I have read of authors writing entire books then throwing them in the trash. Perhaps that is what I am doing here. All I know is that I needed to start over.
I got caught up worrying about affiliate marketing and the blogging circle-jerk. No longer.
My strength has always been sharing my story for others to learn from.
On my old site I could no longer do that. I made the mistake of telling a few people in my personal life about that blog, and from that point forward I could feel underlying stress every time I’d write.
I wasn’t writing freely.
I had the most fun writing a couple of years ago when I was completely anonymous on a free blog platform.
Now, I was holding things back, and that was hurting you, the reader.
It’s the deepest, darkest observations of our own soul that transform us. It is also the realization that we are not alone in feeling them that gives us strength.
I want to write for you. I don’t want to write for SEO or affiliate marketing.
I was spending too much time with technical issues, themes, email lists, and hosting plans.
I got tired of worrying about a featured image or getting all the links right in my posts. Too much time spent.
My time is limited and I feel invigorated when I write. I want to write, plain and simple.
I feel a tremendous weight lifted by deleting that old blog.
I will bring back the best posts and update them here. They helped a lot of men, but now I can help even more.
Don’t believe the lie that you need top notch hosting and your own domain to share your message.
The biggest influencers in this sphere use free wordpress.com themes and hosting.
I was spending too much money. I like simplicity and I had made things complicated. My operating expenses on that blog were several hundred dollars a year, yet it was arguably no better than a free blog.
My goal is to have my living expenses as low as possible. That brings freedom.
From now on I can write for you, and me.
Will I switch over to a fancy url again someday? Maybe. Probably not.
Will I do affiliate marketing? No.
Will I monetize? I will sell a book someday, that’s it. I do some coaching for divorced guys as well, that won’t change.
Here’s the thing, I’m not going to self-promote and have some big launch of my next big project. I don’t have a long-term plan like that, I’d be lying if I said I did.
Nope, I am making all of this up as I go along, and that’s the beauty of it. No over-thinking or trying to stay “on message”. Just me and my thoughts and an uncertain path.
Thanks for following along.