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Since then, I have become a junkie. I already have a full time job, but I probably invest another 50-60 hours per week working on, tweeking, adding, updating, and improving my website.
I use to be addicted to WWII video games. Now it is building a website. At least with this game I make money.
I'm curious to see if there are others like me. How many hours per week do you guys work on your sites?
Right now I'm on day 6 of a fortnight's holiday from work (aka sitting in front of a computer) YAY!.... but I took the holiday because I wanted to have some concentrated time to sit down and learn a new CMS and plan and write for a new site. So far I've probably spent about... 60-70 hours of my holiday sitting in front of a computer.
But I'm doing ok. I am forcing myself to leave the house at least once per day. *hermit grin*
Not an easy jump to make. The financial implications are enormous and the web is a fickle fickle business.
The tendancy is therefore to do both and burn the candle at both ends.
I'm a great believer in finding a balance. Taking a weeks holiday and forgetting about the internet for a few days can work wonders - there's more to life than your websites, sometimes you just need reminding of that. It's easy to become blinkered and work/family and social life can suffer all too rapidly.
Having said that, at least you're doing something creative and rewarding with your time. Surprisingly few people in the World are able to lay claim to doing that.
But don't forget that you're human, and the human body can only take too much before it get's stressed out.
Same can be said of your friends and family.
[edited by: trillianjedi at 12:33 am (utc) on Sep. 11, 2004]
I'm an outdoors enthusiast, so eventually the need to get out and literally smell the roses/air/pollen kicks in. Otherwise, this is a 24/7 lifestyle addiction, as it always has been since I learned what the difference between baud, bps and kbsp was (hint: a long time ago).
I find the biggest problem is wearing so many hats. On any given day I am the server admin, marketing manager, president, support staff, coder, html monkey, content writer... the list just keeps on going.
Right not it is pretty easy to manage, but as it grows, it is going to be interesting to figure out how to either automate more or off load some of the work.