Blog Update for 4/20 2012 Comments52 Comments

First off, in case my mom is still checking up on me over here, I’d like to wish her a Happy Birthday.

Through my recent struggles, she has been providing a lot of support that I’ve really appreciated. Yes, at 31 I’m still a big momma’s boy. I’m not ashamed to admit it because I know how fortunate I am to have such a caring woman as a huge influence in my life. Thanks mom!

What’s New On The Blog

The poll for the top Canadian personal finance blogs continues to be popular. It’s now up to nearly 500 voters! It has turned into a 2 horse race for the number one spot, but it is still interesting to see the lead switch back and forth. Rest assured I will be featuring more than just the top 2 vote getters when I announce the winners. It’s looking like that might not be until Canada Day though. So there’s still plenty of time to convince your followers to come by and vote.

My blog’s Alexa ranking continues to drop and it’s now at 82k. I really didn’t expect to get this ranking so low so quickly. I had originally been hoping to reach 100k by July. It’s quite motivating to see how low I can get that ranking even if it doesn’t mean much.

I’ve also seen steady growth on twitter where I’m at 330 followers now. I don’t know if that’s good progress at this point, but I figure it’s not bad for just under 3 months without much focus on it. Facebook followers is slowly creeping up, but I do even less on there. It’s almost at 800 facebook fans, but as I write this I notice the widget disappeared from my sidebar. Hmmmm. Guess I need to look into that. Don’t you just love when stuff breaks without you doing anything to cause it?

Weekend Reading From Other Blogs

Since these update posts aren’t too interesting, I like to also share some of my favorite posts from other blogs I’ve been following. This is only a small sample of the blogs I’ve been following though. So if you’d like one of your posts featured in next week’s update, just let me know. I hate to leave people out.

The best time to plant a tree on Cult Of Money

What is the Best Day to Buy Specific Items? on One Smart Dollar

Setting Small Goals to Stay Motivated on My Alternate Life

Early Retirement Extreme on Married With Debt

Everything I Need to Be Happy on See Debt Run

An Interview with a Recruiter – How to Get A Job Now on Money Smart Guides

The Rich Are Gettin’ Richer and I’m Gettin’ Left Behind on From Shopping To Saving

Modest Money Around The Web

Again it was a busy week with Modest Money getting featured on a lot of other blogs. Thank you for the support everyone. It’s awesome that so many of you have been sharing my blog with your readers. I know this blog would be nowhere without your generosity. Here are the posts I’ve found that have mentioned Modest Money recently:

Five For Friday: New Logo, Below 200k, Stats are thriving, It is getting warm out, The Goodness is Neverending on This That And The MBA

Top Canadian finance blogs, social media for job hunting and a kid’s dream goes viral on Brighter Life

Weekend reading from the Cult on Cult of Money

Yakezie Carnival – Severe Weather Edition on Money Q&A

Top Personal Finance Posts Of The Week – Mega Millions Edition on Personal Finance Whiz

Carnival of Financial Planning 04-06-2012 on Money Smarts Blog

My Journey to Positive on Blonde On A Budget

A thank you on Shaking The Money Tree

Updates: April 8 – 14 on The Outlier Model

And now for some random conversational questions since I hate generic comments…

Tell us a little bit about yourselves, such as where you live, how old you are, what you do for work, etc. Yes I already know these kinds of details about lots of the commenters here, but I’m sure you don’t all know each other. Feel free to be vague if you don’t normally disclose this info on your own blog.

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 20 Apr 2012
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52 thoughts on “Blog Update for 4/20 2012

    1. Jeremy

      Enjoy your weekend too Jason! I knew where you live and what you did for work, but I assumed you were a little older. It sounds like you’re in a good financial position for your age. By the way, I really enjoyed your recent wedding ring selling posts. Very interesting debate.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Michelle. There seems to be a bunch of financial bloggers in Missouri. Or maybe I just end up with connecting with those ones more for some reason.

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    1. Jeremy

      No problem Jordann. I’ve been really enjoying the openness of your blog. Keep up the great work. You make me feel old to think that I have almost 10 years on you though.

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  1. From Shopping to Saving

    Holy cow, you’re so inspiring with your Alexa ranking and other progress. You’re definitely a role model! :) Thanks for including me this week.

    I’m 24 and I live in San Diego (soon to be moving back to the Bay Area!) and I work as a Contracts Analyst at a Fortune 500… that’s about all I can say since I work in healthcare, it would give it away if I said at what type of company haha. But I’ll be quitting soon…it’s going to be so hard telling people I’m just a student!

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Erika. There is no shame in telling people that you’re ‘just a student’, especially considering what you’ll be studying. Nobody is going to be looking down on you for that! I didn’t realize you were working in health care right now though. That’s going to be a big career change. Best of luck with the move back home and the upcoming studies.

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    1. Jeremy

      Glad to hear that you’re excited about the move for grad school. You sounded a bit overwhelmed in your latest post with all the stuff going on in your life right now. I’m sure it will all work out though.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yes I wasn’t expecting those kind of voting numbers. I figured it would be the 20-30 regular readers and then maybe an extra 30-40 more on top of that.

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  2. Christopher @ This That and The MBA

    29 eekkkkk soon to be 30 next sunday…ahh im gonna cry…I live in big bad Central NY the land of high taxes and nothing to show for it. I am a reimbursement accountant and benchmark analyst fancy for I spend 8-10 hours a day buried in excel spreadsheets analyzing the financial performance of the hospital and finding ways to cut costs and save money.

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    1. Jeremy

      Ahh, joining the ranks of the old people soon. Sorry to hear that Chris. Well practice up your golf game for the impending retirement :)
      That sounds like a challenging job analyzing all of those numbers. I’m sure you get paid well for it though.

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    1. Jeremy

      No problem Sean. I was gonna give you shit for missing the questions at the bottom, but I just saw your 2nd comment below :)
      Enjoy your weekend too.

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  3. Sean @ One Smart Dollar

    Forgot to add that I am a 30 year old blogger/online marketer living in the mile high city.

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    1. Jeremy

      Good to see someone about my age doing the same kind of work. We’ll have to chat a bit soon. Denver seems to be another hotspot for financial bloggers. I can think of a few I’ve come across that live there.
      By the way, what’s an internet marketer doing leaving the URL field blank?? Get the link love where you can, even if it is nofollow.

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      1. Sean @ One Smart Dollar

        Yeah it seems that there are a lot of us out here. Can’t wait for everyone to come visit for FinCon12.

        Not sure what happened with the link. After I make one comment its automatically in the box. I must have accidently deleted it. Looks like I had two brain lapses on saturday within a few minutes. haha

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        1. Jeremy

          Haha no worries. Just wanted to make sure you remembered for next time. It must be nice to have FinCon right in your backyard. The cost is the major factor preventing me from attending.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Liquid. Glad to hear that I’ve been an inspiration to people. Now I feel all kinds of pressure that people are keeping tabs on me lol. Just keep in mind that I worked my ass off for those stats. I definitely wouldn’t be able to get that far while working a full time job or without my prior marketing experience. Enjoy game 5 on the weekend. Go Canucks!

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  4. Nick

    Happy Birthday Modest Mom!

    I’m 33, live in Hoboken and sit at a desk all day (except for today when I’m working from Cape Cod!)

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    1. Jeremy

      lol modest mom. I’ll have to pass that on to her. Except she’s bound to be busy today doing landscaping at her new big beautiful retirement house. She’s done quite well for herself financially and doesn’t need to be living the modest lifestyle.

      And good to see someone finally commenting who is older than me, even if it is just by 2 years. Apparently we’re old for bloggers.

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  5. Michelle

    Happy Birthday, Mama MM!! Thanks for mentioning Jeff’s article. I hope you have a great weekend, but I already know you will….you will be spoiling your mom of course, right?!

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    1. Jeremy

      No problem Michelle. Normally I would be spoiling my mom, but it is tough with no job and her being in a different city. She’s very understanding though.

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  6. JAMES

    Congrats on the blog progress. To have that many facebook and twitter followers without focusing on it is pretty impressive.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks James. I probably shouldn’t have said I haven’t focused on either of those sites. Obviously I had to do something to get those kind of numbers, but I know I could be doing a lot more and I haven’t really done much to take advantage of those stats.

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  7. Katie

    I am 25, live in Ohio. Two jobs – one as an insurance agent and the other as a bookkeeper for a department store.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks for sharing that info Katie. I’m always impressed when I hear about people juggling 2 different jobs at the same time. On top of that you manage to find time to blog and do marketing for it. Nice work.

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  8. Sire

    Hi, my name is Sire….OK, that’s not really my name but it’s what I use when online. I’m a 53 year old Aussie blogger who at the moment is working 38 hour a week as a casual night filler in Coles.

    It’s great to see that you’ve gotten so far in such a small amount of time and the fact that so many people are linking to you is a credit to all your efforts.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Sire. I have been putting a lot of effort into this blog. So it is satisfying seeing the early results. By the way, I loved your latest Friday Funnies post. Awesome joke!

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        1. Jeremy

          I’m glad you did too Sire. It’s good to take a break from the serious posts and get a laugh instead. They do say that laughter is the best medicine.

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  9. Anthony Thompson

    Hey, Jeremy. I apologize for showing up late for the party. I want to wish your mom a belated Happy Birthday. I think it’s beautiful that you’re still a momma’s boy, and that you’re not ashamed to admit it. She sounds like a great lady who raised a wonderful son.

    In any case, great blog post selections for this weekend, and congratulations on your Alexa ranking.

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  10. Carrie Smith

    Wow! Your rocking the Alexa ranking, that’s pretty awesome. I’ve been blogging for 10 months and I just passed the 200k mark. :( It taking a lot longer than I originally thought.

    I’m 28 years old, living near Dallas Texas. I’m a super southern girl with a rocker edge. By day I’m an accountant and at night I’m a blogging, social media obsessed freelancer. I love my job(s) so much, I would do them even if I didn’t get paid!

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Carrie. Don’t get discouraged about your alexa. Just getting below 200k is a great achievement. With the amount of marketing work I’ve put into this blog, it is probably at least 2 or 3 times what the average blogger has time for. Plus I was able to jump right into marketing right away with a strong understanding of what was needed.

      So do you want to do my accounting for free if you like it that much :)
      That’s great that you love your jobs since our work is such a major part of our lives. It is tough to be happy without liking what you do for a living.

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  11. MaryAnne @ Parenting and Money

    You Belated Happy Birthday to your Mom! No shame in being a momma’s boy as long as she doesn’t spoon feed you anymore :-). I’m really impressed with your Alexa ranking. Mine is slowly going down and I’m sure your visits contribute to that so thanks! I’m based in LA area and work in IT field.

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    1. Jeremy

      No she doesn’t still spoon feed me, not in the literal sense anyway :)
      She had to stop that when I moved out due to the inconvenience.
      I’ve been noticing a lot of finance bloggers in the LA area. You guys will have to have some kind of meetup to do some collaboration work.

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  12. mycanuckbuck

    Thanks for the listing MM. Your numbers are quite impressive – as is your ability to admit you’re a mama’s boy. :)

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  13. Karunesh @ chase-a-dream.com

    Send my regards to your mom. Its great to see the success of your blog and your mom would be very proud of you.

    I am from Delhi, India. I am 28 and I work as a software engineer. My work involves working on computer for 10-12 hours so I am often blogging late night. That is when my mom scolds me :)

    No matter how old you grow you would remain a kid to your parents

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Karunesh. I think she was wondering why she hadn’t heard from you yet :)
      That is some serious dedication to work 10-12 hour days and then do blogging at home. Be sure you maintain some balance in that lifestyle since sitting in front of a computer all day can be bad both physically and emotionally.

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  14. MoneySmartGuides

    I think it’s great that your Mom reads your blog. My Mom always makes it a point to talk to me about my posts when I head home or call on the phone. It’s great to know she is supporting you.

    Thanks for the mention too!!

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    1. Jeremy

      I admit I was a bit apprehensive when I first found out she was following along. I felt that I would have to watch what I write about and deal with extra pressure. Instead she’s been very supportive and it has actually opened up extra communication between us. Still, I kinda hope she’s got bored of following along so that I can write on more of a semi-anonymous basis.

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    1. Jeremy

      Or Modest Money Mama as you’re known around these parts :)
      Good to hear from you on here Mom, even if it does get me worried about posting something I shouldn’t be.

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