I’m tired. Really, really tired. I’ve been tired for weeks. Those of you who follow this blog closely know that it’s been slow around here. I’ve only published ten blog posts since the beginning of August. For me, that’s three to four times less than normal.
I’m not burned out, but I’ve definitely been on a break from Post Status. I’ve gone days without visiting my own site or even looking at the stats (!!!).
This post is quite introspective; but I figured it was better to tell you what I’ve learned and what I’m thinking, versus act like everything is normal here.
Since 2010 I’ve regularly blogged about WordPress. I’ve had breaks before and this is probably my longest. Since launching Post Status a year and eight months ago, I’ve thought about it every single day of my life. I’ve probably not missed a single week until this last month, even when I took vacation.
This summer I’ve been gearing up for a lot of changes for Post Status, and honestly this break is at the worst time. I’m about 70% done with a complete redesign of the website, and I’ve spent months agonizing on how to direct the future of the blog and planning for a whole new revenue model. I want Post Status to be around for years, and for my own sanity and the long term relevance of Post Status, this break has been mandatory.
Range (the agency I’m part of) is growing and we are very busy. My personal life has been full of travel, obligations, and some changes (for the good!). Things have been nuts.
I knew that I could either slow down or burn out. I slowed down, and I looked at my priorities.
This blog is important. But not as important as job or family.
I love Post Status. I love blogging. I love WordPress. But not as much as I love my family, nor even my job. Post Status is not my primary revenue generator. In its current form it pays for itself but doesn’t really pay me.
While I’ve been focusing on my job and delivering quality projects to our clients, and handling outside obligations, I decided that Post Status needed to take a back seat for just a little bit.
This has pained me. Every time I see news, I want to write it. I still haven’t published my WordPress 4.0 post, something I’ve done every major release since WordPress 3.1 came out. Trust me, I hate this. Fortunately, kind people give me great reminders.
Don’t stress too much, there’ll be plenty of us waiting whenever you’re back
Statements like that one from Ryan McCue remind me why I love this community. You’re forgiving, and kind with your words, sharing, and encouragement.
Part of the future I’m planning is to make Post Status more capable for paying me for my time, and even paying for contributors to help make it great and to sustain the site while allowing me to take breaks like this past month.
When I make this shift to a new model, I’m going to ask you for help. This post should explain why I’ll be asking. I want to keep writing great content, and I want it to be sustainable for the long term. And I want to offer you, readers, great value for your investment.
I’ve said many times that Post Status has far greater value than just monetary. It’s how I’m plugged into the community, follow industry trends, build relationships, and so much more. I’ve even given WordCamp talks about this.
But I also want to make money. I only have so many hours in the day, and I’ve spent four years not making money, preparing to ask for it with your trust ensured.