I owe you a disclosure. I’m embarrassed I haven’t told you this before. There’s no way to break the news gently, so here it is:
I am deep in debt.
There. You have my confession. I’ve incurred huge obligations and it feels good to finally admit that they exist.
Of course, my current arrears have nothing to do with money (I apologize for the opening head fake, but I just couldn’t help myself). 🙂
What I’m actually in debt for is this: many in the blogosphere have extended great kindnesses to this tiny website. It’s time I acknowledged them.
My delayed acknowledgement isn’t due to aloofness. Not at all. Mostly it’s because I’m reluctant to blog about blogging. I instead stick close to my chosen theme, which is the transition from mainstream consumerism to frugality. Another reason for my delay is this blog’s historically small clientele. During my first year of blogging, which was 2013, I amassed a mere 1,679 page views. A public thank you means more when more of the public actually get to see it. Lately, this site’s viewership has risen, so the time seems ripe to render both thanks and homage.
I owe profound debts of gratitude to the following:
Free to Pursue. For allowing me to tell her Canadian audience about my unique experiences with Macintosh Toffee. And for nominating this site for blogger awards. F2P is both generous and passionate about financial freedom. I hope she will guest post here soon.
No More Waffles. For listing me so often in his weekly reviews of web content. And for overlooking the fact that I’m twice his age. NMW is a talented writer well on his way to achieving financial independence (he saves 70+ percent of each paycheck and reports regularly on how he does it).
Debt Debs. For commenting here so often and for nominating this site for Plutus and other blogger awards. She writes with her heart on her sleeve and with a high degree of sensitivity. I think she’s great.
Kristin Wong. For multiple shout-outs on her lifehacker twocents blog. Her audience is deservedly huge and she’s willing to share it with small timers like me.
Stacy Johnson. For linking one of my recent articles at his popular website MoneyTalksNews. Stacy is a real pro and masterful communicator. I’ve been enjoying his online videos for years.
Libby Kane. For linking me with the financial news behemoth Business Insider. Libby is a talented writer who has given many small bloggers big time exposure.
Len Penzo. For a much needed shout out when my page views had been lagging. A Plutus award winner, LP has inspired a vast horde of devoted followers.
J Money. For being the patron saint of newbie personal finance bloggers. For pimping my content repeatedly at Rockstar Finance. For listing me on his blog roll at Budgets Are Sexy. For letting me guest blog while he was away for the birth of his second child. J$ is one of the most generous persons I’ve ever encountered anywhere. He’s prolific. He’s a great mentor. He’s a force of nature.
Earlier this year I hatched a scheme to post the preceding thank yous once Frugal Fringe hit 50,000 page views for 2014. Back in August, I projected this would happen around Thanksgiving, thereby providing a nice symmetry between a red letter day on the calendar and a red letter day for the site. But page views spiked in September, so my target date moved up to early October.
At midnight on October 9, the total views stood just a few hundred short of the goal line. I went to bed with plans to take a screenshot of the site’s statistics just as they inched past 50,000. Things didn’t go as expected. When I logged on early in the morning, I discovered that views had already blown well past the 50k mark. So I’d missed my hoped for screenshot. But what really blew me away was what happened as the day progressed. This screenshot I took near midnight is worth a thousand words:
Was this anything I had planned or deserved? Nope. As always, I benefited from the kindness of others. In this case, Rob Carrick, the personal finance columnist for Toronto’s newspaper, The Globe and Mail, had published a link to my latest article. Unknown webmasters had posted the link front and center on the paper’s website. And so at the very last, I owe a very large debt of gratitude to Mr. Carrick and his newspaper. To them I extend my heartfelt thanks.
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I don’t want to get too gushy here, but let me end with this.
There’s an online community spreading the word that mainstream consumerism is often hazardous to your happiness. If you see an article about this theme that moves you, please share it with others—email it to a friend, like it on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter, or if you happen to be a huge Canadian newspaper, please post it front and center on your website. Every boost the idea of frugality receives has the chance to reach someone and change a life for the better.
Thank you for reading small financial blogs like mine and for spreading an important message to a growing audience.
I’m indebted to so many for so much—and that makes me very rich indeed!
A Noonan Moose
Photo Credit: Chris Potter at www.stockmonkeys.com