Feb 18 2008

Taking it easier (and a few blogging changes)

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.



13 Responses to “Taking it easier (and a few blogging changes)”

  1. Oh no! i just subscribed to you and was really excited to find you! That’s ok though. i totally respect your decision. You need to do what’s right for you, and it should definitely not feel like a chore. You have brought a lot of good sense and ideas to many people, and as i read back in earlier posts, to me too. Thank you.

  2. HI Kacie,

    It doesn’t sound like you are saying you are taking a break, more like taking it easier. I understand the overwhelming feeling, sometime there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to do all I want to and sometimes you just have to drop something. I will be here everytime you update. Your conribution to this community is invaluable.

  3. I’m with you…I completely understand! I am going through all my links and feeds and cleaning house …blogging has been a chore for me here lately too. Sometimes I get so caught up in posting something daily…anything…I want to get back to posting more quality content…I want to get back to my early blogging days! lol!! I have several blogs that I do “paid blogging” on in order to help make ends meet while my husband is in school….these blogs are killing me right now because it does seem like a chore…ack!

    I’ve got you in my reader and am not going to be deleting because you do bring such great info! Just bring it to us when YOU want to! lol!!

  4. I completely understand where you’re coming from. Blogging can definitely get overwhelming, and you have to find the right balance, so blogging doesn’t take over your life.

    I hope that by cutting back, you can strike that balance.

  5. I think that you have made a very good decision. I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate that fact that you visit mine.

    I think that blogging should be fun and at one point mine became a chore. I had become addicted to the numbers myself. I felt obligated to keep new content on my blog daily. But then I resorted back the reason that I began my blog, which was to share my homeschooling and homemaking experiences. Once I did that the weight and burden began to fall off.

  6. Go you for realizing your need to scale back. I think that such an action is its own “sense to save.” :)

    I can’t believe you subscribed to so many blogs!! I thought my 45 was a lot, but you were trying to contribute to a ton! By all means, scale back, girl! :)

  7. I’m going through a similar phase myself, I understand. :) I’m sure you’ll still have a tremendous output on the blog!

    One thing I’d suggest for the reader is periodically saying “Screw it all!” and marking all as read. Every 2 days, perhaps. That way your backlog slows down.

  8. Aww…thanks, everyone! You’re all so kind :)

    This kindness and support from people like you, that’s one of the best parts of having a blog.

    I love it!

  9. I totally understand your thoughts (as you know)! :-) I think for me the big thing was making the decision to stop reading some blogs. I realized that if a blog made me angry or upset, then it wasn’t worth my time to keep reading it. Or if I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over… I actually unsubscribed from a lot of frugal/finance related blogs (except yours! :-)) because I thought I could get the same amount of encouragement and ideas from just a few blogs! I am with you in feeling stressed with unread items in my Google Reader – that’s one reason why I’m not a huge fan of Google’s “share” option. I don’t need any more posts to read!! :-) I hope you find a balance and feel satisfied in your time blogging. :-)

  10. You will really like this read:
    http://DominionFamily.com/blog/2008/01/buenos-noches-mis-amigas/

    I am also glad you added to the beginning of the post that you were just taking a break and not stopping completely. :)

  11. I can totally relate. And I completely understand how sometimes blogging does feel like a job. It’s good to take a breather every once in awhile. You put so much time and effort into this…I would have burned out long ago!

  12. I totally understand the feeling. Coming back to my feed reader after being sick and away for a couple weeks was sort of daunting, with some blogs racking up 50+ unread posts! I’ll still be checking in here, and hope to see you over at my blog occasionally. Enjoy your blog free weekends! :)

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Hey! I'm Kacie, wife to Shane and mother to Jonathan (7), Vivienne (5) and Amelia (2) . I write about my family's finance: how we save money, improve our spending, and plan for the future.

I hope I can inspire and encourage you to improve your situation. See disclosure.

I'm adopting a much slower-paced posting schedule, and treating this as a hobby blog now.

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