Blog Post of the Fortnight! by Femme Frugality
What a week! Is it Friday already? What happened to Wednesday? Did someone let the replacement refs near the calendar?
As we close in on our one-year blog birthday (October 1st), I can’t believe we’ve been here for twelve months already. I try not to write too much about the process of writing. People like Jeremy at Modest Money do that much better than I could. If someone were asking me the most significant influences on my first year, it would be people:
- I owe huge thanks to Dr. Dean Burke and Len Penzo. These two gentlemen have become my blogging “big brothers.” I feel lucky to call them friends. They’re people I’ve leaned on often during this first year. I’m glad they feel comfortable giving me advice and I’m happy to take it.
- …as I do Dominique Brown and Carrie Smith. These two are my daily inspiration. I’m not naturally social: Carrie reminds me of the importance of that by being EVERYWHERE. She’s proof that good writing and staying connected pay dividends. I need that reminder often. Dom is the “I can do it” guy. I don’t think there’s a single obstacle that stands in his way. If it does, he aims directly at it and knocks it down. The stuff he’s done with video lately on his site has been unbelievable.
There are many other people I’m not thanking here, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t been a HUGE help and support system. You know who you are. Hell, I somehow even snuck through to complete the Yakezie Challenge. You can’t do that alone. The whole Yakezie team is a constant flow of support.
If I had one piece of advice for a “younger” blogger just starting out, it’d be this: I’m naturally a loner and “do it myselfer.” Don’t be. Find people and lean on the community. There’s so much to learn and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Let’s Award an Award to An Award Winner
Enough self-absorbed birthday prattle (I flippin’ love that word….prattle!).
I’m uber-pleased to hand the first Blog Post of the Fortnight! to Femme Frugality for her two-piece review of the documentary Happy. It’s fitting that Femme Frugality wrote—of all the topics available—about “happy.” When I think happy, I think Femme Frugality.
Read Femme Frugality’s post: How To Be Happy.
FF’s review reminds me that “happy”, to a large extent, is a state of mind. People think that events or society need to bend more to make them happy. While there certainly are cases when happy in unachievable (the Holocaust, Rowanda, etc.), in many cases “happy” is an internal button that needs to be pushed, not an external condition that needs to change.
FF, you know what to do:
You may print out this page and post it proudly on your refridgerator…for the next fortnight.
8 Other Fantastic Blogs You Should Be Reading But Maybe Haven’t, So I’ll Remind You
Lance from Money Life and More hits a homerun with Buy An Older Generation or Last Season’s Product. Don’t be the guy who pays the premium for the hot new thing. Celebrate the hot new thing so you can cheaply grab last year’s hot thing.
Christa at MomVesting has always been one of my fav writers. I’m glad she’s back with a vengeance in Investing in Family: Bringing Home Baby. In some respects, Christa’s piece was inspiration for this week’s roundtable topic on our podcast.
Roshawn Watson at Watson, Inc. – This dude does it again. Does there come a time when you just send bloggers to the Hall of Fame because EVERY post they write should be on your “best” list? My disgust with the idiocy known as the “latte factor” knows no bounds. Roshawn knocks this silly notion in When Latte’s Are Not Your Problem. Let’s give a well-deserved nod to Jake at iHeartBudgets for doing good work in this same territory late this week in How the Latte Factor Works in Real Life.
Jason at Work Save Live does a nice job of showing that percentages don’t tell the whole story in Stop Believing the Hype, The Average Rate of Return Isn’t What You Really Earn. Advisors like to use pseudo-math to tell stories. Often it doesn’t add up.
Michelle at SeeDebtRun shares a very personal story about her relationship with her dad in Already Rich – What Cancer Taught Me.
Kim at Eyes on the Dollar flexes her professional muscles in Does LASIK surgery Make Financial Sense? You’d almost think she worked in this field, based on how thorough this piece is. Also, if this were “Picture of the Fortnight!” Kim would win hands down.
My soon-to-be virtual running partner Maria at The Money Principle asks some good questions about college students and how they make ends meet in Students and Money: Who Said This Personal Finance Stuff Is Easy?
Hello, New Friend!
Everyone stop by the “new to me” site Frugal Rules. John’s a financial professional and has had a great start. Welcome to the community, dude!
We’re Very Popular and Humble, Too
Dr. Dean at the Millionaire Nurse Blog wrote about me and board games in Pee Your Pants Fun? (I would have never seen the connection).
BogofDebt allowed us to sit in her chair and attempt to ruin her blog this week. Luckily for her, I was able to pull together a coherent piece called How to Turn Losing Into Winning With Your Money, about the role of momentum in your financial life. You should at least watch the second video in the piece. Thanks to Jason at Work Save Live and Jordan at My Alternate Life for mentioning that post on their weekly roundup.
I’m SO glad the Club Thrifty team is back from vay-cay (I’m beyond hip). What a fun site. My goal is to keep a chair in the VIP lounge. Thanks for giving OG the pass this week! Don’t pay any attention to the dude who snuck in behind him. Nothing to see here!
One More Thing
I’m constantly playing games on this site and on our podcast (some are noticed, some not, but that’s not the point of the whole boondoggle). This week we reached a milestone. I’ve mentioned Dr. Dean in every single Blog Post of the…. piece for a year! He asked me why I’m doing it several weeks ago, to which I replied, “It gets me through Friday.”
I’ve capped it off by mentioning him three separate times in this post. HA! That means it’s going to be a fantabulous weekend, assuming the replacement refs didn’t get to that, too….
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