I was nominated by 101 Centavos and Sustainable Personal Finance to take part in The 7 Links Project, a blog meme. It’s a chance for me to dredge up some articles from the past and match them to 7 different categories, as well as to nominate 5 other bloggers to take part.
Your Most Beautiful Post
This article just sang to me, and I think it flowed out of me as seamlessly as a good asana practice: Yoga and Money: Focus and Strengthen Your Finances as Preparation for When Opportunity Knocks.
Your Most Popular Post
After reading a book on the Great Depression and doing some research online, I found a void in information on how people actually survived during this time period on a day to day basis. We know that they ate, and that they wore clothes, but how did they do this without any money? To find out more information I spent the afternoon in our local library and checked out about 12 books. From that research Frugal Lessons From People Who Survived the Great Depression was born, which is my most viewed article.
Your Most Controversial Post
I haven’t written many controversial posts thus far. One that comes to mind (based off of comments received on my Houston Chronicle blog) is my post It’s Not What You Earn It’s What You Keep. A few commenters felt that I had insulted women by my example of how the online dating world would radically change if people were concerned with how much money a potential mate saves, not how much money a potential mate earns. Income is one of the few components listed on dating websites with which to judge whether or not someone wants to get to know someone more, so I thought it was a good example to use!
Your Most Helpful Post
This article, Add a Boatload to Your Savings Even if You Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck, seemed to open up some reader’s eyes (both here and at the Chronicle) on how to add money into savings even if they are strapped to a low paycheck or to excessive bills.
A Post Whose Success Surprised You
A Post You Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved
Before the show Extreme Couponing came out, I detailed a 20-cent-can-tomato-sauce-trip across town I made during rush hour traffic to add to my 26-can stockpile of tomato sauce in my article Plague of Overconsumption. The whole point to this article is that frugal people can also overconsume, a point that I think deserves some more attention.
The Post that You are Most Proud Of
This was a tough one to choose. In the end, I think My Charitable Black Hole fits this category. It is where I identify a feeling of scarcity within me, and resolve to instead celebrate my abundance by giving more to others.
I am now passing the torch. Good luck guys!