My Wealthy Affiliate Dilemma

Last Update: June 17, 2016

I am rapidly approaching the date when I will need to renew my annual membership for WA or leave the site. So, therein lies my dilemma.

I really have to cut back on the time I spend on WA and the time working on my Bootcamp website. I have so many other projects in the works, both online and off, that I can’t keep up with them all.

You would think, now that I am retired, I would have more time. In fact though, I am busier that ever and I find I just don’t have enough hours in the day to do all I want to. Don’t get me wrong, retirement is great. The difference in being swamped when you are working and being swamped in retirement is that now I am the one deciding what projects I will take on - not a boss (well my wife but then she always was one of my bosses ;)

Anyway, to get to the point, I had my mind made up to leave WA so I could focus on other things. I still might do that. I have a couple weeks before my membership expires to decide.

Right now I am thinking about how I can stay with WA but cut way back on the time it takes.

I have already reduced the time I spend on WA emails and reading blogs. I still like to help fellow members if I can but I don’t reply as often as I used to. My WA rank has been dropping steadily as a result but I am OK with that. Going forward, I will try to cut back even more and just read what is most important to me.

Also, I will almost certainly drop my affiliate marketing for retirees website. I have put a lot of work into it but, to keep it up like I have been, takes a huge amount of time. I have written a lot of training type posts on there and they take time to research and to write. I think I might be better off writing occasional training for WA rather than for that website. I will probably leave it online for now but not renew it when the registration comes due and not work on it much at all.

I do hope I can stay in the WA community. I love the training you all post and the tips I get from so many of you. The web hosting is another perk I would hate to give up. It would cost me as much or more to host my sites elsewhere than I pay for annual membership now. That said, I do have some issues with the hosting, mostly related to the restrictions on outgoing connections, but I hope those can be resolved or worked around eventually.

For the next two weeks I will be trying out my WA reduction plan and I hope it works out for me. I want to stay - I just need more hours in my days! I appreciate any thoughts you might have that will help.

Tom

(UPDATE:

Thank you all for your insight and help with my decision. As of now, I will be staying around for anther year. I will have to work out a schedule for WA and limit my time here but I am confident I van work that out.

See you all around.)

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gmegs Premium
Sure would be sad to see you go Tom, but I say do what makes you HAPPIEST.
Money isn't everything and life is short.
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tclough Premium
I would be sad to go too Joanne. Writing this post has sort of clarified things for me. I am pretty sure I can make it work. Just a whole lot less time on here and cutting out my original website will probably make a big difference.

Thank you for your thoughts,
Tom
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
My WA rank is also dropping as my income skyrockets. That is to be expected. I am not here for social aspects, I am here for money. Decide if you want Money or WA Status.
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tclough Premium
Well, I would have to say I am certainly not here for the status. Making a little extra money to help support all my other interests is nice but only when it helps me enjoy my retirement. If making money gets in the way of that enjoyment then I will be gone for sure!

Thanks for the support,
Tom
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DianneBee Premium
"restrictions on outgoing connections"? Haven't heard of that...you've got a tough decision...one I will bump into at the end of the year....regards!
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JudeP Premium
I was just thinking that you could switch to monthly payments instead of annual, which will give you some breathing space to further think :)
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tclough Premium
Thanks Jude. I will make the decision before the payment is due. It will be another year or nothing. It will probably another year.
That's the way I am leaning.

Tom
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GeoffGS Premium
You could spend $47.00 and buy yourself a month to think more on it. :)
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tclough Premium
Thanks Geoff. It's not so much that I need more time to think about it - it's just that I need more time to do all I want too. My wife has had mobility problems for months now and that has kept us close to home. She had a hip replacement 4 weeks ago and is on the mend. That means we can get back to traveling soon I hope. More travel means even less time for WA.

I think it will work out though. You just wont wee me on here much.

Tom
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