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Introducing “Top Ten Bloggers of the Week”

In a new feature here on Citizen of the Month, we’d like to showcase the most interesting blogs and bloggers that are writing today.  It’s time to cut through all the PR and learn what makes some of our favorites really RAWK!  No more popularity contests.  No more BS.  On COTM’s “Top Ten Bloggers,” it’s always going to be the men and women who really matter, the ones we love (and hate!) up close and personal –  the Top Ten Bloggers of the week.   Each week, we’ll explore a new theme.  Because of my unique situation as a well-known personal blogger, my contact list runs deep.  You’re going to be surprised who is going to be involved!

Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?!

I’m now taking nominees for this week’s Theme:  Who are the Top Ten Poorest Bloggers?   We’d like to know!  I’m not just talking about some typical money problems — we want to meet those who have been unemployed for years, are in debt, may lose their home, or are just too lazy to make a living.  Are you one of those Top Ten bloggers?   Get on “the list” and let everyone know!

Who will be in this week’s #1 spot?  If you nominate yourself in the comment section, please email bank/IRS account information or a letter from a collection agency as proof of your honor.

Coming soon:  “Top Ten Bloggers” blog badges.  Show off to your friends that you rawk! 


  1. sizzle

    I shoulda known when you used the word “rawk” that this was going to be bogus.


  2. the slackmistress

    I bet your PR team came up with the fancy badge!

  3. Pete Dunn

    Why couldn’t you have done this list while I was in college? Oh, that’s right, there was no Internet on my Commodore 64.

  4. barbetti

    Damn, I wish I could afford to live as an unemployed blogger.

  5. Nat

    I half expected another fundraising initiative…
    Good one.

  6. Angella

    I never win anything. Or rank. And I am OK with that.

    If you have a Top Ten Bloggers Who Don’t Rank Anywhere?


  7. punchlinewalking

    Wait, is this for real? Cause I am po. And I totally rawk.

  8. Sarcomical

    i thought we were all poor & unemployed or under-employed.

    oh, maybe that was just me. awesome.

  9. gorillabuns

    While I don’t condone your use of “RAWK,” i do think it’s a pretty cool idea.

    I can’t ever tell if you are joking or not.

  10. DaveX

    I bet I’m in the top 10 poorest bloggers here. Witness!

    I spent all week trying to scrounge $20 for a birthday present for my kid’s friend. No such luck…

    Mowed my lawn with a contraption held together with wire, a paint stick, and a woman’s belt…

    Was WAY too happy to find that instead of spending my remaining $5 for ice cream cones (hey! live it up, suckas!) that the dude at the drive-thru was apparently quitting, and could care less if I paid full price or not…

    Laughed at all the middle class folks who flaunt their two cars, stylish clothes, full gas tanks, and plasma TVs every time I remembered that THEY have to pay for health care…

    Had to balance the decision between visiting the food panty in the next town, and using the last bit of gas for work…

    Compared notes on the price of modems with a fellow broke friend: “I dunno. Last time I bought one new, it was a 14.4…”

    Still thinking about that damn present. I wonder if I have anything still in a wrapper around here?

    Full justified El Presidente Retardo’s time in office thusly: “well, if I’m gonna take it in the ass, at least I’m getting paid…”

    Attempted to trade a toaster oven for a turntable needle on Craigslist…

    Laughed when my net provider called, confused as to why I pay EVERY month, but have been one payment behind for more than two years: “I know exactly when you’re going to shut me off, dude…”

    hahahaha anyways, come visit my blog.

  11. DaveX

    HAHAHA, just noticed you wanted a letter from a collection agency. See, this is how I know you’re NOT broke. You’re really broke when they completely give up on your ass, and QUIT sending letters. You’re also really broke when you get them, but they’ve traded creditors so many times that you’re not sure what the original debt actually was in the first place.

    And BTW, what’s a “bank”?

  12. MammaLoves

    You never fail to make me chuckle.

  13. Nina

    Hi, honey. I would like to make the top ten. Do I need to strip for you again? What can I do?

  14. Annika

    I would probably be on this list. Sigh.

  15. margalit

    I freaking love you. You are so funny and your sense of humor so matches my own at times. This was a riot! You Rawk, too!

  16. kapgar

    “No more BS” and bloggers have to “really matter”? I don’t stand a chance.

  17. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

    Does it count if you make a decent living but you just really, really overspend?

  18. Neil

    Sarah — only if you go over your credit limit and you have to feed your kids Hamburger Helper every night.

  19. Memarie Lane

    OMG this is awesome. My bloggy friends are always emailing me asking why I don’t have an “awards section.” Because I don’t want my blog to look like the crazy Shriner button man you always see riding tiny a motorcycles at the St. Patty’s Day parade. I don’t answer b/c I don’t want to hurt their feelings.

  20. HeyJoe

    I don’t get it

  21. Neil

    Joe, I was afraid this might be too insider to work. If you look around, there are all these blog lists and awards which are based on shaky criteria, and then everyone puts the badge on their blog as if was some big deal. So, I thought it was amusing to come up with a list that NOBODY would want to be on and advertise — which were the 10 poorest bloggers.

    It could have been better, I admit. Maybe that’s why I rushed and put the last post up, to cover the fact that this post, if you think about it, doesn’t really make much sense.

    If you really didn’t get it, I appreciate you saying so. I’m sometimes too intimidated to say I didn’t get a post.

  22. HeyJoe

    I really didn’t get it, so thanks.

  23. DaveX

    I think its a cool idea, actually. Let it all hang out!

  24. better safe than sorry

    dude, you’ve become a mommy blogger.

  25. Dave

    My mother used to say we were rich. Excitedly, I’d say “we are?” And, she’d say, “yes, in love.”

    Ugh. I’m poor. In readership. Only you can help Neil.

  26. Liz

    Nice, but I prefer to be known as, another unfamous blogger…who happens to be a mom…who’s okay with totally ignoring her laundry…fomerly known as a mommyblogger ;O)

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