Blog + Marriage = AHHH!!!!

This whole marriage thing is going to be the death of PDITF. Wife Ninja’s sleep schedule is grossly different from mine. While I would prefer to go to bed closer to midnight, she would much rather hit the sack around nine. NINE! Who goes to bed at nine? Apparently, she does.

This causes a huge problem. I typically blogged between 10pm and 11pm, but since she goes to bed before the sun goes down, I have to figure something else out. An easy solution would be to wake up an hour early each morning and pump out an article. Great idea, if it weren’t for one small detail. It requires me waking up an hour earlier. Don’t get me wrong, I love you all, but I love my sleep about 19.43 times more.

Not only is finding a time to blog challenging, but thinking of something to write about has become increasingly more difficult. Wait, what I meant was, finding something to write about that does not have to do with being a newlywed is extremely difficult. I realize my blog name is Punch Debt In The Face and not Punch Being a Newlywed In The Face, so I am doing my best to stay true to the personal finance game.

When you go to college, you know you have four or five years of hard work before you graduate and get your degree. You are working towards something specific. With blogging, it is much more ambiguous. There is no end in sight. It will be interesting to see how this blog finally comes to an end. Will my marriage steal my blogging thunder? Will my readers become bored of me? Will you realize my cartoons really aren’t that funny? How will I know when it’s time to throw in the towel and retire?

p.s. I’d love suggestions on blog topics or things you’d like to hear my two cents on, so if you have any requests PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!! Oh and I’ll be making some changes to PDITF over the coming weeks so bear with me 🙂

22 thoughts on “Blog + Marriage = AHHH!!!!

  1. Being married will bring an onslaught of personal finance ideas. Saving for a home, joint accounts, expensive vacations, and children will be a few to sink your teeth into. Also since you are currently debt free, you can touch on one of my favorite subjects many refer to the 3rd stage of personal finance where one tries to find balance between enjoying life now and saving for retirement. I do hope you continue this blog, I for one really enjoy it and look forward to your opinions during these interesting times we have in the USA.

  2. I say, go ahead and incorporate newlywed stuff.

    Your blog, technically, is like a baby. Like a baby goat (kid?) or something so don’t get all freaked out about babies. It grows up, it changes, it evolves.

    Your life has also changed so why shouldn’t the things you write about? Stay true to the personal finance game but as Stacking Cash said, you’ve now opened up a whole brand new set of blog post ideas as they relate to your new partnered-up status.

    As far as your posting frequency – it’ll probably become somewhat (just somewhat) more infrequent. That’s kind of a given, I think.

    Do you guys get home from work at the same time? If you are home before she is you could use that time to work on the blog. Or, you could set aside a few hours on the weekend just for blog time (compose the next weeks posts in advance).

  3. I know you’re all newlywed and stuff, but the hubs and I don’t go to bed at the same time, and we’re ok. I’m like your wife and I like to go to sleep early, the husband likes to stay up. Typically he will snuggle with me until I go to sleep, and then he will get up and do his business and come back to bed sometime during the night. I’m not bothered by this at all. Just because we got married doesn’t magically transform my husband and make him not want to play video juegos at 11pm every night.

    As for topics, I’d love an article on how you plan to teach your future children good money habits. 😀

  4. Wait, why do you have to go to bed at nine also? We rarely ever go to bed at the same time. I used to go to bed at 8pm!

  5. You’re a ninja. You can steal away into the night and write a blog post without her even knowing.

    If she wants you in bed with her at 9pm, you could just bring your laptop to bed and write something while she sleeps. Or if the typing on the keyboard is too loud you could try to get a tablet computer with a digital keyboard that doesn’t make noise.

    I also agree with StackingCash, suck the marriage topic dry for every personal finance topic you can come up with, and then when you have run out of things to write about, just make another big life change to write about. Moving to a new house, having kids, and losing your job and/or divorce due to excessive blogging are all potential candidates.

  6. Go for it and talk about being a newlywed. Most pf bloggers find that their personal and financial situations change at a moments’ notice, so why not roll with it?

    I might add that my bf could relate to your issue. He wants to stay up and watch TV or do trivia or play Monopoly … but I really need to be in bed by 10 if I’m going to make it to work in the morning without being a zombie. I’ll let him know he’s not alone!

  7. Please don’t bring your laptop to bed. Pretty please? My husband and I are very much the same. He’s a night owl, I’m falling asleep by 10pm. We compromised: There are times when he joins me and there are times when I go ahead by myself. It took some adjustment on my part at first but then I saw that his creative juices really only began flowing when my brain went into shut-down. But I wouldn’t want him typing away in bed. (We also do not have a TV in our bedroom for the same reasons).

    As for the blog, I think newlywed-ness and finances go hand-in-hand. In fact, most of marriage and personal finance go hand-in-hand. There’s no way to separate the two. So, I agree with PPosters… keep blogging away.

  8. I suggest blogging about whatever’s on your mind, including being a newlywed. My readers would hate it if I just started churning out pf posts with no personality…I think readers read because they enjoy the life story. 🙂

  9. Just fake going to bed at 9, wait til 10 and then get up and blog, back to bed for 11…. It’s your blog, write about being a newlywed for a while, it’s all useful stuff 🙂

  10. I really like the personal touch of your articles. Personal Finance is a journey not a destination. You have plenty of time for ‘dink’ stories, merging lives, values, and goals. This blog is your baby, let it grow into what it will.

  11. Please! We want to hear about your newlywed stuff! I look forward to it and then the past few posts haven’t been about how ms. Ninja is settling In 🙁

  12. I agree, bring on the newlywed banter! It gives those of us who are no longer newlyweds the chance to remember the good ol’ days – and to chime in with advice. You want advice, don’t you?

  13. Well, I as well will be very disappointed if this blog goes the way of the dodo bird. I just discovered you about a month ago, and love, love, love the what you’re putting out there. I like it so much that I make myself read all my other “must read” sites each day first, so I can enjoy yours the most. I’ve started looking forward to it every morning.

  14. It’s rare that my husband and I go to bed at the same time. He just needs less sleep than I do. Must be a guy thing.

    I also look forward to your blog posts, so know that you will be missed if you stop posting.

    I vote for stage 3 investing articles too. I’ll be at a loss of what to do with my money once my mortgage is paid. I already have all my retirement tied up in stocks, so I want to diversify and am not sure where to go.

  15. Go for it man, I’d love to hear about the newlywed stuff. And I totally understand what you mean about having a hard time thinking of things to write about, I started a personal finance blog and sometimes struggle to think of ideas also.

  16. My man and I are also on separate sleeping schedules, but I’m the one going to bed at 11 and he’s up until 12+. Just let your wife know that there’s 3 people in this relationship – you, her, and your blog. 😉

  17. I agree with the others – after a while, you will realize that being married does not mean having to go to sleep at the same time. So as a newlywed just beginning to enjoy all the “adult stuff” that comes with a marriage, by all means go to bed with her at 9, but get up when she’s ready to actually sleep!

    And on another note, I feel I don’t know you well enough to be “bare” with you, but I will happily “bear” with you during the upcoming changes to your blog!

  18. Enjoy the perks of being a newly wed and get your Ninja butt in bed by nine! Roll with what ever topic is on your mind. Posting 5 days a week is tough enough. I tend to jot notes down all day about topics or events that spark my interest and then write them later in the day.

  19. I found you because you were a PF blog, but I continue to read your blog because of your writing style, sense of humor, stick figures, etc. I have enjoyed the wedding planning stuff, maybe even moreso than the PF stuff. Just write about your life, some random thoughts, newlywed stuff, mom ninja – just real world stuff. I’d miss you if you were gone so you can’t stop writing just bc PF stuff has been covered. Introduce us to some more characters that are in your life besides mom ninja, you know like when The Brady Bunch got Cousin Oliver.

  20. I go to bed at 9 because I get up at 5am to be at work by 6:15 or 6:30. Hubby has his own business and sets his own hours and is a night owl, so he comes to bed at 11 at the earliest, and sometimes at 2am. And marriage can add a whole lotta interesting fodder for a PF blog. Just keep on writing about what comes to mind. And keep drawing stick figures, too. I like them.

  21. Newlyweds need financial advice too! The point of your blog is that you write about your experiences and how they can help others. Marriage won’t steal your thunder, in fact, you’ll probably have too many ideas soon!

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