I have been meaning to watch this series of videos about turning a hobby into a business, but I have been that wonderful combination of sick and busy, so I have not gotten to it yet. After reading this blog post, I am not going to bother:
Make sure you also watch the PBS video on the history of hobbies that is mentioned in the article, it is very interesting:
I started taking the photos for the Harvey Mercheum website as a way to improve my photography skills, and I still consider this a good thing. But I do take the same metrics of productivity and excellence expected from work and apply them to my work on the Mercheum, and when I am already burnt out from work, this just makes me feel worse. I do seek external validation, both here and on the Harvey Mercheum Facebook page. I need to remember that I am not doing this for praise, I am doing this because I believe it needs to be done, and that I have the skills and resources to do it. And while it would be nice if someone bought me a coffee, I need to give up any notion of turning the Mercheum into a side hustle and remember that it is supposed to be fun, not another job!