January 6, 2014, 5:00 am

The Longest Pause I Ever Took From Blogging and What It Gave Me

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging
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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.

 

THE PAUSE

 

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.

 

WHAT THIS BREAK GAVE ME BACK

 

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 Ive 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.

 

GOING FORWARD

 

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 dont 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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Comments

Nice to hear from you again and see that everything is alright. Congrats on getting that membership site up and going. That’s pretty amazing that it is already profitable after such a short time.

I’m totally in the camp that says if you don’t have anything good or valuable to post, then take a break and come back to it later. Sure your readers will wonder where you went, but its better than posting mediocre posts that no one will appreciate or find interesting.

You can try to motivate or challenge yourself to produce great work, but you can’t force creativity. Sometimes taking a little time to let the batteries recharge can do you all the good you’ll ever need.

by: The Financial Blogger | January 6th, 2014 (9:17 am)

Hey Money Design,

Yeah, the only trick is that you can’t pause your blog too often and for too long. It was about time I write something here and if I do the same thing in 2 months, I’ll start losing readers!

Glad to see the Battleship game I gave to your son serves the whole family! ;-)
To me, what you say also resonates with Derek Halpern’s introduction at FinCon when he made us stood up according to the frequency of our posts… As if writing was an obligation to get “something” up no matter what.
Anyways, happy to read you again! :-)

Awesome, welcome back. I went for a holiday in November and I’m still struggling to get something done. Way too much drinking:)

Hope you will have a successful 2014!
Cheers

Welcome back! I’m not sure if I’m being overly observant, but I’ve noticed that Canadian bloggers have a much more laid back attitude about work than American bloggers. A lot of Canadian bloggers took long breaks over the holidays.

Would you say Canadians are pretty focused on work life balance? If so, you should come out to Hawaii! I was there for 4 weeks on my company offiste. Lots of fun. But I still published 3-4 times a week.

by: The Financial Blogger | January 7th, 2014 (4:29 pm)

Hey Sam!

I never noticed this trend. In fact, it would be hard to measure as you would probably need to follow 50 Canadian blogs but 500 US ones to make your stats makes sense since there are thousands of US financial blogs. I really enjoyed my time off from blogging (first time in 7 years) but I will not make it an habit.

However, I think Canadians are more focused on work life balance than Americans, but that’s just my opinion.

4 weeks, that’s not an offsite anymore, it’s a company shutdown! hahaha!

I’m actually going to make it to Hawaii this year :-D

Good to see you’re back Mike. Can’t wait to read more about how the membership site is working!

by: The Financial Blogger | January 16th, 2014 (5:38 am)

Hey Kyle!

I’ll have a full case study about it! I’m compiling data at the moment to make sure I share everything :-)

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