Looking Back and Forward: A Post for New Year’s Eve

Since I’ll be posting net worth and final year-end numbers tomorrow, I wasn’t going to do a post today. But I had a few listicles I wanted to share! [Is “listicles” the right word? I’m not always down with the slang, kids.] Behind the jump, therefore, are a few favorite posts from 2015 and some landmarks for other bloggers I’m looking forward to in the new year.

Oh, and also, my first freelance post was published! Five Steps to Recover from Holiday (Financial) Overindulgence, on My Personal Finance Journey.

Favorites of Mine

I apparently posted 107 times in 2015 (well, it’ll be 108 after I hit publish on this one.) Of those, there was one clear “winner” in terms of popularity, not surprising because it got picked up by Rockstar Finance (thanks, J. Money!) and then by Lifehacker.

Why The Parable of the Savers Drives Me Nuts (or, Late Bloomers and Humanities Majors are not Doomed)

That post meant a lot to me, and I’m glad it got so much traffic 🙂

I’m also very proud of my Zero Food Waste series, which I plan to keep writing in 2016. I enjoyed sharing tips and recipes, and even though I didn’t do it every week keeping track of my grocery spending also helped. Look for some good cheap vegetarian soups in January.

Looking at my site stats, I’m a little sad that one of my favorite posts got the least traffic. If you missed it the first time, how about checking out The Phantom Tollbooth Operator?

I spent a ton of time this year thinking about singleness as a life state. One of the conclusions I came to is that my long-term single status has given me a different kind of network than I would if I had married young. I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends.

And one more post on singleness that I liked: Finding a Home for Future Me: Creative Housing Options for Solo Retirement.

Finally, my advice on Growing Your Net Worth With a Lower Income.

And this post wouldn’t be complete without thanking my most faithful commenters: Tonya at Budget and the Beach, Amy at Debtgal, Hannah at Unplanned Finance, All Round Better Me, and Prudence Debtfree. As I did last year, I miss various people who stopped blogging in 2015 — I sometimes can’t believe I’m still doing this — but I’m glad for all the people I’ve gotten closer to this year, both on twitter and through reading/commenting. Speaking of which, I’m so happy for Melanie from Dear Debt, who paid off her student loans in December, becoming debt-free exactly one year after I did myself 🙂 And for many others who hit important milestones in 2015.

What I’m Looking Forward To For Others in 2016

Amanda from Dream Beyond Debt paying off her debt and living her dreams.

Sarah from The Yachtless getting a job and starting to pay down her own debt.

Tonya from Budget and the Beach rocking her savings with her new full time job.

Kara at From Frugal to Free killing it in whatever way she chooses 🙂

Prudence and her husband attacking their mortgage.

Amy and her husband attacking their home equity loan.

Kate from Goodnight Debt achieving financial independence in, like, February, at this rate.

Cindy from Growing Her Worth having a much more peaceful year in 2016.

Claudia and her husband selling their big house!

Hannah having a healthy baby girl.

May we all continue to grow (personally and financially) in 2016, whatever that means to each of us.



18 thoughts on “Looking Back and Forward: A Post for New Year’s Eve

  1. I love your wrap-up post. It was great to catch up with some of your favorite posts. Happy New Year!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Hah, JUST as you left this comment, I was updating the post to include my hope that you sell your big house! Every little bit of magic helps, I figure 🙂 Happy new year to you too!

  2. Great to have you on as a staff writer on my site!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Great to be there 🙂

  3. Awe thanks for the mention and happy to be a top commenter! Love to cheer people on their journey! Hope 2016 rocks for you and everyone else!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      I love it too! Glad to be along for the ride.

  4. Hey, thanks for the encouragement 🙂 The job-hunting is happening, but the end result is still unclear — I find myself wondering a lot these days if a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, or if the two in the bush are SO MUCH BETTER that it’s worth it to chase them. Or something like that.

    I will definitely be checking out this parable of the savers post. And I’m psyched to check out a bunch of these other bloggers’ sites that I hadn’t heard of before.

    Also, congrats on the freelance work! This is something that I have as a goal for the next month or two as well.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Oh boy, on the birds. I guess I feel like take the one in the hand and then quit if one of the two in the bush comes through after all 🙂

  5. Hannah says:

    I’m really sad that the Phantom Tollboth Operator didn’t get more traffic, because really you would make a great dictator! I’ll tweet it right now for the other *winners* who are at home looking at blogs instead of partying.

    It is so kind of you to look forward to everyone else’s goals; I get really excited about everyone’s goals, but I don’t often post about them on my own blog. Thanks!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Oh, you are so sweet 🙂 Maybe we can be co-dictators. Happy new year!

  6. ARBM says:

    Thanks for the mention! I didn’t know that I was one of your top commenters… But I have really enjoyed following along with your blog this year! I’m going to go do some reading of the older posts you mention here and also your freelance post! Congrats on that!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      You’re a very steady commenter! 🙂 I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. I’ve enjoyed yours too. Here’s to 2016!

  7. Awww, thanks for sending us your positive vibes! I can’t wait to read more great things from you this new year! (Happy new year, btw!)

    Oh, and I’ve never even heard of “listicles”, so you’re clearly a lot more hip than I am! (That’s not a very high bar, though…)

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  8. Cindy says:

    Thanks for the good vibes! I’m really hoping for a boring 2016. Boring is good!

    I’m really happy that you (and your blog!) are still going strong. You definitely motivate me to keep moving forward! Hoping that 2016 is a fabulous year for you. And I’m really looking forward to some of the things you have planned for this year. Definitely things that I’m fascinated to learn more about!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      I am totally all about the boring 😉

  9. I’m a top commenter in spirit, even if work won’t let me keep up on my favorite blogs as much as I’d like. 🙂 And I love all of your thoughtful shoutouts — that’s such a nice gesture, and I completely agree with you — every little bit of magic helps! Happy new year!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      LOL. You are a top commenter in my HEART! Seriously, it’s been great getting to know you a bit this year. Here’s to 2016.

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