Time has flown and I’ve been MIA from this blog for almost 2 months now. I can’t believe it’s been two months! Boy time flies.
I think about TTSW site often and many times think to myself I really should update things. I have this sense of obligation to the site, to you, to myself even though there really is no obligation. I’m just a 31-year-old
woman getting herself out of debt. I started writing about my debt journey 2 years ago as a way to hold myself accountable and share some of the nifty things I was learning (like about vinegar and impulse control!). I got a bit distracted at times, mainly with a wedding and traveling. I was never the dedicated blogger type – I don’t make money off of it with ads, I don’t do a bunch of guest posts and I don’t line up blog posts when I have an extended absence planned.
The fact that I didn’t do some of the things I just mentioned used to give me some anxiety. Nobody will continue reading this if I don’t keep it updated! I’m going to lose readers! Uh, then again, if you like what I write well enough, you’ll come back when I write something. Plus, who am I to say this is even worth reading?
In the beginning it was really fun to keep this site updated. I was learning new things every day, battling demons and fighting the good fight in the name of frugality. But I think I’ve figured something out just recently -
I mean, I’ve changed in a pretty permanent way. The person who started this blog 2 years ago is a whole different person. In that 2 years I’ve paid off $27,000+ in debt, I’ve lost a ton of weight, I got married, I got a promotion at work – need I go on? Life as I knew it then is over and I’m growing into my new life quite well. I do believe much of the awesomeness I’ve experienced over the last 2 years is because I decided to take control of my debt. Once I figured out what I was capable of and figured out that I could actually succeed at something, new doors opened up for me.
I didn’t start any of this to become a financial blogger or a financial expert (I’m still neither of those things). I didn’t start this blog to become famous and make a bunch of money. Hell, when I started it I wasn’t sure I’d even stick with it for more than a couple of posts – I tend to get bored easily
I’ve tried to figure out what’s in store for The Thrifty Social Worker. I haven’t been compelled to post much lately because nothing I’m doing really feels novel. I don’t feel like I’m really learning a lot right now. I finally feel like I’ve found some balance, which is what I’ve striven for all along. I don’t think I’m too polarized in any part of my life. That pendulum has finally stopped and it’s hanging out in the middle. That isn’t to say it doesn’t start swinging a little once in a while…Whenever I do start to feel unbalanced I think I’m able to reign myself back in.
To answer my own question – What does the future hold? – I have no idea! I’m still trying to figure that out. I can certainly still post some updates once in a while about my financial life and otherwise, but I’m not really too interesting. I can broaden the scope of what I write about to include anything my little brain can come up with. I can also retire TTSW and move on. I’m not really sure.
I will say this, with only a little over $5k left on my private student loan, I will absolutely keep updating the progress bars. I want to see that at 100% paid off!
So, I’ll throw it out there. If you’ve been reading this blog, what do you think? Continue the sporadic posts? Widen the net of content? Retire it and call it a day? What should I do?!