The economy of time
I’m back (physically, not mentally) from a reasonably long five-week vacation, only wishing for it never to end. I still feel pretty energy drained and would have needed at the very least twice as much time off to recharge fully. I am not exactly looking forward to going back to work.
During my vacation I have spent more time away from computers and the Internet than I have for the past 12 years or so. I’ve been at my dad’s house, watching the nearby lake, reading books, solving SuDokus, swimming, fishing, feeding ducks and just being generally lazy. I’ve also been thinking a lot, and I have realised that it’s time for a change.
Not sure yet how much you will notice of it, but here’s what’s going on: I can no longer justify spending nearly every waking hour of my spare time working on this site. That includes writing and researching articles, responding to comments and email, deleting and blocking spam and so on and so forth.
Why? At this point, I really need to buy a house in order to get on with my life. Houses cost a lot of money. This site does not generate a lot of money. It generates a lot of other nice things, but not enough money to buy a house, or even pay for the mortgage. So I need to spend more time on things that will generate more money. Exactly what that is, I don’t know yet. I’m open to any and all good money-making tips.
Yes, I also have a full-time day job. Unfortunately, that doesn’t generate enough money to buy a house either. Not the kind of house I’m looking to buy anyway. I like doing a bit of fixing up around the house, but I’m no handyman, so a house that needs a complete restoration is not what I’m looking for. I’m also not interested in a 2 hour daily commute. And that brings me back to the money issue.
To avoid any potential misunderstandings, my main goal with this site is not and has never been to make money. Being able to get a little bit extra by putting ads on it is just a nice side-effect. But when doing the math and dividing the revenue by the time spent working on it, the hourly wage is lousy. Really lousy. That’s why I’m looking to spend more time on something that has a chance of paying off better.
What will happen here is that there will be fewer articles of the technically oriented kind, especially advanced tutorials and references since those articles are the major time eaters.
I’m not going to stop writing completely, and it’s possible you won’t even notice that I’m spending less time here. I do have a few article drafts that I’ll finish up and post in the next few weeks. This is just a heads-up in case some of you start wondering.
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