Putting the Blog on Hold for a While, Plus a Quick Update

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Hey everyone, thank you all for your support over the year and a half or so that I’ve been writing A New Ordinary.  I really hope you’ve gotten a lot of value out of it.

You may have noticed that I’m not writing very much any more, and it has been bugging me a lot.  I’ve come to the point where I still have a lot to write, but sitting down and taking the time to do it has been a struggle.

This blog has been a passion project for me and I do it only out of love.  Unlike most other people writing about entrepreneurship and lifestyle design, I’ve had no plans to make any money from my blog.

You’re welcome internet 😉

Focusing on Business

As I’ve said time and time again, the time I have available to work on my business is quite limited and precious, and I’ve recently redoubled my efforts on my work.

I don’t know if it’s apparent or not, but each blog post I write takes an enormous amount of time, often a full day of writing and editing after days or weeks of thought.  I don’t just sit down and bang it out in an hour.  Lately for some reason, the posts have been getting longer and longer, possibly because I’m tackling bigger topics, taking more time to write.

Spending that much time on anything besides family or business right now just isn’t practical, which is why I’m putting the blog on hold.

Writing Becomes a Chore

I’m gonna be real with you here, and this might be interesting to those of you who are considering starting a personal project.  I’m starting to dread writing, and I’m not 100% sure why, though it could be because of the time issue.

Until recently when I had a few spare hours instead of chilling out in front of the TV, my idea of a great time was simply sitting down and writing a blog post.  Now though, I feel like it’s something I have to do when I’d really rather not, and creating additional stress in my life.

All the Things I Wanted to Tell You

I do still have a lot I want to tell you about.  Here are a couple examples of posts I’ve been developing for months:

– Neck/back pain – I’m suffering pretty severely from neck pain, due to using a laptop for extended periods of time.  It affects everything I do, and I can’t exaggerate how awful it is (though that’s an exaggeration in itself 😉 ). I’m going to physical therapy and slowly getting better.

I’ve been wanting to warn all my friends who run businesses from laptops – explain why and how it happens, and most importantly what you can do to avoid it.  I was planning videos and everything, a long post…. but…. it hasn’t happened.

I will say right now, if you use a laptop for more than an hour a day, IT’S CRITICAL THAT YOU ELEVATE YOUR SCREEN OFF THE TABLE.  The top of the screen should be at eye level.  You’ll have to get a laptop stand and a keyboard and mouse.  At the very least put the computer on a stack of books or on a box.

I know it sounds like a pain, but seriously, you know what the real pain is? Neck pain! Plus the $120/visit to the physical therapist once or twice per week.

I recommend the Roost Stand.  I’ve been using it for a few months and it’s spectacular, much better than the previous stand I had. (No, this is not an affiliate link – I’ve been begging them to give me one 😉 )

– Hiring a full time VA – I hired a customer service rep full time.  He’s amazing and it’s gone very well so far.  I pay him $300/month to work nights from the Philippines.

But, these stories and more are all getting put on the back burner.

What to Expect

I’m not shutting the blog down, and I will be writing in the future, I just don’t know how often.

A Quick Update

VA – As I mentioned, I did hire a full time VA, and I’m actually having him slowly take over my store, all the operations, so I can focus on other things.  The goal is for the store to keep growing even without me, and it’s starting already – I’m having him add products, while I just supervise.

FBA – With my time freed up, I’m moving on to my next business – a private labeled product on Amazon!  I’m suuuuper excited about this!!!  I can’t really say anything about it now because I just started researching potential products on Friday.

So that’s it for a while.  I wish you all the best in whatever journey you’re on!  Keep in touch, I’m not going anywhere, I’m just going to be quiet.

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9 Responses

  1. Preston says:

    Taking a break will hopefully be good for you and maybe later you will want to write about your experiences again. Hope everything goes well!

  2. Joe says:

    Hey, I don’t know you personally, (or how I stumbled across your blog come to think of it) but I know all about the DSL guys and Johnny FD. In my opinion they’re slimy dudes who take people like you for a ride by promising the world, getting rich off half truths and cheap tactics. I’m sure they’re nice guys in person or something, who knows, but everyone I know outside their little circle sees them as snake oil salesman and wishes they’d gtfo of Chiang Mai. Anyway, enough of that, I’m glad you got out of dropshipping, FBA is much more profitable, far less downsides and all the information is free. DO NOT buy a freaking course like you did before, you’re only lining some other guys pockets. I do well outta FBA and I’m lazy as hell, anyone can do it if they have a bit of sense and avoid the sharks.

    • Isaac says:

      Hi Joe, thanks for the comment. Ordinarily I’d delete it, because I don’t allow any negativity on my blog, but in this comment and your other comments (on the FBA post) you are trying to be helpful.

      But I do need to address what you said. It doesn’t actually matter to me what you or others think of people, but this is my blog, so I’ll set the record straight. Johnny FD and Anton are personal friends of mine and I will always stick up for them. They’re honest and genuinely helpful guys who are sharing what made a difference in their lives, and I owe them both a great deal for helping me get to where I am now.

      As far as drop shipping goes, I’m not out of it. The store is still running and growing, with the help of my VA while I supervise. I’ve earned back many times when I put into it, and plenty of people I know make a good living doing it.

      For the record, if anyone wants my view on paying for information vs. taking advantage of free info, see this post and scroll down to “Be careful who you listen to” and “Paying for information.” http://www.anewordinary.com/businesses-for-beginners/

      But yes, I am excited for this FBA business, and and am glad that you’ve done well with it!

      • Joe says:

        Hey no problem, apologies for the tinge of negativity. Hope it works out well for you!

        If it helps, I also ‘FBA’ eBay (for lack of a better term). The same products that I sell on Amazon, but I use fulfillment centers (like AZ but unconnected, plenty of them around) to basically have the same set up running on eBay. You could fulfill via AZ itself but the costs ramp up quite considerably and fulfillment centers work out a lot better with delivery options and otherwise. Might be worth looking into at some point!

        • Isaac says:

          Thanks and no worries on the comments. That’s an awesome idea, one that I’ve been wondering about as well. I’ll definitely keep it in mind in for the future.

  3. Joe says:

    Oh, and get a standing desk! Changed my working life.

    • Isaac says:

      Got one! Thanks for the suggestion, and I do find the desk helpful. Although, standing isn’t going to do anything for your neck if you’re still looking down at a laptop screen. You still need to have it elevated.

      • Joe says:

        Ah, of course yeah, good point.

        One thing I’ve suffered with after years hunched over in an office is forward head and shoulders, back pain and neck pain not unlike yourself, I’ve found these little exercises every morning and now and again in the day have helped immensely, feel free to give them a try. It helps with my back and general posture, hopefully they’ll help with your neck a little.

        Not sure if links are allowed so I’ll de-link the url.


        • Isaac says:

          Yeah it’s not talked about enough. Posture is super important, and you only learn after the pain comes unfortunately. Thanks for the link (links are allowed by the way).

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