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January 7, 2011

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this Friday, January 7, 2011 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where we're celebrating the end of 2010 by featuring the best blogs we found through the best of the past year's money and business-related blog carnivals!

That means that we're just a week away from announcing The Best Posts of 2010, as well as The Best Post of the Year, Anywhere!, which we'll be presenting as a genuinely "special" edition of OMM!

Not that this issue isn't special itself! It's a lot different from our normal editions in that in preparing it, we don't just read the posts that various blogs have contributed to the past year's money and business-related blog carnivals. Instead, we start with that list, then narrow it down to those blogs whose contributions to those carnivals were consistently good. That's when we take things a step further and go the extra mile to find out if the blogs themselves are really good.

We do that by reading through several months worth of posts on this already short list of blogs to narrow down our list of the best to those that are consistently excellent. And by consistently excellent, we mean the ones whose authors routinely combine great ideas with great writing and who provide great opportunities for learning and entertainment.

We're please to present the results of that exercise in the past year! The best blogs we found in 2010 are below:

The Best Blogs We Found in 2010
Blog Why We Like It
Miss Bankrupt How does life change after you go through bankruptcy? Christina explains exactly how by describing her own experience since she discharging debts through filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy in January 2006, but the real gems of her blog are the posts exploring her growing understanding of how she got to the point where bankruptcy was the right choice for her.
Faithful With a Few Khaleef Crumbley negotiates the intersection between Christian faith and personal finance matters exceptionally well, providing practical advice and tips along the way while emphasizing what the Bible teaches about responsibility that might apply to money matters.
Minting Nickels Minting Nickels is about two things really - doing little things to pick up some extra money and how Lindy works that goal into her family life. Somehow, Lindy makes the two things go together!
Surviving and Thriving Donna Freedman can write. That shouldn't be a surprise, seeing as she's a journalist and does it professionally, but her ability to take you inside her world where living as "mindfully" as possible has gone from being a necessity to a choice is something special.
Frugal Confessions She features far too many "list" posts ("10 things", "7 ways", "52 ideas", etc), yet Amanda L. Grossman manages to offer solid advice for frugal living without sounding too much like somebody's personal to-do agenda!
Fail Spectacularly Whether it's practical inspiration, a discussion of real life fails, or even a glimpse into his personal life, communication specialist Jason Seiden has something to say that's worth hearing (or reading). Or both!

OMM's Running Index for 2010

Presented in reverse chronological order....

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