A Mastermind’s List of the Top Ten Posts of 2011

by Julie on January 4, 2012 · 11 comments

The posts that you - the readers - made the top 10 posts of 2011.

Several years ago my boss at the company where I was working had us take a personality test. The company is a small one and all of its employees are all women, so we had a lot of fun with the results.

Each of our personality types had a name, like Peacemaker, Innovator, or Idealist. My friend and co-worker, Molly, and I were labeled Masterminds.

Molly and I loved our new title and were pretty smug about it until we found out that both Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke are fellow Masterminds. I mean, we could handle one Federal Reserve President as part of our new club, but how boring was our personality type if there were two?

At least Jane Austen was also on the list.

But alas, the Mastermind personality type was a pretty good fit for us. We’re analytical types who have never met a spreadsheet we didn’t love. Which is why one of my favorite things to do as a blogger is to delve into my blog statistics.

And it’s why I was interested in finding out what the top 10 most popular posts were for this blog in 2011. What follows are the most visited posts by return visitors, which includes you, the regular readers.

1. The Best “How I Got Out of Debt” Stories on the Web –  Who doesn’t love an inspirational story about getting out of debt? This was the most read post on The Family CEO last year.

2. Trip Report: Visiting New York City with Kids – This post is old. Almost almost six years old. It gets a lot of search engine visits, but apparently regular readers have a taste for the Big Apple too.

3. What Ever Happened to Amy Dacyzyn of The Tightwad Gazette? – Amy Dacyzyn was a very popular frugal writer in the 90’s and then she seemed to disappear. In this video she gives us a peek at what she’s been up to since.

4. Learn From My Mistake: Call Your Cable Company – One phone call = $500 saved.

5. Our Debt Story Part 1: Where Did Our Debt Come From? The beginning of our debt journey.

6. Could You Pull Off a $100 Christmas? Penny does. Here’s how.

7. Our Debt Story Part 2: Getting Serious About Debt Where our debt journey took us last year.

8. How to Find Unclaimed Money (We Did!) And according to the comments on this post, so did many of you.

9. 1099 Words on Paying Cash for a Car This was a first for our family.

10. How to Send Your Child to College Without Student Loans I’m so happy this post made the Top 10. Student loan debt is such an important topic.

Thank you so much for being a reader during 2011. I truly appreciate it and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2012 brings.






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Carla January 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Awesome list! Lots of good reading!! :)

Julie January 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Thank you, Carla. And thanks for being a loyal commenter!

Hunter - Financially Consumed January 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

It’s been a big year! I remember a few of these weel, especially 9 and 10, probably more recent than the others.

The cash only car article inspired me to pay cash for our roof, which we managed to pull off in late in the year. Now with our oldest vehicle 7 years old I’m determined to nag onto it for another 5 years at least…and then pay cash for its replacement.

Blog On Julie!

Julie January 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Hunter, that’s awesome. There’s a certain satisfaction in driving a paid off car, isn’t there?

Shaun @ The Family Consumer January 7, 2012 at 6:29 am

It’s great your six year old post is still grabbing traffic!

I enjoyed the $100 Christmas post the best. Mostly, because that was also my budget and I’m glad to see that I wasn’t alone this year. I too made use of swagbucks for amazon cards; apparantly a not so secret technique.

Julie January 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

My hat’s off to you, Shaun. A $100 Christmas is a great accomplishment.

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