Some of you may have noticed lately that I have been slow to respond to comments, my posts about new purchases are delayed, and I have been generally inactive in commenting on the blogs of other dividend growth investors. The reason: I have been very busy with work since the start of the new year. On the teaching front, this semester I have to prepare more lectures each week -- from scratch -- than I did last semester, which consumes a great deal of my time. On the research front, for the first time I have several undergraduate students working in my lab during the semester, resulting in considerable time and effort spent on training and managing them. Moreover, I am still solely responsible for designing, setting up, analyzing, interpreting, and writing up various research projects. Unlike some 9-to-5 jobs where work can be left at the workplace, in my job there are things that simply need to get done in a timely manner regardless of what else is happening, so I have been putting in long hours during the week and spending time at work on the weekends. As a result, it has been difficult to find spare time and energy for blogging activities, over and above the time spent monitoring my portfolio.
In consideration of this situation, I have decided to take a break from blogging for a while. My blog will remain online, but I will not be updating it for an indefinite time period -- until I can achieve a better work-life balance. Even though my blog will be inactive, I want to assure you that there will be no change in my dividend growth investing: I plan to continue regularly investing new capital in attractively valued dividend growth stocks to build a rising stream of dividend income.
Finally, I want to say thanks to everyone who has visited this blog (over 200,000 pageviews since January 2012) and posted comments. I appreciate your support of my dividend growth investing efforts and I wish you all the best in your own investing endeavors!