A blog called Tripbase came up with an interesting idea called My 7 Links, where site owners nominate other blogs to pick a post from each of seven categories that they've written over the years. Tom over at Canadian Finance Blog nominated this site to join in the project (Thanks Tom!) so today I thought I'd share my posts from the 7 categories. Let's get started!
Your Most Beautiful Post
I think my most beautiful post, and one that seems to have touched quite a few people was when I talked about my dog buddy, and how we had to make the hard decision to put him to sleep because he was in such pain in his older years. The post, “It’s So Hard To Let You Go. Rest In Peace Old Friend“, seems to have touched quite a few people who have also had to go through the hardship of losing a beloved pet.
Your Most Popular Post
My most popular post by far is my post talking about how to watch all your favorite tv shows without paying for cable TV. It was called “Ways To Watch TV Without Paying An Arm And A Leg For Cable Or Satellite“. In the post I talk about our home TV setup where we stream shows via Hulu.com, Netflix.com and a variety of other online sources via a software called Playon through our gaming console to the 50” Plasma TV. It's an affordable way to watch a ton of TV, without paying for expensive cable or satellite bills.
Your Most Controversial Post
My most controversial post was the post called “Dave Ramsey’s New House: Did He Follow His Own Advice And Pay Cash?“. The post takes a look at financial guru Dave Ramsey's beautiful new multi-million dollar home, and asks whether he paid cash as he always advises his radio show listeners to do. Records show that there was no mortgage recorded on the property, so he did pay cash, but the comments section erupted into a back and forth about whether or not a Christian like Dave Ramsey should be purchasing luxury items like a mansion. The post became so controversial that Dave Ramsey himself ended up stopping by and commenting as well, which turned into a second post in the series (also somewhat controversial).
Your Most Helpful Post
A post that I believe quite a few people have found helpful is the one titled, “How To Get The Best Deal When Signing Up For Cable Or Satellite TV“. In the post I was able to talk about how my wife and I saved a good deal of money when signing up for a cable TV package. I've heard that the advice in the post has helped quite a few others as well.
A Post Who's Success Surprised You
A post that I didn't spend a ton of time on, but that ended up getting a lot of traffic, and apparently helping quite a few people was my post about the government “Making Home Affordable” refinance and loan mod program. I guess I underestimated just how many people were having problems paying their mortgages, because the post that only took me a short time to write ended up being one of my highest trafficked articles of all time. Government Making Home Affordable Refinance And Loan Modification Program: Do I Qualify?
A Post You Feel Didn't Get The Attention It Deserved
A post that I don't feel got the attention it deserved was the post series called “How To Have A Healthy Marriage (Series) Part 1 | Part 2“. Basically the posts go into detail talking about things a married couple (and in some cases people in general) can do to have a healthy relationship where the other person feels valued and loved. It was posted on a slow week and I don't think got promoted much or at all. But I think it deserves a bit more attention.
The Post You Are Most Proud Of
The post I'm most proud of is “Bible Verses About Money: What Does The Bible Have To Say About Our Financial Lives?“, in part because I finally got it done. The post has well over a hundred bible verses about money and took quite a while to write. The problem is that it took me almost 3 years to finally get around to writing the post. I had it sitting in my drafts for well over 2 years. This past month I made myself proud by finally putting it all together, writing the article and publishing it! Finally!
My 7 Links Nominations
When you've listed all of your posts in the 7 different categories, you're supposed to nominate 5 more sites to list their own 7 links. So here are the ones I've chosen, mostly because I've come to know these folks pretty well over the past few years, and all of them blog in the same niche – Christian personal finance. I think they've got a lot of great posts to share. They are: