Pursue Your Passion, But At What Cost?

by derek on January 26, 2009 · 104 comments

There is no question that I have a passion for blogging and all things related to the Interweb – writing code, sharing knowledge, helping people, and building relationships.
The ideal that many of us strive for is to find work that we love while still being able to provide for ourselves and loved ones. Shortly after I began blogging, I have had the desire to see this passion become that work that I love to do and be able to provide for my family.
But at what cost does one pursue their passion?
With a full-time day job being balanced with three blogs and countless other side projects, there have been sacrifices made. Sacrifices by my family. Sacrifices by me. There has been some degree of success, building up to the point where my blogs earned nearly $10,000 in 2008, but it has certainly been a difficult road.
As much as I have tried to keep everything balanced, I have failed.
The late nights spent working on the blogs and various projects have been having a negative impact on my family.
So what does this mean?
Right now this means that I need to take a step back and focus on my family and life away from the Interweb. There is no timetable on how long I will be away but right now the cost of pursuing my passion is too high for me to continue on this path.
This doesn’t mean that I will stop pursuing work that I love, or that I will completely unplug. While I understand that stepping away will make it more difficult to build on what has been started here, this is something that I have to do.
Knowing all of you, I am confident that you will understand.
Before I go, I’d just like to say thank you to each and every one of you. The interactions that we have shared is what has made it so much fun to pursue this passion and that is something I truly cherish.
Thank you!

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Tyler @ Building Camelot January 26, 2009 at 9:47 am

Derek: I know you won’t be gone forever but you will be missed. Congrats on making that kind of cash through your blogs but it’s refreshing to hear that it’s not as important as your family.
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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:04 am

Tyler, thank you. As we move forward, I am confident that I will find a way to work more efficiently and achieve that balance that works for me and my family.

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Michael Kwan @Beyond the Rhetoric January 26, 2009 at 9:49 am

And let’s not forget about that massive commute that you have with your job too. I still can’t believe how you do it.
This post echoes a sentiment that I expressed in Trading Dollars for Hours. At some point, you have to step back and reflect on what is more important to you. Success takes time, but you also want to cherish the time you have.
Michael Kwans last blog post..Transcending Hopes and Dreams

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:09 am

Yes, the commute can be a drain and is certainly part of my motivation towards finding alternate means of providing for my family.
By taking a step back, I am expecting to learn which activities contribute the most to achieving the success that I desire and focusing my efforts on those activities.
Thanks Michael.

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Ryan January 26, 2009 at 10:05 am

As you get older, you’ll never look back on life and regret choosing to spend more time with your family.
Great choice.

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:10 am

Thanks Ryan, I appreciate your support.

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Jesse@SoLinkable January 28, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I was going to write a new comment, but then I realized that Ryan said it perfectly. Take your time Derek. I’m just sad that I haven’t been here for a full month yet and you’re already leaving πŸ™
Jesses last blog post..FTC slaps Do Not Call Violators with $1.2 Million in penalties

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derek January 30, 2009 at 8:08 am

Jesse, thanks for understanding. BTW, nice change on the avatar – I’m sure there is an interesting story or two behind that picture, lol.

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Neil@PS3 January 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

We should be thanking you, Derek, not the other way around. You have brought some great tips and posts and I love coming here to see what you have been doing.
Enjoy your time away and we hope to see you again soon.

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:12 am

Neil, I appreciate the feedback and it has been a pleasure having you become a part of the community.

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Dave January 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm

It’s understandable. I’d recommend sizing down what you do, and concentrate on what brings in the revenue. While there are benefits to each project, such as this blog which builds new relationships, opens up new projects, etc, it sounds like you don’t have the bandwidth to do it. Perhaps if the money making portion of your internet work was making enough to be full time, you could come back to this blog.
I’ve drastically cut down the amount of posts on my own personal blog for this very reason.

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:14 am

Dave, as I move forward I believe this is exactly what I will need to do. The important thing for me to do is to determine which activities and vehicles put me in the best position to achieve my goals.
Thanks.

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Andrea January 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I hope you find a happy medium for everything. See ya around, Derek! You know where you can find me πŸ™‚

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:18 am

Thanks Andrea, I appreciate the support and the conversations that we have shared – not to mention all of the time that I spent trying to beat your high score in the highly addictive game you shared on your blog. πŸ™‚

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Kelvin Kao January 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm

You will figure it out, man. You will.
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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:20 am

Thanks Kelvin, that means a great deal.

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Steve@trade show displays guru January 26, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Hey Derek,
I understand. Life is all about balance. I admire that you are putting your family first. The internet and blogging will always be here, but your kids are only kids for a short while. It’s important to live and enjoy life… you can always work tomorrow!
~ Steve, the trade show displays guru
PS. I hope your “break” isn’t too long, and that you can at least come back “part time” pretty soon. πŸ™‚
Steves last blog post..My Wife is Famous

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:22 am

Steve, thanks for the support and understanding. Feel free to periodically send me emails with your creative signatures, as those will be missed. πŸ™‚

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Internet Strategist January 26, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Prioritizing is one of the greatest skills we each must develop and it is obvious your priorities are in the right order for you and your family.
While you’re focusing on other aspects of your life we’ll keep figuring out how to make blogging replace jobs so you can stop commuting and have more time for family and writing.
Eventually blog readers will realize the blogger is worthy of his pay.
Internet Strategists last blog post..Finding Interesting FriendFeed Users

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:26 am

Thank you, your support and feedback is appreciated. Be sure to let me know if you figure that out!

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MLDina January 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm

While I’m sorry to see you won’t be blogging as often, I completely understand the need to have balance and prioritize what matters. I hope you enjoy the additional time with your family, and that we’ll see you in the blogosphere again soon. Maybe you can make blogging a family activity in the future.

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:28 am

Dina, thanks for stopping by and sharing your support. It would be great to see blogging become a family activity – my kids have already expressed an interest and already have their domain names, lol. I’ve tried to get my wife involved but she does not share that enthusiasm unfortunately.

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Jayson January 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Derek I understand your decision and respect it. You’ll be missed bro and I’m sure you’ll be back full time soon enough.
Thanks for all the information you’ve shared and the personal help you’ve given. You didn’t fail, being a family man is hard work, which is why people often choose not to do it. Congrats on your decision; your fam is worth it πŸ™‚
Let me know if I can ever return the favors.

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:31 am

Thanks Jayson. It has been a pleasure being able to share with everyone and offer help to people directly that have contacted me. That is one of the things that I will miss the most.

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lornadoone January 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I know this is a hard decision for you, Derek. Good for you for choosing to put your family first. I, for one, really respect that. I know that great things are in store for you!
lornadoones last blog post..Our Freelance Business Is Growing

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:33 am

Lorna, you are right that it is going to be hard to step back from something that I love but at the same time it is easy to step towards something that I love even more.
It has been a pleasure working with you at Sparkplugging and getting to know you – and look forward to more interaction in the future.

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Ling@Uptake January 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm

You gotta do what you gotta do. Wish you luck and happiness, Derek, and hope you do well in whatever you plan on doing.
And if you come back after eating up all these nice goodbyes from everyone here, you are going to be in big trouble. πŸ™‚

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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:35 am

Lol, I actually gave a good deal of thought on whether I should post anything or not. But I didn’t want to simply cease posting without some form of communication to everyone that holds a special place to me.
The support that everyone has shared has been amazing.

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Damien Riley January 26, 2009 at 11:57 pm

I think all of us Semmler fans agree that Derek is the nicest guy on the internet. Comments that would have sent me fuming expletives have brought out only kindness and solutions from him.
I have modeled the way I blog after many of Derek’s inventions. I have found the career of blogging to be maddening at times but I have also found from Derek’s example that there are smart shortcuts one can develop.
I’ve been blogging with Derek for about 2 years and it has been an honor. May this only be a time of understanding what the balance is. Derek, you are truly great.
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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:40 am

Damien, thank you for the extremely kind words. It has been a true pleasure getting to know you over these last couple of years and even though we have never formally met, I consider you to be a friend.
You have taught me a great number of things and I appreciate the opportunities we have had to share knowledge with one another.
Thanks for everything Damien.

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Dnepropetrovskij Intim January 27, 2009 at 4:22 am

You are quite right!
Family is very important!
We will be here, when you come!
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derek January 27, 2009 at 6:41 am

Thanks, I appreciate the support.

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Nicole Price January 27, 2009 at 8:21 am

I have learned a great deal from your posts and have always enjoyed the exchange of views. I understand your need to step back a bit but just need to say that I shall miss your posts and banter. Have a great time with whatever it is that you will now do.
Nicole Prices last blog post..Home Accents: Ideas and Deals

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derek January 30, 2009 at 8:10 am

Nicole, thanks for the note. It is great to know that some of the information that I have shared has been helpful.

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Provilia@Provirilia January 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I have great respect for you for doing this. Good luck with everything!

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derek January 30, 2009 at 8:13 am

Thanks, I appreciate the note.

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Nick@romandock dot com January 28, 2009 at 12:01 am

It’s good to know that you have your priorities straight, but you’re contributions will greatly missed and it will feel as if there is a hole in the blogosphere. I can only hope that this post which reads like a goodbye is really just saying that things will be moving at a bit slower pace than they have in recent times and/or a bit of a “blog vacation” is in effect.
It’s been fun being a part of the community here and I’ve learned a lot from what you have had to say. I will continue to be subscribed to the RSS feed so as to not miss anything upon your return.
As always, if there is anything I can do to help you out with your sites in the meantime, don’t be afraid to ask.
Nicks last blog post..Reviews For Dennis – A Contest Entry

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derek January 30, 2009 at 8:17 am

Nick, thank you for being one of the leaders of the community and for everything that you have contributed. While this might read like a goodbye, I too am hoping it will not be permanent but right now I just don’t know and don’t want to promise anything.
Your support is truly appreciated!

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Mark@Odzyskiwanie danych January 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

It’s great that you came to this conclusion as early as you did. 3 blogs and a full time job, not counting other projects is a short way to becoming a workaholic and we all know how that might end …
Take a break, enjoy life. Love your family – focus on the important things in life.

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derek January 30, 2009 at 8:19 am

Thanks Mark. That is very close to the truth, as I was working far too much – work all day, come home and spend a few hours with the family and then work all night.
Right now I am scaling back and trying to put my family before all of the work, while also taking inventory of which of those work activities are truly important and were adding value.

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Dofollow Blogs January 28, 2009 at 9:20 am

An Internet business is not as easy as the gurus said. I recently read that less than 5% make any money in their first two years. Yet it takes so much time. I don’t have another job, but have worked 60 hour weeks on my Internet business for close to two years.
By the way, I have listed this blog as a dofollow blog and send a few readers your way. I’ve linked to the page above.
I’m in the process of updating the rankings and providing a bit of information about each site. Updates should be up by Wednesday. Let me know if you’d like to change yours.
Warmly,
Linda P. Morton

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derek January 30, 2009 at 8:25 am

It certainly is not easy to make money, and while I was able to generate an income from the blogs it was not enough to provide for my family.
There have been weeks where I have worked the 40+ hours at the day job and then come home and work 50-60+ hours on side projects. That might sound like a lot, but it doesn’t even feel like work to me. The bad part of that is that it takes away from my family and that is what I was losing sight of.

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Marc Norris@Work at Home Dad January 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I know that having an online business can be tough on a family – just ask my wife and she will tell you the effect that my business has had on the family – and I am sure she will say that it isn’t all positive.
But, for myself, the chance to pursue my passion and have some time with my kids, it is worth some of the negative consequences.
I just hope my kids see it the same way once they are grown up.
Marc Norriss last blog post..Time for a New Look

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derek January 30, 2009 at 9:01 am

Marc, thanks for sharing your experience.

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Steve@Free iPods January 28, 2009 at 12:37 pm

$10,000 can never buy or replace the time spent with family and most importantly, getting to see your kids grow up. Before you know it they are making their own way and you can’t turn the clock back.
Missing you already!
Steves last blog post..Store replica pulling in the punters on iPhone

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derek January 30, 2009 at 9:02 am

Thanks Steve!

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Lisa@Seo Cart January 29, 2009 at 7:52 am

It’s sad that we have to make a choice between our work and our family … In a perfect world one would never have to sacrifice one for the other. In our world – it’s sometimes necessary, especially with the financial crisis going on …
Anyway, I hope you are aware of this and will make an informed choice πŸ™‚

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derek January 30, 2009 at 9:04 am

I don’t really view it as making a choice between one or the other, but I need to take the time to learn how to manage a better balance between my work and my family.
Thanks for the feedback, I am confident that everything will work out for the best.

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Steve@Free iPods January 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

It’s sad at the time but will reap happiness in the long run.
Steves last blog post..Where Have All My Google Authority Sitelinks Gone?

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Chris @ DominateIM January 29, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I wish you the best of luck Derek. Get everything in order and then come back strong. We’ll be waiting.

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derek January 30, 2009 at 9:04 am

Thanks Chris, that means a great deal.

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Debra January 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Keeping priorities in line is very important, and family responsibilities should always come before computer activity.

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Steve@Free iPods January 30, 2009 at 2:26 am

I think it was a bit more than just “computer activity” for Derek. He has a thriving community of readers and actually makes money from blogging.
Steves last blog post..Where Have All My Google Authority Sitelinks Gone?

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derek January 30, 2009 at 9:06 am

Steve is correct that it was a bit more than just computer activity, however there were plenty of tasks that I was spending considerable time performing that weren’t really adding to the efforts of building an income from the Interweb. It is those tasks that I need to eliminate and then I might be able to balance things better.

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Cashmere Lashkari January 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Well, I started blogging just to keep my sanity. I don’t sell anything and am not into internet marketing. So it remains something of a hobby that I am passionate about. The occasional content development I do is hardly going to make huge demands on my time. So I still love to blog and its no pressure yet.
Cashmere Lashkaris last blog post..Ceremonial Parade

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Cashmere Lashkari January 29, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Hope you can get back to blogging as I do enjoy reading what you have to say. Enjoy your break.
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derek January 30, 2009 at 9:28 am

Thanks for the feedback and support!

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Dawn January 30, 2009 at 12:37 am

It’s always a hard thing to do. Sometimes business gets in the way and you can almost see the goal but you still have that family to take care of and means the world to you. I think if you’re truly lucky, you can split both of these equally.

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derek January 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

The balance between work and family is critical, while it won’t always be perfectly in tune and balanced, it is important to keep them as close as possible. For me right now, that equation had become too far out of balance on the side of work.

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Harvey@Free PS3 January 31, 2009 at 6:24 am

It’s a very hard thing to do – balance family life with the interweb. Good luck and i can’t wait till you come back to blogging!

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derek February 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for the support.

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Patrick@pays to live green February 1, 2009 at 11:59 am

I agree with you completely. I am working 40+ hours a week and trying to balance working on my blog, school and my family. It’s really tough to find that balance in life especially when you enjoy writing a blog. As you are doing, sometimes your family has to come first as life is only so long.
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derek February 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Patrick, you are absolutely correct – for too long I had been putting all of my work ahead of time with my family and right now I need to adjust that imbalance.

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Neil@Free Wii February 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I hope these pages don’t just turn into a page from spam comments now derek may not be frequenting very often

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derek February 1, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Neil, I have noticed a recent surge in spam comments and I am still trying to keep them off the site. I’m still receiving email notifications whenever there is a comment and I try to remove them as soon as possible if they are just spam.

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Steve@Free iPods April 27, 2009 at 11:21 am

Not been around for a while, things kinda weren’t the same once Derek’s posts dropped off.
How are things Derek?

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derek May 7, 2009 at 5:45 am

Things have been okay; have had some interesting experiences (some good and some not so good) but stepping away was certainly the right thing for me.

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Internet Strategist February 4, 2009 at 12:36 am

They won’t. We’ll let Derek know if we see them before he does. πŸ™‚
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Steve@Free iPods February 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm

..and also a few of you chaps trying to emulate my success and follow my links – lol
Steves last blog post..Ubuntu On Your PS3!

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Taz February 1, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Family comes first no matter what. You won’t regret it though. You got great courage bro. God bless
Tazs last blog post..Passion Leads To Success

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Scott February 1, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Thanks for all the posts Derek, they will be missed. I had to do the same thing with my blog. Although I enjoy blogging, I need to focus my time on family and supporting my career. That’s why I plan to do another block that shows off my abilities since that will support my career.

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Asher Awesome February 2, 2009 at 5:18 am

Hi Derek, it’s great that you’ve decided to slow things down a little to refocus. I think guys tend to work so hard until we forget who and what we’re working for sometimes. However, have you considered outsourcing some of your work?
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Goa February 2, 2009 at 8:14 am

I am here for the first time. However I see that you have been quite successful at wht you have been doing. 10,000 by sure is no easy work.
However balancing work with family was always going to be helpful.Like they say ” too much of anything is bad”
While your decision to step back is truly personal, I hope you reconsider it sooner than later to have a healthy mix of both.With blogging I imagine it is easier said than done.
But your strength seems to be your dedication. Even while you consider a break you have been meticulous enough to respond to each one personally.
No wonder you need a break!
Good luck!
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Friendster Layouts February 3, 2009 at 11:09 am

Great post! I’ve bookmarked your blog. Hope we can swap links.
Why can’t I open your rss feed? No post is showing.
Best Regards!
Ginj

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derl February 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm

seems like a good choice but you should be able to balance both, don’t totally give up on the blog just cut back

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khaled February 4, 2009 at 4:29 am

Hi Derek you are making the right decision family always has to come first, the end of the day that’s what all the hard work is for to better their lives.
When and if you find that healthy balance between family life and blogging and decide to start posting again, your readers will all be back because you have provided us all with great inspiration.
Khaled

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Marquee Hire Birmingham February 6, 2009 at 3:04 am

You work too hard!! and you sound like you care about your family a lot!!!

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Justin@Airsoft Guns February 9, 2009 at 5:43 am

Ahh, so that explains why there has been a wider margin in the dates between your posts. If you need to take a break, go ahead. Family is one of the most important things in this world, and it should certainly be focused on.

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olly@Guitar Effects Pedals February 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

Derek
I totally sympathise with your issue! There just is not enough hours in the day!
I really wish you success in your online ventures as I am sure one you can earn enough from online you will have more time to do the things you love!

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Melanie Thomassian February 9, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Hi Derek,
There’s no doubt about it blogging takes up your time, and it’s not an easy thing to keep doing at times.
I wish you all the very best as your work on your family life, after all nothing else really matters at the end of the day! You will be missed, but hope to see you around in the coming days πŸ™‚
Melanie Thomassians last blog post..7 Ways You Can Encourage Your Friends to be Healthy

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Chris@Christian church supplies February 10, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I salute you for making the wise decision to choose family above everything else.
I know things will fall into place for you. Just hang in there.
Chris

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Sonja February 14, 2009 at 3:40 am

Hi,
I have read it on OySite.com promotional content that its very easy to make money on web.Thet are providing some tools.But my personal experience says it is no way easy,i never earned any money from my blog in last 5 years.Even my site is not generating hansome dollars.I dont know how to start with all this.please help if you can

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Dieta February 19, 2009 at 5:22 am

While all this is correct, we live in difficult times. At least economically. Sometimes we need to postpone focusing on passion, family and other important things in life, just to earn enough to pay the rent. For those of you that are in this situation (like me) – don’t give up! Work hard, educate yourself and once again, work hard. Better times will come!

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randi February 23, 2009 at 7:58 am

well done man, you have done really great and we are proud of you.
you showed some great tips on posts
keep up the good work and always try for the best

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lorraine February 24, 2009 at 8:06 am

i can certainly empathize with you. It’s a tough job but it is also quite fulfilling. πŸ™‚
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Terry @ Lighting Glossary March 3, 2009 at 7:24 am

I can relate…it’s wicked hard to balance family, work, pleasure…take your time and enjoy the fam!!!

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Arena March 7, 2009 at 10:05 am

Hello, You work very hard! congratulations.

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Radio Controlled Boats March 20, 2009 at 1:18 am

I have that trouble too – my wife is on at me a lot lately to focus on the family. I have to give more time to them. Thanks for the post.

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Komodo Dragon April 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I think it is a very wise decision you have made Derek. I know we all can’t pursue our passions in life, for me personally, I always wanted to be a race car driver, that is my passion, I love cars, but in order to do that I would have to spent alot of money, and more than likely lose than make. So unless we are all rich, we can’t do exactly what it is we want to do.
Keep working hard man, because I know one day it will be worth it πŸ™‚

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Joh May 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Hello,actually dont complain much to others,I think family is my great treasure.

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Karen May 19, 2009 at 4:04 am

It is important to work a job that you love but is very important that you are financial satisfied with the work that you do. Potential problem is working hours. Many people do not think on that problem to start.

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Chicago Used Cars May 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm

All too often do I hear that people cannot afford to do what they truly love. Its a shame because so many of us struggle with the same internal conflict- knowing that we are working at jobs we do not really care to do but only for the purpose of barely making the bills. As if we are slaves to money… Sometimes, our dreams and passions are just too big for our wallet and it sucks! It amazes me that you are able to do what you love and do what you have to and that you try to balance it out. If life effects your passion to the point were you are sacrificing what you need to do, then you are right- you should take a break. I feel your pain

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Erik@Muscle Car Videos May 27, 2009 at 7:24 am

I can see what you’re talking about, running three blogs can be very time consuming. I run a bunch of websites that are about my hobby cars, they are a pain in the butt to keep alive with traffic. It’s almost impossible to do it with a family or another job. I have found that making a schedule for your work can help. That way you don’t get stressed out. Good luck, so far I’m very impressed with your blog, has some great articles. Will come back to visit every now and then.

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brod @ house plans June 18, 2009 at 12:51 am

Doing what we love might be costly for awhile. But in the long run it would be more sustainable and more income generating. My brother-in-law loves photography and he spent a great deal paying for training and buying his photography equipment. It was costly and he almost end up selling them all. But once he learned the trade and skill – which would eventually happen because he loves doing it.
Now – he is doing good with it. Taking shots on wedding, houses, landscapes, and portraits.

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Odzyskiwanie Danych June 23, 2009 at 4:24 am

Derek, I know exactly what you mean. So tell us, now that you’re back, did this give you what you wanted ? Fulfill your plans and dreams ?

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j henry August 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Keep on keeping on, it only gets better
.-= j henry´s last blog ..If you want to be oneÒ€¦ =-.

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Sid@Gym Fitness Equipment August 13, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Focus on what you love to do. You can be in the position to be a champion if passion is your direction. It only gets rough from the start but if sustainability is your concern, just concentrate.

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Trucking Jobs September 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm

an extra 10 grand is not bad. You should just use that as vacation money with your family and then you can have the best of both worlds.

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Krystian@Hotels Hastings September 27, 2009 at 3:08 am

I think it’s really amazing that you managed to build up your blog to bring you $10,000 in 2008.
You could afford to take your family for some cool holidays in a nice hotel for that.
In a way to pursue your passion you always have to make sacrifices, but there are ways to make it up to the family.

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Rich@Reverse Directory Phone Numbers October 28, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Well done on making choices that mean the most to you. Have you ever thought of outsourcing all of your blogging work?
.-= Rich@Reverse Directory Phone Numbers´s last blog ..Reverse Directory Phone Numbers =-.

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Veronica Cervera@miami beach condos August 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

You’re a good man, Derek. Glad you took a step back for your family. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it to pursue your passion at the expense of the time you’re supposed to spend with your family. You won’t feel that good even if you were able to accomplish your goals.

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Lisa Plant September 8, 2011 at 3:52 am

Derek,
I am a hardworking mom. I also have my full time day job and a small business. It isn’t really good if you pursue your passion and you make your family suffer by not giving them enough time. I’m glad I’m able to balance everything and I hope you can fix yours too. I believe you can still pursue your passion while allocating time for your family. You can do it Derek! But for this moment, go have a quality time for them πŸ™‚

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