It's with mixed emotions that I'm announcing the closure of The Instructional, effective from today. I launched the site at the beginning of the year and it's success has been far beyond what I ever expected.
So why am I closing it? Well, 2014 has been a hugely eventful year for me so far, both personally and professionally, but I've had to deal with an unfortunate change in my personal life though, at the same time, given a fantastic opportunity to work for an amazing company. After some reflection, I've decided to reevaluate how I spend my free time and closing The Instructional (along with shuttering some other side projects I've had on the go) is a decision that I feel is right.
A few years ago I suffered with depression, thanks in part to a terrible working environment and a turbulent relationship. Projects like this were a distraction away from the parts of my life I didn't want to think about or deal with. Since then, this has become too much of a bad habit and I've spent so much of my free time working on various projects, from web development to writing, that they eat up almost every hour of my free time.
While there are many people who do find a balance, I have not and, honestly, I don't want to anymore. I just want to have more free time and a hobby, not an obsession. I'm at a point in my life where I'm happy and don't need distracting.
The Instructional isn't going away anytime soon and all my ebooks will soon be made available for free. I'll be keeping the site up on Squarespace for the foreseeable future, before making a static archive available as a download permanently. Furthermore, I am interested in passing on the torch if someone else would like to continue running the site. If you're interested, let me know.
I'm both saddened to be ending such a project as The Instructional, while at the same time relieved that the time I'll have back is something I'm able to use, only this time more wisely. To the readers of The Instructional, you have my heartfelt thanks for your support over the last ten months.
Thanks for reading,