My December Challenge – to write 31 articles in 31 days – was a success. That brings my challenge record up to 13.5 and 2.5 or a completion rate of about 84%. As you might have noticed I didn’t post goals for the last few months and indeed have not been updating this site. It’s not that I haven’t been active; it’s just that my attention has been focused elsewhere. That’s what I’d like to address today.
Previously I have compared this website to my experience with golf. I won’t rehash the whole story, but I’ll provide a quick synopsis. I played quite a bit growing up and enjoyed the game. While in high school and college I worked for three different golf courses over eight years. It was great: good people, fresh air, free golf, the works.
The only problem with working 8 -12 hours a day on a golf course is that after you’re done working you’re less inspired to stick around for another couple hours to take advantage of the free golf. I did it quite often, but my heart wasn’t in it as much as it could be.
That’s the same basic thing that is happening here. In December I wrote 34 regular Seeking Alpha articles along with 6 pieces for my premium service. In January it was 25 regular articles to go along with 7 commentaries on the premium side. Last month I put out 35 regular articles and 10 premium posts.
So that’s basically two articles per workday on average over the last three months. A couple hours for writing each, a few more hours for research and some time allocated to answering questions and working with subscribers effectively takes up the day. Now to be sure I could work on this site “after hours.” Yet my motivation for doing so, and the quality thus produced, would surely be diminished.
Moving forward I hope to change things up a bit. I’m not sure precisely what that will entail, but I’m excited to find out. That means taking a hard look at this website and figuring out what I’d like to do. For the moment I’m committed to getting something out (I have dozens of partial posts floating out there) each month for the next couple of months. I’m not yet ready to close the doors on the site, and thus want to keep it running for those loyal readers out there.
On the Seeking Alpha side, I’d anticipate the volume of regular articles coming down some and the premium side ramping up some. Put together I think this will net out to writing a bit less in the aggregate. I think writing will always be a part of what I do, but I also want to carve out some time to explore other (probably non-writing) possibilities. We’ll see what the future holds. As always, thanks for reading!