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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    It’s Our Two Year Blog Anniversay

    Today is the second anniversary of the launch of this blog, and boy, have we both come a long way, baby. Two years ago, I did not have the love of my life (Puppy, of course), I was very unhappy, over $120,000 in debt and clueless as to what to do. After lurking around a multitude of personal finance blogs, I decided to start one myself. I have heard many times that ignorance is bliss, but I did not know the exact extent until earnestly blogging for the past few years. I laugh now at my ignorance, nay, arrogance then.

    This blog started out as the little engine that could with the Money Monk being my first real commenter. She’s just published a book and I encourage you to support her. There were others that started blogs about the same time that I did.  Two of the most notable were Dave Ozment at You Dave Ramsey and Mr. Plasectomy at My Plasectomy. We all used to swap comments to swing readers to each others’ sites but Dave hasn’t posted anything since May and My Plasectomy is no longer registered. I often wonder what happened to people that stopped blogging, but I know that I had hit my own wall some time this year when my laptop died, and it was only through the encouragement of a few people wondering where I was that brought me back.

    I’ve also evolved a lot since blogging. I did what many people do when they realize that they have been walking around with their eyes wide shut, and suddenly open them up to debt – I went to extremes. Every single penny was an opportunity to buy down the debt and I focused too much on that and not on the other things in life that are, like Mastercard says, priceless. This blog started out offering deals and freebies and then I’d occasionally share some information about my debt, but there was no real focus on finance until I got serious.

    I realize that many of us are at a disadvantage because we don’t learn about money. Sure we can add and subtract and even juggle money from one account to the next, but we don’t know how to make it work for us. Worse yet, some get into the debt quicksand and try to dig themselves out with a spoon. I’ve come to realize that I want to help myself, but I want to help those people too. I feel as if it’s what I’ve been reborn to do. I have mentioned to a few fellow bloggers that I have always felt that I was destined for greatness, and I thought that it was within the business world, but I know now that it is in the business of people: people like you and me that are diligently working their jobs, trying to raise their families, want the best for each other, and at the end of the day, go home feeling financially safe and secure.  I live for that dream and I am still fighting the good fight towards reaching that goal.  It’s what we all deserve.

    All that I said to thank you for riding along this rollercoaster.  Our little baby is growing up these days toddling around the internet, making friends and having play dates.  Soon it’ll be potty trained and running along fine without me.  Gosh these days just roll by so fast and here I am with no pictures to share with you.  Thank you for staying and playing, and here’s to year three.

    So Who’s Buying The China?

    These days China is what Ms. Manners says is THE gift for the second anniversary.  I’ve evolved to where I don’t covet too many things, so you can have the China.  No, no, I insist.  I’ll pay.  It’s the last day that to enter my giveaway for $25 in cash.  You can go to the original post to read the rules and enter there.  When you win, go to the clearance section on the Mikasa website and then choose a nice bowl on me.

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    36 Comments

    Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog January 5, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Congrats on hitting the 2 year mark! My blog is just a month away from hitting 2 years too!

      Sandy January 6, 2011 at 1:28 am

      Doesn’t it feel good to have survived? So many blogs end before they hit 2 years.

    Financial Samurai January 5, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Happy anniversary! Hope you have many more!

      Sandy January 6, 2011 at 1:27 am

      Thank you Sam. Makes me warm and fuzzy.

    The Everyday Minimalist January 5, 2011 at 8:55 am

    But will you use all that china? 🙂

      Sandy January 5, 2011 at 11:51 am

      At Mikasa prices, even on clearance you might get 2 bowls. We’ll have to wait for the next giveaway to get 2 more bowls for a decent placement setting.

    Echo January 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Happy Anniversary Sandy, keep up the great work! I can’t wait ’til I’ve hit the 6 month mark, let alone 2 years 🙂 Congrats!

    The Saved Quarter January 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Congratulations! You’re doing awesome!

      Sandy January 6, 2011 at 12:33 am

      You as well. I know that your anniversary is here! Maybe we should trade a glass of bubbly.

    retireby40 January 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Congratulation! You’re an inspiration to me. 🙂
    I will try my best to last 2 years!!!

      Sandy January 6, 2011 at 12:32 am

      I’m waiting and watching to see if you make your deadline! 🙂

    Invest It Wisely January 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Happy blog anniversary, congrats on hitting 2 years!

      Sandy January 6, 2011 at 12:27 am

      Thanks Kevin! Means a lot coming from you.

    krantcents January 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Keep fighting, we are all evolving and learning which is called living.

      Sandy January 6, 2011 at 12:26 am

      Ain’t life grand? Life is a beautiful thing.

    Crystal @ BFS January 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Congratulations! I’m barely coming up to one year and am inspired daily by bloggers like you!

      Sandy January 6, 2011 at 12:25 am

      Me? You know that I’m a fan of yours. You’re doing 10x better than I am.

    Buck January 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Congrats on your two years! Quite an accomplishment when you look around at your fallen colleagues. Awesome to hear you’re knocking down your debt and you see the little one growing up. Was there anything on your roller coast ride that sticks out on the blogging tip? Here’s to a bigger and better year three! 🙂

      Sandy January 6, 2011 at 12:25 am

      What sticks out for me was when the Simple Dollar linked to one of my rants and I woke up to 3,500 page views by 10 a.m. It was one of the best days of my blogging life. When someone large notices what you do it makes you say okay, I’m not just spewing things into the ether.

    Betty Kincaid January 6, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Sandy,

    Happy anniversary! So glad you stuck with it since your blog has become one of my favorites.

    B

    Betty Kincaid January 6, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Sandy,

    Happy anniversary! So glad you stuck with it since your blog has become one of my favorites.

    B

    LifeAndMyFinances January 6, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Sounds like you’ve come a long way Sandy! Congrats on the 2 year anniversary! I’m about 4.5 months in, but I’m still going strong. Can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you! 🙂

    LifeAndMyFinances January 6, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Sounds like you’ve come a long way Sandy! Congrats on the 2 year anniversary! I’m about 4.5 months in, but I’m still going strong. Can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you! 🙂

    Suba @ Wealth Informatics January 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Happy anniversary! Hearty congrats! And heres to many more!

    Suba @ Wealth Informatics January 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Happy anniversary! Hearty congrats! And heres to many more!

    20 and Engaged January 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Congratulations on making it to 2 years. I’m sure it was rough but you’ve made it this far; keep it going! We’re all behind you. And thanks for letting us keep the china 🙂

    20 and Engaged January 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Congratulations on making it to 2 years. I’m sure it was rough but you’ve made it this far; keep it going! We’re all behind you. And thanks for letting us keep the china 🙂

    twentysomethingmoney January 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Congrats on the 2 year mark! I just hit the… 2 week mark? lol!

    Evan January 7, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Congrats on the 2 years! That is a lifetime when it comes to blogging. I always feel weird when there is a blog that I checked out for a long time suddenly dies down. I don’t REALLY know that person but I have an odd vested interest in their well being!

    Evan January 7, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Congrats on the 2 years! That is a lifetime when it comes to blogging. I always feel weird when there is a blog that I checked out for a long time suddenly dies down. I don’t REALLY know that person but I have an odd vested interest in their well being!

    Daniel January 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Congrats on making it to 2 years and for outlasting your peers!

    Daniel January 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Congrats on making it to 2 years and for outlasting your peers!

    Forest January 11, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Congrats on 2 years, happy birthday 🙂

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