It has been a while since I last posted a “State of the Blog Address,” so I thought I would put together some miscellaneous thoughts for a lazy Sunday afternoon. I plan to touch a variety of topics from blogging to my personal life to money stuff. Stay with me.
Frugal Dad News
First, I’d like to welcome all the new subscribers here at Frugal Dad. With your help, I’m half way to meeting my goal of 7,000 subscribers by the end of 2009 (I started the year with 5,000 subscribers). I’m humbled by the fact that so many of you receive my emails, check my feed, and visit here to leave comments each day. Thank you.
Schedule: I believe it is about time I published an official blog schedule. Of course, nothing is written in stone because sometimes life throws curve balls and you have to adjust a bit. But for the most part I will try to adhere to the following schedule:
- Monday – “Money/Frugal Living Post.” Mondays will (usually) be the weightiest post of the week, with an in-depth look at a money or frugal living topic.
- Tuesday – “Ask the Reader.” These have become one of the more popular topics here at Frugal Dad, I think because it provides an opportunity for us to share feedback/ideas in the comments section. The questions could come from other readers, or from me. I appreciate your willingness to provide feedback and adding to the community “feel” here.
- Wednesday – “Money/Frugal Living Post.” Similar to Mondays, another post on a money topic.
- Thursday – “Link Roundup.” Mondays and Thursdays tend to be high-traffic days, and I would like to take advantage of that by linking to a few of my favorite bloggers and their articles from the past week. I’ll add a few editorial comments to some links, and simply list others, to keep the size of the post down.
- Friday – “Guest posts, Special Features.” Fridays will be reserved for guest posts, or a lighter post if none are scheduled. I’m human – I don’t like to work hard on Fridays, so these posts will probably take on a lighter tone than some of the deeper thoughts published earlier in the week.
- Saturday – “Weekend Projects.” In the Frugal household Saturdays are mostly reserved for household projects. Many of those benefit our bottom line in some way (gardening, installing a programmable thermostat, etc.). Others are done for pure enjoyment/entertainment purposes, or to add quality time with our kids. Either way, I plan to share a little about what we’re up to over the weekend.
- Sunday – “Personal Money Stories.” A new feature here at Frugal Dad. I plan to give a more personal account of my daily money challenges and achievements from the past week.
Again, I’ll try to stick to this schedule for the most part, but on the occasion life gets in the way I may deviate a bit, or skip a post here and there to devote more time to a quality post the next day.
Many of you have been following my mother’s recovery from an aneurysm and subsequent stroke suffered last September. It’s been a long seven months, and about half way through her recovery she suffered a major setback. Early last month Mom got very sick and we rushed her to the emergency room on a Thursday evening. She was admitted, and it was later discovered that the aneurysm was bleeding again. On Tuesday afternoon she underwent an 11-hour brain operation as a last-ditch effort to save her life – and she survived.
My mom raised me as a single parent, and I always knew her mental and physical toughness was second to none. But this fight has been unlike any other we went through growing up, yet she continues to fight. She’s been hospitalized the last six weeks or so, and recently began another round of inpatient therapy. She is still wheelchair-bound, still not able to eat, and still mad as hell that she can’t do things for herself!
The experience has had a profound effect on all of us. The reminder that a 53 year-old, healthy, independent woman can be struck down by something in an instant is sobering. I feel saddest for my children, who were so close to grandma and miss here dearly. We visit several times a week, but it isn’t the same as having her at home, having her at basketball games and school performances and birthday parties. All we can do is continue to hope and pray that she makes a full recovery so we can all experience those joys again.
Thanks to all of you who have continued to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers these many months. I truly believe those prayers have sustained her, and given her the strength to push through this ordeal.
This concludes the State of the Blog address for March 2009. Times are hard, in many ways, but we are also blessed in so many others. I have a job. I have a wonderful family. And I have many virtual friends I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through this new-to-me medium, blogging. If you are hurting, I hope things turn around soon. No matter how down things get, take inventory of the blessings around you. They could be as basic as a roof over your head, or food on the table. They could be as extravagant as enjoying a week away with your family vacationing. Either way, stop and smell the roses. Life is short; enjoy it.