Happy 1st Birthday, Blog!

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A year ago today My Life, I Guess… opened its proverbial doors. Little did I know that stumbling into the personal finance and lifestyle blogging community would have such a major impact and positive influence on my life.

A year ago today, my work/life balance was so unbalanced that it desperately needed to change. So, I made some hard decisions and changed it.

A year ago today, I knew I had a lot of debt, I didn’t really know how bad it was. So, I began taking my debt repayment more seriously.

A year ago today, I wasn’t writing more than random rants or 101 Things project updates once or twice a month for a very small audience – but writing has always been a passion of mine. So, I started writing.

And guess what happened?

People actually read what I had to say.

And to you, all I can really say is



I am truly appreciative of everyone that’s taken the time to read a post, leave a comment, share a link, tweet a tweet, pin a pin, inspire an idea, answer one of my many money questions, or offer even the tiniest bit of support in whatever way they can. If I could, I would crawl into this computer and give each and every one of you a great big hug! (Or a high five if you prefer I not invade your personal space.)

My Birthday Gift To You: Free Ad Space Giveaway

I was really hoping to offer a million dollar giveaway, but I couldn’t even find room in my budget to offer $10 in cash or gift cards! (I am being laid off next week, remember?) So I had to come up with a frugal way to show my appreciation.




Now I know that blog ads aren’t super common in the certain blogging communities (I’m looking at you, PF bloggers!) and that although my stats are good, I’m far from blogging rock star status. So in addition to promoting your blog through my sidebar, I’ll also shower you with retweets, link loves, and whatever else I can do to say thanks.

How To Enter:

If you have a blog that you are just dying to advertise here on my sidebar, enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Please be sure to review the Terms and Conditions.


– Sorry, this Giveaway has ended –


365 days. 117 posts. 5000+ pageviews. 940 comments. All thanks to you. I truly cannot express how grateful I am for all the support, encouragement, and kindness I’ve received through this blog. I have a lot of hopes and ideas for where the next year will take me, and I’m excited to share it all!

Thank you, once again.


Help boost my ego satisfy my curiosity:

How long have you been reading “My Life, I Guess…”? Did you follow me here from my old blog (“Miss Amanda 101”) or discover me somewhere over the last year?

Do you have a favourite post? Please let me in know in the comments below.


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21 thoughts on “Happy 1st Birthday, Blog!

  1. save. spend. splurge.

    Brilliant giveaway idea :)

    Also, congratulations!! 1-year old. Time really does fly..


    1. Amanda

      Thank you! It’s the thought that counts, right? :)


  2. Liquid

    Congrats on your blog’s first birthday! *high fives back* It’s been a whole year already? Wow, what happened to the time eh :) I remember when you first started this site and was getting used to self hosting. You’ve truly become a pro blogger since then :D


    1. Amanda

      Not the hugging type, eh?
      Thank you so much for all your support, the retweets and for nominated me for a blogging award (!!). You’ve been a huge help to me from the beginning!


  3. CeCe @Pink Sunshine

    Happy Blog B Day. I have been reading you since your old blog so I guess I’ve been reading for at least a year now!! Wow. I think I stumbled upon you through another PF blogger. I only follow a few PF bloggers so I hope that helps with the whole ego inflation thing!!!


    1. Amanda

      Thanks, CeCe! I’m not sure how we found each other either, but I’m glad we did. You’ve been so kind to me over this past year and I always look forward to both your comments and your posts :)


  4. Newlyweds on a Budget

    I don’t remember how I found your blog. I think maybe you commented on mine first? And I usually will check out everyone’s blog that comments on mine, and I probably liked what I read and decided to add you to my reader : )


    1. Amanda

      Thank you! I’m not really sure how I found you/your blog either! Somewhere in this community, I’m sure. Probably Twitter :)


  5. Janine

    Yay! Congrats on one year, I followed you over here from Miss Amanda and I’ve loved watching you grow as a person! You’ve had a wonderful you and you should be so happy with how you changed your life for the better.

    Also congrats on the engagement!


    1. Amanda

      Thanks Janine! You’ve been a huge help to me with the blog, financial questions and boys over this past year. This “Thank you” is definitely directed your way!


  6. Debbie

    Congrats Amanda!!! :D 5000+ pageviews PER DAY!? Amazing!! You completely deserve everything that’s happened lately! As you know, I’ve been reading your blogs since we were OTH buddies and cuddled in your bed in our university days :)


    1. Amanda

      Hahah, oh Debbie – you make me laugh. I WISH I had 5,000 pageviews per day! (It’s a lot less than that!). I think I was still on blogger back then, eh? Or was in Livejournal? Either way… you may be one of my first readers :)


  7. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction

    This was a fantastic idea (I think Anne suggested it on twitter, no?). I am a fairly new convert to your site, but then I’ve only been in the PF community myself for less than a year. So I’ve only known this site here and not your previous one. I think I found it from a comment Liquid left on Modest Money with the whole Canadian PF blogger vote thing. :)

    Congrats Amanda for one year with the site, and also for the new relationship status ;)


    1. Amanda

      Yes, it was Anne’s idea! (Google searches on the subject proved to be worthless…) I wish I could have given out cash since I know the PF Blogging world loves that, but hey – gotta be frugal, right?
      Thanks for reading and all the Twitter convos, Alicia!


  8. Lanaya | Raising Reagan

    Happy Birthday Amanda’s blog!! Hitting that one year milestone always feels good :)



  9. Lyle @ The Joy of Simple

    Hey Amanda and Happy One Year!! :)

    I only recently found your blog and have been enjoying it ever since! The cool thing about finding a new blog is that there are a ton of posts to catch up on…kinda like watching a DVD series of a fav TV show in a few afternoons :)

    My Joy of Simple blog is coming up to its one year anniversary as well and I like your idea about offering free ad space. I just may go that route as well!!

    Happy one year again Amanda and I look forward to saying Happy Two Years!!

    Take care and all the best.



  10. Manda


    I’ve been following you since your old blog, although I don’t remember when I started. I do remember that I found you via a comment you left on my blog many moons ago… and I’ve been reading ever since! I’ve been THE WORST at commenting on blogs in general in recent months but I read every post, I promise :D

    P.S. Congrats on the engagement!


  11. Stephanie @ Six Figures Under

    Congrats on one year!! What a fun idea for a giveaway!


  12. Jeff @Project Ikonz

    Happy Birthday! mylifeiguess.com. Congratulations Amanda, your baby is already one year old. May she have more birthdays to come. People read your blog, including me, because its honest and sincere. Hopefully you make a lot of money from this site for your retirement options later and pay all your debts. Did you eat that cake in the picture?


  13. Sicorra

    Congratulations! That is very exciting and it is a huge accomplishment. And what a smart idea for a giveaway too.


  14. diabetes impotence

    It’s great to find someone so on the ball


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