It’s time I acknowledged how tolerant you all have been in publishing some of my comments. I honestly don’t know why you put up with it sometimes. Since I know that patience lasts only so long, I decided to answer the question that has been on many of your minds; illiterate or just drunk?
Let’s take Sam at Financial Samurai. When he received a comment from me stating:
I refuse don’t have cable, not one of those converter boxes for digital signals, because I refuse to pay any money for any TV when the quality is questionable to begin with
Did Sam send the phone number to the closest AA chapter? If he mailed the most recent edition of sight words for early readers, it’s safe to bet it got lost at the post office (with all my other mail). I don’t know Sam’s policy with fractured comments, but he actually chose to respond instead of delete my comment.
“I refuse don’t have cable?” That’s one way to be disavowed by every college writing professor who ever foolishly wrote ‘A’ on top of one of my papers. So what happened to JP? How did he go from reasonably good writer to “refuse don’t have?”
Allow me to confess that I am literate and I’m mostly not drunk when commenting. In fact, a number of my noticeably less than standard, English comments are the result of some of the help I get from my adorable children.
The particular comment from Financial Samurai was written by me, but posted by my son. I originally wrote the comment to say “I refuse to purchase one of those converter boxes…” when my daughter called into the office, “Daddy! Come see me do a summersault!” I had to go, having never witnessed a successfully executed summersault from the three-year old, I walked into the living room to clap and encourage her acrobatics for a few minutes. When I came back, I decided to enhance the comment with a note about how I don’t have cable either. In the middle of editing, my son crawled over, clicked the ‘tab’ button with a left-handed swipe and ‘enter’ with his right (a nice one-two combo if I might add and he hasn’t even been able to reach the speed bag I bought him on the day of his birth!).
Alas, the dissection of one of my colorful comments is probably less exciting than the speculation. Though the comment might be missing several words and more than a little hard to understand, I’m fairly certain that my son really trying to communicate what was in his mind “A samurai! How cool!” But lacking a vocabulary of any sort, settled on sending my unedited comment instead.
Have any of your children sent ghostwritten comments to other bloggers?
The guest posting strategy is really paying off. I started the Yakezie Challenge about 3 weeks ago and already my alexa is down to 378,000. Of course, I can’t take much credit for it. The Yakezie community puts together a large number of ways for me to market my blog to others.
Below is My Family Finances from across the web. You’ll notice that I’m not on pace with my original schedule. I definitely had an overoptimistic plan and need to stick to one guest post per week, or I’ll burn myself out. So I’m going to rearrange the schedule instead of play catch up.
Week of June 11th
- Problogger – Six People Who Can Ease the Blogger’s Burden
- From Shopping to Saving – Not finished
- The Penny Hoarder – Not finished
- Blog Swap – My Biggest Money Mistake
- US News and World Report – 5 Ways to Increase Your Net Worth with Employee Benefits
- Steadfast Finances staff post – Do the Rich Hold Back the Middle Class?
Week of June 18th
- From Shopping to Saving
- US News and World Report
- Stead fast Finances staff post
Future Guest posting
- Frugal Dad
- The Penny Hoarder
- Prairie Eco-Thrifter
- Fat Guy Skinny Wallet
Top Ten Family Finance Posts of the Week
- Medical expenses are a big part of every family’s bill and it would be even bigger if you paid your employer’s portion. Frugal Toad lists a few ways to contain health care costs.
- My daughter loves crafts and I think she’d find Kylie Ofiu’s Do Whatever You Want Money Tin fun to make and to save. See. I’m a guy and I have no problem acknowledging cool crafts when I see them.
- Pay-off massive amounts of crushing debt or build up an emergency fund to avoid future amounts of crushing debt? Couple money discusses which should come first.
- Free From Broke features all types of potential family insurance policies. If you have kids, many of these policies are a must.
- If you are going to invest your family’s money, you’ll need a plan. Marie shares an investing plan perfected by her father.
- You don’t want to break the family bank account drinking great wine. Eric shares his little secret for saving while enjoying a little fermented grape juice.
- Spending is just as important as savings. Retire by 40 talks about things worth cutting and things worth splurging.
- Transportation is the second largest expense in the average family budget. If you are getting work done on the family jalopy, you can save a lot of money by skipping the dealership.
- Here’s someone you definitely ought to play tricks on. If you want to curb your spending, Daisy has the scoop on tricking yourself into saving.
- You mean children will do the exact opposite of what you want them to? Andrea shares some insight into how people learn poor financial discipline from reverse imitation.
Carnivals and Roundups that Featured My Family Finances
- Wealth Artisan’s FinCarn at Wealth Artison
- Yakezie Carnival at Free Ticket to Japan
- Fin. Carn. for Young Adults at 20s Finances
- Carnival of Retirement at Simple Finance Blog
- Totally Money Carnival at Financial Success for Young Adults
- Canadian PF Happy Hour at Canadian Personal Finance
- Carnival of MoneyPros at Finance Product Reviews
- Festival of Frugality at See Debt Run
- Carnival of Financial Planning at Cult of Money
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LOL- Now I know how I can have my daughter help me out when she gets older!
Thanks for including my blog in the round-up 🙂
I’ve busy trying to get some of our family’s financial to-do list done and I haven’t been commenting as much as I want.
Sometimes I feel at a disadvantage to the non-small children bloggers. It’s nearly impossible to work it all in.
Paul @ The Frugal Toad says
Congratulations on the US News and ProBlogger guest posts. I read the ProBlogger post, great advice for any blogger, and I’ll have to take a look at the other one! Thanks for the mention also!
Thanks Paul! I really enjoy your blog and I’m sure you’ll find your way into future round ups.
Kurt @ Money Counselor says
I wouldn’t mind hiring your kids to write comments for me. Might well improve their quality! 🙂
Really? You’d try and plunder from the diminishing lemon aide stands on the side of the road. Let me get my kids to send a response to your job offer. Here’s their reply:
John @ Married (with Debt) says
I’m sometimes afraid of leaving my WordPress open or other sites in case my little one starts a commenting spree. Funny stuff. Have a great week!
Just wait until they wise up and start requiring protection money. “Hey Dad! Terrible things can happen to the blog when you aren’t around. How about $100 and I’ll make sure nothing happens to it!”
Eric J. Nisall - DollarVersity says
I get comments like that all the time from people trying to promote their crappy businesses, like pay-day loans. I just attribute it to either not having a grasp of the language or trying to get comments on as many sites as possible.
It could be that 5 year olds are promoting pay-day loans.
You have some big goals there. Good luck and I hope you make all of them. Guest posting is huge and you are on the right track.
Thanks for the encouragement Eric. I hope I can stay on track.
From Shopping to Saving says
I will definitely do some weird stuff while commenting. Sometimes I don’t edit or proof them – and sometimes I’m just typing my thoughts as I think. Not the smartest strategy, but I think people understand what I’m saying? Lol.
I can’t blame the kids on all my comments 😉
Glen Craig says
Haha! When I have the kids around (which is usually) I’ll tend to leave out whole words. I’m thinking faster than I can type with a good amount of my attention on the kids.
Thanks for the mention.
It does make one wonder if, as a parent, my faculties will return later in life or if my commenting is already past its peak? Thanks for stopping by.
Hahahaha nope, no ghost comments… though my cat has one more than one occasion disrupted chats, emails and opened screens I never knew existed! Lol
Cats are so helpful. My cat used to sit on my hands while I typed; very useful.
Miss T @ Prairie EcoThrifter says
That is quite a funny story. I am sure I am going to have some to share too once I have kids.
Kids are great! I can watch to my daughter play for hours. It’s so very entertaining.
SB @ FPR says
That’s a nice comment from your son by the way. that interesting guest post plans. If you ever want to guest post on my other site (One Cent at a Time), let me know.
Thanks for the offer. I’ll definitely take you up and add OCAAT to my list.
Marie at FamilyMoneyValues says
What a picture you paint! I can just see your son swiping and punching the enter button!
Thanks for the mention of my Dad’s stock investment plan!
It was a great article. Thanks for stopping by.
Jen @ Master the Art of Saving says
Great job on all the guest posting! I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years and still haven’t done a single guest post. I have issues. 🙂
Yakezie rocks! It’s full of awesome, friendly and helpful people.
I sometimes leave questionable comments, but it’s usually my own fault. Not wearing my glasses glasses, not proofreading and just trying to hurry and get things done.
Yakezie is great. I’m meeting tons of great people. It’s a wonderful blogging community.
Mr. Everyday Dollar says
Thanks for the shout-out! Much appreciated.
Mr. Everyday Dollar
Anne @ Unique Gifter says
Okay… my excuse is usually drinking. Or morning. Yeh. I seem to write incoherent things way too frequently, despite also claiming to be literate!
Unfortunately, I can’t blame all poorly written comments on my children. Some are my smartphones fault 😉
Khaleef @ Fat Guy, Skinny Wallet says
Thanks so much for the mention!