Free Pursuits is One Year Old! What Do We Want Next?

Free Pursuits is one year old this week!

This was my first blog, and starting it has really changed my life.

I’d like to take a minute to look back on what’s happened here over the past year, and what might be in store for the next year.

My question for you is: what do you want from Free Pursuits over the next year?

I’ll try to weave in some links to my favorite older posts here as well to show how the blog has evolved.

A Little Background

When I started this blog, I was about two months into the first real extended break I had ever taken from work and school. We came to Mexico on a sabbatical and I was shocked to find so many non-rich / non-retired people living down here for months at a time every year.

I figured there were many other people like me who were completely oblivious to this type of unconventional lifestyle. So, I started the blog on a whim and initially thought it would be about flexible careers and work-life balance. The truth is that most people we meet on the road actually have offline jobs that they’re able to take extended time away from on a regular basis.

The only problem was, I’m not really an “offline” job kinda guy. I’ve been working with technology since I first started working in college and really love building websites and audiences. For me, the ultimate lifestyle involves being able to work from anywhere. You know, location independence or being a digital nomad.

Luckily, at some point shortly after starting this blog, I read the 4-hour Workweek and started writing about lifestyle design. That book has helped me meet so many awesome people over the last year.

I’m really glad that Tim Ferriss has been so successful with the book. For all of the criticism that is laid on it, at least it has helped bring so many people together in pursuit of a common goal.

By the Numbers

Just a couple of weeks ago, we crossed over the 2,000 subscriber mark for the blog. I’m really pleased about that. Over the past year more than 200,000 unique visitors have stopped by at some point.

I didn’t start the blog with any specific goals (or blogging experience), but feel like I’ve exceeded whatever goals I might have had, with the exception of earning much income from the blog. I do make some affiliate sales through the blog, but haven’t directly sold any products yet. I hope to remedy that shortly.

A quick note on acheiving a lifestyle design by blogging about lifestyle design. To date (as far as I know), there are really just two people (Ferriss and Guillebeau) who earn a full-time living from the lifestyle design niche.

If you’re thinking about earning a living online (especially blogging), keep in mind that writing about lifestyle design (or location independence, digital nomadry, etc.) is a labor of love for most. If income is your goal (not that it has to be), you would probably be better off focusing on other topics. But I digress.

So, What's Next For Me and Free Pursuits?

Looking ahead, I have plans for the blog which include developing a couple of products that will help you get closer to realizing your own ideal lifestyle designs. One of the products is applicable to all types of unconventional lifestyles, and the other is more specifically about earning your first dollar online.

Funny thing is, I still struggle almost daily with defining what this blog is all about and what I want from it. Has anyone noticed how often I change the tagline (how do you like today’s)? Yeah, I’m a little indecisive about this project for some reason.

Maybe I should act confident and sure about my plans for Free Pursuits, but we’ve always had a transparent dialogue here. The truth is I’m not really sure.

I continually sway between keeping the theme broad and writing about lifestyle design in all its phases and incarnations versus making it more specifically about earning a living online or location independent entrepreneurship.

I started Free Pursuits to explore my own dreams and passions and to connect with like-minded people. That I have accomplished and I love all the conversations that happen here.

Going forward, I haven’t decided on any big changes yet. Here is where I would love to hear from you.

What do you want from Free Pursuits over the next year? More of the same? More about earning a living? More about travel and adventure? More about people who make location independence possible with offline jobs? A combination of all the above?

I’m open to suggestion, and I know you’ll provide me with some. Thanks for reading, commenting and being friends over the past year.

Here’s to following our dreams together.


P.S. I wrote a guest post for Matt Chevy at Life Without Pants yesterday as a call to action for Gen Y. Check it out and let me know what you think.

photo by Theresa Thompson

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