The posts which do best on this site are those in which I’m most honest. Honestly!
So I’m going to be honest with you today: I’m kinda lazy. It’s not uncommon for me to seek out the path of least resistance; to find an easier way. That’s not a great quality to have if you’re trying to side hustle and Get Rich Quick’ish.
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SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE
I’m not living the FI-Life yet, which means my time isn’t my own. Not even close. Today 70% of my waking hours belong to my employer. That’s what’s required of me in order to collect my paycheck. And if you think the amount of time I spend at work is insane – you’re probably in the exact same boat if you have a full time job. Run the numbers and see for yourself.
I’m also the father of four pretty amazing kids that range in age from 6 to 16. Kids require and need a lot of time from the parents. Parenting is hard work and time seems to fly by so fast. I’ve only got 2 more years until my kids start leaving the house.
It doesn’t seem all that long ago that my world was flipped upside down with the arrival of our first born. Now he’s got one foot out the door? How the hell did that happen so fast??
BEST USE OF MY TIME
These days my time allocation is completely ass backwards. Work gets the biggest chunk, followed by my kids, then my wife. Far too often the only time I have for my wife is what’s left after being gone to work all day, cleaning up after dinner, doing homework with the kids, then getting them ready for and into bed.
Usually by that time I’m exhausted (and probably a bit grumpy as well). That’s a recipe for disaster and I’ve not stayed married for over 18.5 years by following those types of recipes. Maintaining healthy relationships requires flexibility, compromise, and evolution. So something’s gotta give.
THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE
The lazy man in me would love to eliminate my full time job from the equation. That would free up the most amount of time and would allow me to spend my days however I please, but I’m still a wage slave that’s in need of a paycheck, so eliminating my full time job is off the table at the moment.
I’ve already got precious little time with my family these days so I’m unwilling to compromise on that front. So that leaves this blog.
Get Rich Quick’ish takes up far more time than most realize. I love the blog. It helps me stay focused on achieving my goal of financial independence and early retirement. In fact, I WILL reach financial independence earlier than expected because of this little site, which has helped me stay focused on my financial goals.
For that reason alone I highly recommend that you start your own blog if you haven’t already done so.
PUMPING THE BRAKES
But I need to pull back. I’ve been trying post three times per week this year and that’s proving to be too much for me. As of today I’m retreating back to the safety of my original posting schedule of ‘whenever I feel like it!’ That means I’ll post about once per week.
The lazy man in me is far more comfortable with that. I think my writing will improve and I can publish posts that are more beneficial to my readers rather than just wasting their time with ‘filler posts’ that went up only because it was a posting day.
In the meantime I’m going to review some of my posts and pull them down if they suck. I may rewrite some and re-post them later. Or I might scrap them altogether if they’re unsalvageable.
Deciding to step back has been on my mind a lot recently and this has been a surprisingly difficult decision for me to make. I love writing and engaging with readers and other personal finance bloggers. And I’m also just now starting to taste success!
Last month broke every single blog stat that I track (and this month is on track to be even better!). Here are my April bests:
- Most visitors!
- Most pageviews!
- Most posts published!
- Most comments from readers!
- Most new email list sign ups!
- Most revenue earned!
- Most new email signups!
- Most new social media followers!
- Most time spent on the site by me!!!
It’s no surprise that these results started appearing immediately after I began putting in more time. After all, success is like a blister – it shows up after all the hard work.
But I’m no longer willing to work like that right now. One of my favorite quotes (which is on my semi-secret quotes page) says:
No success outside the home can compensate for failure within it
Nothing bad is going on in our home. In fact, things are very good right now and I intend to do all that I can to make sure it stays that way.
I’m not throwing in the towel, but I am pumping the brakes. That’s hard to do after tasting some success, but that’s the decision I’ve made and I’m happy with it.
I’ll still be around and I’ll still be posting, but just not as much. You can keep up with this blog by leaving your name and email address in the form on sidebar and I’ll send you my private monthly newsletter. You can also follow me on Twitter where I’ll be most active and visible.
Have you been able to strike a good balance on your blog, or do you spend too much time? Or maybe not enough? Let me know.