In case you haven’t noticed, the frequency of my posts has dropped dramatically over the last month. I went from 2 or 3 a week down to one or maybe zero. Twitter , I did jump on occasionally but only because of the notifications. I doubt anyone missed me, but I did disappear. Why?
Yes, it’s a convenient explanation for not having my sh*t together. It’s also, unfortunately, the truth.
As you already may know, one of my self-employment gigs is in the technology sector. The title of this post may have led you to connect self-employment with blogging, but it isn’t true in my case, yet. The blog is just an outlet – it may make some money at some point in the future. Maybe. Until then, it’s more about proving to myself I can keep writing when it doesn’t come naturally and when I never considered myself a writer.
Ironic, especially since I did exactly that, yeah?
A New Consulting Gig
An old client suddenly turned up out of the blue and requested assistance. They needed some fresh blood to come in on a temporary basis for a few months to help “right their ship”. I’m not sure I was qualified but they insisted. Of course, I could do with the extra money and so off I went. End result: the last few weeks I’ve been traveling back and forth from the Pacific Northwest.
It’s been pretty interesting but hectic at the same time. One would think (I know I did) that if I’m in a hotel room by myself at the end of the day, I would get enough time to write. After all, there are no chores to do or kids that need you. What I realized that I was invariably dog-tired by the time I ate dinner and made my way back to the room. By the time I finished digging through other emails I’d ignored during the day, I had expended so much brain power that writing a post was just not possible.
Now, I’m not complaining. I welcomed the work and enjoy it because it’s challenging. I also know that there are lots of road warriors that still find time to blog and do everything else. I’m just not sure I am there yet. I know I want to be able to do it.
Daddy, You’re Home!
My kids are used to me being home, and in their business all the time. This is true especially because I work from home when I’m not traveling or in meetings. In the past when I traveled for work, it was always the odd trip here and there and they’d be more excited about what I brought back for them. Recently, I’ll be glad to say it’s been a welcome change to have them miss me (and tell me so).
Maybe it’s because they’re getting older and more mature or maybe because they’ve given up on their frugal dad getting them expensive trinkets they don’t need.
I’ll take it either way. This also means, dear reader, that I’m more prone to sit and snuggle with them over anything else.
Light Me Up, Baby!
Around the same time, my wife’s parents are visiting from India. Given the lovely SoCal weather, they’ve been known to venture out for walks in all hours of the day and night. Unfortunately, the 40 feet distance from the street to our main door gets pretty dark after the sun sets. Oh, and did I mention that there are a few steps thrown in for good measure?
It’s like an accident waiting to happen.
I finally got off my b*tt and decided to get some 12-volt low voltage lighting up once and for all. I will spare you the details for a later post but after lots of research and hard work later, I had a transformer, switches, and LED lights hooked up. The lights look awesome, and the up-light on the palm trees throws off enough ambient light to make the entire area easy to see. I also found 10-yr old buried cable which led to the step lights and got those working as well. All in all, a satisfying end result that was worth the effort.
I still didn’t get a chance (read: make an effort) put out more than one post.
Let’s face it – those are all excuses.
However, the fact that blogging is tough – especially when it doesn’t pay – is also the reason I’m sticking to it. It’s not about financial independence, early retirement, saving or investing enough. Well, it’s about that but it’s more than that. It’s about:
- finding time for both what I need to do (to pay the bills) and what I want to do
- building something for the long haul. Most successful bloggers say it takes a minimum of a year of consistent posting before one’s blog starts to take off
- proving to myself that I can do it
- realizing that I should really have a backlog of posts written out exactly for times like these
I don’t know if I’m going to succeed. I do know that I’m going to try. And that dear folks, is what life’s all about.
What about you dear readers? Blogger or not, how do you handle demanding periods at work along with everything else that’s going on in your life?