Today I’m celebrating the accomplishment of one of my blogging goals – 1,000 subscribers in less than six months. As of this morning FeedBurner reports 1001 subscribers – good thing my wife finally signed up. Just kidding, well, not really! Admittedly, it was a stretch goal because in the beginning I never imagined I could attract 1,000 daily readers. Just between us, I would have been happy with 500! Still, I believe in creating a few goals for yourself that just seem so outlandishly impossible that it forces you to constantly think of new ways to reach them. Take that second-year business school professor that said all goals must be S.M.A.R.T. goals!
To celebrate the milestone I thought it might be fun to create an All-Star edition of the weekly roundup, sort of a best-of-the best links edition from a few of my favorite blogs. Before we move on, I would like to thank all of you who have subscribed to Frugal Dad and contributed to the great discussions we’ve shared over the last few months. I hope you will stick around and even tell a friend or two. Next stretch goal – 3,000 readers by January 1, 2009!
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Now, for the All-Star Roundup
The Life Skills Network. Not long into my attempt at blogging I joined forces with a few other newbies (and a couple veterans) to form The Life Skills Network. I subscribe to the feed myself and often marvel at the variety of posts offered on a daily basis – frugal living, career advice, financial planning, environmental concerns and personal development are regularly discussed themes. Thanks to the other members of TLSN for their encouragement over the past few months. If you have some time, visit the network site and then each of their blogs for some excellent reads.
Gaining a Readership: The Frugal Way at The Motherload. Still one of my favorite frugal living/parenting sites. Amy shares some great thoughts on how to build your readership without spending tons of money on marketing.
20 Types of Pages Every Blogger Should Consider at ProBlogger. The ultimate guide for setting up a new blog at the ultimate resource for bloggers. I should probably revisit this list myself and tweak the navigation here at Frugal Dad.
An Introduction to Square Foot Gardening at Get Rich Slowly. Ah, the post that started it all! For those that weren’t around I took on my own square foot gardening project based on J.D.’s post. My own “how-to” post was featured on Lifehacker.org, and 15,000 overnight visitors later Frugal Dad took off. Interestingly enough, this article remains one of my most popular posts, as does J.D.’s at his own blog.
*I can’t mention square foot gardening or the LifeHacker.org mention without thanking Lynnae over at Being Frugal. After all, it was her own square foot gardening post based on my project that caught the editor’s eye at Life Hacker. Maybe we should all scrap writing about finances and start writing about square foot gardens!
Good Dad or Good Employee. Pick One at 21st Century Dad. A great read from one of my favorite Dad sites out there. Many dads (and moms) think they can have the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, something has to give. My family ALWAYS comes first – even when I am working I’m doing it primarily for them, but as soon as I can break away I’m all about spending time with my family.
Please Let Me Talk You Out of a New Car at My Super-Charged Life. Wish this one was posted around every new car lot in my community. I frequently hear people bemoaning their new car payments after the new car smell has faded.
Signs You May Be a Megaconsumer from The Wisdom Journal. This one was so good it made the front page of MSN. com, and knocked Ron offline for a while with the surge in traffic – always a good problem!
35 Low-Cost Ways to Green Your Lifestyle from The Good Human. I confess, I am not the most “green” individual, but I have really changed my outlook on the environment after becoming a huge fan of David’s site, The Good Human. After all, living frugally and conserving resources go hand in hand. Like Kermit said, “It isn’t easy being green,” but The Good Human makes it a little bit easier.
How to Get My Wife or Husband to Follow a Budget from Gather Little by Little. One of the more inspirational money blogs around, Gather Little by Little often shares thoughts on family finances. This is one of the better posts I’ve read on money and relationships. Unfortunately, money fights are the number one cause of divorce in America. If only posts like this were required reading.
With over 125 blogs listed on my feed reader, I’m sure I am leaving out a couple favorites. I encourage you to take a look at my blogroll in the sidebar and visit the sites listed. I read many of these blogs daily, and they have become a source of inspiration as I continue my quest to be a better parent, a better employee, a better steward of money, a better blogger, and a better citizen.