Hard to believe we started this site 365 days ago. We still can’t believe the growth our site has experienced and we have you, our readers, to thank.
To celebrate we are holding a month long contest giving away an iPad 2 with some cool eco-friendly accessories, some really cool green technology gadgets and even some cold hard cash. Over $1200 in prizes! Well get to the contest soon enough but I also want to share a few things, including revealing who we are!
Do you remember what our site looked like back when we were getting less than 50 visitors daily?
Quite the difference huh? And this is a shot from February of this year. So the site had been improved at this point! Things sure do change. By the end of December 2010 we had 28 RSS subscribers and 148 Twitter followers. Today we are closing in on 500 RSS subscribers and 700 followers on Twitter!
We have been highlighted by publications like Time.com, the Globe and Mail, The Consumerist, MoneySense, a few U.S. newspapers and most recently we were voted the best Sustainable/Green Personal Finance Blog which won us a Plutus Award!
In our October blog update I mentioned that Mrs. SPF and I had decided to discontinue our anonymity. We will continue to write under the pen names Mrs. SPF and Sustainable PF but we will now share with you, our readers, who we are.
On our About page we state:
We are a married couple living in a smaller city who strive to balance our financial goals with our sustainable lifestyle. Achieving this balance takes a lot of compromise, detailed discussions and careful evaluation of how we handle our personal finances while doing what we can to protect the earth and act socially responsible.
We hope to convey our message without sounding preachy and from the feedback we’ve received, so far so good. We will endeavour to show how living a sustainable lifestyle can be financially sustainable.
Not too much detail. I’ll update this page at a later date, but to those of you reading this post you will also get to know that we live in Eastern Ontario, Canada. We are both public servants by trade. And, drumroll please, our names are Simon (SPF) & Marielle Boyce (Mrs. SPF). Here is a picture of the two of us at a fantastic music festival (Blue Skies) we help run every summer. And no, those aren’t tea cozies on our heads.
Now that we have passed on the information we wanted to share, it is time to discuss our 1st anniversary giveaway contest!
MAJOR props to our pals from the Yakezie Network – your generosity is truly selflessly helping others. I must note that anyone Marielle or I are related to, are not eligible for this contest. Canadian rules …
Our great blogging pal Miss T owner of the great site Prairie Eco Thrifter has graciously offered to co-sponsor giving away an iPad 2 as part of our grand prize. In addition, Mrs. SPF and I are adding a bamboo iPad holder and an iPad sleeve made of recycled leather. Approximate value $700.
How to Save Money, another fellow Canuck is contributing a Smart Strip LCG3 Energy Saving Surge Protector (power down your devices to kill phantom power drain) and a set of Fashionations Universal Eco Speakers (collapsale cardboard speakers). Approximate value $75.
My Journey to Millions, Wealth Informatics and Bucksome Boomer are teaming up to give away a really cool portable solar charger – the Solio Classic Solar Battery Charger. This cool green tech gadget lets you recharge most any device, on the go. Approximate value $100.
Invest it Wisely is contributing a really cool set of Thinksound Wooden Headphones. Approximate value $50.
Frugal Toad, Fat Guy Skinny Wallet and 101 Centavos are sponsoring two four packs of USBCELL set of rechargeable batteries. Yes, batteries you plug into a USB port to recharge! 2 lucky winners will each receive one of the 4 packs. Approximate value $40 each.
Maximizing Money is donating $25 cash via Paypal.
*** All prizes (aside from Grand Prize) can be exchanged for cash equivalent via Paypal ***
So there you have it folks, $1200 in prizes! Fill out the following for many chances to win! (and if you already follow us in the various ways available, fill out those entries as well!)
Please read the instructions (especially Twitter and Comment – but really, all of them). There are specific instructions (to assist my ability to track the contest, and, to find our what our readers are thinking) for the different entry types.
Also, to qualify you must fill out the skill testing question AND enter in at minimum one other entry method offered.