Bil Browning

Checking Out: I'm Leaving to Discover Myself

Filed By Bil Browning | March 18, 2013 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Site News

It's been a whirlwind of activity around Rancho Bilerico lately, but I'm about to slow my pace considerably this week. Whether it was my terrifying trip to the gym with our neighbor, hanging out all day with Projector John, having our daughter visit for a few days, welcoming contributor Tobi Hill-Meyer to the homestead for a few nights, cheering for assistant editor Sarah Blazucki during her marathon run this weekend, or bigstock-The-words-When-in-Doubt-Change-32121158.jpgdinner plans with Projector Ben and friends, the past couple of weeks have been chock full of socializing and memorable moments.

Now, Jerame and I are leaving for our first vacation in our 15 years together. While we've tacked on extra days during business trips, this is the first time we've just taken a vacation for relaxation's sake. I'm so excited it's ridiculous. Miami, Key West, and Ft. Lauderdale are all on our itinerary.

Sarah will be running the site while I'm gone with Winter and Jim helping out, of course. You can always reach any of the contributors or Ed Team members by sending an email through the site. I'll be leaving the laptop at home as I go unplugged for a week in the sunshine.

One of the main things I plan on doing while gone is some self-reflection. I've been massively burned out lately. I've been doing this full time for almost ten years now. I'm tired. I'm sick of urging other folks to post more often and continuing to try to write, gain advertisers, fix site issues, update the social media whirl, recruit new contributors, try to migrate to a new content management system, negotiate server space (since ours is shutting down soon), etc. while trying to make a livable wage.

It's possible that I'll recharge my batteries and come back stronger than ever. It's possible that I'll change the site dramatically to reflect my current interests and commitment level. Maybe I'll call the entire thing quits and do freelance gigs. I just don't know, but I do know that I need to make some sort of change.

I have a week's worth of sunshine, ocean breezes, and my first visit to a nude beach to discover what I want to do with my life and the site. I'll see y'all when I get back and let you know what I've decided.

(When In Doubt graphic via Bigstock)

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