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My blog turns 10 today.

It’s a little crazy to think of, but it’s true: I’ve been blogging here at The Frugal Girl for a decade now.

That practically makes me a senior citizen in the blogging world.

my 2008 profile picture

 

I mean, in 2008, when I started blogging, the blogosphere was just a fraction of the size it is now.

Social media was barely a thing back then.   Facebook was only four years old, Twitter was two years old, and Instagram hadn’t even been launched yet.

Also, smartphones weren’t a part of our landscape like they are now…in 2008, the iPhone was still a novelty!

I was freshly 30 when I started, and now I’ve just entered my 40’s.

My kids were 8, 7, 4, and 2 when I started, and now they’re 18, 17, 14, and 12.

I’d been married 10 years when I started, which means that I’ve been writing here for half of my marriage. So weird!

‘scuse the grainy selfie

10 years, 3000+ posts, 115,000 comments, and here we are.

Thank YOU for reading my words, you guys.  

I mean, I suppose I could have written 3,000 posts without having any readers, but you all are what make this fun, and you are the reason I keep sitting here at my keyboard to share words and photos.

So, thanks for ten years, friends! You are a special group of people, and I’m fortunate to have such lovely people hanging out in my little corner of the internet.

(especially considering that the internet is often a place that can be very…unlovely.)

I did a little digging in the analytics to see what my most popular posts have been, and I’m going to share some of them here with you.

Top 3 posts of all time

How to Paint Wooden Furniture

This is from 2009, and it got really popular on Google and on Pinterest for a while there.

How to Make Homemade Yogurt

I still make yogurt pretty much every single week, using this recipe.   Homemade yogurt is crazy, insanely, ridiculously cheap, and once you do it a few times, it feels very easy.

Also: homemade yogurt tastes really good.

I bought a Vitamix. Here’s what I think of it.

I got fed up with my cheap blender breaking, so I bought a Vitamix, waited a year, and then wrote a review.

Most Controversial Post

That’s probably a tie between two.

Because $90,000 isn’t enough. Clearly.

I wrote this about a 2014 article profiling a family having trouble making ends meet on $90,000 in Culpeper, VA, and people had a lot to say in the comments.

Why I don’t think having four kids is un-green

I wish I’d have worded that as “bad for the planet” instead of “un-green”, but whatever. That ship has sailed. 😉

3 Helpful Posts

It’s impossible to choose from 10 years’ worth of posts, but if I had to pick just a few for you to read, these might be good ones.

The Monthly Money Email

Because communicating with the person you share your money with is SO IMPORTANT.

If you can’t do it all, do these three things

Prioritize the important stuff! These 3 are important for me.

7 Reasons Your Grocery Bill Is Too High

It’s like reading a “What not to wear” fashion article, except it’s about your grocery shopping habits.

Honorable mention:

How to get rid of lice without insecticide

I hope you never need this article. But if you ever have to deal with those terrible little pests, you will be glad you read/pinned/saved this.   The tea tree oil/conditioner method is THE thing that finally helped us kick lice out of our house, and it happens to be incredibly frugal.

I get comments all the time from frazzled parents who are feeling much better after reading this post, and that makes me so happy.

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That’s probably enough navel-gazing for a day.   But hey, a blog only turns ten once. 😉

I’d love to hear how long you’ve been reading my blog.   There are probably a few of you who have been reading since 2008!

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Marianne

Friday 6th of July 2018

Congrats!! Love that your blob is upbeat!

vicki

Friday 6th of July 2018

Congratulations! I cant Remember when I started reading but I think it was when my son was a baby.....so 2011? I Love your blog for so many reasons but mainly for your kindness x

Lorraine

Thursday 5th of July 2018

Congrats on 10 years! And thanks for sticking with it. I really enjoy your blog. I found you back in 2009 (so not at the very beginning but close to it) when I was trying to get my financial act together. I am happy to report that I finally did that! I read a lot of frugal/financial blogs and websites along the way and yours is the only one I still regularly read. Thank you for years of inspiration and ideas.

Fereshteh Hashemi

Thursday 5th of July 2018

September 22, 2009!!

I've started and stopped reading many blogs but I've never tired of yours! I would have to say that you are my favourite blogger. My kids are now 24, 22 and 19 and life is very different than it was back then. May all the good you've brought to your readers come back to you 10 fold dear Kirsten!

Kristen

Friday 6th of July 2018

Wow, I'm impressed you know the date!

Rebecca

Thursday 5th of July 2018

I don’t know how long I’ve been reading (I do know my grocery/household spending was at $1200 ... we might’ve gone a bit crazy after living on $30k for several years while going back to college ... it’s no longer at that number lol) but I saw “700 Club” and my 700 Club anecdote is that I was in the audience for one of the live-action Veggie Tales episodes waaaaaaay back in the day. I never get the awestruck reaction I think that deserves Congrats on 10 years!

Kristen

Friday 6th of July 2018

I didn't even know there WERE live action Veggie Tales episodes!

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