of a writer’s block, that seemed to break in late August.

In any event, I realized that I’m unable to continue to commit the energy and time required to write this blog on a weekly basis. I will be shooting for two to three posts a month, including guest blogs, which will likely increase in number.

This fall, some of the themes I will be writing about include:

1. Tax planning for those with disabilities. I will have a couple guest posts on that topic.

2. “The Taboo of Money”

3. Canada/ U.S. tax issues

4. I will also continue my “What Small Business Owners Need to Know” series.

So, in summary. I will be writing less this year and in all honesty, I am unsure whether I am staggering to the end or I will get a second wind and will be good for a few more years. See you next week.


  1. You offer such incredible insight into Canadian Tax issues. I hope you stick around, even if it is just a couple times a month.

    1. thx Jessie, we will see how the fall goes and move on from there, but i will consider your idea.

  2. Glad you have recovered Mark! I agree with Jessie above - I really enjoy your blog posts and I'm not even a financial geek, so that's saying something. Cheers!

  3. Even if you trim it down to 12 pcs of sound insight a year it will be a dozen more than I get from most other blogs. I appreciate your writing. Regards, OrBot

    1. Hi Anon

      Thx, there are many good blogs, but there is also a lot of fluffy stuff out there.

    2. Agreed! Whatever level you have to cut it back to to avoid burning out is far better than nothing.

    3. Thx Nathan. I appreciate your long time patronage