#GiveFirst

This is my last blog post of 2015. I’m taking a break from a bunch of things for a while.

#GiveFirst is the title of my next book, which will come out sometime in 2016. I’ve started working on it and realize that I have a finite amount of daily writing energy. Since I no longer wake up every morning at 5am (I don’t use an alarm clock anymore), I have a less predictable morning routine. As a result, my writing times are more random and chaotic, which I like, but means that it’s harder to have big chunks of time on a consistent basis.

For now, #GiveFirst wins over blogging.

But that’s not the only thing driving my blogging hiatus. After over a decade of almost daily public writing, I feel like I need a break. Some is boredom, some is a burdensome feeling around an obligation to an almost daily habit, and some is the lack of freshness I feel in my writing.

I’ve always enjoyed multiple forms of writing – micro (tweets), short (blog posts), medium (magazine articles), and long form (books). I also write a lot of other stuff all day long (mostly emails) and the majority of my communication is written, which I prefer much more than verbal. But I feel like I’ve hit a wall of some kind. And, whenever I hit a wall, my first instinct is to shake some things up.

As I approach turning 50, which happens on December 1st, I’m finding less enjoyment from short bursts of communication and more from just spending time with friends, with Amy, or by myself.  So, through the end of the year, I’m going on a diet. No more blogging. No more twitter. No more commenting on blogs. No more social media of any sort. In addition to stopping generating content (and plenty of online exhaust fumes), I’m going to stop consuming it also.

I have no idea what will happen on January 1st, 2016 – that’s part of the fun of it for me. A ten week reset on this front will be interesting to me. For now, 100% of my public writing will be dedicated to working on #GiveFirst and I’ll explore a new rhythm by subtracting out a lot of other stuff.

See you in 2016.

  • Will Madden

    I’ve tried to do this as well when I hit 40 recently. I’ve never been able to last more than four or five days, and that includes visits to 3rd world countries. There are internet cafes in some surprisingly remote places. Good luck.

  • Sounds great!

    Enjoy your time away from blogging and twitter and enjoy the time with your friends and family.

  • You will be missed, Brad! Happy hiatus.

  • Any chance we can get you to write your next book in public? Write each day on a public blog or something? Might be interesting to try shaking up the book writing process as well…

  • A social media cleanse sounds like a good thing. Will miss your blogging. And happy upcoming 50th!

  • Todd Vernon

    I know exactly what you are talking about…. Enjoy…

  • Sebastien Latapie

    Thank you for all the amazing posts this year – thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them. Enjoy the break!

  • Well, you have given a lot over the years. A 10-week hiatus is not such a bad thing. It will be a fantastic Reset, and you’ll come back with fresh perspectives.
    Happy New Year!

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  • @Brad It’s incredible how the months roll by, and Feld Thoughts has become somewhat part of my daily routine, it’s kind of like a way of knowing that “another” part of the world is still alive and ticking forward.. Thank you so much for your efforts, I needed this kick on Monday to switch from being just one of the 9% on the internet who reads & comments to actually challenging myself to being part of the 1% of actual content creators. Hey sounds like there is a big void to be filled for the next 10 weeks at least!

  • See you later, alligator. Makes a lot of sense.

  • MorganHoward

    Not so radical (or shouldn’t be)… see you in 2016.

  • Luke Vernon

    Good for you! Your writing presence will be missed, but I’m happy for you.

  • Sam

    I hope it’s not lost on you (not lost on me, for sure) that you have “given first” on this very blog. Good luck with the book!

  • Heroin addicts use methadone to cope with withdrawl….what are you going to use? I suppose you could go to a flip phone. Have fun. 50 is a piece of cake. Hope when you hit it, someone #givesfirst and gives you an extra piece!

  • JT

    oops.. How about once a week periscope sessions? Your writing will definitely be missed. But on the bright side, one other things to look forward in the next year.

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  • Hank Johnson

    Hi Brad
    Thank you so much for all the work you do. I have had a great deal of inspiration reading your blog and enjoyed your journey from start ups to running marathons. Best wishes for your new book, I am sure it will be terrific. Congratulations on turning 50, what a wonderful milestone.
    Hank
    Hank

  • Brian

    Hey Brad,
    Very much looking forward to #GiveFirst!

    ….and more blog posts
    Happy early 50th!

  • Your insights will be missed. Happy Hiatus. I think when writing becomes a chore, it’s time to stop, although, sometimes we all need to focus on a different medium- visual perhaps to reignite that creative drive.

  • nerdavid

    But will you be reading these comments?? 🙂 But seriously, you say no consuming “social” media — what about diffuse “one-way” media, like newspapers, radio/TV news, etc. — where will you draw the line?

  • Glenn Neal

    Your blogs are fantastic. The CLUE equation is one I use continually and gives me rationale into some of the frustrations in my life. The Jerry Colonna one on life is one I’ve used more than once to pull in energy. But the April 1 (something new is F*Ked up in my world every day) is my personal favorite of year, hands down. Look forward to your book.

  • panterosa,

    I find quite a few people who are approaching 50, either quickly or slowly, are taking stock of their routines and wondering what to carry with them into their next 50. I see it more as a trend though for many who are questioning how their ever-connectedness relates to their personal and public lives. Perhaps it’s a confluence of the two for many, and the pause to deep think is resulting some powerful changes. More people should embrace it, even when it’s not thrust upon them by external forces.

  • This is your worst post of the year from my perspective. I say that as a compliment because your blog posts are like online candy for me. Now I’m going to have to take a 10 week break from that candy.

    From a less selfish perspective, I’ve always respected your ability to make decisions that might be different than most. I hope you get back to blogging in 2016. Enjoy the break!

  • Enjoy the break!! Hopefully this’ll free up some time for some more running and prepping for a marathon in another state 🙂

  • josh

    happy holidays, enjoy your feld 5.0 launch party

  • Look forward to the book, enjoy the break.

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  • Rosa

    It reminds me of a person who got vocation only to be shut in his home without eating, drinking and light for straight 3 days. And he said at the time the fourth day came, a bite of apple, the smell, the juice, made him feel like being in the originality of nature.

  • Will miss your thoughts and perspectives… happy to hear you do it, nonetheless. Takes more courage to unplug than to keep going. Best wishes, Brad.

  • Tobias Goulden Schultz

    That sounds like a great idea!

    My girlfriend and i were inspired by you and Amy’s offline weekends. We did the same for a sunday, it felt like we had a week of vacation and have repeated those ever since.

    We feel like warriors prepared for war when we hit the bed the night before. The next day we feel relieved but even more anxious to return to the electronics.

    10 Weeks off is insane, you are truly a brave man. I really enjoy reading your blog, so now is the chance to go through the Archive. Happy birthday and all the best wishes!

    Tobias

  • Jade

    Enjoy the rest of your year!!

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  • I hope you make some time to go for an occasional run/hike to smell the roses. Thanks for all the thoughtful and inspirational posts over the years. Looking forward to reconnecting in 2016 and to #GiveFirst – you’ve been a model in this regard. Happy 50th!

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  • skit

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  • Norman Koren

    It seems the New York Times thinks you’re one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful investors. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/business/media/an-anonymous-satire-of-silicon-valley-now-has-a-publisher.html I’m in Boulder. Are we Silicon Valley yet (somewhere on the far side of Santa Cruz)?

  • Awesome.

    Happy Birthday, Happy Holidays and see you soon!

    Grateful for you, your friendship and continued support Brad, means a lot…

  • Y’all realize that Brad isn’t reading any of this, right? 🙂

    • Well – I’m back now and just read it.