Friday Ruminating

My traffic map for this week!

My traffic map for this week!

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.

18 thoughts on “Friday Ruminating

  1. It’s always nice to be featured and get that bump, isn’t it? I need to start submitting to Rockstar Finance again.

    It’s true that even the most basic tenets will help someone or will bring back memories of time with grandparents/parents/etc. It’s comforting.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      It is really comforting. I like the way that we rest in those networks of memories.

  2. Jessica says:

    How exciting! Congratulations on those fantastic links. I am with you 100% on loving the personal stories. That’s what continues to interest and fascinate me about PF blogs and the comments they generate.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Thanks! It was fun to go minorly viral 🙂

  3. Congrats on the Rockstar mention — so great. Though makes sense that seeing traffic go back down after that would be a bummer. :-/

    We started our blog because, much as we love to learn about numbers and finance, we really love the personal stories behind all of them. We wanted to make our blog a place that’s focused on the story more than the math. And love that your blog follows that same idea. Good to know that you, like we do, love reading about the real people, not just the money robots. 🙂

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Oh, I’m not bummed! I’m not a pro blogger. It was fun to do that once and maybe I’ll do it again sometime, but I’m very content with where my blog is at. I love just talking with people in the comments — my normal ratio of views to comments is very, very high, and I like that better than a ton of traffic with just a few people who actually engage.

  4. Hannah says:

    I’m just hoping that all this fame doesn’t get to your head and prevent you from linking to Smitten Kitchen recipes.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      LOL! I think one thing I can guarantee is that I will keep linking to Smitten Kitchen recipes.

  5. Kirsten says:

    I’m so happy for your 15 minutes of fame… But it won’t be the last 😉

    1. thesingledollar says:

      LOL, probably not for a while though. I don’t have the energy to promote like that 🙂

  6. Whoo hoo! That’s awesome and the spike in traffic is always nice too! Great way to start off a weekend!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      It was genuinely fun 🙂

  7. I was so excited for you when I saw your post popping up in different places, and all the cool comments you received. Congratulations!!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      🙂 It was so cool! Thanks! Now back to normal 🙂

  8. Ohho! Super shiny! Don’t forget about us plebeians on your way to superstardom!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Nah, I am not the stuff of internet superstardom. It was fun for a couple of days, though!

      1. It’s ok. You can go full rock star on us. We won’t mind.

        Not sure what a PF rock star does, though. Probably involves a lot of mimosas or something.

        1. thesingledollar says:

          The problem is being a PF rockstar would probably involve…not spending money…which would rule out of the mimosas, sadly.

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