I was so close. Really. I cancelled my website hosting subscription. It would have dropped the domain name (theadventuredogblog.com) and put it on a free wix generic domain. I wanted to keep the content available for people to use. The trail guides, the campsite guides. I think those are useful to fellow adventurers.
But the pressure was just really getting to me. I needed a break, and to give myself permission to actually step away. To cut ties.
I've since renewed my subscription, and this website will not change! :)
But let me tell you about what goes on behind the scenes.
As you know, and I hope appreciate, this website functions WITHOUT any ads, affiliate marketing, propaganda, or other BS that most other blogs in this world contain. That is just not me.
I pay my own money, out of my own pocket, to run and operate this blog. It's not free. I have to pay to own the domain name (theadventuredogblog.com) and I have to pay for the website to exist. Just that is about $200 per year. Just for fun. Just so this can exist.
And I am happy to do so! I have done so for almost two full years now. I think passion projects should continue no matter what.
But it is definitely not just about the cost. Another reason why I wanted to shut this thing down is the volume of ridiculous emails I get week after week. Now, let me clarify, the emails from readers I cherish, as I cherish your comments on the blog posts. If you've emailed me in the past few months and I have not responded to you, I am truly sorry. And I plan to respond. I just got so overwhelmed with my own life and stress.
No, the emails I'm talking about, the ones that made me want to shut down the blog entirely, are from (insert nasty adjectives here, lots of them) "people" wanting to exploit my blog for their own personal gain. Who are emailing to request something. For handouts. For advertising. For link sharing. The list goes on. It makes me sick. I delete them right away, and I had even put a message on my About page saying DO NOT CONTACT ME for product reviews, sponsored posts, link backs, infographic sharing, or advertising or affiliate programs.
I had to take down my contact information from my website just to stem the flow. It was causing me so much stress you guys. People were emailing me with ENTIRELY UNRELATED crap, asking me to share it or write about it. Without taking one second to read any of my blog posts or understand what I am about. Because it is NOT gimmicky, skeezy, dime a dozen blog posts, product promotions, or infographics.
No. Thank. You.
Can you tell that was a big stressor for me?
That, plus paying for this thing to exist when I wasn't passionate about creating anymore, plus feeling pressure (from where, I do not know) to create, and a general pulling away from this led me to the brink of just deleting the entire thing.
What a shame that would have been. I understand and see that now. Going back to read my stories and guides was like reuniting with old friends. I love my writing. I should HOPE I love my writing! And seeing my journey unfold on these "pages" was heartwarming. Seeing where I was when I started it, not having any suspicion of what my life would look like just a few short months later. It's almost prophetic.
What sparked my passion to write again? Mentoring!
I went through an incredible metamorphosis, and I can't think of anything better than sharing that with others. Not just by telling my story, but by actively mentoring someone on their own journey.
I had INCREDIBLE mentors during my transformation. Friends and family of course, but I also invested (at a time when the word 'investment' was synonymous with 'grocery money') in a life coach, in a business consultant, in a branding specialist, in a photographer. Because I understood that, to get where I wanted to go, I was going to need help.
And let me tell you, I got there a helluva lot faster with their help than I ever would have just struggling along on my own.
So, if you'd like someone to talk to about your journey. If you're feeling stuck or lost or hopeless or stressed about your current situation. If you want to feel freedom and see what is possible. Call me.
I can help. Not just because I've been there and done that, but because I have years and years of coaching experience. I won't tell you what to do. I'll help you discover what YOU need to do, for you. And see you reach your dreams.
If this sounds like it would greatly impact your life, click here to learn more and sign up for a single mentoring session or dive in for a full month of mentoring.