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.