Personal project or professional development?
March 27, 2014 2:01 PM Subscribe
You have a personal project, and you have your career and professional development goals, and the two aren't closely related. How did you decide what to spend your time on, and can you help me weigh up my particular choices?
posted by carbide to Work & Money (11 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My general question is as above, though I'd be grateful for some help in weighing up the specifics of my situation too.
I have a blog on a niche topic (Irish architecture), updated regularly since it began two years ago, with each post requiring a site visit for original photography, research time, and then the editing and writing and social media. I used to be a writer and researcher in this area, and as well as being fun, the blog helped me get really interesting work and build a profile. It really is a niche, so though it's got good visibility, it's never going to bring in a significant income in advertising or anything. I did a small zine related to it last year and it has sold very well. I am very proud of the blog and still love the subject.
I've recently changed career (to a full-time job in software) and I am really enjoying it, but also conscious that I want to learn and make and do lots outside of work. I'm really interested in it and also want to build my career, and I have specific goals that would benefit from self-learning and possibly some structured evening classes.
Some scenarios I am considering:
A: Put time into the blog and build towards an endgame (probably a related book)
B: Sunset the blog and put my time into software-related personal projects and learning
C: Do both but more moderately: don't work on a blog-related project, just the blog, and be modest with my professional development goals. This feels crap on both fronts, AND exhausting.
D: Do neither and enjoy just having a full-time job to worry about.
What would you do? What have you done? How would you weigh it up?