Keeping up with the Joneses - We never knew them!
Keeping up with the Joneses - We never knew them!

I was tagged by 101 Centavos to take part in the “7 Links Project“. This project highlights 7 of my past posts that directly relate to the following 7 questions, sort of a “blast from the past” type project.  Trip Base initiated this project with the intention of uniting bloggers and bringing to light old posts that may have not gotten as much attention due to the blog’s infancy at the time of posting. Without further adieu, I’ll address each of the 7 categories below.

Your most popular post – It may come as no surprise to anyone that my most popular post happens to be Little House Plans I Adore. This post’s popularity has a lot to do with the fact that the first 3 words of the post match my blog’s name and tag line, hence this post appears on the first page of a Google search when someone types in “little house plans.”  No surprise here.

A post whose success surprised you – What is surprising is that people are searching for Tuff Shed house plans. I guess that’s why Tuff Sheds as Living Space? post is surprisingly popular. I’m not the only person who has seen a Tuff Shed and thought, “I bet I can live in that!”

The post that you are most proud of – I have a couple of posts that I wrote early on that I’m proud of, but the one I’m most proud of is Who are the Real “Joneses”? I wrote this post after I read The Millionaire Next Door. I poked around the web investigating where the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” came from and found out it originated from a 1920’s cartoon. The irony is that the cartoon’s main characters never see their neighbor’s, the Joneses, but they try and out-spend them. How ironic.

Your most beautiful post – I don’t know if I would describe any of my posts as beautiful, but I guess my most “beautiful” post per se is Lose the Lawn, Save Money. I learned a lot about gardening and lawns while living in our last rental house. I know that when I finally do purchase my own little house, I’ll go small on the lawn and big on the drought-tolerant local flora and fauna.

Your most helpful post – I was working on a series of helpful posts (and still am), but the one I think was most helpful, I hope, was Savings Account Non-Existent? Try a New Approach. It was a problem/solution style of post that clearly defined finding the problem and creating a step-by-step plan to solve it.

Your most controversial Post – This happens to be a post I didn’t write. It was a guest post I hosted, Is Owning Your House Outright a Bad Idea? It just happened to get picked up by The Consumerist and many of the comments were down right opposed to the ideas presented in this article. All I can say is it’s good to look at both sides of an argument and weigh them equally.

A post that didn’t get the attention it deserved – Selling the American Dream is by far my favorite post that didn’t get the attention it deserved. I wrote this post one month into my blogging endeavors and was truly inspired by what I was seeing every night through Netflix; main characters barely employed and living in some McMansion in an expensive city. This is propaganda at it’s worst.

As part of the 7 Links Project, I have nominated the following bloggers:

It was refreshing revisiting these posts through this project. I’ve written over 500 posts in 2 years and have forgotten some of what I’ve written. I’ll have to go through my posts more often. 😉


  1. All very enjoyable and helpful posts! Great advice on lose the lawn, save money! Having recently bought a home, I can relate!

    • @MoneyCone – We spent so much money trying to get a lawn going at our old rental house, I decided that I don’t think I want much of one when I have my own house. I’d rather go for a more natural look. Check out Better Homes and Gardens if you are serious about lawn alternatives. They have great landscaping plans!

Write A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.