MilesForTwo

Maintaining a Blog is Hard Work

I am constantly impressed with bloggers who are able to crank out daily (if not more) blog posts. Especially the bloggers who have full-time jobs outside of their blogs. Obviously, the full-time bloggers I would expect daily posts. All this to say, over the past few months I’ve realized how difficult it is to maintain a steady stream of blog posts.

Here are some of the challenges I run into:

  • Writing Fresh/Unique Content – This is definitely challenging. I don’t think I’ll ever be a blogger who is the first to post about a new deal or credit card. I just don’t have that type of insight. At the same time, I don’t want to just “re-post” about a new credit card or new travel hack that someone else already blogged about.  Usually when I start feeling this way, I remind myself that the real purpose of my blog is for me to share my experiences.
  • Busy Life – It is also sometimes difficult to find time to sit down and write a blog post. I have a fairly busy life, which often times means I don’t have time to write. Not to mention, instead of spending an hour writing a blog post, I could be researching new methods of manufactured spending or items to resell.
  • Feeling Pointless – Lastly, as a small part-time blogger, sometimes writing these articles feels a little pointless since it may not reach many people.

Here are some random life updates that don’t feel worthy of an individual post:

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CPA Exam

These are just a few of the many challenges I’ve faced recently when coming up with new blog content. Part of the reason over the past few weeks that I haven’t been able to write as many blog posts is that I’ve been studying for the CPA Exam. This exam has been a rigorous and challenging test. I’ve passed 3 of the 4 exams and had my 4th (and, hopefully, final) exam this past Monday. Over the past few weeks, I’ve put in over 15 hours of studying per week. The weekend leading up to the exam I studied about 11 hours on Saturday and another 10 hours on Sunday. I’ll find out in early September whether or not I passed.

Work Life

I’ve also taken on more responsibility at work. We hired an intern not too long ago who has been working under me. It’s a weird transition to make, but now half my job is finding work to pass along to our intern. I also feel kind of bad passing along the boring work to do, but it’s stuff that frees up my time to work on bigger projects. My firm doesn’t really have the hierarchy of a larger accounting firm, but I guess this is small transition into more of a manager role.

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Personal Finance/Financial Independence

I really do enjoy personal finance. I’ve been reading a lot of books and magazines about this topic. There are tons of resources out there it is hard to know where to start. I would love to start sharing more about my financial independence journey, but I’m not really sure how to write about it yet. Stay tuned for more about financial independence and possibly early retirement.

Visiting Family

Furthermore, my wife and I have been traveling quite a bit and visiting family. Our trips to visit family aren’t really worthy of a trip report, but they have been a wonderful time to reconnect with our loved ones. Travel hacking has definitely allowed us to see our family more often. In my opinion, visiting family is one of the best ways to spend our points.