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Blog Half-Year Party!

I have to say…this one completely sneaked up on me. But I looked at the calendar today and realized that this blog has been going for 6 months now! (Then again, we somehow missed our half-wedding anniversary too…)

Wow.

Let’s see, in that time we completely paid off our credit card debt, built an emergency fund, started snowballing our car payments, and started a Roth IRA.

In the face of all the debt we still have, the overall figures don’t seem like a lot. But when you break it down it’s much more exciting.

I’ve learned so much from other bloggers and readers—things which can’t really be quantified. And I know that I’ve helped a few people get interested in their finances and take control.

Thank you all for coming with me this far. It’s so encouraging to read your 2,714 comments, read your blogs, or just know that you’re reading!

I went back to my archives and pulled out a few big hits from the last 6 months. 337 posts means there’s a lot to chose from!!!

  • 3 Ways to Give to Charity Without Spending (extra) Money — Some ideas to do more for people when money is tight. It can be frustrating not to be able to help them as much as you’d like.
  • Is It Even Appropriate Not to Tip? — My thoughts and the opinions of lots and lots of readers. Add your two cents!
  • Overcoming Impostor Syndrome for Financial Success — Ever feel like you’re a complete fraud and that everyone will discover you’re completely unqualified and you’ll lose everything? The odds are that you’re not an unqualified fraud (unless, of course, you really are) and you’re battling impostor syndrome.
  • Best Personal Finance Practices of the Year — A mega-post of everyone’s tips on the best personal finance practices they’ve discovered in the last year. Title’s pretty self-explanatory. If there’s something you started doing last year that you’d like added, just let me know…I’m still taking submissions. Maybe I’ll do another one next December.
  • Gazelle Intensity When You’re In for The Long Haul — Reflections on trying to be intense about finances without burning out. We want to pay it off as soon as possible, but we have to balance that with being same.
  • Bridesmaid Dresses: We Need a Solution! — It costs over $100 to be a bridesmaid in most weddings and in some it can even go up to three or four hundred bucks. Our culture needs a solution.

Here’s to another great 6 months! Thanks everyone!


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

wealthy_1 February 7, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Congratulations on reaching your six-month milestone. Although I haven’t been reading or commenting a lot lately, yours is still one of my favorite blogs.

I wish you continued success!

Looby February 7, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Happy half-year anniversary! I really enjoy your site! Best of luck for the next six months.

Nathaniel Scott February 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Congratulations! I am new (as of today) subscriber to your blog. I started my own blog of our journey to financial freedom about a month ago. It’s exciting to see all the people working towards this same goal. I’m glad to be in a good company. And as you said, here’s to another great six months!

Simple Tam February 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Congrats Mrs.M !!! I wish you thousands of readers πŸ™‚ … and a speedy debt pay off !!!

dawn February 7, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Your a kindred spirit Mrs. Micah…
I also have always been into 1/2 year celebrations. Especially when I was involved in early childhood education… we would always have 1/2 b-day celebrations… and the parents would get so frustrated with me…
BUT I LOVE LOOKING FOR A REASON TO REJOICE…
BRAVO AND CONGRATS ON ALL YOUR WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENTS AND CONTINUED SUCCESS!!!

Lisa February 8, 2008 at 7:44 am

Congratulations on all counts! If it’s not to personal of a question, where does the name “Mrs Micah” come from?

Lisa

Fiscal Musings February 8, 2008 at 9:17 am

I’m sure you’ll be around for a while since you’ve managed to make it this far. Keep it up.

Dad February 8, 2008 at 9:26 am

Congratulations! May what you’ve begun continue with great success!

mrsmicah February 8, 2008 at 9:29 am

Thanks everyone!!

Lisa, I started this blog exactly a month after getting married to a guy name…Micah. So being the romantic and honeymooning sort, I chose it for my name. He thought it was cute and kind of horrifying, because he said that I should be my own person. But I told him I can handle being my own person even under a pseudonym.

May have also bad something to do with a book I read as a kid called Mrs. Mike.

PT from Prime Time Money February 8, 2008 at 10:43 am

Way to go! Congrats! Keep serving up the quality stuff.

The Impecunious Investor February 8, 2008 at 11:36 am

Congrats! I’m a new reader but good work and good luck for future financial prosperity!

CatherineL February 8, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Congratulations Mrs M. You’ve achieved heaps in six short months. My favourite post out of the ones mentioned is the Imposter Syndrome one.

I just noticed that you have one of those twitter things. I still haven’t used mine yet – you can show me how it works. I’ll try it later.

Becky@FamilyandFinances February 8, 2008 at 1:34 pm

I hadn’t realized you’d only been around for 6 months. You write as if you’ve been blogging for years. (that’s a compliment!)
My husband and I *did* remember our 6-month wedding anniversary, but ours was easier since it fell on New Years Day.
Anyway, congrats!

mrsmicah February 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Thanks Becky! I’ve actually been blogging on and off for 6 years now. But this is the first blog that I’ve put this much effort into and gotten this involved with. It’s also the first one where I’ve had a real subject other than life.

Susan February 8, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Congratulations on all your hard work, Mrs. Micah! πŸ™‚ 337 posts – Wow, that’s outstanding! πŸ™‚

Chief Family Officer February 9, 2008 at 12:33 am

Happy half-blogoversary!

mbhunter February 11, 2008 at 4:10 am

Very impressive stats for six months! And you must have put at least that many comments on other people’s blogs.

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