Edit: When my husband saw this post, he was concerned that it sounded like I was abandoning this blog and you, the reader. Far from it! I’m still going to be blogging away and sharing ideas for how to save money. I’m just going to try to scale back a little bit on the weekends and with fixed commitments on here.
When I started blogging, I did it to start a new hobby.
Blogging is fun for me, and I’ve learned so many great things from other bloggers and from those of you who comment on my site.
While I absolutely love seeing my blog grow, and I enjoy hearing from new readers, and am excited about the possibility of this blog earning money, I have to make sure my blog is always something I want to update, not something that I feel obligated to update.
When a hobby starts to feel like a chore, or worse–a job, that should be a sign that you should either make it your job, or make changes to get it back to that hobby feel.
As of late, updating my blog has felt more like a chore. It probably reflects in a few of my posts, as well. That’s neither fair to me nor you.
This weekend, I unsubscribed from 40+ blogs from my Google Reader, paring it down to about 90 blogs (still a lot!), since it can feel so overwhelming to suddenly have 300 unread posts. It’s impossible to follow a ton of blogs and be able to meaningfully contribute. Plus, it kind of stresses me out when I have that many unread posts. So, I eliminated blogs that haven’t been updated in awhile, blogs that I subscribed to but I don’t really know what’s going on in the blogger’s life, and blogs that don’t inspire me.
Second, I’m not going to spend much time–if any–updating my blog over the weekend. I might have some scheduled posts run, or a quick note here or there, but I think my time would be better spent away from the computer during the weekends. A small mental break, even from this hobby, will allow more time to do other things with my husband.
Finally, I’m taking a break from the Better Budget Challenge. It might be done for good, or I might bring it back in the future–I haven’t decided. But for now, I can’t do it.
I am so delighted that a few of you decided to participate in a few of my challenges. Your feedback has been so valuable, and when you found a new way to save money, I celebrated with you.
But, at this time, I feel unable to continue coming up with new weekly challenges. I can barely participate in them, myself. I hope you understand.
If you’d like to pick up where I’ve left off, please go ahead! And, let me know, so that I might jump in myself, on occasion.
I’m still going to be blogging daily, and likely several times daily during the week.
I know your time is valuable. If you decide to subscribe to my blog or check in here once in awhile, I’ll do my best to not waste your time.