Blogging is supposed to be fun, and chores are not. I'm making some changes to rescuing blogging from being a chore, and help find my happy.I recently spent a week in Cuba. It was awesome, thanks for asking! ;-)
Do you want to know a secret? The guilty pleasure I enjoyed the most while I was there?
Riding around in a brightly coloured 1950s Chevy? No.
The truth is it was being somewhere that didn’t have internet access.
Taking a break from the internet gave me a bit of distance to reflect on the relative value of the internet related activities I had been in the habit of performing. That proved to be enlightening.
I enjoy writing posts on this blog, I even missed it a little while I was away.
However I was starting to find following a strict Monday, Wednesday, Friday publishing schedule was become a bit of a chore. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and chores aren’t, so I’m giving away trying to publish to a schedule.
Scarcity of goodI had recently started cheating a bit on the 3 posts a week schedule, by publishing a weekly round-up of interesting articles and posts I had read and bookmarked throughout the week.
The idea behind this originally was it gave me a chance to give an ‘attaboy/girl (blatantly stealing the idea from Monevator’s Saturday posts) to authors who had recently written something worth sharing, which I thought was a noble (if lazy) goal. Unfortunately the last couple of weeks I really struggled to find 7 genuinely good posts containing one of:
- a thorough analysis (e.g. like EarlyRetirementNow’s 4% rule series)
- a thorough explanation of a concept that makes it more than worth the reader’s time to digest (e.g. PoF’s articulation of the relative differences between tax paid and tax deferred savings)
- a genuinely original idea (e.g. the Mad Fientist’s Roth conversion ladder or JLCollins' stock series)
- a captivating, well written story (e.g. many of Miss Mazuma’s posts)
Maybe I’m just fussy, or set the bar too high, or just generally disagreeable... but whatever the reason consistently recommending 7 articles worth reading a week was proving to be challenging. Therefore I’m not doing that any more either.
Imaginary friends on the internetAnother thing I didn’t miss even a little bit was social media. From a pure ego point of view it is nice to have the number of Twitter followers or Facebook likes increasing rather than decreasing. However if none of them are leaving comments, or clicking on adverts, then do these metrics really mean anything?
I didn’t miss thinking about “engagement” or “SEO” or thinking up click-bait article titles or any of that other meaningless bollocks that bloggers frequently fall into the trap of focussing on. Given that I’m not trying to sell an "info product", and spruiking the shiniest new affiliate paying product isn’t my thing, then I’m unlikely to get rich from blogging. Therefore all that stuff is largely an unproductive time suck for me.
So what?So going forward I figure that if I’ve got something worthwhile to say then I’ll write a post, but if I don’t then I should just shut up rather than adding to the vast multitudes of uninspired “me too” personal finance articles that clog up the internet and waste the time of anybody who happens to stumble upon them.
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