This July, Micah and I will be celebrating 8 years together and our 3rd wedding anniversary. I started this blog three years ago, a short month after the wedding, and in that time both my blog and my life have changed considerably.
I’ve left up the earliest posts, even though reading them makes me a little embarrassed sometimes, because reading them also helps me see how far I’ve come. When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t have a full-time job, I didn’t even have full-time work experience!
In the past three years, I’ve learned a lot about finance, paid off a lot of debt, started a small business, built a savings account, and even started saving for retirement. I learned what it was like to juggle multiple part-time jobs and to work full-time while still freelancing. I learned how to live pretty small in a big city so that we could put our money toward the things that mattered, like paying down debt and saving for grad school.
Just as importantly, I learned what field I wanted to work in, found full-time work on the ground floor, and have started planning for my career. I had thought for many years that I might want to be a librarian. Now I know so much more about the breadth of the profession that I’m sure.
This is the beginning of the next step in my future and it’s time for me to say farewell to this part of my life. Leaving the blog wasn’t an easy decision. I’ve put a lot of time and work into it, more importantly, I’ve put a lot of myself into it and made some amazing friends through it. It makes me feel sad to go.
But on the other hand, the timing feels right. I’m starting graduate school part-time while still working full-time in the fall and my plan requires me to focus more on working and learning than blogging. In some ways, library school is more of a trade school than plain old academic, and I hope to focus on engaged learning as much as possible.
In my personal life, my mother’s health has declined steeply this spring, at times it feels like falling off a cliff, and my visits home and concern have taken up a larger part of my time and my mental life. It has been a fight at times to avoid falling into a depression like I did 5 years ago. The blog is a mixed blessing on that, providing both reader support and a sense of obligation to write even when it’s hard to muster the energy.
Rather than delete the site or let it languish, I sold it to Money Crashers, who will continue providing great content on engaging topics. The decision made sense for the site and it made sense for my future. Between my savings from freelance work and the after-tax money from the sale, I will be able to pay for graduate school without student loans.
The latter is very important to me. I do not want to take a step back and go into more debt. Library school scholarships and fellowships are drying up in the recession, so I couldn’t count on them to fund my education.
I’ve been working over the last month transferring Finance for a Freelance Life to Money Crashers and I’m confident in their ability to make this an awesome site and run it with integrity. They’ve been wonderful guys to work with and they’ve invited me to come back and guest post from time-to-time (really, as often as I like). I may take them up on that offer, particularly if interesting financial topics come into my life down the road.
What about the consulting business? Initially, I’d planned to sell that too, but I’ve decided instead to partner with a consultant named Scott, who’s been doing WordPress work for a while but did not have his own virtual storefront. So BlogCrafted will continue to run as it has before and may even add some new services (such as hosting), in the next few months.
I have met some amazing people through this site, both bloggers and readers. I’ve learned a lot from you and I hope I’ve contributed something too. It’s hard to find the words for this post…I got choked up several times while planning and writing it. But I’m also looking forward to the future, my own plans and to seeing how Money Crashers grows this site.
Thank you for being part of a mostly-wonderful three years.