It’s time. For the next six weeks or so I’m taking a Holiday from Debt Discipline. With over four years of consistent blogging under my belt, now feels like an excellent time for a break. My plan is not to produce any original content over the next forty-five days or so, but still host some great guest content. I may certainly drop a post if a topic sparks my interest, but can’t say for sure. Many things have led me to this decision, so let me explain.
I’ve been around the blogging and personal finance community for over seven years now, and actively blogging for four. I believe blogs fall into a few different buckets. The buckets are:
Personal/Hobby blogs – blogs that share a true personal story and/or have many other priorities like a 9 to 5 and the blog is secondary
Money Making /Business blogs – blogs that post content focused on generating income (listicles) and/or are the primary money-making business of the owner
FIRE Blogs – Blogs were the owner does not have a 9 to 5 and has considerably more free time than someone working a 40+ hour work week to dedicate to managing a blog.
I’ve always considered my blog a personal, hobby blog, although I have attempted to make money with it and grow my audience. It just never reached a level of other blogs of the same age. I believe this category of blogs fades away the fastest. The owner starts out with good intentions, but can’t juggle all the other responsibilities, and the blog is one of the first things that gets cut.
So to have lasted four years feels like an accomplishment in some small way.
Blogging is very impersonal. Sure you get comments, but mostly from other bloggers, I outlined some of my thoughts on this topic in my post Connect More Offline in an Online World.
I find volunteering my time and helping others in the offline world more fulfilling.
Writing content is becoming a chore. It’s just not fun for me right now. I’m struggling to come up with topics, and when I sit down to write, I’m usually thinking of ten other things I’d rather be doing.
Being a dad, husband, homeowner, pet owner, and employee all take time. I do want to be my best at all of the above. I also like to have a little me time too. So finding the right balance for all of these things and still finding time to write, read and comment on the blogging world can be exhausting.
Also, considering we just added this adorable new puppy to our family.
Mushu now has a fur brother named Mekoo.
We are super thrilled to have him, but a puppy needs your attention and your time.
I’m also studying for a professional test, that I need to dedicate 60-80 hours of studying over the next few months to be ready for the exam.
I’m not making excuses, just giving you a peek into my other priorities over blogging.
So with that, I wish you a very festive Holiday season. Enjoy the time with family and friends! I’ll be around. I’m not doing an entire internet and social media ban over this time, just kick back a bit to regroup and recharge. See you in the New Year!