A few years ago I thought my job was about to collapse, and being at an age where getting hired is getting more difficult, and not looking forward to hours per day commuting, I started considering expanding a hobby (developing DSP based effects pedals) to a cottage industry. I got reasonably far (built some prototypes, investigated a bunch of contract manufacturers, etc.). But then my job got some funding and common sense dictated that my little cottage industry idea was going to take a lot of effort to get to where it pays the bills like my straight uncool job. I finally realized that when you reach the point of trying to make money with your hobby, it is no longer fun. It's just work and stress. So I've decided I'm going to knock that on the head. Take down my blog and forum, sell off the components I accumulated, clear off the workbench, etc. I began my career as an electrical engineer having been an electronics hobbyist as a kid. And I think I've just done enough of that because I no longer find it fun. Fun to think about, yes. Fun to do for hours every evening after work? Not so much. Another one is restoring old tube amps. That is interesting but I don't have the "feel" for designing stuff with tubes, so it winds up being an extended learning curve exercise, which again is more than I want to put myself through at the end of the day. I noticed a lot of my posts here from a few years back were all about tube amps. Well, I got a variac and started looking at fixing up this old Hammond thing I have, but I just can't bring myself to follow through on it. My life would be simpler if I just got rid of it. And so that's what I'm doing. I've turned my attention to trying to write and record songs. That too is not without its frustrations but that is going to be my focus... until it isn't! Hopefully not having those other things around will mean I get back to that sooner rather than later.