Happy Blogiversary! Year Three on Squawkfox!

Bloggers are a bunch of weirdos. Most write stuff online for free, some post photos for kicks, and many celebrate a yearly anniversary called a Blogiversary for fun. Since I’m a little bit weird (and whole lot of fun) I thought I’d start the year off right by wishing this blog a Happy Third Blogiversary, and rounding up the top posts you liked best.

Based on comments, traffic, and emails received, here are your Top 10 Squawks from year three on Squawkfox.

1. The real reason you’re broke

I took a moment to be mean, and you liked it. Your feedback was instant, and the media responded quickly too. This tough-love post got a big mention in Rob Carrick’s Globe and Mail roundup Broke? Cry me a river, was featured in a two-page Toronto Star spread Broke? Stop Whining!, landed a link in Time’s Your Money Blog, and was chosen as the “absolute favourite post of the year” by Kevin Press in Today’s Economy blog.

The media mentions are cool, but that’s not why this post tops my list — it’s because you didn’t hate me after I wrote it. :)

apple peel

2. How to Microwave Gourmet Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

I wrote a fluffy piece about a tasty subject, and the internets gobbled it up. This post went a little viral after being featured on the front page of Lifehacker for two days, and the social media attention from StumbleUpon, Facebook, and Twitter together pushed the popcorn pageviews to over a million before year’s end. I guess you guys like affordable snack food. Yeah, me too.

gourmet popcorn recipe

3. Track your money with the Free Budget Spreadsheet

The most popular download of the year was the Free Budget Spreadsheet. This makes me happy ’cause I think budgets and spreadsheets are pretty darn cool.

free budget spreadsheet

4. Tiny Tarts: How to make Pie in a Jar

It’s a proven fact — jars make all frugal gifts better. Most posts on Squawkfox take me around 10 hours to write, edit, photograph, and publish. Pie in a Jar took me at least 20 hours. Since I snap every picture on this site myself, the posts with photos are the most time consuming, and thankfully among the most popular with you guys.

5. Yahoo! Front Page

Squawkfox grew to over 20,000 subscribers in 2010, partly because a few of my U.S. News & World Report posts were syndicated to the front page of Yahoo! Not many bloggers can say they’ve been tops on Yahoo! — I think I did it three times.

I’d love to send out a huge virtual thank you to U.S. News & World Report senior editor Kimberly Palmer for giving me the opportunity to make Yahoo! happen. Be sure to check out her blog, Alpha Consumer, and her new book, Generation Earn, for her amazing personal finance insight.

Yahoo Front Page Squawkfox

6. Dig yourself out with the Debt Reduction Spreadsheet

You wanted to get down to the business of paying down your debt, so I shared my debt-busting tools with you in my popular budgeting series. It took me a long while to write the How to Make a Budget series — complete with worksheets, spreadsheets, and free goodies — and the dang thing nearly killed me. It’s a good thing you liked it.

debt reduction spreadsheet

7. Should couples keep separate bank accounts?

I asked this seemingly simple question on the Sympatico YourMoney.ca blog and the readers responded like crazy. Do you merge your money in a joint account, or does your relationship work because you keep the finances apart?

I write for Sympatico every week, so be sure to follow me over there for financial articles with a Canadian focus.

Bank Accounts Checklist

8. How to Set Financial Goals

Do you have a financial goal? Yeah, I’m sure we’ve all dreamed of making a million, but have you ever figured out what it takes to get there? Everyone who downloaded these three goal-setting worksheets knows what I’m squawking about.

financial goal setting

9. Date with a Dragon

You like reading about first impressions, millionaire rich guys, TV shows, and Fluevog boots. So I wrote a long story about a short interview with rich guy Robert Herjavec from the TV show Dragons’ Den, and gave you some insight into the inner workings of my brain before a big interview. Yes, I was a bit of a mess. But the encouraging email you sent me was amazing. Thank you!

fluevog shoes

10. Best of the Money Blogs

I was never one of the cool kids in school (maybe you weren’t either), so when The Globe and Mail readership voted this bloggy blog the #1 Money Blog in Canada, I nearly fainted. Seriously. You can read the full Globe and Mail article here: The best of the Canadian money blogs.

For my American and world-wide readers, don’t let my Canuck citizenship scare you — Canadians are super friendly people, and Squawkfox is a blog where frugal living topics are broadly written for everyone. Yay!

Globe and Mail Best Money Blogs

There you have it — ten very popular posts to celebrate my third Blogiversary. Thank you for reading the blog, following me on Twitter, chatting with me on Facebook, and sharing this site with your friends and family. I wonder what frugal things I’ll squawk about in year four. ;)

Happy New Year!
Kerry

Your two cents:

  1. Doctor Stock January 3rd, 2011

    Some excellent articles there… Since I’m a relatively new follower, I was unaware of a few of these. The one that got me following was your #1 article.

  2. Flexo January 3rd, 2011

    Happy blog anniversary!

  3. Youngandthifty January 3rd, 2011

    Happy three year blogiversary and here’s to much more continued success!

  4. Maria Barker January 4th, 2011

    It was your “Why you are Broke” that made me decide you were someone I could stand to pay attention to. I was already a follower, but that one nailed it for me.

    Congratulations on 3 years, may you have many, many more.

  5. Lance January 4th, 2011

    Kerry,
    Hey there, fellow weirdo…

    Awesome-ness!! You! Your site! The last three years of amazing material you have shared!!

    Keep shining, awesome friend!

  6. Big Spender January 4th, 2011

    Mazel Tov! Three years is a long time to keep up a good blog!

  7. marci357 January 4th, 2011

    Happy Three Years!
    Keep up the Great work!

  8. Heather @ Significantly Simple January 4th, 2011

    I am fairly new to Squawkfox, so this post is a great place for me to start – thank you!

  9. LifeAndMyFinances January 6th, 2011

    Congrats on the 3 year anniversary! My website is not quite at the half year anniversary, but it’s coming along! I love to help others get out of debt, save up for big-ticket items, and invest for their future! I’m sure I’ll be writing on my website for a long time! :)

  10. twentysomethingmoney January 6th, 2011

    Wow, to the front of Yahoo — thats an accomplishment. Congrats!

  11. you be the bank January 7th, 2011

    Very nicely done!! front page of yahoo is a huge accomplishment! keep up the good work!

  12. Craig January 7th, 2011

    Awesome accomplishments for an awesome site!

  13. JWizzle January 10th, 2011

    I’ve always wondered what it takes to get on the front page of Yahoo.

    A lot of times, it seems, the person on the front page has their blog blown up during the feature post. I don’t know how many times I’ve read an article, and clicked an outbound link only to find the site was down. :(

  14. nancy (aka moneycoach) January 12th, 2011

    High virtual five to you! I still remember when you were just started. I was so impressed by your wit and style on such an important topic. Yay you, for 3 years strong!

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