Timmy enjoying some sun out on the balcony
So it looks like summer has finally arrived here in Vancouver. Finally people can stop complaining about the rain and clouds. Before long they’ll be complaining about the heat instead, but usually it doesn’t get too hot here.
To ring in the real start to summer, I went for a stroll around the park and laid around reading a book for a while. Quite a relaxing afternoon I must say — definitely one of the major benefits of working from home. I might as well enjoy it while I can before I end up back working in an office again. If things keep progressing on the career front that might be quite soon.
Actual Blog Update
Ok I’m kinda getting over chasing stats with my blog. I recently realized that one of the reasons that my Alexa Ranking keeps dropping after I got below 50k is that more spammers have been dropping by trying to leave comments.
So am I supposed to be excited over getting more spam comments to deal with? That akismet plugin is calling my name, but then I’ll just have to wade through the spam folder to rescue any legit comments. Thank you spammers for at least using the Alexa toolbar when you drop by. Now if I really want to keep it dropping, I just have to tell them about the commenter recognition widget on my homepage.
Some other stats improved a bit, but nothing extraordinary. I won’t bore you with the details. I guess I’m settling into the grind where progress slows down but you still gotta keep working hard to keep that bit of momentum rolling. If I keep pushing this snowball is gonna eventually get to a steep section and really pick up some momentum on its own.
I do have some plans to monetize this blog a bit more soon. Don’t sorry it’s just going to be some semi-static affiliate pages to start. Once I get around to setting those up I’ll probably get a good boost of motivation. Maybe I’ll even finally write my first guest posts on other blogs. I admit I’ve been putting that off until I had some ‘money’ pages up.
On the Trip front, I’m happy to say that he’s doing great. He hasn’t been sick at all since the surgery. I think his shaved belly is getting a little less itchy too.
The only downside is that now both him and Timmy are starting to get picky about their special wet food. Well really that’s probably a good thing because then I might be able to switch them to dry food only. That sure would make things simpler for when I have to get people to cat-sit when I go out of town. I always feel a bit guilty telling people that the cats would prefer them to drop by twice a day.
Dropping wet food altogether might be a tough sell for them though. They still bug me at meal times and then give me a dirty look when I give them the vet food.
Modest Money Around The Web
Yup, another long list of mentions this week. Part of it is that I forgot to check some carnivals last week. Again, damn you WordPress for never fixing the lack of automated trackbacks! Stupid Google alerts never seem to catch those mentions either. Anyways, less bitching, more thanking. I do really appreciate all the mentions. I am fully aware that it is having a great supportive group of blogging friends that is keeping momentum going. Thank you everyone!
Blog round up for June 29, 2012 on My Canuck Buck
The End of June’s Friday Link Love on Bog Of Debt
Carnivals, Mentions, & Weekend Reading #18 on Work Save Live
Birthday Edition Round-up on See Debt Run
Canadian Personal Finance Happy Hour – Canada Day Edition on Canadian Personal Finance
The Round Table on Money Smart Guides
Weekly Roundup: Great Articles This Week on Money Q&A
Financial Carnival for Young Adults – 19th Edition on 20′s Finances
An Honourable Mention on Shaking The Money Tree
Friends of the Family: End of June Edition on The Family Finances
June 1 Yakezie Carnival – Canada Day Edition on Edward Antrobus
Festival of Frugality #343: The Freedom Edition on Brilliant Finances
Jour 185: National Holiday Link Luuurve on Shopping Detox
Investing in our health – July update on Square Foot Garden on My Own Adisor
Carnival of Money Pros on Finance Product Reviews
Yakezie Carnival: The Power Ballad edition on Daily Money Shot
Festival of Frugality #342: Wimbledon Edition on Help Me To Save
The Yakezie Carnival – Summer Vacation Edition on One Cent At A Time
Weekend Ramblings – Gas Rant on Young and Thrifty
Carnival of MoneyPros on Broke Professionals
eBook Information & FinCarn Round Up on Wealth Artisan
AOL Sofas, Eric Simons & Financial Round Up on Wealth Artisan
The Whacked Out Blue Collar Roundup on Blue Collar Workman
Favorite Posts On Other Blogs
Now in case you happened to have somehow missed the posts below, I highly recommend you check them out. Your weekend just wouldn’t be complete without reading all of these awesome blogs. Hey if I regularly read them, they must be pretty awesome, right?
Launch of the The Web Ninja on Dividend Ninja
Holy Moley Mo’ Money! What I Would Do if I Won the Lottery on Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses
Government Wants You on Food Stamps on Money Smart Guides
Where to Get Auto and Home Insurance Quotes on Work Save Live
Dealing With the Neighbor From Hell on Blue Collar Workman
Hard work does pay off on Bof of Debt
How do coupons help families save money? on My Canuck Buck
Avoiding the Temptation to Pay Down Debt on Young and Thrifty
Would you move to city if it paid your student loans? on Canadian Personal Finance
Jour 184: The most frugal way to prevent mosquito bites on Shopping Detox
Pay It Forward on The Family Finances
Estimating income and bills on Outlier Model
Blogging Anonymously 101 on When Life Gives You Lemons
Family Finance: Property and Vehicle Insurance on The Passive Income Earner
Why Do We Enable People to Spend Money While Shopping? on From Shopping To Saving
Never Give Up – A Man’s Guide to Getting Back Up on Fearless Men
The other thing to mention is that Friday night I’ll be meeting up with some local Vancouver finance bloggers. I think it should be a good time getting to know them. If not, we’ll drink enough to make it a good time lol.
Also I’m hoping to dig my tent out of the closet to get some use this weekend. Hell yeah! Ok I admit it’s gonna be in someone’s backyard, but there are lots of trees and it will almost be like camping lol.
How’s the start of everyone else’s summer so far? Any other campers out there? Anyone devastated that I’m not planning on doing much for stats updates anymore?