According to Wikipedia:
“Sabbatical or a sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work, or a hiatus, often lasting from two months to a year.”
Over the last few weeks, I’ve given a lot of thought to the future of Fiscal Fizzle. It’s one of the largest personal projects I’ve ever taken on in my life.
As responsibilities in my life have evolved since the launch of the blog last February, so has the time and energy available to maintain this blog:
- My wife and I had our first child in early January. He’s been a blessing in terms of routine and schedule, but I obviously still want to give him all the attention in the world.
- I was promoted at work to a serious position that comes with a whole new set of responsibilities. I committed to meeting those responsibilities and doing it at 110%. It’s also a leadership position that requires investment of time outside of work to sharpen my skills and advance my career.
- I put a lot of other goals on hold to maintain this blog, including personal hobbies like music and reading, volunteering, and helping others. I also let my personal health slip away a bit too far.
I’m not saying that blogging has caused some kind of anguish, or prevented me from doing any of these things. That’s not the case at all, and the many successful bloggers out there are proof that it can be done.
But when you’re putting anywhere between 10 and 30 hours of work on a week-to-week basis into a blog, physical and time limitations take hold, and something else has to take second place. For me, blogging consumes not only time, but the finite space in my brain that I have for processing daily information.
I’ve intuitively known for a little while now that something would have to change, or I would burn out.
The easiest thing to do would be to quit blogging. Arguably, the worse thing to do would be to publish half-ass posts in the hopes that you’ll stick around.
For your sake and mine, I am not interested in doing either. Writing is something I love to do and I don’t foresee stopping anytime soon. Secondly, quality over quantity is something I committed to a long time ago on this blog.
A third alternative is to simply to put Fiscal Fizzle on “pause” for a period of time long enough to catch up on life, figure a couple of things out, and come back with renewed strength.
How long will I be away? Based on what I’d like to accomplish, about 3-6 months. I’ve set a goal to come back in 3 months and either re-start blogging or update you with my latest goings-on.
Here are just a few things I hope to tackle in the coming months:
- First and foremost, relax. Learn to sit still, meditate, and reach into my thoughts.
- Spend time with my family, including my wife and son.
- Get my health back under control and get in the best shape of my life.
- Learn a new language and a new instrument.
- Write…wait, what? Yes, I’ll still be writing! It might mean finally getting to my e-books, or getting ahead on blog posts, but I will definitely be writing. I’ll also still be posting to Untemplater and Complete Organizing Solutions on a monthly basis.
- Consider Fiscal Fizzle’s true message and business plan. What I think the blog is about has evolved as I continue writing. I’d really like to pin this down and communicate it to my readers clearly.
- Help people. My new set of blogging skills is immensely helpful to a lot of people. I’ll be helping 4-5 friends with their own sites with nothing expected in return.
- Enhance my career. I’m at a point in life where I still have a lot to learn, and doing the learning will help me immensely down the road.
- Whatever else of value comes along!
It’s a long list, but I’m not in a hurry to get started. I’m relying on my gut to tell me when the time is right.
Signing Off, For Now
I’ve never seen this done on any other blog, and I understand that there is a “business cost.” Many of you may unsubscribe, others will forget about me.
But that’s okay, and I’m willing to give a little to get a lot back. I’ve seen too many blogs die in a fireball of scattered, crappy posts, and I simply won’t let that happen here.
No worries, many of you will still probably see me around Twitter and commenting on various blogs around the web. You can always send me an email if you want to chat, too!
You have my word that on August 11th, 2010, you’ll get an update on where I stand. And I hope that it’s a good one. 🙂
How can you stay updated? Just keep me in your RSS reader or email subscription, and you’ll get right back in the groove when I return! I really hope you stick around.
In the words of a famous ex-actor, I’ll be back.
With thanks and appreciation, Wojo.
Photo by Meagan