Just a quick note:
You may have noticed that I’ve cut back on my posting in the last couple of months. I just wanted to give an update on what’s going on to cause this. Here are the main factors:
1. I took 2 months off between hospitalist positions. I posted a lot in the first month (February) but burnt out a little and took March as a slack period.
2. In April I started my new full-time position and promptly worked 11 of 14 days.
3. Lack of feedback on the posts.
Looking at these 3 issues a little deeper:
1. Taking 2 Months Off From Work
This was an important time for me and my family to “recharge.” The first month I was very productive and actually did a lot of things behind the scenes with the blog. The goal here was to set things up for a longer run with the blog. I think overall this was pretty successful.
However, the second month my blog posting took a nose-dive. Maybe the well is running dry a little bit for ideas. Probably it’s just more a motivational thing.
2. Starting A New Position
My new position is the same type of work that I’ve been doing for 11 years (full-time hospitalist), but now I have a 45-60 minute commute and the shifts are generally longer. This all definitely cuts into the “free time” so to speak.
Also, 2 months off made me weak and out of shape! That’s becoming very obvious now. The energy level is just LOW!
3. Lack of Feedback
It’s rare that anybody actually comments on the posts. It’s natural that it makes me wonder if it is worth it to put in the time and effort with so little feedback. It’s a little demotivating, to be sure. I do get sporadic feedback outside of the blog from people who are apparently reading it, which is good.
One of the things I was hoping for, on a long-term basis, was to start a conversation about the issues of being a Direct Sales Husband. Without a back-and-forth conversation, it really limits the “issues” that I can talk about. Currently I get ideas mostly from conversations with my wife, Holley and occasionally girls on her team. But after a while, that all tends to be the same issues. I’ve covered most of that already (though I still have a few ideas to pull out of my hat).
If you guys have any questions or concerns or ideas about anything related to being a Direct Sales Husband, please drop me a line.
One thing that is certain: I’m going to continue to blog. Some of the posts will still be under the Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook framework. I enjoy that and I still have a deep feeling that some of this stuff really helps people. The great thing about writing is that once it’s complete, and you put it out there, it’s available to people for as long as my blog is online.
Book reviews have always been an aspect of the blog and that will definitely continue. I may actually increase this component significantly (the commuting gives me plenty of time for audiobooks!).
I may add some more personal side. I’m not really sure what that means, but it’s something to consider.
As always: let me know what you think!