It has been a little quiet here over the past couple months. A week off turned into a month which turned into more. A simple break from writing ended with me going back and forth on whether to continue with this site or shut it down and move on to something new.
The truth is – I wasn’t happy with where the blog was heading.
As the months went on, I found myself starting to get lazy. Instead of taking time and writing posts on topics that could make people think about how they viewed their financial lives, I was writing posts that I hoped would get clicks and could be monetized easily. Instead of caring about readers, I fell into the trap of only trying to find products and services that I could advertise on the site.
That isn’t why I started this blog.
I originally started this blog because I saw it as a way that I could learn more about myself and find ways to become a better person. I wanted to be happier. I wanted to find freedom in my life. I wanted to figure out how to be a better husband and father.
However, during this journey, I got lost.
But after some time away to reflect, I’ve decided I’m not ready to give up on It Pays Dividends yet.
Over the next few weeks, you will start to see some changes coming to the blog. I have a new, cleaner appearance that will begin rolling out soon. Many of the ads and affiliate links will also be disappearing. Instead of being focused on trying to earn money however possible, I will be concentrating on products that I truly endorse and believe can make a difference in people’s lives.
Most of all, I will be pivoting the blog’s vision and focus back to one of the original ideas that started this blog – the little things we do on a monthly, daily, or even hourly basis that help shape our lives and overall happiness. I call these things Life Dividends because, like the dividends you receive from stocks, the payoff from these actions can have large, compounding effects on your life and pursuit of financial independence.
I am excited to be back and to begin moving life forward and documenting my journey along the way. I have a lot of ideas, experiments, and information I am excited to share with the hope that someone might find an idea that helps them make improvements in their life as well.
Now it is time to beginning reaping the benefits of our Life Dividends and let compound interest do its work.
Have you ever taken time away to reflect on something? What are your thoughts on the change in focus for It Pays Dividends?