6 Years Ago Today…

I published my very first blog post. It was an “interview” I did, on… myself.

And now here we are 6 years later! ;) A hobby turned business, boyfriend turned husband, and, best of all, husband turned daddy. It’s been a wild ride so far and I have you guys to thank for it. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It’s hard to run a blog professionally without any readers! ;)

This also means that I’m now officially 60 years old in “blog years” too, which is kinda neat. So I can appropriately call the newbie bloggers out there “whippersnappers,” and tell them about how rough we had it “back in my day” online… Where we had to walk uphill in the snow, both ways, and barefoot, just to get to The Internet. You young folks have it so easy these days with your Facebooks and your Instagrams and your Twitters, pshh….

And, just like a 60 year old, my body’s starting to feel it too. My eyesight’s going to the dogs, my back hurts from being hunched over the screen all day long, and I’m finally able to count down those short blessed days to retirement! Huzzah! (Okay, well none of that stuff’s true fortunately, but I am feeling just as ornery as one would expect at my age ;))

A lot of fun times so far, and a lot of fun times to come…

Here are some of the numbers over the years:

  • Total posts: 2,048
  • Total comments:  48,647 (minus the first 2 years which were unfort. deleted)
  • Total page views: 6,265,237
  • Total times featured in the media: more than one :)
  • Total times I’ve used the word “sexy”: 377,041*
  • Total times my wife has used the word “sexy” in relation to budgeting: 0
  • Total times I’ve had to explain what I do for a living: 76
  • (Total people who are still confused: 76)
  • And the total times I’ve believed my name really was J. Money: 38**

And here are some things you may not know:

  • I originally wanted this blog to be SavingIsSexy.com, but it was taken by Sandals Resort (???)
  • The “Sexy” came from Justin Timberlake’s song, “I’m Bringing Sexy Back”, which also inspired our t-shirts two years ago: “I’m Bringing Budgets Back!
  • I refused to capitalize or spell-check for 6 months
  • I didn’t have a budget when I first started this site, so of course I had to make one ;)
  • I used to go as “J. Savings” until my wife repeatedly made fun of me (and, rightfully so)
  • I’m currently ranked #2 for “J. Money” worldwide on Google – finally besting the (original) rapper
  • It was because of MyMoneyBlog.com that I started sharing my net worth (I’m now addicted!)
  • And, as nerdy as it sounds, all of my current friends came from online

Here are the past birthdays we’ve since celebrated too, if you’re feeling nostalgic (anyone still here from the beginning?). Don’t read these until you’ve finished this article though – apparently I like to re-use old jokes ;) Another problem with getting older – I can’t remember anything I’ve said!

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with the best compliment I have ever received to this day. Which, I’m pretty sure was *not* meant to be one, making it even better ;) I laughed so hard at it that I just just had to make it my blog’s tagline going forward. Sorry Benjamin Franklin!

“He says really nice things but looks like a weirdo… He’s the Miley Cyrus of Finance.”

I LOVE YOU whoever you were! You’ve officially made this 60 year old feel young again :) Not to mention feel like a branding genius… Now, if someone could go fetch me my Ensure?

PS: I really did make it my new tagline – scroll up to the top and see!

* Not true, but it could be?
** This is definitely true

[Birthday cake by katalicia1]

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  1. a terrible husband... February 12, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Sweet! Happy Anniversary, J. Money. Here’s to hoping nobody calls me the Miley Cyrus of marriage…

  2. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction February 12, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Excellent tag line! Someone is going to come snooping around for a royalty now.

    Happy Anniversary J. Money!

  3. Tom S February 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    I swear to god if another topless photo is posted up here….

    LOL Happy Bday.

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      you weren’t complaining when I was twerking!

  4. Lance @ Money Manifesto February 12, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Congrats J! Huge milestone! How long would you say it took you to become an “overnight success”? Regardless, you’re rockin’ it out! Keep up the good work for another 6 years!!!

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      5 years and 11 months :)

  5. Mr Financial Debauchery February 12, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    TONs of congrats, Miley!!! This “whipper-snapper” is loving your sh*t!

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      Haha, thanks :)

  6. Brit February 12, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Happy Anniversary! Man be proud 60 is the next 40! Wait, or is it the next 30? Gratz!

  7. Dave @ The New York Budget February 12, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Storytime with grandpa has been my favorite!

    It is a little confusing that Miley Cyrus is my grandpa, but I accept it.

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      (you know you love it)

  8. Brian@ Debt Discipline February 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Happy Birthday/Anniversary/Sexy time! Wow I never realized blogging years were = to 10.

  9. BJ @ AFatFreelife.com February 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Happy Birthday Budgets Are Sexy!

    Keep on Rockin!

  10. Liz February 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    A very happy bogiversary to you! Keep the blog posts coming : )

  11. Kim@Eyesonthedollar February 12, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    I’m so glad I finally got the whole blog years vs dog years vs real years thing straightened out. Happy Blogiversary!

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      It does get quite confusing, I’ll admit ;)

  12. Becky @ RunFunDone February 12, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Happy birthday!

  13. Kari February 12, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I’ve been around for quite a while. Over the years I have seen many come and go for a variety of reasons. You have a way if keeping readers attention and I can also think of many who are just plain boring. I do want to let you know that you have inspired me a lot and your postings of budgets caused me to create a budget for my partner and I. It’s quite amazing what happens when you do this seriously and financially, our picture has changed dramatically. So… Thanks for that. I have attempted twice to start a blog and flopped miserably both times so kudos for you on your very successful blog!

    If memory serves me correctly, weren’t you partnered up with someone and doing awesomely crazy things of fundraising crazy amounts and then giving it to people you were trying to help? Every month was a different person or family? I believe that’s when I first ‘saw’ you.


    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Hey Kari! Thanks for the kind words! That really, really, means a lot :) Congrats on getting your finances on track! The beauty of it all is that once you figure it out you’re good to go forever!

      And yup, you’re totally right. That project my good friend, Nate, and I did was called Love Drop and we traveled the country “dropping love” :) You can still follow the journey and watch the videos here, even though it’s since been paused: http://lovedrop.us

  14. Mark Ross February 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Happy 6th anniversary J! Man, your blog is so old, I wish mine was too. :)

    I hope you got more blogging years too come! Wish you the best J$!

  15. Lauren May February 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Happy blog birthday, J. Money! You are definitely a standout in the pf crowd :D

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Thanks! That’s my goal! :)

  16. Pauline February 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Happy blogoversary, what a ride!

  17. Matt Becker February 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Wow dude, 6 years? That’s crazy! I’ve been at this for just over a year now and it feels like forever. Thanks for giving us whippersnappers a chance! Now if you could just let me know when my balls are finally gonna drop I’ll be happy.

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Haha… that’s for a whole other type of blog ;)

  18. John S @ Frugal Rules February 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Happy #6 sir! Big congrats and looking forward to the next 60 years. :)

  19. Grayson @ Debt Roundup February 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Congrats on the six years old man. If I can find a blogging cane for you, I will get it. I don’t want you to hurt yourself!

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      I would rock that cane to work every single day too, believe that.

  20. Paula / Afford Anything February 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Whoa — Ba$ is only six?!

    I’m 10 days away from celebrating my 3-year Blogoversary …. That’s crazy to think that when I started blogging, Budgets Are Sexy was as old (back then) as my blog is now. Man, the time FLIES!

    “Where we had to walk uphill in the snow, both ways, and barefoot, just to get to The Internet.” — Dude, priceless. You are such an old man!! :-)

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      That is neat to think about! I guess then it’s like me starting now and what Bargaineering and Get Rich Slowly and the like was at, eh? Weird!!

  21. Michelle February 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Happy 6 years! Love the tagline :)

  22. Yana February 12, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Congrats on 6 years, J. Money – I’ve enjoyed you, I think, from the beginning. But at our age we tend to forget the specifics of time ;)

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Haha, you know it ;)

      But I think you’re right – we have known each other for quite some time now!

  23. Romeo February 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Stopped over to give you a big Congrats! Fellow bloggers know how hard it is to try keep others interested in money almost every day of the week. haha

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      Amen to that, brotha.

  24. Crystal February 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Happy blogoversary!!! Glad you got into it for all of our sakes. :-)

  25. eemusings February 12, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    The Miley of PF! High praise indeed!

    Happy anniversary! That first interview post is gold.

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      I thought I was pretty clever ;)

  26. Aaron February 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Happy birthday good sir! We’re happy you’re around!

  27. maria@moneyprinciple February 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Happy Birthday to you. May this blog continue to inform, entertain, grow and prosper.

  28. jane savers @ solving the money puzzle February 12, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    I had never heard of the rapper J Money so I Googled him. His life was very different from yours. You have made many good choices and will continue to be successful because of them.

    Happy anniversary you old geezer from a young whippersnapper.

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Haha… Agreed! I def. don’t have plans on being shot at any time soon, at least ;)

  29. Ree Klein February 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    You crack me up, J. (whoever you really are…) Money! I feel so lucky to have found you because there’s no one else like you out there. Here’s to the next 6 years!


    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Awwwww stop making my cheeks turn red!

  30. Pretired Nick February 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    LOL – Right on, J! Congratulations and keep on rocking it! I am in awe of your success!

  31. Jon @ Money Smart Guides February 12, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Happy Anniversary!! You forgot to mention how back in the old days, you had to carry a warm potato in your hands to keep them warm since you didn’t have gloves.

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Okay, well I’m not *that* old! ;)

  32. GE Miller February 12, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Congrats, bro.
    I just hit six years a little over a month ago. So I guess that makes me 62’ish?
    And I feel as equally cranky and beaten down! But still love it…

    1. J. Money February 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Haha… we can commiserate together in the old man blogging club if I can ever find it ;)

      Congrats on you hitting 6 years too! Times sure have changed since then….

  33. Heather February 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Congrats on 6 years!! Looking forward to reading for 6 more! :)

  34. Joel @ SaveOutsideTheBox February 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Congrats buddy!

    You certainly act your age :)

  35. Cat Alford (@BudgetBlonde) February 13, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Yayyyy 6 years!!! Look atcha all fancy and professional now. ;) Congrats!

  36. FF February 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Congrats man! Here’s to many more

  37. Kristie February 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Next up…..Retirement Is Sexy!

    Keep up the great work–blogging and budgeting!

    1. J. Money February 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      (Early) Retirement Is Sexy! ;)

  38. Karen February 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    The Miley Cyrus of finance. That’s pretty funny. One question: Is Ensure sexy? ; ) Congrats on six years.

  39. Financial Underdog February 13, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    This is quite awesome. You’re a breath of fresh air on Interwebs.

    1. J. Money February 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Hey man, appreciate that so much. Thank you!