I forgot… Christmas Eve was Funny’s blogiversary!
LOL! I’m getting so senile I can’t remember how long the thing has been online. Both the current WP version and the old WordPress.com site show December 24, 2007 as the first post, but in it I’m nattering on about biweekly pay, and I know I had 15 online kittens when GDU and PeopleSoft switched us over to that system. Plus I’m casually calling my son “M’hijito,” assuming readers know who I’m talking about. So that can’t be the first post.
I think Funny went online a year earlier, in 2006; it was born in iLife, and that site no longer exists. After a year or so, I switched the blog over to WordPress.com, and then when it was monetized, Mrs. Micah migrated it to BlueHost. In any event, just now 1,378 posts reside on Bluehost’s server.
And according to Bluehost, the two all-time favorite posts were the recipe for crockpot scalloped potatoes and that perennial favorite, “Olive Oil: The Ultimate Hair Conditioner.” And the post on setting up an S-corporation to get around the Social Security earnings limitation has had real staying power.
Among the high points of 2010 were Funny’s $100 win in Free Money Finance’s March Madness contest; the money went to the All Saints choir. And several friends wrote guest posts for Funny after I fell and dislocated my shoulder or at other times:
Tina Minchella, Five Frugal Ways to Entertain the Kids
Pinchnickel, Buying Futures at the Supermarket
Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff: Can Minimizing Go Too Far?, How Middle-Class Are You?, The Fun of Thrift Stores, Tiny Places of My Past,
Revanche at A Gai Shan Life: Revanche on the Secret Joy of Unemployment,
Frugal Scholar, Kids and Costs: Another Point of View
Simple Life in France, Why Being Passionate about Your Career Can Drive You Nuts
Here are a few of my favorite FaM posts of the past year:
We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ Laundry Detergent
Early Retirement: The Health Insurance Hurdle
Hidden Costs of Illness or Injury
A Degree from a Proprietary School: Is It Worth the Cost?
How to Buy Your Next Car in Cash
Are You Cut Out for a Freelance Job? Is Anyone?
When Giving Goes Awry
Fear and Loathing in America the Beautiful
Why I Have a Dog
Some of 2010′s best articles have little or nothing to do with personal finance. I’m afraid where that subject is concerned, my flame is flickering low. It’s getting hard to sustain a burning interest in personal finance, since so many people now are saying the same things over and over. And over. It’s not that I’m no longer interested in money; just that I’m not inclined to repeat the same platitudes from now till Doomsday.
Consequently, Funny has been drifting on the tides of general interest: favored subjects have been education, politics, lifestyle, and the endlessly fascinating pageant of humanity. While all of these things bear on personal finance directly or indirectly, few posts on such topics dispense advice on balancing your budget and getting out of debt. Once or twice I determined to sharpen the personal finance focus—hence the rather flat-footed series on how to get your PF life in order. But really, it’s become hard for me to sustain interest in the subject, at least as it’s presented on most PF blogs.
I think in 2011 I’m going to let Funny become whatever Funny decides to become. Rather than forcing myself to stick with a topic that’s become rather stale, I’m going to write on whatever interests me at any given moment. If you like whatever that might be, I hope you’ll stick with Funny.