Links Lisa Likes – Sorry Not Sorry

Summer is in full effect around here! Weather-wise, not so much, since some days are incredibly hot and others aren’t. But in terms of hanging out and the general urge to just chill and relax, summer is definitely here.

dog on a leash

The BF’s dog Lyla ready for her Big Summer Adventure!

I don’t even know if I made sense up there, but whatever.

For the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about what this blog is meant to be. Obviously, I started this to originally chronicle my journey to debt freedom. But lately, I’ve been putting some pressure on myself to be like other blogs – monetizing, frequent posts, etc. And when I don’t have the time to post as much as I originally wanted, I get a little disappointed in myself, as if I’m not being productive or something.

But lately, I’ve come to realize that life is just too damn nice for me to step away and blog all the time. Some people love doing this, but I’m slowly realizing that I’m not. What I miss about my old Xanga (yes I had one, don’t hate) and even my old Tumblr was that there was absolutely no pressure to churn out posts left and right. I could share what I wanted, when I wanted without feeling guilty.

I’ve also come to realize that this pressure was entirely created by myself! I’m the one who has created this urge to be like other amazing bloggers who create awesome content several times a week. In other words, I’ve fallen to jealousy and I’ve decided that I’ve had enough.

No, I’m not going to quit blogging. But I am going to stop with this internal pressure to post all the time. You all probably won’t even notice since it’s mostly just a mindset change. I have had so many posts that I’ve wanted to write but just haven’t gotten around to it, and I’ve yet to put up my June 2014 Net Worth Update (which has been my best month yet)! Sorry, but I’m not sorry. Summer and life in general has just been way too good to me.

I’ll still be blogging, but don’t expect me to be around 3-5 times a week. This blog will still serve as a place to chronicle my financial journey, but it will also start to be more focused on me – my family, friends, and lifestyle. LvL is going from a personal finance blog to a more personal, with a little bit of finance, blog.

Not sure if that last sentence made sense, either, but it makes sense to me. #sorrynotsorry

Want to know what I’m up to when I’m not blogging? Follow me on my blog Twitter and my personal Instagram!

Last Week on LvL

Last week, I dealt with a couple of annoying, little money problems. See what I mean over at LLL – Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems (Minus the Mo’ Money Part).

This Week’s LLL

Happiness and Financial Health – [CNA Finance]
I’m a firm believer that giving to others will bring you happiness.

Is a Yard Sale Worth the Hassle? – [Eyes on the Dollar]
I have a love/hate relationship with yard sales. Love: the extra cash and getting rid of unnecessary stuff. Hate: Setting up!

Job Search Check List – [Young Adult Money]
This is a great check list for those on the job hunt.

The Right Way to Solve Your Problem – [Mom and Dad Money]
Envisioning your ideal end result isn’t enough. Taking your goal and breaking it down into smaller steps is fool-proof.

When It Rains It Pours… (7 Things To Do When Someone Steals Your Identity) – [L Bee and the Money Tree]
No one likes to think about getting their identity stolen (myself included). I’m saving this just in case.

Hope y’all had a fun and safe 4th of July celebration!

AMDG,
Lisa

22 Comments

  1. Alicia July 10, 2014

    I think we all reached that point at some time. I carved out a small corner of the net for my site, but it isn’t as successful as a lot of them… so I got a little envious and tried to make it like that. The I burnt out… It definitely didn’t work for me. I think now that I realized it is still an accountability tool first and and foremost, I found where I fit in the PF world.

    Glad you realized it though, and didn’t just disappear :)
    Alicia recently posted…Goals For 2014: Quarter Two Update.My Profile

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    • Lisa E. July 12, 2014

      YES – it’s an accountability tool first and foremost!

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  2. E.M. July 9, 2014

    I am looking forward to seeing the changes here =). I don’t always stay on the strict topic of personal finance, either. I really enjoy the more personal blogs out there, and that is what I model mine after. I’ve also started keeping a journal, so that I can still “write,” but without pressure. Honestly, my blogging motivation has been lacking a little lately, too. I’ve been trying to take care of some stuff behind the scenes, and there’s only so many hours in a day!
    E.M. recently posted…What’s the Most Expensive Thing You Own?My Profile

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    • Lisa E. July 12, 2014

      I love how your blog is very personal! I was thinking of slowly turning mine into something like yours.

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  3. I hear you Lisa! I sometimes feel like this too and it’s just the result of pressure I’m putting on myself. Crazy right?

    The thing I like most about blogging is writing, yet I feel like I only do that around 20% of the time because the other 80% of the time, I’m sorting out the admin for my blog, trying to network with other bloggers, increasing my social media engagement and commenting on other sites (I don’t mind all that, but there’s just not enough time in the day!).

    As you say, life exists around the blogging world and it’s important to step back from time to time! I look forward to seeing how your blog changes to reflect your personal life more soon. :)
    Hayley @ Disease Called Debt recently posted…Are you a Debt Free Wannabe or Debt Freedom Achiever?My Profile

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    • Lisa E. July 12, 2014

      Thanks Haley! I agree, a lot of blogging isn’t writing, it’s all the stuff you said which isn’t bad, it’s just a lot of time!

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  4. Taylor July 8, 2014

    #dido. I’ve been slacking on my own blog lately and my Alexa score took a mega nose dive and I started to get a little stressed.

    Good for you for taking that step in doing what’s best for you. It’s making me feel a lot better that writing lately has been like pulling teeth for me!
    Taylor recently posted…What’s the Emergency in Emergency Savings for African Americans?My Profile

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    • Lisa E. July 12, 2014

      I haven’t even looked at my Alexa score!

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  5. anna July 8, 2014

    It’s totally understandable, so just blog when you can. Your fans will always be here waiting for you. :)
    anna recently posted…Almost July Updates – The “Padawan” Edition!My Profile

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  6. Don’t stress yourself out. :) I love reading your blogs ever since. And I can say, you are doing great with it. I also love your stories and I learned a lot from you. :)

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  7. Holly@ClubThrifty July 8, 2014

    I totally get it! I quit my blog probably 5 times over the years. My husband always picked up for me during each hiatus and I eventually stuck with it. It does start to make you crazy though. It’s a lot of pressure, and sometimes it can be impossible to keep up!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted…USA Today: The ‘American Dream’ Now Costs $130KMy Profile

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    • Lisa E. July 12, 2014

      I bet! Maybe I’ll ask the BF to take over when I don’t feel like going on haha

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  8. save. spend. splurge. July 8, 2014

    Blog when you can. I’d rather read great posts once in a while than half-good posts every day. :)
    save. spend. splurge. recently posted…June 2014: What I bought, watched and readMy Profile

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    • Lisa E. July 12, 2014

      Thanks girl! I realized that those were the kind of posts I liked reading, so I figured I should write that way!

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  9. Melanie@Dear Debt July 7, 2014

    Girl, I know the feeling! I put immense pressure on myself, but realize I need to let go a bit. I feel bad, but realize my blog is what it is and shouldn’t be a point of stress. I find posting 1-3x/wk works best for me, and not forcing it. I have been behind on commenting which almost makes me feel more guilty than being behind on posting!
    Melanie@Dear Debt recently posted…Hello, Summer!My Profile

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    • Lisa E. July 12, 2014

      I’m just catching up on comments now, so I know what you mean!

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  10. Athena July 7, 2014

    I do that to myself too! While I decided to get a little bit more serious with my blog, and have developed a business plan for it, I am not going to beat myself up over it! Your blog is what you want it to be girl. Don’t stress! Have fun!

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    • Lisa E. July 12, 2014

      Good luck with your blog, girl! You know I’ll be reading :)

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  11. It’s funny that we as bloggers put such pressure on ourselves. I do find at times during the weekend thinking, “oh I have to get home and work” when that “work” is really blogging and should be fun…something to look forward to and not dread. I’ve tried to take that pressure off myself too. I just don’t want to force topics. I don’t get how some bloggers do editorial calendars. I have no idea what I’m going to write about next Wed, let alone weeks from now! :) I think the one thing that keeps me in the loop though is reading and commenting. Even if I don’t feel like posting, I still like to read what other people wrote.
    Tonya@Budget and the Beach recently posted…The Final Destination Is Worth the Pain of Starting OverMy Profile

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    • Lisa E. July 7, 2014

      You totally get me, Tonya! I tried the editorial calendar and it just didn’t work for me. When I want to write about something, I’ll write about it then and there. “Scheduling” posts makes me feel uninspired. I know it works for others, though. I’ll still be commenting and reading – right now it’s my favorite part of blogging!

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