This one kinda snuck up on me. Our second wedding anniversary was exactly a month ago and I thought about the then-upcoming blogiversary. But time got away from me through July and now here we are.

Two years. Two years. Two effing years! Wow.

When I started this, I was just getting used to life on my own. I was young (21), I was scared. I had to find a job and support myself and my husband. I had married into a mountain of debt that I was aware of but hadn’t felt as a burden until we married.

It’s incredible how much my life has changed in the last few years. For starters, we’ve made significant inroads into taking down our debt. We paid off our credit cards, our car, and have saved almost $10k toward Micah’s student loans.

In that time, I have learned so much about so many things. I have learned all kinds of things about personal finance. I have learned that I can be happy on what looks like a small salary. I have learned a lot more about blogging and earning money while blogging. I started my own small business and have helped many blogger do more than they could on their own. I have met wonderful people, online and offline, people who support me emotionally and/or as a blogger.

I have worked a handful of jobs, some full-time, some part-time, and I have learned something from all of them. I have figured out what I want to do as a career.

I’d like to thank a few of the people who helped me do all this. There are far too many who’ve touched me and the blog over these 2 years for me to name them all and I’m going to end up leaving out some people by accident–but know that I’m not just grateful today because it’s my anniversary, I’m often grateful.

First, there’s the M-Network, who’ve been great partners in building our blogs together. Pinyo of Moolanomy, the founder, Jaimie from Paid Twice, Lynnae from , Plonkee, Patrick of Cash, Money, Life, Larry (formerly of Gather Little by Little, now of Empty Cabin Media, and David of My Two Dollars.

Then just a few of my other blogging friends: Emily of Remodeling This Life, Jenn of Frugal Upstate, Jason of Frugal Dad, Pete of Bible Money Matters, Laura of Green Panda Treehouse, Jim from Bargaineering, Kerry from Squawkfox…and more.

And finally, a shout-out to my local blogging friends. We DC area bloggers get together once every month or so for Happy Hours. Our most recent one was last night. We went to a little dive, appropriately named Recessions, and hung out. The host was Brian Scheur of Building Wealth Together. Also in attendance were Debt Hater, James from DINKS Finance, H C from the now-defunct One Big Mortarboard, and first-time HH attendee Shawanda from You Have More Than You Think. Good times. I missed the other regulars who couldn’t make it, mapgirl, Clever Dude, and J. Money of Budgets are Sexy. They’ve been fun and encouraging to hang out with ever since I got up the nerve to go to my first meetup after about 4 months of blogging.

And truly finally, a huge thank you to my readers. Some of you I know IRL, some of you I’ve met via the blog, some of you will keep on reading and never leave a comment. Thank you. A blog with good SEO could survive without readers, perhaps even make money. But the most rewarding part for a blogger is not the money but the conversation and the impact that their work can have on others. Thank you for reading and participating when you choose. Thank you.

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Emily@remodelingthislife August 7, 2009 at 7:26 am

happy blogiversary, MM! Sure has been fun getting to know you and following your blog and chatting on twitter. You’re the best. Keep being you!
.-= Emily@remodelingthislife´s last blog ..Slipping Away =-.

Prince Of Thrift August 7, 2009 at 9:04 am

Happy Blogaversary. My 3rd was back in March and now am well on my way to the 4th. Hope to add a 2nd writer (a princess) in the very near future. That is something I am looking forward to, as I focus on getting myself out of the debt hole that I dug myself.

Anyway, I didn’t come here to talk about myself, rather I wanted to congratulate you and wish you many more years of continued success.

Bible Money Matters August 7, 2009 at 9:08 am

Mrs. Micah – you’ve made a huge contribution to the blogosphere, and on a personal note – you’ve been helpful to me in when I’ve had problems on my blog as well. So thanks for your help, thanks for your positive outlook – and keep up the great work! Congrats!
.-= Bible Money Matters´s last blog ..Introduction To Peer-To-Peer Lending: Signing Up To Use Lending Club =-.

Monevator August 7, 2009 at 9:39 am

Congratulations. Must admit I thought you were older online than that, I seem to have seen you everywhere for ages…

I’m around my second anniversary, but I have to admit I’m wary of checking — from a financial point of view, I expected to be making proper money from my blog within two years, and I’ve really fallen short. From a satisfaction point of view it’s been great though!

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate August 7, 2009 at 10:00 am

Woohoo! Congratulations. . . .I feel like we’ve been friends for more than 2 years though πŸ™‚

You are not only a great blogger, but also a tech goddess who has helped us all out on one occasion or another I think πŸ™‚
.-= Jenn @ Frugal Upstate´s last blog ..What would you do? =-.

JoeTaxpayer August 7, 2009 at 10:13 am

I didn’t give much though to blog anniversaries. Just looked, and mine is Aug 4th, two years as well. Congrats to you, time does fly.
When I started, my biggest concern was that I’d keep coming up with new ideas, but trying to stay on the PF topics.
You’ve done a great job sharing other aspects of your life with your readers, and I’m sure many of them (me included) feel they know you better than they know many people they work with.
I wish you success, in your “small business” (which I’ve used many times with great results, can’t recommend you enough) and with your other goals.
All the best,
.-= JoeTaxpayer´s last blog ..Frugal Friday Week 12 =-.

Diane August 7, 2009 at 11:13 am

Congratulations on your 2nd Blogiversary and your 2nd wedding Anniversary and Many Happy Returns for both!

I’ve enjoyed your posts tremendously and will continue to do so. I’ve missed seeing them as often, but totally support the idea of taking more time for your personal life and other endeavors. I hope that’s working out for you.

Congratulations also on the great progress you’ve made financially during the past 2 years.

Vered - Blogger for Hire August 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Congrats! It’s great the you keep growing and developing, as a person and as a blogger.

Squawkfox August 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Congratulations on your SECOND blogiversary MM. I heart you. πŸ˜€
.-= Squawkfox´s last blog ..July Roundup: The Buck Stops Here Edition =-.

Four Pillars August 7, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Congrats on the 2 year – you are a great addition to the blog community.
.-= Four Pillars´s last blog ..Manulife Dividend Cut and Links =-.

Mrs. Smith August 7, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Happy Blogaversary! It’s great to see what a positive effect blogging has had for you. I just began my blog yesterday; Thanks for the inpsiration.
Cheers & wishes for many more blogaversaries!
.-= Mrs. Smith´s last blog ..To Do: LIQUIDATE!! =-.

Mrs. Money August 7, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Congrats!! That is awesome.
.-= Mrs. Money´s last blog ..Natural Frugal Sunburn Remedies =-.

mrsmicah August 9, 2009 at 9:32 pm

@Emily You’ve been a great blogging friend this last year and a half or so we’ve known each other. One thing I love about blogging is getting to know other people through it.
@Prince of Thrift Thanks! And congrats on your extended blogging. I know that takes stamina.

@Pete Glad I could help. πŸ™‚

@Monevator & Jenn feels like longer, doesn’t it? Of course, for me I’ve been in forums since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Or rather, since I developed an interest in Star Trek around age 14, and then blogging since I was about 15 and Open Diary existed. But Mrs. Micah’s only been around 2 years.

@Joe thank God for real life, otherwise I don’t know what I’d write about some days. It always seems to provide material. Glad I could help professionally too.

@Diane Thanks and thanks for being such an engaged reader! It’s nice to know that at least one person wouldn’t mind seeing posts more often. πŸ˜‰

@Vered thanks. πŸ™‚

@Squawkfox I heart you too!

@4P Thanks!

@Mrs. Smith Congrats on your new beginning. Best of luck!

@Mrs. Money Thank you. πŸ™‚

mapgirl August 10, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Congratulations! Two years? That’s all? πŸ™‚

I hope there are many more years of blogging ahead of you.
.-= mapgirl´s last blog ..July 2009 Goal Update =-.

Funny about Money August 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Congratulations! That is neat. I hope you’ll keep blogging for a long time into the future…which is to say “many happy returns,” for you and for all of us readers.
.-= Funny about Money´s last blog ..Greener Grass? To move or not to move =-.

J. Money August 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Didn’t get a chance to congratulate you yet!!! AWESOME WORK my dear!!! Keep it up my DC friend πŸ™‚
.-= J. Money´s last blog ..Find Out Where Your Spending Leaks Are, and Fix Them. =-.

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