The Shortest Blog Post I’ll Ever Write
Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been a ROUGH couple of weeks for yours truly.
For the most part, I like to post two times a week, and have those articles be relatively long. But lately, I’ve been struggling harder than a fat guy in the produce section. Why has it been so difficult for me to keep up with posting, you ask?…
Because I decided to get my ass in gear and get back to teaching.
Between the on-boarding, memorizing new names, and prepping for 4 different classes, I went from having tons of time on my hands to having very little. And what little I have had has been taken up by cooking something quick and trying to grade papers.
And as such, the blog has suffered in terms of my content production schedule. #wompwompwomp
But getting back to a “normal” job was something of a necessity for me, for a number of reasons.
Entrepreneurship is tough
A lot of people think that the entrepreneurship route can be sexy. After all, in the beginning you’re responsible for everything (good and bad) that happens to your business. You’re the boss, the head honcho, the Pablo to everyone’s Escobar. You even get to say that you created something from nothing! And that can be really liberating.
Until the sales don’t come in.
I had this idea that this blog was going to take off WAY faster than it has. And that’s ok. But when push comes to shove, you’ve got to keep in mind cashflow. And for the past couple months, the cash has been flowing…
In the wrong direction. And I can’t in good faith tell people how to save money when I’m spending more than I make. So back into the workforce I went, with a smile on my face and a kick in my step.
The Site Needs to Marinate
“Good things come to those who wait”, “Patience is a virtue”, “These things take time”… yeah, these were all things I really didn’t want to hear. After all, I have a degree in business, I should be able to make a financial blog take off with relative ease. “Finance blogs”, I used to say to myself, “how many can there be?”. I used to think that this should be a relatively easy venture…
Except there’s a lot that simply comes down to grinding and putting in the time. And while I’m happy to do that, I need to be sure that I’m doing something in the meantime that puts food on the table and keeps that roof over my head.
Not that the pennies that are raining from Adsense aren’t great…
Being your own boss is great, but…
…it sure can get lonely. Especially when you don’t have nearly enough money to hire an employee to chat with at the water fountain. Part of my decision to go back to work was the simple fact that I missed hanging out with people and seeing different people on a daily basis (in spite of the fact that I’m a textbook introvert).
After all, there are only so many ways you can clean a kitchen, and after the 4 different technique, most would agree that you’re certifiably crazy.
I miss it…
Yes, the earning money part. But I miss having very concrete understanding of why I get up every morning. And while helping people find financial independence is as honorable an activity as I can imagine, it’s hard to justify 12 hours a day and not reach the amount of people you need to.
Plus teaching is a very rewarding job. Even in the last couple days, I took a young man who was giving me a truckload of attitude and helped him understand a problem. He was able to get a much higher grade on his test.
…NO, not because I gave him the answers. Because I was able to convince him that he was capable on his own, which was in itself it’s own reward.
So moving forward:
I’m going to have to be WAY more structured with my time. It’s so funny how necessity breed innovation. The fact that I know have way less time probably means I’ll be more productive per hour on the blog…
God I hate how the human mind works sometimes.
But my goal is still to post 2x a week, and provide quality content that makes you pee your pants with laughter. Not a ton of pee, just a lil’. So you know it’s there.
As for the last couple of weeks… all I can say is the real world totally smashed me in the face.
Excited to be back in the workforce, and excited to see how the productivity on the blog increases (while the amount I sleep falls drastically).
Keep trying to crack the code,