As a funny way to celebrate my 7th blogging anniversary, I took a one month sabbatical from blogging. In fact, it was more than a month; my last post was dated November 25th. I received many emails from other bloggers and long-time readers asking me what was wrong.
Was I sick?
Did I lose the interest to blog?
Can I keep up with my career, my kids and my blog at the same time?
Did I burn out?
None of the above.
We usually say that we take a break in order to come back fresh and stronger. In my case, this wasn’t the purpose either. It was a weird feeling as I just took a break because no interesting topics were crossing my mind. I didn’t feel like talking about my finances or business. For the first time, I thought that anything I had to write about was boring and didn’t bring any value. My last post was mentioned by Rob Carrick from the Globe & Mail and I thought it was a good idea to take a break.
I’ve had the habit of posting even if I didn’t have much to write about. When the inspiration is low, I used to kick myself and keep writing anyways. The show must go on and people must come back to my site and see fresh content. This is how I used to see it. On the other hand, if I don’t write interesting stuff, what’s the point of having people to come over to my site? To read boring posts as we have already read too many times in a day?
This is why I took a break – to avoid boring you.
First, this break was necessary so I could work on another project. A big project. I’ve been talking about it for a while but it’s finally up and running; I now have my membership website in place! I will tell you more about this in future posts as I have planned a whole series about this topic. I started with a soft launch in December and I’ve already exceeded my expectations. The site is already profitable (meaning I’ve covered both my costs in terms of investment and time worked on the site). To put this project together, I worked on it for the past four months, reviewed all the little details at least 5 times each to make it perfect and finally, concentrated all my efforts in the last month to execute the soft launch. I also had to plan my official launch… which is today (also more on that next week! Hahaha!).
Then, as this break wasn’t only about launching my first membership project. It was about giving a direction to project Y. If you have been following this blog for a while, you know how much I care about thinking about future goals. Each year, I set specific goals and work on them throughout the year. This is how I’ve managed to build a successful online business at the same time as being a father of three while pushing my career to higher levels. So between a game of battleship and going ice skating by the lake, I’ve setup my goals both personally and for my business.
I think taking a break from time to time is not only good for your brain as it gives you more time to think but it also provides you with a new perspective on your life. If you keep going all the time, it’s like running in the woods without looking at where you are going and where you have been. If you don’t know where you stand and still keep going, how will you know where you are heading?
And I’ll tell you a secret: I even took a break at work too! All right, not as long as one month. Most of the time, I didn’t even take a day off. But leaving early during a day of “unproductiveness” is ten times more efficient than continuing working when you are not concentrated and all you will produce is mediocre work.
This is what I suggest you do today: take a break! Take some time for yourself to think, to relax… and to play battleship hahahaha!
I’ll be back on Wednesday with more valuable stuff. Don’t worry, I’m back for good ;-D
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