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,