January 13, 2008

Fun Monday - Favorite Drug

Ann, I thought I had this topic down. You wanted to hear about a web site that's changed my life. A web site that I can't live without. A web site whose inventor I'd like to see win a McArthur Genius Grant. (Not sure what that is but...a Nobel? I am down.)

I spend so much time online, I should know this one.

However, life changing? There are a ton that I can’t live without. A few are listed on my page to your right.

My first response was Crazy Aunt Purl. Hers was the first site that I really started to worship. That I visited constantly. I clicked to other commenter’s pages, finding some wonderful folks. I cried my eyes out, I spit things onto my screen from laughing so hard. I attended my first book signing in order to stalk Laurie, where I had to nearly run away from her because tears, oh how she can produce tears from me. But girl crush? Laurie is definitely on the Very Top of My List. So CAP is probably the most important web page I am obsessed with.

I found Bev from CAP. She encouraged me to start my own blog. And lookie here! I DID! So she was very important in my innernet progress. (And hey Bev, your FM post produced tears for me. I am SO happy for you!)

I have to give a huge shout out to a long list of personal finance bloggers. Dawn at Frugal for Life, Boston Gal, Single Ma, Madame X, Trent at Simple Dollar, and so many others…so those, plus PfBlogs.org, where I found these great folks. They all were instrumental in me getting out of debt, knowing about and building an emergency fund, high interest savings accounts, 401Ks, and on and on. So thank you for saving me financially!

However, the most life changing site? This whole post was brought to you, not by my incredible memory, but Bloglines. Amazingly, I found this site just a month or so ago. Before, I would check the RSS feed that I had bookmarked, having to scroll over each site that I visited regularly, which of course, since I am a crack addict, I did every 20 minutes. With Bloglines, it pulls the posts that I so desperately wait for all into one easy to use page.

Thanks, Ann. What a great topic! I cannot wait to visit everyone’s faves!! Just what I need….more sites to obsess over…

Is it possible to break the innernets from too much use? If it does break, I am sorry. Really, really sorry, folks.

20 comments:

Peter said...

So who got your vote in the finish? was it Bloglines? they do perform a very good service.

Joy T. said...

I keep hearing about Bloglines but have never taken the time to look into it. You have me very intrigued now!

Pamela said...

I would go cross eyed without bloglines.

Hey - ! The fact that you read those financial blogs and let them influence you is quite an achievement. Most self-help info is chewed and spit out by me, rather than swallowing. Congratulations!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow...you chose some wonderful web sites if they have changed your life in a whole meaningful way like that!! I feel personaly, the whole concept of being able to click the enter key on my keyboard to all these wonderful places -------THAT has changed my life.

Happy Fun Monday.

The very nice man said...

"How jolly interesting!" (said in a posh English voice). I will have to check Bloglines out.

kitten said...

Sounds like something to check into. Great post.

Jagular said...

See, I'm on the opposite extreme. I manually go to each blog that I want to look at to see if they updated.
I guess I should look into bloglines. It might be a lot easier that way.

But where would the sense of adventure be?

Sandy said...

Bloglines? Is that the same thing as Blogger Reader? I will definitely check this out. Thanks.

Tiggerlane said...

Thanks for turning me on to some new bloggers - I never can figure out how to make bloglines work, so now I'm going to make another go at it!

Kaycie said...

Bloglines simply rocks. I love logging onto my computer and seeing the litte red star on the big B. It helped me with my crack addict blog checking, too. ;)

ChrisB said...

It took me a while to find bloglines when I first started blogging, but I agree with you it's a great, if at times a bit slow at picking up new posts.

Kaytabug said...

I'm with Jag, where would the sense of adventure be??! In bloglines it only shows the post right? no header no sidebar stuff? Still,like Kaycie it might help my crack addict blog checking!!

I also learned something new about Bev, never knew she encouraged you to start your own blog. I have you to thank for that! :)

Michelle said...

I don't know about Bloglines evidently. I will definitely check it out. Thanks!

-Ann said...

Wow - I might spend the next hour just checking all the sites you list. (ALthough I'm not real sure I want to spit things at my computer.) I'm with you on Bloglines.

Cynthia said...

I guess I will have to check out bloglines

Alison said...

I will definitely have to look into bloglines...it looks good!!

Nekked Lizard Man said...

You are the first Fun Monday participant that I am commenting on and methinks it will prove to be overwhelming. You offer a website/URL to visit. I will add that to my places to go. Isn't that a book? Thanks for the insight. I will see you in cyberspace.... NLM

sirdar said...

I have never used bloglines but have heard of it. I use the Firefox RSS and use the LiveClick and Feed Sidebar extensions. Works well for me. Glad you found some good sites to help you personally too.

Kerith Collins said...

i have never gotten into bloglines...i tried but evil google still has my blogging heart...:-)
kerith
http://momdumchronicles.blogspot.com

Sauntering Soul said...

Fianna, thanks for the shout out! I'm so happy I convinced you to start a blog because I love coming to read what you have to say.

I'm sorry I'm so late commenting on this, but when I pull your blog up at work, the only thing I can read is your side bar, but none of your posts come up. I haven't had time to log on from home this week so I'm just now getting around to it. I don't know if it has something to do with our web browser at the office or what. So strange.

I'm going to have to check out bloglines too. I spend half my day clicking on my bookmarked pages.

 
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