It’s Our First Year Blog Anniversary

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2007-10-2032

It’s our blog’s birthday.

We’re “One Year Old” This Week!

I’m very excited to say that this week marks the first blog year anniversary of this site! In reality, I started blogging on the last day of July last year with no idea what I would be doing. I simply wanted to try an intriguing application out called “Blogger” after reading people’s blogs for the last several years. I was searching for some business ideas to work on in the realm of blogging and by trying out “Blogger”, I thought I would get a better feel for the activity. But come mid-October of last year, I decided to join the personal finance bandwagon after realizing that I should actually be writing about one of my oldest passions — finance — which is a topic I enjoy studying, learning about and discussing with others. So I relaunched the blog in this new light and started to post more frequently.

So what have we achieve in a year? Here are the latest stats for this site.

Number of visitors thus far: 330,000 and counting
Number of feed readers: 1400 or so
Number of domain hosts used: 2
Number of posts: 360
Number of comments: ~3,000
Number of spam comments caught: 96,734 (yikes!)

I never thought this experiment would turn into such a long term commitment. I’d like to truly thank all the readers who’ve come by to visit, those who’ve allowed me to use their images on this site, as well as fellow bloggers and other webmasters who’ve supported this site through their link backs. I thank you for your helpful material, comments, discussions, and our online friendships too. Here’s to more years of rambling, musing, ranting and sharing. 🙂

Blog Anniversary / Birthday / Giveaway Cake

Note: The following contest is over. Thank you! Winners were already announced. Please check our Giveaways and Contests Page for ongoing events.

Now onto the details of our anniversary giveaway. I have a few things to give out! Most of them should help pad your pockets even a bit!

What We’re Giving Away

#1 A $50 I-Tunes gift card

#2 The Complete Tightwad Gazette paperback book

#3 Rational Investing In Irrational Times hardbound book

#4 and finally, a Mystery Prize (yep, it can be *anything*).

Here are the rules of the giveaway:

#1 Please post comments either at the end of this post or at the comments section of this earlier post I wrote on “My Silicon Valley Job History”. Tell us anything you’d like about your job, business, occupation or any other work you do. Anything goes — rants, raves, funny stories, feelings, etc.

#2 I will be selecting random winners from the comments given in these two posts. I will contact you via email and work out details to send the prizes to you.

#3 If you’d like additional entries, you can write about this giveaway then linking here. Make sure your trackbacks work so I can count them in my comments section; otherwise you can also let me know about your post and I will include an entry here for you.

#4 I can only count one comment entry per person but if you have a blog or site where you promote my giveaway, you garner another entry, as your link automatically registers a trackback to these posts.

#5 I’m expecting to keep this running for at least a week, but comments and the contest will stay open based on interest.

That’s it! I hope you avail of this event and share in the fun.

Image Credit: Old Recipe Book

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrs. Micah October 20, 2007 at 8:17 am


I have a love-hate relationship with my job. Some days it’s pretty fulfilling. But in the grand scheme it’s not what I want to be doing. Somebody has to manage the buildings, but unlike my bosses I don’t find it fascinating work. Instead I’d rather be doing something which I feel “matters.”

I try to tell myself it’s like going to school, taking a class in how to be a good administrative assistant. But when I’m feeling really down that doesn’t give me much comfort.

My best job ever was shelving at my local library back home. I’d still be working there if I didn’t have to move and if they paid more (which would be silly because it’s an easy enough job, though I rocked it!). I was very good at it, I’d been there for years and knew what I was doing, I was the best and most senior page in the library, I’d known some of my coworkers since I was a kid…that place felt like home.

(I don’t know if this was a rant or a brain vomit or what…)

Tricia October 20, 2007 at 8:24 am

Happy Birthday!

I’d have to say that the thing I like best about my job is that I get to work from home. I don’t have a commute and I don’t have to spend money on work clothes. For saving money, it can’t be beat.

On the other hand, one of the things I dislike most about my job is that I work from home. The human element of working with others is something that I miss dearly.

DoubleD October 20, 2007 at 8:52 am

Happy 1st B-day
The thing I like most about my job is the freedom I get to have with my job, My company provides me with my own time to do research and develop products, I have never seen such a flexible job.

Dawn October 20, 2007 at 9:52 am

I adore working with preschool children. Even though I am paid to teach them they teach me so much more. Their sponge like capacity to learn and their ability to be totally in the moment is so inspiring. On another note, congrats on your blogging milestone. Blessings to your and yours.

Will_WiseBread October 20, 2007 at 10:19 am

Happy birthday! Your blog has a unique voice and I’ve always enjoyed reading your insights.

Patrick October 20, 2007 at 12:20 pm

Happy blog b-day, and congrats on your continued success. 😉

I’ll still be reading on b-day #2. 🙂

KCLau October 20, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Happy birthday. My blog’s birthday is near too.

Currently I am working full time in 3 profession: financial planner, bloggers, and musicians.

It is fun to have 3 profession that is so different but still have time to baby sit my newborn baby this month.

Silicon Valley Blogger October 20, 2007 at 12:34 pm

Thank you thank you for your greetings!

Mrs. Micah – love the brain vomit 😉 Libraries are such a nice safe haven. I remember when I used to spend hours holed up in them all the time.

Tricia – I know what you mean! I enjoy my co-workers so much and I would say they are one of the best things about my job as well. I will miss them whenever I move on.

Double D – flexibility is the one perk I always search for in a job. You are definitely in an enviable spot!

Dawn – I drop my kid off to preschool and it’s just adorable over there. Singing, little projects and small people. What more can you ask!

Will @ Wisebread and Patrick – It’s truly an honor to hear your comments. Happy to see how Wisebread has grown enormously, and I look forward to CML’s anniversary :D!

KCLau – how do you do it all? Though it *all* sounds like fun that seems like quite a schedule you have there. Congrats on your new baby! New fatherhood is the best job of all! 🙂

Vixen October 20, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Happy blog birthday!

I really enjoy reading your posts; everything is always so damn witty!

Question: If we had already posted a comment on your Job History post, does it still count as an entry?

Silicon Valley Blogger October 20, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Hi Vixen,
You can place multiple comments though I can only count one comment entry per person to be fair. Trackbacks are considered as extra entries though! I’ll clarify this in my post!

Shadox October 20, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Happy blog birth day. You have done an amazing job of growing this blog in only one year! My blog is seven months old and my RSS subscriber count is only around 120. Kudos!

The thing I like most about my job is the fact that I get to travel internationally to a country where I have a large number of close friends that I would not get to see otherwise.

There is also a little cool factor about working for a company that is right in the thick of some major technological revolutions.

Too bad you didn’t ask me about what I don’t like about my job. That would involve certain people and crazy hours, but I won’t get into the details of either.

Tyler October 20, 2007 at 7:23 pm

Congrats on the blogs success!

Luckily I am a college student and currently do not have a job. Hoorah!

david October 20, 2007 at 9:47 pm

Happy Birthday and congrats on such a huge success on your blog =).

Sun October 20, 2007 at 9:53 pm

If I don’t win any prize, can I have that cake instead?

Happy Birthday 🙂 October 21, 2007 at 4:44 am

I’ve been working at my current job for about a year and a half. Previously I had been working at Terminix as their Customer Service Representative, which was ridiculously stressful. I got so fed up I randomly looked through Craigslist and applied for a web designer position at a random company. I wasn’t sure I’d get it because I never went to college, but low and behold. I love my company because everyone is so laid back and talented. Almost everyone there is musicians, and they have a built-in recording studio which means I get to have unlimited access to play my guitar. They pay me more money than I ever thought I’d make, doing something that I love. And my boss used to play for Lenny Kravitz, how cool is that?

paidtwice October 21, 2007 at 8:45 am

Congrats!! Happy birthday to you! And impressive stats for an impressive blog!

The best thing about job #1 is working from home. I can work around my already busy schedule and that allows me to have my kids stay home with me. I wouldn’t trade that aspect for anything.

The best thing about job #2 is going out into the world and working with little peoples. I teach taekwondo to kids and it is really fun. I hate leaving my own kids to do it though. lol

~Dawn October 21, 2007 at 9:36 am

Happy B’day Digerati!

The best thing I like about working in the cash office is finding silver dimes/quarters and the rare silver certificate bill. The mystery makes an otherwise boring day, fun.

shawna October 21, 2007 at 5:17 pm

What I like about my job (and my last one too) – flex time. I love being able to come is as early as I want (or as late). So convenient.

mariam October 21, 2007 at 10:09 pm

Hi! Happy Birthday!

What I like about my job… it’s undemanding, I have job security, and lets me have a life beyond work!

The Happy Rock October 22, 2007 at 1:40 pm

I agree with miriam. My current job is demanding as I want it to be. If I want to try and stretch myself, I can create those type of opportunities. If I want to focus on outside of work stuff and could just punch the clock.

They are also covering all $52,000 it will cost for my MBA(done in March)!

Super Saver October 23, 2007 at 9:00 pm


Happy Blogiversary.

If I win the Mystery Prize and it happens to be a bunch of bricks, please send them to me via Clever Dude. I hear he already has a nice set of bricks 🙂

Anitz October 24, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Wow, I have never ever come this close to a Tightwad Gazette…! Even if I do not win the draw, the thrill of almost being there is great!

A comment about my job? Um. I am a financilly challenged stay-at-home-mom of 5 young children. Been in my current occupation for just over 10 years and still going strong. The flexibility, element of surprise and challenge to “think-on-your-feet” can be tiring when 4 of 5 kids are down with flu, but otherwise, I enjoy a frugal life and the essence of the moment with my loved ones.

I love to read your blog and am anticipating some exciting things to come in the next year(s)… at least, I wonder what you will be doing once you “retire”…

Anitz October 24, 2007 at 12:26 pm

(PS, no I don’t intend to try again, but you may notice, my blog is in German. I am a Canadian living out here in the deepest parts of OLD EUROPE. But I do have a Canadian or American Mailing address, should I actually win a prize! ;-))

Brip Blap October 24, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go shawty
It’s your birthday
We gon’ party like it’s yo birthday
We gon’ sip Bacardi like it’s your birthday
– 50 Cent

Just had to throw that in. Actually here’s my little job anecdote: when working for a big consulting firm in Russia, my job sent me out to the city of Vladivostok. It’s way out in the middle of nowhere, Siberia. I had to do a visit to a branch of the bank I was working with (The International Bank of Fisheries would be the loose English translation) so they sent me to Nakhodka, a former gulag, with two bodyguards. I spent lunch with the bank director sobbing over vodka while she belted out The Internationale (Soviet anthem) and ate pine nuts. At the end of the meal she gave me a bag of pine cones. On the way back to Vlad, we stopped at a kiosk and my bodyguards bought a huge pile of sausages and vodka. The older bodyguard then proceeded to harangue me about going to his brother’s country home in North Korea. After I got over my initial chuckles and realized the boozy drunken doofus was serious, I started to point out – increasingly desperately – that as an American this might be slightly problematic.

Anyway, he finally relented and took me back to my hotel. There I received a marriage proposal at the bar while meeting with my colleagues, but that’s another story.

Just a typical day’s work in the early 90s in Russia 🙂

Happy Birthday, SVB, and many happy returns – you’ve got a great thing going here!

Grad Money October 25, 2007 at 10:23 am

Happy blog anniversary! I’ve been enjoying looking through your archives.

Right now I am a grad student with a job as a TA. I enjoy working with students, but I’m frustrated by professors who abuse the system. I recently calculated how often I have been filling in for my professor when he is out of town, and I found out that I have taught 36% of the lecture classes! However, the students tell me that they prefer when I teach, so at least it boosts my ego. 😉

Jalpthealotor January 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

ticklish answers i like it

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