Have you ever had one of those projects where you just beat your head against the wall over and over again? The kind of project where you struggle at every turn, and there seems to be no hope for improvement?
Until you finally throw in the towel? Yeah, that’s how I feel right about now.
This blog has been a huge struggle to keep going since day-one. I’ve devoted tons of my personal time into it with little-to-no financial reward.
Rather than waste my precious years on hopeless projects, I’ve finally decided to make some major life changes.
Game Over Man, Game Over
Over the life of this blog, I’ve published 132 posts, served 51 thousand unique users a total of 335 thousand pages. I’ve been featured on sites like RetireBy40, and interviewed by the likes of Financially Alert and Mr. 1500 (twice!) I’ve even been on Rockstar Finance 3 times!
Pathetic isn’t it? Yeah, I’m unsatisfied with these results. I’ve spent about a year and a half on this project and the blog has served up a few hundred thousand pages. Meanwhile, other bloggers have millions of pageviews. LAME! I hate failure!
It really is humbling how much of a popularity contest the internet turns out to be. 🙁
Well, I’m NOT about popularity contests or pandering to the public — staying vague or ‘neutral’ to win popularity just isn’t my thing. I want to have a REAL friggen opinion if I’m going to blog. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s needed to be a real blogger.
Which brings me to the first major change I’m announcing today — I’m calling it quits on my blogging venture!
My Skin Just Wasn’t Thick Enough
Despite all my talk about having a thick skin, I guess I didn’t develop a thick-enough skin. Sorry folks, I’m just too sensitive to standup to all those mean internet trolls.
That’s the price of having a real opinion and sharing it in public — harsh criticism and personal attacks from internet trolls.
Standing up to a constant barrage of criticism isn’t easy…you begin to question if your opinions and (in my case) your way of life.
Instead of sleeping the blissful quiet sleep of and early-retiree, I cried myself to sleep far too many times.
It’s no longer fun to put myself out-there when every word that dances from my fingers gets criticized. 🙁
Not having to deal with that will make my life much better…which is why I need to end this whole ‘blog & early retirement’ venture.
Done! End! Caput! Finito! Oshimai! I’m calling it quits!
Giving It All Back
The days of living on my own terms, and sticking it to “the man” need to end too. I was terribly unproductive over the past year and a half.
Frankly, I REALLY DO need a boss to tell me what to do everyday. Otherwise I’m just a lazy slug. I know that now. In order to be productive, I need a job. I need all that structure. I need to head to work every day and have that hour long commute.
Having millions in the bank does nothing for my motivation either. As long as I don’t need to work, I’m not going to be groveling at the foot of my boss….which is a problem if I really want to be successful in my career.
So, back to making changes — If I really want to sign up for this “work for life” business, I’m going to have to give my entire fortune away — that way I’m in constant need of a paycheck. I’ll need to do whatever it takes to survive paycheck to paycheck!
This brings me to my second big announcement — I’m going to give my entire multi-million dollar fortune away! Partly as a way to motivate myself, and partly to give up my Financial Independence.
Anybody want it?
Ha ha! April Fools! Did I get anybody?
I love a good April Fools day joke, and my regular posting schedule just happened to land on April 1st this year. I couldn’t resist a little tomfoolery. 🙂
Obviously I’m NOT going to be giving away my money, financial independence, OR going back to work. The thought of doing any of that just seems completely ridiculous!
Life is SOOO much better now that I’m done with jobs, commuting, and trying to curry favor with bosses. Financial Independence is awesome!
Now, I wake-up truly excited for every new day I’m gifted to have. Life is now a wonderful adventure, instead of that 9am to 6pm slog to the next weekend.
Oh, and all that stuff about being overwhelmed by the haters and quitting? Complete bunk. I actually really enjoy having a blog. The wonderful FIRE community totally makes it worth it! Thank you guys!
Thank you for all the optimism, hope, and encouragement I receive! You guys make it all worth it!
All the hateful stuff just gets deleted. It doesn’t bother me in the least! I really have developed a thicker skin since I became FI.
Well, that’s it for today! Smile everybody, because life is awesome! 🙂