Pressing Pause…

by Ryan on January 28, 2012

Pause Button Photo

This blog has been a great release for me over the past few years and I’m happy I got back into blogging.  It’s hard to believe that it was December 2009 when I dusted off the keyboard with a fresh enthusiasm for blogging.  Fast forward to today, and I think it’s time to take another break / press the pause button.  Our company continues to grow and I feel the focus more time and attention on our customers, product, and content partnerships and kill of anything that’s in the way (personal blogging included).  We’ve got a 6 month old baby girl at home that’s brought so much love and joy into our lives.  From time to time this blog has felt like a great release.  At other times, it’s felt like a distraction from things that are much more important.

I don’t know if it’s something about the new year or what, but lately there has certainly been noticeable a seachange in my digital life.  The stream (i.e Facebook, Twitter, etc.) feels like a burden. While I do continue to post on social media outlets from time to time, it’s much more sparingly than in the past and what’s become almost totally un-existent is my own attention to the stream.   Meaning, if we’re connected to one another on one of these platforms, whether it be as a friend or follower, I’m really not paying much attention to what’s being posted and maybe you’re not either? I know that there’s meaningful content in the stream, but lately it just feels like such a task (as opposed to a pleasure) to check and keep up with. The latest Twitter for iPhone app is a total piece of garbage, and certainly doesn’t help the cause.  I just find it much more pleasurable to digest the latest news and opinions via RSS through Google Reader, which I feel is still the easiest way for me to consume  long form news content (sorry Flipboard fans).

So long story short here, I’m taking a break from blogging and “the stream” to focus more on company and family.  The hiatus could last a week, or it it could be a year…I really don’t know.  In the meantime, I’ve left some links to the most popular posts here (in terms of Facebook likes and Retweets) from the past few years:

Three Killer Businesses That I Want(ed) to Start

Every Day I Try and Get Rejected

LA Startup Incubators/Accelerators/Mentorship Programs as Compared to NCAA Football Conferences

7 DO’s and 5 DONT’s for Entrepreneurs (LA VC Revisited)

What’s Surprising is that Everyone is Acting Surprised

3 Things to Avoid When Fundraising in LA

Back of the Envelope: How to Estimate the Annual Revenues of Any Private Company