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Stagnation

I often write in my head while I’m driving or when I’m laying in bed at about 3AM trying to stop my brain from whirring a hundred miles an hour and just be still. I string up words and reorder them into coherent sentences and paragraphs, orderly arrangements, to put down on paper or screen the next day. Inevitably I always forget what I was going to write and I feel like if I had some method of easily recording these thoughts faster I would write more and better things. It seems the best ideas always come when I’m not sitting at a keyboard or with a pen in hand.

Some time ago I started the process of fixing broken links and editing the actual content of this website because I got annoyed with myself at the little errors I noticed regularly in old posts. Consequently, two weeks ago I deleted every single post on this blog and I am restoring them as I’m going through them one by one, proofreading and editing grammar and other simple mistakes. This means that while I’ve fixed all the original broken links already present, there are now new broken links because they refer to articles that have not yet been restored to the site. It will take me a few weeks to get through everything.

The reason I decided to do this was to do further proofreading and editing of one article at a time so this website reflects a progression in my life and not just progress in my financial life. It was a pain in the butt to scroll through them one by one so I decided to just start with zero. It’s been helpful to read through everything and remember things as I wrote them and experienced them then. This blog spans almost four years of my life now and I’ve written about many different things.

I admit that half the posts are of abysmal quality and are more suitable for a livejournal than a personal finance blog but… this is my blog, when I wrote those things I meant them. I’ve changed and grown since then. I can’t be embarrassed for falling on my face while I was trying to learn how to walk or bike as a child… I shouldn’t be embarrassed for my writings or feelings in the past given that I gave it my best effort at that time. So, while I am editing out simple mistakes I will leave the ideas as I wrote them. (as hard as that is)

Lately I feel like I am stagnating since I graduated last May. I haven’t been reading many books, something I do very much enjoy and my internet activities are spread between Imgur, reddit, frantic email checking and sporadic gaming sessions through Steam. When I’m bored I’ve been watching tv shows, too many to count, and sitting around too much. Too much? Stagnation.

It’s high time for change.

Discussion

11 Responses to “Stagnation”

  1. I think since it’s your blog you can do whatever you want with it, as long as you enjoy what you write about. It also bugs me if I see little mistakes on my post and I usually edit it right away. I plan to do it with my old posts soon.

    Posted by Suburban Finance | March 8, 2014, 12:40
  2. I agree, your blog, your choice :) It is easy to fall into the trap of watching too much TV etc.

    And I know what you mean about the editing, it frustrates me when I see little mistakes in my posts.

    Posted by Kylie Ofiu | March 8, 2014, 18:45
  3. Staying within your niche topic is important. However, since this is a lifestyle blog, everything about life pretty much goes.

    I started my blog as personal finance blog, but there were just so many other things I wanted to share and write about, so I’ve decided to turn it into a lifestyle blog.

    Totally understand what you’re going through at the moment. This is exact what happened to me few months back when my blog was a personal finance blog.

    Posted by Peter | March 11, 2014, 02:51
  4. I think that the period right after finishing college is rough. In college, there’s always so much activity going on- friends to hang out with, study groups to go to, homework to finish. But then, you graduate into the real world and all that time you spent “in college” is now free time. Blogging is a good choice for an activity and I’m sure that you’ll be inspired to write creative ideas soon.

    Posted by Little House | March 11, 2014, 10:52
    • Thank you! It is tough, I always thought that since I was never a typical student because I worked the entire time and only studied part-time, the transition wouldn’t bother me… but it has. It’s different.

      Posted by Renée | March 13, 2014, 02:42
  5. I think we’ve all felt a little stagnant at points in our lives. You are recognizing it and doing something about it , which is a great thing.

    Posted by Kay @ Green Money Stream | March 11, 2014, 22:01
  6. It’s your blog, and you can do whatever you want to do. I know this is easy advice to give, but it’s simple yet true.

    As far as stagnation goes, I think it’s often a matter of the ebb and flow of life. Sometimes we have to devote more energy to one part of life than others. For me, I’ve been so busy in the last few weeks that I did not write a blog post. This after usually publishing 2x per week for quite some time. Sometimes it is what it is, and it’s okay.

    Posted by Tie the Money Knot | March 17, 2014, 13:12
  7. I totally do the late night, lying in my bed, writing in my head, then forgetting everything the next day. So frustrating.

    I’m also trying to go through all my old posts, edit, add photos, fix links, and do proper SEO. It’s so much work!

    Posted by Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life | April 30, 2014, 19:15

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