TBB going intensely personal due to therapist’s orders. You can skip, go on and play outside!
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First, some blogosphere news: Looks like First2Board.org closed its doors? Or temporarily down? I could do a whole post on that but who has time? 🙂 (HT: C.B)
Comcast has killed my internet access at home so I went to my second office (Panera) to just make this post because why not? It is Saturday, not much happens and at this point in my life I do what I want. Actually, I have been doing that for a while lol.
What follows is a post about nothing, just voices in my head. My therapist says to let it all out because it makes me fell better. She is right 🙂
Let’s get some things straight. I am becoming a little bored with TBB, the online blogging world and The Hobby in general. This started as an experiment to see if I can do this and gave myself three months. Here we are almost three years later and I am still at it! Lets just say I don’t have much else to prove that I can blog and create/keep a following.
This blog was never about becoming a commercial success. Actually, the revenue that has come in to date has surpassed my wildest imaginations and I thank everyone of you who took ACTION to support it!
I would LOVE it if you all supported smaller blogs who have some passion for what we do instead of the mega pumping bloggers who masquerade as “experts” and pump their readers mercilessly with credit card sales! Don’t pick mine, just let us know you supported a blog that deserved it so you can keep them going! Prove that you do not have to become a ridiculous pumping whore promoting the credit card of the day (you can substitute this with the CSP card lol). Without this support these worthy bloggers give up.
I have enjoyed every minute I have spent on my blog. I know it has made a difference to more people than I ever dreamed of! I am always for quality instead of quantity!
Seeing a day without a single click is not so enjoyable but hey, you can’t have everything in life I suppose. What I LOVE is interacting with you! What I also really enjoy though is seeing Titans posting here in the comments. Well, actually there has only been one since the inception of this blog who has been totally fascinated with my blog, talk about creating devoted readers! The number 1 fan of this blog, Rick I or Ingy or the founder of Frugal Travel Guy, who I finally got him to come out and show me the love once again.
You have no idea how much I enjoy reading his comments, shake my head while yelling WTFs 🙂 I mean, he pretty much lays out for you who NOT to support. Thank you. Sadly, I did not get an update on my declining Alexa rankings. He is so obsessed with my blog that he is the only one checking them lol. And TBB is about entertainment and it would not be the same without him, just wished he visited more often, traffic shoots through the roof here when that happens!
I am finding myself stagnating. My day business keeps growing and I have pretty much stopped adding new clients. I have been doing it for so long that I am a little bored by it, therefore TBB came to my life. My next big goal was to be completely debt free before age 50 and I will be doing that before 49 rolls around eliminating my biggest expense. And I feel our hobby is dying, so much has changed over the last twenty years. I need me to find the next big challenge…
I always wanted to write a book. Or e-book. Or finally perhaps start a new personal finance blog? I am a bit of a perfectionist that if I decide to do something I am going 100% in. Or focus more on writing for the Wall Street Journal which I have neglected lately so I can TBB for Amazon clicks. Lol. When I type lol you bet I am laughing. Hard. No joke! I love TBB for the lols alone, the rest is just gravy, woohoo! TBB was always my little fun project on the side to keep me amused, busy and out of trouble.
I need to find a younger tech savvy person who is passionate about personal financial planning, hard worker, willing to learn, has empathy and is good with people and tech stuff so I can train him/her to eventually take over my business while I blog and write more to help more people and (this is important) go on trips that last a long long time. No conventional 9 to 5 job, not that I had any since the late 90s. I was working out of coffee shops before it became fashionable! I promise you it will be FUN. Why do something that is not fun, we only live once! If you know of such a person who has local Michigan ties please let me know.
I need to update the TBB lists. It’s coming. Some day. As is the email list. So is that trip report from the Hong Kong trip and the glorious summer trip to Greece. Or maybe I run out of gas. Or maybe I am just burned out lately and need a vacation lol.
This blog has no ads. Because I care for your eyes!
Having no internet access at home just blows!
I should go to the gym. I had tacos today.
I am also thinking of stopping the present TBB format of curating the best stuff on the Internet for you and go mega ranting once a week. Or just shut it down completely but what am I going to do with all this extra time? Or something. Oh the joys of having so many choices in life after making good choices all these years AND (this is important) having fun along the way.
Or maybe take a break, I plan to take a break over the holidays like Mile Nerd does.
I can’t believe I am nearing 50 and I can not wait do catch-up contributions to my retirement accounts bwahahaha. Maybe if I never saved 50% of the household income I would not have these thoughts because I would be so busy busting my ass to keep things afloat. Why is life so hard? I am joking. My site is a joke. Maybe I am giving up becoming a Titan? I don’t know, I am just typing what’s in my head.
There is a reason why bloggers like Point Princess and Just Another Points Traveler have changed their website names to their names, CarolineLupini and AngelinaTravels. Notice how both had “points” in them. We are all our own brand. And TBB is this no BS guy who is a certified miles addict, loves to travel, always joking and provoking, and credibility and integrity is his middle name. Holy crap, that is a hell of a middle name to add before his last name lol. Hmm, just re read this. I like that, joking and provoking, just made that up!
This was not written under the influence of any substances. Cough.
Any suggestions/feedback/comments/insults are welcomed. No guest writing proposals please, I am good. If you like to post a very interesting trip report to places we have not seen (that means no Hyatts!) please let me know. You can put it on your resume. “Guest writer at TBB”. Wow! 🙂
It’s time to make some decisions.
Thanks for listening/reading and your support.
And I leave you with this…
One final message to leave you with is:
DO NOT LET OTHERS DEFINE YOUR SUCCESS.
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