Weekly Woot & Grumble: Thieving Dolphins & Some Guy Named Plutus
Earlier this week I learned an amazing thing: Frugalwoods is a finalist for a Plutus Award! If you just asked the question “what the heck is a Plutus Award” well then my friends, you are in luck! Here is a fact you can learn today: Plutus Awards “recognize the best of the personal finance blogosphere” and are awarded annually to the top personal finance blogs at a thing called FinCon.
You will be astounded to learn that FinCon is NOT, in fact, a convention for pickpocketing dolphins, which was naturally my first assumption. It’s actually “a peer conference for the financial media community” (2nd fact of the day). So, pretty much a bunch of people like me (though probs not as weird) congregating, sipping scotch, and discussing the interior leather color on their 50′ yachts (which I still don’t own, don’t care to, and never will, btw).
We are blown away and deeply honored to be finalists! The only problem? We were nominated for Most Humorous Personal Finance Blog. Folks, I don’t know what gave you the impression that this is a humorous blog. This is a financially astute, rigorously analyzed, altogether serious blog. Frugalwoods would never write such tawdry frugal comedy as Great Trash Finds, Breakfast: The Hidden Destroyer, Travel Cheap by Being a Thanksgiving Weirdo, or the venerated Frugal Hound Sniffs column.
We aim to deliver our content in the driest, most straightforward manner possible. I’d never make you wade through a million photos I’d taken of my clothes spread out on my floor in order to learn why I’m banned from thrift stores for the remainder of 2014. And I’d certainly never launch a series entirely dedicated to interviewing other people’s pets, written by my dog. Who DOES that?!
But in all honesty, I am taking a break from
spamming the world with greyhound photos posting really useful and intelligent content to say THANK YOU. Really and truly, Mr. Frugalwoods and I are nothing less than bowled over to be finalists. We are honored, thrilled, shocked (again, people are actually reading this thing?!), and just downright giddy as a greyhound in a bathtub of squirrels.
We are grateful to everyone who voted for us, supported, and encouraged us along this little blog journey. And, to frost our frugal cake, on the same day that the Plutus Award finalists were announced, my Behind The Scenes of a Happy Frugal Marriage (hint: ours!) was featured on the venerable Rockstar Finance! With a photo of us sans heads! I felt like I’d eaten an entire bag of candy corn, which, let’s be honest here, I have done, so I speak from a position of authority.
Alas, the only grumble I can muster this week amidst such unfettered glee is the sad fact that the Frugalwoods fam will not be attending FinCon this year. I’m sure it’ll be fin-tastic, filled with
dolphins trying to con people out of their wallets all my new internet-y friends. I’d get to do ridiculous things in person with you (as opposed to just on here and through my woefully inept usage of twitter and Pinterest). Sorry not sorry* to all of my followers about the deluge of Frugal Hound photos… and the fact that I consistently don’t use the # symbol correctly.
Mr. Frugalwoods and I do oh so hope to attend next year’s FinCon (at which I imagine there will be a case study session featuring me titled: “What NOT To Do with your Blog on Social Media”). Additionally, I am devoting the year to preparing (and testing) a plan for smuggling Frugal Hound into the conference. Ideas welcome. When submitting ideas, keep in mind that she:
- Weighs 60 lbs
- Is a tall greyhound
- Does not fit in a duffle bag (that we know of, have not actually attempted)
- Is awkward
- Makes a lot of unusual grunting/burping noises
- Is not what we would call intelligent
*I was informed by my hip, 17-yr-old sister-in-law (who I love very much), that “sorry not sorry” is like a thing the kids say.
And now, in honor of our esteemed nomination, what is your favorite pun?
I’ll go first: What if soy milk is just milk introducing itself in Spanish?
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