Sunday, July 30, 2006

Thanks For Making Blogathon 2006 A Big Success!

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

you helped raise a lot of these

And with this, my 49th post in the last 24 hours, the Punny Money Blogathon 2006 draws to a close. In addition to all the money that you’ve helped this site raise for First Book, the 200-some folks who made it through the blogathon accumulated a total of about $100,000 in pledges for their various charities!

I’d like to give a special thanks to fellow personal finance writer and blogathonner J.D. at Get Rich Slowly who also seems to have made it through the night in one piece. Thanks also to everyone in the blogathon AIM chat for keeping me awake with their constant beeps and bloops.

And as always, my biggest thanks go to my wife for supporting me during this lofty endeavor. If you’re reading this, a couple of waffles would really hit the spot right now. Pretty please? (And I wouldn’t mind a hug, either!)

Oh, and of course, thanks also to those who participated in the Really Hard Trivia Contest. Let’s see the final results:

Previous Really Hard Trivia Question:
What country was the first to use paper currency?

Correct Answer:
China. A few days after introducing paper money, China also became the first country to issue store credit for returns… just kidding!

The Final Standings:
Jessica 34 (+1)
Arthur 29
Amberlynn 16
ricemutt 14
Mack C 7
Jono 3
luna 2
Mike 2
Luka 1
Rickie Beth 1
Tasha 1

Congratulations to Jessica who will walk away with a $50 eGift Certificate to the store of her choosing as well as a $25 donation made by Punny Money in her name to First Book. Second place finisher and fellow blogathonner Arthur will receive a $25 eGift Certificate for his performance as well. I’ll be in touch to get those items to you two… just as soon as I recover from the blogathon.

Thanks for reading Punny Money and supporting Blogathon 2006. Go check out the other talented and sleepy writers and see what they’ve been talking about for the last 24 hours.

Be sure to visit Punny Money again soon for all your personal finance news, tips, and commentary with a bit of humor thrown in.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Punny Money 2006 Charity Blogathon Begins… Now!

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

Welcome one and all to Punny Money, the best site on the internet for personal finances news, tips, and discussion with a bit of humor thrown in. For the next 24 hours, we’ll be blogging with 365 other sites around the world to raise money for good causes. Punny Money’s charity for this event will be First Book, an organization dedicated to giving the children of low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first books.

So here’s how things will work for the next 24 hours.

You’ll see one personal finance article roughly every hour on a variety of topics. I’m making this stuff up as I go along, and you’ll have to forgive me if my writing goes a little downhill by about 4am.

Also taking place during these 24 hours is the Punny Money Really Hard Trivia Contest which carries a top prize of a $50 eGift Certificate (along with a $25 eGift Certificate for the runner-up). The first question is already up and could close for guesses at any time, so head over there now and make your guess!

And finally, if you’d like to help support Punny Money’s blogathon efforts, please consider making a pledge to First Book through the Blogathon 2006 website. It’s safe and secure, and you can make your donation directly on First Book’s website following the conclusion of the Blogathon.

Oh, I almost forgot this part: Punny Money will be donating all advertising and affiliate revenue it earns during the 24-hour blogathon to First Book.

Thank you for your support, everyone! Now sit back, grab your mouse, and keep checking back for the next 24 hours for more personal finance and contest fun.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Second Punny Money Blog Marathon For Charity: July 29th

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

punny money blogathon

Join Punny Money on Saturday, July 29, 2006 for its next blog marathon! In conjunction with Blogathon 2006, I and hundreds of other bloggers will be taking part in a 24-hour marathon of writing to benefit charity.

You may recall Punny Money’s last blog marathon back in May which raised $38.12 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This time, I’ll be blogging at least once every half hour starting at 9am EDT on Saturday, July 29th.

Like last time, I’ll be donating all blog-related revenue earned during the marathon period to charity. For this blog marathon, Punny Money will be supporting First Book, a non-profit organization designed to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.

click here to support the punny money blog marathon and first book

If you’d like to help support the Second Punny Money Blog Marathon, you can do so by sponsoring Punny Money’s blog marathon efforts. Simply pledge any amount (either a lump sum or an amount per marathon hour), and once the marathon concludes you’ll receive an e-mail directing you to First Book’s website so you can submit your pledged donation directly to the charity. And if you send me an e-mail after you pledge, I’ll add you (and a link to your website, if you have one) to the list of sponsors you see on the sidebar. Oh, and if you live in the United States, your donations to First Book in support of the blog marathon are tax deductible! Hurry, the blog marathon is in just a few weeks, so please make your pledges as soon as possible!

If you’re not able to make a pledge, then please still come out and visit the Punny Money Blog Marathon–and all the other fine blog marathons–on July 29th to show your support. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to stock up on caffeine and sweets to help me get through those 24 hours of non-stop blogging.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Punny Money 24-Hour Blog Marathon Results

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics:

thank you

Thanks again to all those who came out to support the Punny Money 24-Hour Blog Marathon. After a nice 12-hour nap, I’m fully rested and able to add numbers once again, so let’s take a look at the final site revenue tally, all of which will be going to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Total across all revenue sources: $38.12

The next Punny Money 24-Hour Blog Marathon is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 29, 2006. If you’re interested in joining in the marathon fun either here or on your own site, please feel free to get in touch with me between now and then. Don’t forget to check the archives for any marathon posts you may have missed.

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

Friday, May 12, 2006

How to Host a Successful 24-Hour Blog Marathon

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics:

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Now that you’ve seen it done, you might be interested in holding your own blog marathon. Let me tell you now that it’s no easy task, but you can pull it off if (can you sense another list coming?) you follow these simple steps:

  1. Find something to motivate you. When I originally started planning the marathon, I didn’t have a real reason for doing it other than maybe getting some more readers. While you might find that to be enough to power through 24 hours of posting craziness, had I entered the marathon with only that motivation, I likely wouldn’t be typing this victory post right now. It was when I decided to host the marathon to benefit a good cause that I knew I could pull it off. So find your reason first before you go any further.
  2. Plan ahead. While writing articles ahead of time defeats the purpose of the marathon, you should still pick out some ideas and jot down a few notes so that you have plenty of material from which to draw for your marathon. Because I started cranking out posts faster than I originally expected, I ran really close to exhausting my list. Fortunately for me, other sources (online news, other blogs, and your questions) gave me enough to fill the 24-hour period without any big drop-offs in excitement.
  3. Get your supplies. Can you believe I never even opened that precious bottle of Vault cola? All it took me to get through the marathon was a short nap immediately before, regular meals, and a couple glasses of Mountain Dew we had stashed in the back of the fridge. Coffee was never an option for me (can’t stand the stuff), but it might be just what you need to pull off your marathon.
  4. Get the word out. This marathon wouldn’t have been the success that it was without the help of many fabulous personal finance bloggers who directed their traffic this way. Thanks to each and every one of you for helping this thing come together.
  5. Start blogging and never look back. Once fatigue starts to set in, it’s more of a mind game–you versus yourself in the ultimate battle to determine whether you fall asleep or ride the wave to blog marathon glory. I managed to stay pretty wide-eyed the whole time, though I do recall one instance where my head sort of rolled into my laptop. No damage to head or laptop, fortunately.

And there you have it. I really hope you enjoyed watching me suffer the news and information I’ve shared over the last 24 hours, and I’m looking forward to doing this again sometime soon.

I’m going to let the revenue counter continue to run until midnight since I know some of you are just getting home from work and are eager to check out what I’ve been up to all day. It appears that Punny Money did indeed earn a decent amount from more than one revenue source, and I’ll reveal the exact amount sometime this weekend. Thanks for your support of the Punny Money Blog Marathon and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

And since it took me six tries to type “foundation” correctly, I’m going to take that as I sign that I could use a nap. Goodnight, everyone! And thanks again!