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.
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.