I’m Back! Did You Miss Me?

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In the midst of all this, Ana’s dad came to Oregon. We all made time to go to Oktoberfest to enjoy a beer!

Hey Everyone, Joshua Rodriguez here with some good news! If you’ve been following CNA Finance, you may have noticed that my website died over the last few months. There has been absolutely no activity at all. So, what happened you ask? Well, here is what’s been going on over the last 3 months, and what I hope will happen in the next 3!

Where It Began

A few months ago, I woke up and I just couldn’t walk. I had excruciating pain in my back and had no idea where it had come from. It was an overnight thing. A scary thing too. I mean…COME ON, I’M ONLY 26! I thought that maybe I had pulled a muscle so, I walked like Huntchback of Notre Dame and went on to work as usual. Only after a few days, the pain hadn’t gotten better. No, no, it had intensified! So, off to the doctor I went.

My trips to the chiropractor started as anything else normally would, slow and steady. After a few trips, we came to the conclusion that I had a herniated disc. Where the hell it came from, I still have no idea. It could be from a car accident I had years ago, it could be the many times I’ve eaten dirt hiking through the woods of Oregon, who knows. All I did know was that it hurt like crazy! I mean, I’m a wimp when it comes to shots, and I remember going in saying “Doc, I need a Lidocaine injection” smiling as the needle went into my back.

A Tough Decision Had To Be Made

Unfortunately, I don’t have money falling out of my ears. Not yet anyway! Therefore, blogging isn’t my only job. Nope, I work full time as the director of marketing and general manager of a pretty decent local marketing firm. Because I had a full time job, and issues going on with my back, I would need to blatantly disobey doctors’ orders to work both a full time job and managing my blogs. Because the job is the bread and butter of my income, that’s where I stayed putting my websites behind me for a little while.

But I Stuck Around In One Way

Although I couldn’t handle being on the computer enough to manage my blog entirely, I did have a few hours a week to do some posting and review writing over at Modest Money! I also did a few posts here and there for different companies.

As my back slowly healed, a process that is still happening and probably will be for a few more months by the way, I started to see a new business concept arising. After 60 days of almost no extra activity, with the exception of Modest Money posts, and a custom post here and there, I was finally healed enough to start pursuing online ventures again. Only this time, I had a new idea.

My New Business Was Born

Once I was able to start working online again, I had a new vision in mind. I knew I would eventually get back to CNA Finance, but I wanted to get this other thing going too. So what was it? JRod Writes! I saw a need for content at many websites, aside from my own. I also knew that some of the bloggers and sites that needed content were willing to pay for quality posts. Because I do my best to always provide quality, I figured I could get in on this market really quickly!

So, get in I did. I started emailing contacts asking them if they needed content, or knew anyone who did. That yielded my first few clients. Clients that I still hold to this day! The business grew slowly, and continues to do so! For more information on my content writing, click here!

Boy Did I Miss CNA!

Many of my readers are blog owners. As blog owners, you know how important blogs are to their owners. They’re kind of like our babies! So, throughout the process of healing, and building a new business, there started to become an emptiness in my heart. I was really starting to miss CNA Finance. So, it was time to come back and pay more attention to you guys over here. So, I’m back for good! I’ll be posting at least 1 new post per week, so make sure to come back and join the conversation!

28 thoughts on “I’m Back! Did You Miss Me?”

  1. Good to know you are back.

    This time of year can be slow for a lot of people, myself included.

    I am looking for a few gifts for friends and family with my excess money now. So I am patiently waiting for my upcoming tax return to make any further investments.

  2. Joshua, good to see you back. Hope your health is getting better as we speak. Congratulations on JRod Writes, goes on to show that adversity can also lead to new opportunities if the determination is there. Wish you all the success and let me know if I can be of any help

  3. Hey Ankit, thanks for the kind words. I am indeed feeling much better with each passing day! There is one way you could help…would you be interested in writing a guest post for me?

    • Ohhhh Cat, you’ve got no idea. I was scared out of my mind! I couldn’t walk..the one thing we all take for granted and I just couldn’t do it. I’m definitely feeling better now and I’m excited too! I’ll see ya around, thanks again!

  4. Josh, that sounds super scary 🙁 I hope things are getting better for you and I am glad you are back. Are you in the Portland area or where in OR? I am interested in to read more about your content writing posts as I am trying to break into freelance writing. I am looking forward to your next steps and see what you are up to!

    • Hey Dear Debt, I’ve got to say, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. However, I am getting much better. Yes, I’m in the Portland area, is that where you are? Thanks for swinging by! I look forward to seeing you around.

  5. A bad back wrecks everything. That is a real bummer, but I’m glad you’re on the mend. I always think I’d like to take a month off from blogging, but I just can’t seem to do it. I hope I don’t get forced into it by a health problem, though.

    • Hey Kim, thanks for the kind words. Trust me, you don’t want to take time off of blogging the way I did…it was no fun. Anyway, I’ll see ya around!

    • Hey Grayson, thanks for swinging by…I’m glad to be back! I hope your business ideas work out for you. If there’s anything I can do to help, please feel free to let me know!

    • Thanks Brad, I’m glad to be back. As far as the site, the old theme kept breaking with every update. Too much coding headache to keep it. I like this one better anyway. Thanks again man!

  6. Hi Josh!

    I was wondering where you were since I had not seen your creative writing lately. So glad you are healing nicely and you are back to what you love to do.

    All the best to you!


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