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July 21, 2010 · 27 comments

Five years ago today, I was tapping away at my computer and I got inspired. I had been tagged “taxgirl” a few years before when my odd fascination with tax had accidentally leaked to the outside world. Why not make it official? Why not formally organize my tax ramblings into a running list of posts about all things tax? And just like that, I embraced my inner tax geek and my tax blog was born.

Over the years, the blog has taken on various incarnations. It’s been all kinds of colors (ahh, remember the teal and orange phase?) and on all kinds of platforms. I’ve been on my own (as I am now) and connected with a blogging network (when I edited the now-defunct business channel over at b5media). All of this time, one or two (or six) things have remained constant:

  1. The blog has always been about tax. I’ve never claimed that reading the blog would make anyone rich, give you clear skin or get you a date. I’ve never pretended that it would make you cool (although, c’mon, tax is pretty cool) or allow you to magically appear younger. No gimmicks. No promises. Just a running commentary on tax on a nearly daily basis.
  2. It’s irreverent. The tone of the blog was never meant to be academic or lawyerly. It was always meant to be me writing about tax in a way that’s easy to understand without being dumbed down. Whether it was just my dad reading or thousands of other folks, my message and my delivery has remained the same.
  3. I don’t claim to know everything. In fact, I’m pretty upfront about the fact that I don’t know everything (even the thought of partnership tax makes my skin crawl). I try to focus on what I know. And when I don’t know something, I rely on the collective wisdom of my colleagues and readers to chime in.
  4. I’ve always done the heavy lifting. There are no ghost writers here. No one does the research for me. There’s no intern running around drafting posts for me to approve. It’s just me and my trusty laptop. Occasionally, though, I do have a guest post or two – those are always clearly noted – and I am thankful for those of you who offer them.
  5. I like comments. I know some bloggers turn off their comments. I don’t get that. I think the whole point of a blog is to create a dialogue. I’ve turned off comments just twice in the five year history of the blog – once during the presidential elections because of some pretty hateful stuff that was aimed at other readers and commenters (which I absolutely won’t allow) and once during the discussion about the health care bill (for the same reason). Otherwise, they stay on. I know that there’s more to a story than a few paragraphs. I love your thoughts, suggestions and yes, even the corrections (see #3). Comments are the high point of my day. Really.
  6. I’ve loved every minute of it.

All in all, it’s been awesome. I couldn’t have imagined when I started where my little tax blog would lead. I’ve been recognized in remarkable ways (among other things, the ABA Journal has tapped me for two years running as having one of the top 100 legal blogs). I’ve been interviewed by such amazing media as Forbes, Inc., the Wall Street Journal, Esquire, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Tax Foundation – I’ve even penned a chapter for a book. I’ve had the opportunity to interview such luminaries as Vice President Joe Biden and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. I’ve traveled all over the country – from San Francisco to New York City and everywhere in between – to talk tax. I’ve been on TV, on the radio – and I even have a credit in a movie (squeal – no, I still can’t get over it).

It has been a tremendous ride. And I owe it all to you guys, my faithful readers. I get up (almost) every day and have the good fortune of sharing something that I’m passionate about with an audience who seems to care what I have to say. What could possibly be better than that?

I have some other thank yous, too (humor me here, folks): my husband, Chris, who cares very little about tax but pretends to care about my blog; my staff at my law office for putting up with my moods during tax season (and let’s face it, most every other day); my parents for reading my blog when nobody else did; Jay Bevenour for designing my awesome logo; Wil Reynolds of Seer Interactive for his oh-so-helpful tech-y stuff; Jeremy, CJ, Kori, Kendra, Arieanna and Mary Jo, formerly of b5media, for all of their collective wisdom; Tris Hussey for talking me down from the ledge when my WP migration failed one fateful day; Kay Bell, Joe Kristan, Robert Flach, Prof. Caron, Prof. Maule and many other tax bloggers who I admire and respect so much and who push me to do my very best work; Starbucks coffee (wait – I think they should be thanking me); and The Academy, just because I wanted to thank them for something some day. I didn’t mean to leave anyone out so please don’t send me hate mail if I missed you. I didn’t mean to.

I figure this is worth celebrating, right? Throughout the remainder of the week, I’m going to post some taxgirl trivia, have giveaway or two and a put up a couple of “best of” posts so be on the lookout. Expect some tears on my end.

As for today, get your glass ready… It’s almost 5pm my time. Here’s a huge “Cheers!” to each and every one of you for giving me five wonderful years. And here’s hoping there are many more to come!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Courtney@ Cooking Up A Family July 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm

i love your blog and glad i found you! I can actually understand something that is and seems totally complicated!

Happy 5years of Blogging!

2 Kelly July 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Thanks Courtney!

3 Rebekah July 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Kelly, your blog is wonderful! I look forward to reading it every morning when I get in to work–it sets a great tone for my day. Enjoy your 5-year celebration: you deserve it!

4 Kelly July 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Thanks Rebekah, I appreciate it!

5 Andrea Cannavina July 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Congrats on the milestone – many, many, many more!

6 Evan July 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Thanks for putting together this amazing blog everyday!

7 Elizabeth R. July 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Congratulations!!

8 Kim July 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I too am addicted to taxes and I am so glad someone had suggested that I check out your blog. I have been reading everyday since. Awesome job!!!!

9 Kelly July 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Thanks Andrea!

10 Kelly July 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Kim, thanks! And be sure and thank the person who referred you to the site for me!

11 JohnL52 July 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Thanks for the taxgirl ™ blog – I enjoy reading it. As one who has thought about writing a blog, I hold you as an inspiration. I hope I’m up to it. (my blog would be mainly on corporate taxes – ugh!)

12 Shannon July 22, 2010 at 12:02 am

You are passionate about what you do and sharing it. That’s one of the big reasons your blog is so interesting and taxes have become somewhat entertaining. Glad you are celebrating and keep up the great posts.

13 John July 22, 2010 at 12:08 am

This is a daily “must read” for me. Thanks.

14 Jim Hayden EA July 22, 2010 at 7:40 am

Kelly,

Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. You do a nice job; keep it coming. How do you find the time, with a husband, two kids and a career?.

15 Kelly July 22, 2010 at 7:47 am

Thanks John!

16 Kelly July 22, 2010 at 7:48 am

JohnL52, Actually I’ve seen very little in the way of well-written blogs on corporate taxes. I think that would be a great niche! Good luck!

17 Kelly July 22, 2010 at 7:49 am

Hey Jim, thanks. Really, it’s all smoke and mirrors… And lots of coffee.

18 Rich July 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

Great blog. I read every post.

19 Trish July 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

Kelly, congratulations! I learn from your blog all the time and appreciate the heavy lifting you do on the tax bills and Congress.

20 Kelly July 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

Thanks Rich!

21 Mark Gatti July 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

Congrats!

22 Kelly July 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

Thanks Mark!

23 David Wilkendeld July 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Congratulations Kelly! I stumbled on to your site a year ago and you’ve certainly inspired me, I must say. I’m approaching my own first year blogoversary, and ………. OK, I know, it’s all about you, yeah, yeah, I get it.

24 Kelly July 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Congrats David! We’ll let this one paragraph be about you… ;)

25 taylor January 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

its me me me its all about me

26 Charles March 24, 2013 at 12:05 am

Hello Kelly and Congratulations on five years of tax blogging!
I just saw your site listed in the documentary, “An Inconvenient Tax” and thought I HAD to check it out!
From what I’ve seen and read a few articles, you’ve done a great job, and hope you will continue to help the masses (we need it!).
I’ve already bookmarked your website and blog!
Take Care!
Charles Axtell
Fayetteville, Arkansas

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