Beginning of March 2012 Blog Update Comments34 Comments

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This has been a very interesting week in my life. Last month my girlfriend and I broke up and at the end of the month I moved to my own apartment. Suddenly faced with paying all bills on my own and a higher rent, I realized that I needed to get a new job soon. Talk about a life changing time.

The job search is still ongoing, but it looks like I have something lined up in 2 or 3 weeks. It’s paying off not burning bridges with previous employers.

Until I figure out the job situation I’ll still be pouring a lot of time into this blog. After about 5 weeks, I’m inching closer to a 200K Alexa ranking. Yesterday I just had my first day of over 100 unique visitors per day. I attribute that surge mostly to my iPad2 giveaway. Also I have been very busy networking with other bloggers.

So without further ado, I’d like to share some great posts from fellow personal finance bloggers for some weekend reading:

8 Things You Must Do After Paying Off Your Debt on Money Infant

Play your finances like a video game on Cult of Money

The Government Supports The Rich With Foreclosures on Money Smart Guides

Posts Around the Web Featuring Modest Money

Here are some blog carnivals and posts from bloggers who were kind enough to feature the Modest Money blog recently.

Weekly Tweet Roundup #3 on Money Infant

Great Personal Finance Posts and Giveaways for The Week of 3.02.12 on KNS Financial

If I missed anywhere that Modest Money was featured, let me know and I’ll add it to the list. Also I’m always on the look out for great personal finance posts to include in these weekly roundups.

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 9 Mar 2012
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34 thoughts on “Beginning of March 2012 Blog Update

  1. WorkSaveLive

    That is certainly a big life change. Good luck with the job! It’s so important never to burn bridges…unless it’s absolutely worth it.

    I’ve always tried to leave my old employers with grace and class but sometimes that doesn’t always work as you plan. :)

    Thanks for the mention!!

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    1. Jeremy

      No problem Jason. I have burned some bridges with previous employers, but others I have kept in touch with. It is nice having someone to contact when you need a job. It beats sending out resumes and cover letters to random companies in hopes of getting a stressful interview.

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    1. Jeremy

      I’m the same way. I don’t know if I’m too humble or lack confidence, but interviews can be tough for me. I end up just being completely honest and forget about actually selling myself. I guess that’s part of why I contact previous employers rather than trying something new.

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  2. Christopher

    Your alexa dropped really fast. I was starting to feel a little jealous. lol. You were in quite a few carnivals this week. Good reading material for the weekend. A few of those sites are new to me. That is one thing I love about blogging. Just jumping from site to site, I find new sites that I have never come across.

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    1. Jeremy

      It is amazing how many great blogs there are out there. It’s just such an easy thing to setup that nearly anyone can get into it.

      Don’t worry too much about alexa. It is a very imperfect ranking system that favors certain niches and can be easily manipulated. Still, it is rewarding to see it consistently dropping. It reminds me that my efforts are paying off, even if the financial payoff is still far away.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Jason. I’m so close I can taste it. It’s just too bad that it is essentially just a meaningless milestone. So it’s a little bittersweet, but rewarding nonetheless.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks for the reminder Christopher. I have been so busy trying to promote Modest Money that I have been putting off some necessary on-site changes. I really should have a way to subscribe to comments and ideally an automated e-mail sent to people who comment. I just need to find the best plugin for that.

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      1. Astro Gremlin

        The WordPress plugin Thank Me Later automates an e-mail to commenters after a time period set by the blog owner.

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  3. TB at bluecollarworkman.com

    Sorry to hear about the breakup and need to move out and stuff. My sister went through that about a month ago and even now she’s still feeling the effects of living alone and paying her own rent, etc. Good luck and remember that now you can leave the toilet seat up!

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    1. Jeremy

      Haha that’s one way of looking at it. Now that I think about it, I haven’t broken my training of always putting the toilet seat back down. The bachelor lifestyle does have its perks, but it can also be expensive and sometimes a bit lonely.

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  4. CultOfMoney

    Sounds like you have a new blog post there, how not to burn bridges… :) Best of luck with the new position, whenever it starts. At least that will provide some nice bridge financing until you decide to find something else or not.

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    1. Jeremy

      You read my mind Karl! I was thinking I would save it until I actually got the job though. I don’t want to jinx myself, otherwise those unburned bridges are heading nowhere.

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  5. Daisy

    That’s a huge change. Breakups are stressful and so is job hunting – I admire your ability to keep focused on your blog with all of the craziness!

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    1. Jeremy

      I consider this blog more of a distraction from that craziness. I would be stressing out big time if it wasn’t for this outlet to pour my time and energy into. Plus it really helps to connect with all the great bloggers like yourself.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Steve. It is a big adjustment, but still I’m exciting for the change.

      No worries with the mention. I have no problem promoting great blogs.

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  6. Van Beek @ Stock Trend Investing

    And in a year from now… all these changes will look great and you would never want to go back. Maybe it is not always easy to see it in this way, but if you take everything as an opportunity, that is what will happen. Enjoy it.

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    1. Jeremy

      Good point Van Beek. It might all be overwhelming now, but long term it will probably make me happy. It’s all what I make of it and how positive an outlook I maintain.

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  7. MyMoneyDesign

    Good luck with your big moves and new (or returning to your old) job. This is very brave of you to open up and share this information with the rest of the world; very admirable. Nice work on your stats, and I will definitely check out your recommended articles.

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  8. Kari@Small Budget Big Dreams

    187,128 according to my Alexa toolbar. Way to go! Hope things are looking up on the job front.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Kari! I’m still waiting on the job front, but I am confident I’ll have something lined up soon if it is a position that I think will suit me.

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