I’ve been feeling a little blogging schizophrenic lately. Well, not just blogging. I’m having trouble deciding how I want to spend my “free” time.
- Should I keep doing a little at Roman Reboot, but spend more time on another internet project I’d like to tackle?
- Should I double down on Roman Reboot?
- Should I stress less about side internet projects and spend more time travel planning and living la dolce vita?
So, you know. Just the usual things everyone has to deal with. How you should spend your finite minutes and hours each week.
I was discussing this with James the other day when he was in the shower. (This is why “free” time is in quotation marks.) I was rambling on about how I’ve been reading more about blogging on the internet, and I’d like to make some upgrades with hosting and mailing lists and widgets, but I wasn’t sure if I should upgrade Roman Reboot or start from scratch on the new project, but I’d like to do some things to Roman Reboot but they will cost money and can I justify that if the site is just a hobby??
And he said something that is very obvious, but it is something I had lost perspective on.
Hobbies cost money.
And he’s right. Back when we used to golf together, we spent money on lessons and clubs and greens fees every time we went out.
If you are running, you at least need a pair of shoes and something to wear.
If you are reading, you can hit the library and borrow, but new books cost money.
Even things like gardening requires seeds and tools and dirt before you have the low cost hobby of pulling weeds. And birdwatchers have to get their binoculars and fancy whistles and guidebooks before they can spend hours cavorting in the woods. (Right? I clearly know nothing about birdwatching.)
It seems like some hobbies are more of an upfront investment. Some are an ongoing expense. Blogging would be an ongoing expense. Is that why I’m balking? Knowing that the monthly fees would come no matter how much I posted?
Is it just the comparison to my current blogging expenses? Right now, it isn’t free. I did a WordPress upgrade and got my domain name. But it is cheaper than it would be with added bells and whistles. I mostly just invest my time.
Or am I more susceptible to the I’m-not-making-money-so-I-shouldn’t-be-spending-money line of thinking than I thought? I thought I had a handle on this. There have been times in our marriage when I made decent money. There have been times when I made no money. But we treat money like it is our money, and I don’t feel like I don’t have money if I didn’t earn it. BUT. For whatever reason, I feel a little guilty spending money on what is currently my hobby.
The roll out may be slow, but I suspect you will see some upgrades around these parts. Regardless of when or what, one thing has become clear to me.
This will never be a travel blog.
If anyone is coming to Rome or Italy and is helped by our travels, I’ll be thrilled. But that isn’t really who I’m writing for. I don’t write with enough specificity or poetic description or gorgeous pics to really help people on their Roman holiday.
I want to write for the people who want to shake something up. Maybe something big like moving across the world or something closer to home like changing the way they eat or living with less or training for a marathon. I want to write for the people who are looking to add a little adventure. I’m not completely sure what that looks like, but I know posts about Puglia probably aren’t the most helpful for them.
You’ll still see things here about Rome. And travel. And some posts still might read a bit travel-y.
You may see fewer photos. I’ve enjoyed learning a bit about photo editing, and I love a good pic, but I want to spend more time writing.
Because that is what my hobby is really all about anyway. Being weird on the internet.
Can you think of any totally free hobbies? I mean even walking needs shoes. OK, you COULD walk without shoes, but I wouldn’t recommend it. At least in Rome anyway. What’s your hobby? Do you ever feel guilty spending money on it?