It’s officially fun to be featured on Rockstar Finance — thanks, J. Money! I counted 42 countries among my visitors on Tuesday, which is about 38 more than I usually get, and it was really cool to think about people in Malta and Qatar and Japan clicking through to my post. I felt very warm and fuzzy about the global community. Then on Wednesday, my traffic was still going crazy; I got over 1000 unique visitors for the first time, and the total number of countries on the week rose to 57 (hello Nigeria, Argentina, Thailand, etc). It turned out that the post had been picked up by Lifehacker, so that was another huge source, plus Bridget very kindly linked to me from within a post she’d already been writing on the same topic. My traffic looks really funny now — huge peaks Tuesday and Wednesday, and then a big drop on Thursday, although still more visitors than I typically get. I enjoyed my 15 minutes, for sure 😉 And all kidding aside, I was glad the post struck a chord. I was also glad that this seems to be an area where leftists and “rightists” (thanks, Hannah <g>) can agree — we need to think carefully about what the narratives we rely on are really saying. Math is math, but the stories we use to frame the math are important too.
To get a little mushy: I like the idea that even behind the least personal PF post — the “three tips for saving on groceries” kind of thing — there’s someone’s story. Somebody sat down and clipped coupons and daydreamed about buying a house; someone learned from their grandmother about buying dried beans to save money; and so on. The math is the math, and there’s something universal about it, but each of us has to do that math for ourselves in our specific circumstances. It’s never the same math twice, because we really are all irreducibly unique. If the person from Malta or the person from Argentina happens to be reading this…hello! I’m glad you’re getting a glimpse of my story. I hope sometime I get a glimpse of yours.