Monday, February 3, 2014

Hiatus

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!

17 comments:

  1. Hope to have you back soon but I totally understand the need for work-life balance. Best of luck with teaching this semester and I wish you all the best. Please give us updates whenever you can.

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  2. Best of luck DGM! Look forward to hearing from you again when things settle down!

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  3. Best of luck with the work/life balance and your continued pursuit of dividend growth investments. It has been a pleasure reading and following along with your progress. Naturally, and quite selfishly, I hope to see you return!

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  4. DGM, no worries, it happens to all of us time to time. It will be a lot easier to do blogging when we retire. We will stay in touch, at least my blog will still list you in blogroll and once you get back, I will notice!

    Good luck!

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  5. Bummer...just started following you. Can you tweet you Buy's and Sell's, as pretty much all of follow your strategy on DGM. Tweets should be less time consuming, or even StockTalks in SA. Consider if you can, will help beginners to reinforce the logic behind whats the best opportunity, till we get the confidence to fly on our own. Just a thought.

    Anyway, good luck and thanks for the write up so far

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  6. Best of luck DGM, I look forward to you return !

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  7. DGM,

    A sad day indeed, but understandable.

    I know all too well how difficult it is to acheive a satisfactory work/life balance, and then to also find time to blog and keep up with a robust strategy like dividend growth investing.

    I've enjoyed communicating with you and following your journey as you've built up a massive portfolio. I wish you all the best, and I hope we one day see you again 'round these parts. :)

    Best wishes!

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  8. Quite understandable due to what you described. I have lots of friends and family that are teachers and you are right, its not a 9-5 job.
    Take care and we'll wait for your return.

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  9. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    I have only ever lurked on your site (this is my first post) but I will say that your blog has been my favorite to follow in regards to dividend growth investing. Your valuations and ideals line up pretty spot on with mine, in so much as we have been more or less purchasing the same stocks, although different quantities, for the past 6-8 months.

    Not to sound like you owe it to your readers, or to be pushy, but like Anonymous above said, maybe you can do just a quick recap one a month or buys and sells or something along those lines. While I loved reading your write ups on purchases, the time it takes must be immense. A quick buy/sell list is all most people should need to get assurance that we are all on the same wavelength.

    Good luck with the increased workload (I am typing this from my office at work) and hopefully you can return soon.

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  10. Oh! I will surely miss your blog, ur's was one of the blogs I follow. Hope you settle down soon with a good work life balance. I can relate to you as my brother who just completed his Phd in computer science is currently looking for a AssProfessor job.

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  11. Hi DGM,

    In Germany there is a saying:
    "Without money, you're nothing"
    or "Have you nothing, you are nothing!"

    Therefore, it is clear that the profession takes precedence over the Hobby Blogging!

    Take care!

    Best regards
    D-S

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  12. Best of luck to you in your search for better work-life balance. I've enjoyed your blog and know you'll continue to do great in your dividend growth investing.

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  13. Hi DGM,

    take your time but don't forget to continue your investments in Dividend Growth Stocks. Hopefully we see you again back in your blog here soon!

    It's really a great blog i like to read it.

    Best regards,
    Markos

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  14. Best of luck. I've always liked your blog. Looking forward to your return!

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  15. Hope you come back soon, take care my friend!

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  16. Best thing you can do for yourself is realizing when you need to take a step back if necessary so good for you. I love your blog and will spend the hiatus time catching up on old posts, still very valuable info. Best of luck and hope you'll be back!

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