Happy Blogiversary! Year One on Squawkfox!


One year ago today I welcomed readers and started writing on Squawkfox. To be honest, I didn’t expect to last. Most blogs don’t make it a full year.

Throughout this year I’ve found an awesome readership and I’ve met some amazing bloggers. You email me. You comment on posts. You spend your valuable time reading my sometimes punny, funny, and mostly helpful words. For this I thank you. To celebrate Squawkfox’s one-year blog anniversary (Blogiversary) I’ve rounded up the posts you liked best. Based on traffic, comments, and emails received, here are your Top Squawks!

1. How to Be a Woman

I slapped my red brassier on a set of gorgeous grapefruits and got in touch with my feminine side. How to Be a Woman garnered more email and Twitter messages I could manage. You told me your stories. You picked your favorite points. I even got a marriage proposal. Seriously.


Some bloggers took to their sites and posted responses. But it was Steve Pavlina who plucked this post as a top pick in his How to Be a Woman writing challenge. I am still astounded. You all made it number one.

2. Anatomy of a Killer Resume

Some of you loved the humor. Others liked the resume writing help. Not many comment on the Career & Work posts, but you sure do thank me in emails and social media votes.


3. 50 Reasons to Go Green with Reusable Grocery Bags

Living on an organic farm I often see discarded plastic shopping bags blowing into and littering our fields. I felt compelled to write about a better way. This article went to the front page of MSN Money. Big thanks to Karen Datko at MSN Smart Spending for helping us sack plastic bags.


4. 10 Reasons Soaking Dried Beans Can Change Your Life

You’re a bunch of keener beaners. I’m gassed by email I still get about soaking dried beans. I blame my “better half” for this post. He thought I should pass wind on the reasons to get soaking. Bean there. Soak that.


5. Printable Grocery Shopping List

I created this grocery list to help you find affordable (cheap), healthy, and delicious foods while grocery shopping, fast. It’s a great printable template. Download away!


6. Five Cheap, Easy, and Healthy Family Dinners for $5

Feed your family on five bucks with these yummy and frugalicious dinners. You won’t be eating fillet mignon, but you may feast your eyes on the yummy photography. This article inspired the eBook: Frugal Food & Fitness: Get fab without spending a fortune.


7. Ten Reasons the Diva Cup Can Change Your Life

I went there. I ragged on so-called “feminine girlie products”. I didn’t expect anyone to comment. I was wrong. You all love your Diva Cups and had a good laugh when I told you the reasons I love mine. Some brave fellas commented too. Kudos.


8. How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies with a Homemade Trap

You bugged out and killed fruit flies dead with this frugal trap. I felt silly posting this do-it-yourself project. But after our fruit harvest, the flies were driving me buggy. They must have bugged you too.


9. 50 Ways to Save $1,000 a Year

You wanted to boost your savings in a tough economy with little effort or pain. I gave you 50 (fifty) ways to painlessly stash some extra cash without losing a limb or getting a second job.


10. How I Paid Off My Student Debt in Six Months

I’ll never forget the feeling of graduating from school with my degree in one hand yet starting a new life with 17K of debt in the other. To put it bluntly, the feeling sucked. Don’t let student debt get you down.


11. What Were Your 3 Worst Financial Decisions?

A few months ago I started the Squawkback feature where I ask a question and you answer in the comments. In this instance we looked at our money mistakes and considered the lessons learned from our financial folly. Your financial wisdom has helped thousands of people.


12. Just say “NO” to crap!

There’s nothing crappy about this article. I launched an anti-crap campaign. I wanted you to say “NO” to buying crap. Many of you sent me email about your own attack on crap. One of you printed out this post and stuck it on your refrigerator. I am honored to be “refrigerator worthy”.


There you have it. One popular post per month of this year. I’m pinching myself to have made it to a one-year blog anniversary. Thank you for voting with your readership, your emails, your comments, and your social media votes. I am truly humbled and honored.

Lots of love,


  1. Jean January 2, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Wow – congratulations on your first (of many) anniversary. Seeing your year in review reminded me of why I read you every day – your posts are awesome! Good luck and many more years – I’ll be here in PA reading.

  2. Four Pillars January 2, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Good stuff – keep up the great puns!



  3. Nicki January 2, 2009 at 5:13 am

    Congrats on your first year! My husband actually introduced me to your blog when you wrote the Diva Cup post 🙂

  4. Ruth January 2, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Happy Anniversary, Fox! I fully agree with the comments made by my fellow Pennsylvanian, Jean. I love reading your posts and look forward to receiving them. In addition to finding the information that you supply very useful, I also get a kick out of your humor. It was a very happy coincidence for me when, while doing a web search for ideas
    about bean cookery, I discovered your really wonderful blog. I immediately started reading through all your other (non-bean) posts and then signed up to make sure I didn’t miss out on any of these gems. And, oh, yes, eventually I got back to my bean research. I’ve been a happy Squawkfox reader ever since. You rock, girl!

  5. marci January 2, 2009 at 7:01 am

    As I started reading you this past spring, I was surprised to find that this is only your first anniversary – I thought it a much more mature blog than that! So congrats on the great work!

    I love your your photos! and your quirky sense of humor!
    Keep it coming!

  6. Karissa January 2, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Great job Fox! I just joined, so I have some catching up to do … off to read about beans and Diva Cups (I love mine too). K.

  7. Fabulously Broke January 2, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Wonderful! I’ve moved all of your links off into tabs and am going to read through them all

  8. J. Money January 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Congrats!!! Yeah, 1 year blogging is DEF. something to celebrate for sure. keep it up girl

  9. Vered - MomGrind January 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Happy Blogiversary my dear. You are one of my favorite bloggers. 🙂

  10. Urban Panther January 2, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    My first time here (hopped over from MomGrind) and what do I find? An article on DivaCups. Who knew they existed? Not me, that’s for sure. I was actually involved in a very interesting conversation last night about the environmental impact of tampons. You could say we were ragging about, well, rags. *chuckle* Anyway, I am so checking this out!

    Oh, and with extremely useful articles like this, I’ll definitely be back *smile*

  11. Lance January 3, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Congrats on one year!! Here’s to many more ahead for you…

  12. Mr. Cheap January 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Congrats on your first year!

  13. Sagan January 3, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Happy Blogiversaray! Thanks for the links to these great posts.

  14. fathersez January 3, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Congratulations on your 1st blog birthday. It has been a great year of useful and well written articles for all of us to enjoy.

    Now go on and have a good time and we look forward to many more exciting and success filled years ahead.

    Best regards

  15. Mrs. Micah January 4, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Happy blog-birthday!! It’s been really great getting to know you over the last year. I really wish I’d read more of your blog, too, because I’ve cut out reading so much lately. Yours is still one of the ones I sometimes check from work because it’s normally that good. 🙂

    Plus, it’s a bonus that you’re not only an awesome blogger but you have great taste in British tv too. 😉

  16. NtJS January 4, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Congrats on one year blogi and all the great posts. Can’t believe that our 1-yr is later this month!

    bon anniversaire!

  17. Kaz January 5, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I love your blog, it’s amusing and helpful, thanks!

    Congrats on your one year anniversary

    Kaz (one of your UK readers)

  18. Riscario Insider January 5, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Congratulations on your first anniversary. Keep those posts (and your great pictures) coming!

  19. Doctor S January 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Tweet tweet! Congrats on your first year! Looking forward to future Squawkback’s!

  20. Saver Queen January 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I just found your blog today and I’m so excited! All these posts look fantastic. I love the “How to Be a Woman” one and the Diva Cup one. I was never interested in a cup before but you may actually have me reconsidering! Oh, I love using dried beans too – I love using dried lentils, and they do not have to be soaked when put in a soup or stew.

  21. Cathy @ Chief Family Officer January 9, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Congratulations and happy blogoversary! I look forward to another year of reading Squawkfox 🙂

  22. Canadian Capitalist January 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Congratulations Fox! Keep those racy photos coming 🙂

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