When I announced the sale of my blog, I tried to keep it low key. I especially didn’t get into the whys and how muches because I didn’t think they were important. I still don’t feel the amount of the sale is very important, and we won’t go there, but after fielding many questions from Twitter, Facebook and my former blog’s community, I feel it’s important to the people who visited my blog each day to know why I decided to move on.
Moving in Another Direction
I wrote about freelance writing and how to find freelance writing jobs for over five years. For the last six months or so, I haven’t really been feeling it and it shows in my writing. The truth is, I haven’t freelanced as a writer for quite some time. I coach occasionally and write the odd article or guest post, but most of my income came from my blog and social media clients. My options were to continue writing for the blog, hire someone to replace me, or sell.
It was time for me to move on. It was either grow as Deb Ng or continue being the freelance writing lady. As I don’t do much freelancing anymore, it really didn’t make much sense to keep it going. Now I’m talking about the things I really want to talk about and it feels good. I feel free.
Free Up My Time
Running a blog network is a full time job. Now add to that a book I’m writing, my job as conference director for BlogWorld, some other projects and family time. When I ran down the list of things that had to give, it was obvious that I would never have time for my book project and growing my social media career while managing a blog network with almost a dozen bloggers on the payroll. Now I have time to do my job, write, blog and even have plenty of family time.
Not Enamored with the Niche
I’ve been participating in the freelance writing online community for more than ten years. In that time I’ve seen it turn from a helpful, almost family-like community into one that’s divided over rates and content mills. I took heat for choosing to remain positive and was accused of being whiny if I defended my decisions. To be honest, I dreaded discussing certain topics or participating in certain discussions because of all the negativity. I didn’t visit certain blogs for feeling unwelcome. I didn’t always enjoy being part of the niche. They say if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. I decided to let the terrorists win and do just that.
The Money Isn’t Important…But it Is
My family is renovating and then we want to move from our starter home to a better neighborhood. While we’re not poor, the money from a sale would go a long way towards helping us to achieve our goal. It will also be nice to make purchases (like an iPad) without feeling guilty. Also, having money in the bank will enable me to work on the projects I enjoy without feeling pressure about money.
So, inquiring minds, those are the main reasons I sold my blog. As you can see, it’s a difficult decision and much of it is personal. However, I have no regrets and feel it’s the best move for me, and for my former blog’s community.