Places I’ve Been: Week ending December 1

I actually got a roundup out two weeks in a row! I’m going to make a concerted effort to get one out every week for the rest of the year. Outside of the world of blogging, I dodged a bullet with layoffs. My seasonal layoff is still coming, but I worked most of last week, and I should be working all of this week. From there, it’s probably going to happen.

The 5000 word challenge has been kicking my butt. I’m hitting my writing goals, but I haven’t had the time to do the promotion side of things. I still haven’t submitted to any carnivals since changing a .com Actually, doing that for next week is the next thing on my to-do list. Then come up for a topic to write 800-1000 words on for tomorrow.

In the past week, I did manage to snag 4 mentions. Considering how little blog marketing I’ve done this week, that number is pretty good. I also got a rare link back to If You Can Read, You Can Cook this week as well. Somebody like one of my recipe photos on Pinterest well enough to link to the article.

People who linked to me this week:

  • Everything Finance included my post on P2P lending in their monthly roundup.
  • Blue Collar Workman‘s weekly roundup included a guest post I published onย  car insurance.
  • Fearless Men included my post on Christmas decorating in their roundup.
  • Modest Money included my post on no-contract cell plans in his “end of December” aka “beginning of December” roundup. <–Also, Jeremy is running an awesome contest this month, giving away $500 in cash including a $250 grand-prize, and also a blogger’s package to use his rankings to help your blog.
  • A Cedar Spoon shared a recipe for a Mediterranean pasta salad and was so impressed with my Mexican pasta salad to include a “pinback”

And the posts I liked this week:

  • Evolving Personal Finance talked about How to Tell If Your Means Just Aren’t Enough. A lot of PF blogs like to talk about living within your means, but conveniently ignore the fact that there are some situations where your current means just aren’t survivable.
  • On Penny Thots, Carrie Hetu was one of those bloggers, when she wrote about Saving When Money is Beyond Tight. If money is “beyond tight” saving just isn’t going to happen. Paying all of the bills probably isn’t going to either.
  • Eyes on the Dollar provided 7 Reasons to Love Your Used Car. Finally a post where my comment didn’t include the time I lived off peanut butter and ramen.
  • Blue Collar Workman had a rant about people who follow ambulances to get through traffic. I can’t stand the people who don’t get out of the way. How would you feel if you were in the back of that ambulance in desperate need of medical attention?
  • Canadian Budget Binder posted a reader story on How Budgeting with Mr. CBB Got Us Back on Track! A heart-warming story for the holidays.
  • Fearless Men provided 9 Reasons You’re Not Successful Like You Should Be. I’m guilty of #1, 7, 8 and sometimes 9 (I flip-flop on this one).

I’d also like to give a warm welcome to my Winter Yakezie Team. Yakezie Teams are great ways to really discover new blogs as you work closely with each other for several weeks providing mutual support. I still comment regularly on some of my summer team’s blogs.

They are:



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13 thoughts on “Places I’ve Been: Week ending December 1

    • It’s not the best feeling in the world, but I think getting laid off this way is a lot easier to handle than being an white-collar worker and fearing for your job after hearing round after round of layoffs.

    • It’s my first winter team as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Teams are a lot of work, especially if you are already doing a lot of commenting, social sharing, etc. Or maybe especially if your not already doing a lot! But either way, they are very much worth it.

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