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October 1st, 2019 at 07:26 pm

I have been blogging here since January, 2005. There have been a few times the blogs were down, but thankfully so far, they have always come back!

This latest round though has made me want to do two things: 1. figure out a way to store all my posts somewhere else as a double safe-guard; and 2. Create a backup place for us to gather in case something more permanent ever happens. (*Please note, this isn't anything against James, the current site owner. I just feel it would be good to have a backup.)

I haven't quite figured out #1 yet (really should be working on another job application right now ...), but I do think I have come up with a solution for #2. It's not perfect by any means (though it does have some neat features like a real time chat box) but it would do in an emergency. Smile

I have it set so that I have to approve any new members - so hopefully that would limit spam. There's two sections, one is a general one, viewable by people not logged in, and one for the Journals, viewable only by members who are logged in. Again, hopefully this would help keep the spam (and rude commenters) down.

Anyway ... if you are interested in joining as a placeholder (i.e. in case of emergency) then please leave a comment down below. Please make sure to use the email in your comment with which you would register - that way I know it is you when I go to approve registrations. (###Please#### Do Not Post Your Email IN the comment.)

This is a free forum (and one that has been used by another forum I'm part of - in anticipation of our current forums demise) so as long as the host is around, this could be an option.

If you'd like to be a moderator (i.e. at this point, just someone to be my second - in case something happens to me, a second person who has some access authority to the forum) please let me know.

Okay ... in other news ...

I have declared a moratorium on purchasing anything other than food, gas, or medically necessary items for the next two weeks. Looking at my spending the past few months ... not good. The money WAS in my budget/spending category, but I've just been a little too free with it. Not really thinking through purchases.

HealthyWage - doing ok. Not eating til noon was *really* hard the first couple of days, and then again on the weekend. But overall, it is getting easier. I need to work on the stopping eating at almost comfortably full. That would probably help the weight loss.

RunBet - I have completed 2 of the 3 required runs for the first week. I have to do the 3rd one tomorrow or else. Smile

StepBet - I canceled (refunded) out of the first one I joined, and then switched to a different one. We're still in our warm-up week. The bet really starts on Monday.

***I might possibly be having a job interview next week!!** GULP

What books/sites would anyone recommend for current information on how to be a good manager/supervisor? I know the website Ask A Manager, but am not sure what would be some other quality resources.

I'm also applying for another position which closes on Thursday. It would be a step up in position, but not a pay raise initially - eventually it would be though, since the ceiling is higher than my current one. (government jobs have pay ranges - you start at the bottom, unless you're in the middle of it or something, and then the yearly merit raises stop once you reach the ceiling - though you still get cost of living raises.)

SO READY to do something else.

Okay, I really need to stop procrastinating.

53 Responses to “Whew!”

  1. Lucky Robin Says:

    How are we supposed to leave our email without leaving it in the comments? I don't understand what you mean.

  2. Guppy Tender Says:

    I really miss this site when it goes down. Would love to know that there exists an alternate site that is dependable. Love the encouragement that I am not alone in wanting to improve financially, not become rich, just have better freedom.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    LR - When I get your comment in my email, I will have your email address.

  4. Stephanie Says:

    I'm like Guppy. I really missed the site when it was down. I am a regular reader/spotty blogger. I use all the blog posts as motivation as I save for retirement and enforce a family balanced budget. Kind of wish I had line item veto power but my husband is a stakeholder too.

    I appreciate the work it takes to maintain this site. Thank you webmaster James!

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    Subscribe me. What is the name of the group/site just so I don't think it's spam?

  6. latestart Says:

    Count me in. I do not blog often but I did miss the blogs.

  7. Wink Says:

    Please add me, and thank you for doing this!

  8. Carol Says:

    Add me in, too, please.

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    Since I had the link, I just went and registered. Thanks again for setting this up, Laura!

    Good luck with your interviews and job applications. Sorry I don't have any books or resources to recommend.

  10. MonkeyMama Says:


  11. Laura S. Says:

    Thanks for setting up an alternative. Looking forward to being added.

  12. CB in the City Says:

    Count me in!

  13. Michelle Says:

    Please add me, thank you. Love to read the blog

  14. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    I’ll send out emails at lunch today.

  15. Petunia 100 Says:

    Please count me in. Thank you!

  16. starfishy Says:

    moi aussi, s'il te plaît! merci! good luck with interviews - great that you are looking for a new position!

  17. starfishy Says:

    i see the spam comments have already started up again, too. argh

  18. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Okay I’ve sent out emails- subject from my blog name. If I’ve missed anyone please let me know!

  19. Bluebird Says:

    Please add me! Thank you!

  20. jokeabee Says:

    I know I have fallen off the blogging wagon as of late but I still read SA every day! (well, you know, as long as its up Wink )

  21. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    add me in!

  22. Stephanie Says:

    Please add me. I follow and sometimes blog.


  23. Dido Says:

    Please add me! I definitely miss this site when it goes down!

  24. MagicPenny Says:

    Please add me, thanks for setting this up, love this blog community!

  25. Turtle Lover Says:

    so if I leave you a comment you can see my email ? I don't have a blogger account here but I'd be willing to set one up if it makes it so I don't lose you all. I was very sad the last couple of days! I am not tech savvy at all ... but I'm gonna do what I need to do!
    THANK YOU !!!!!! :-)

  26. rob62521 Says:

    Please add me!

  27. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Okay I think I’ve gotten to everyone. Please let me know if I have missed anyone!

  28. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I was just reading through the comments to make sure I got everyone, and it looks like the spam comments are gone! I didn't delete them, so I'm guessing James has someone deleting them?? That's fine by me if that's the case! Big Grin

  29. scottish girl Says:

    Please add me Smile

  30. Rune Says:

    Include me in. I'm a long-time reader, though I'm not a blogger myself.

  31. Petunia 100 Says:

    Turtle Lover, when anyone comments on your blog, you receive an email notification. The commenter's email address is in the notification. Smile

  32. bluesfemme Says:

    I missed reading the blogs far too much. Please send me the link. Good luck for the interview!

  33. Suzanne Says:

    Please include me! I'm a long time reader.

  34. kashi Says:

    Please send me a link! Thanks Laura!

  35. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Rune - I got a message failure response for your email. Maybe try again?

    If you haven't seen an email with the subject: From Keeping it Frugal, please check your spam folder. I think I've gotten everyone on this list.

  36. Suzanne Says:

    I didn't receive anything yet.

  37. klarose Says:

    Add me? Thanks!

  38. Dido Says:

    Hi Laura,
    I'm looking for an email but I can't find one--my email inbox is a mess but I did go back and scan the past few days. Is there a message title I can search on so maybe I can find the email you sent with the link? Thank you!

  39. Liz Says:

    Please add me! I don't ever update my blog but I read everyone else's regularly Smile

  40. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Dido - subject line is From Keeping it Frugal
    I’ll send it again.

  41. Elizabeth Says:

    Hi Laura, please add me.
    Also a question, when the site was down and I would google for your blog, I could see that you’d posted (title and date showed up in google results). Are you able to get those posts back and share them? I can’t find them now, but it gave me hope that you were still going!

  42. My English Castle Says:

    Add me too, Laura!

  43. Jenn Says:

    Can I be added if I don't have a blog myself? If so, please add me.

  44. Jazzmint98 Says:

    Please add me too. I haven't updated my blog in years, but I visit and read other blogs!

  45. Liz Says:

    Hi Laura, I didn't see an email come through. I checked my inbox and my spam folder - can you re-send?

  46. Liz Says:

    Nevermind, I found it! Deleted by accident Smile

  47. the magic penny Says:

    Hi Laura,
    I have been searching through my inbox and spam folder, but no sign of an email from you. Could you resend?

  48. Treeluva Says:

    Can you add me to the list too? I know I just came back to the group - but I promise I am nice! Smile

  49. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    I don't make it here much often anymore, but please add me. I'm hoping life will see soon, and I'll be able to get back into blogging.

  50. Tammy Says:

    Please add me too! I used to blog here ... haven’t in several years but I still read religiously!

  51. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Okay, I think I've gotten to everyone. Please let me know if I need to resend the info.

  52. terri77 Says:

    Please add me.

  53. Pnwmom Says:

    Please add me....I used to blog under PNW Mom and really enjoy reading everyone’s blogs...thanks!

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