12/8/18

Taking A Break


Ancient Greek perfume bottle

When I started this blog in 2011, my circumstances were very different. I was living at home with my parents, employed part-time, and adrift in a lake of financial insecurities and relationship problems. Fragrance was an escape, and blogging was a useful creative outlet for those days when there was little else to do.

In the subsequent seven years, my life has changed dramatically. I'm now over-employed, working a full time job with an additional stipend attached to its salary, I own a house, my financial outlook has improved significantly, and I've managed to make friends with my ex. But fragrance and fragrance blogging are no longer escapes for me, at least not in the way they were.

I've seen a fair few fragrance blogs die in the last ten years (I've been reading them since 2008), and what always surprises me is the finality of their demises. There was a very good blog called Pere de Pierre that very suddenly died and was cremated altogether - you can't even visit the URL anymore - and it was ended with a post, titled "Perfume is Boring." That's just one example - there were at least ten or fifteen other blogs that met similar fates, often without warning. It's as though their authors just died. One day they're posting something interesting to read, and the next, there's nothing. And that nothing stretches on for days, then weeks, then months, and finally years, and at that point you know the blog is finished.

This will not happen on From Pyrgos. This blog will not die. I will not forget that I am its author, nor will I abandon the URL. I will not delete the blog, or let it be labeled "dead" by anyone who wishes to replace it.

However, I'm entering a stage in life right now where I'm not as interested in shouldering the persistent cost of maintaining the blog. It takes money to buy fragrance, and to keep reviewing new and interesting things, and I'm getting tired of spending that money. I've recently grown interested in saving and diversifying my wealth. I'm looking carefully at investing in the stock market. I'm considering buying some gold coins from the mint. I need to contribute to my 401K. And I'm looking to put together a few stacks of hundreds, maybe save a few grand in cash.

Do I think perfume is boring? Absolutely not. It's always interesting. At some point in the next year, I'll purchase something, and it'll probably be something expensive. When that happens, I'll take note of it as something to write about. But meanwhile, I'm officially taking a year off. I know that doing this will reduce my page views and subscriber count significantly, but that's no longer a concern of mine. Hopefully faithful readers will return in the future. Consider this the last blog post you will read here until 2020, unless something cataclysmic happens in the news (and I hope it never does). I'm signing off for now. Keep smelling awesome.

Bryan

13 comments:

  1. A very honest post. Looking forward to your next post when the time is right.

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  2. Good luck and see you in a year.

    Happy holidays!

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  3. Good luck with your future endeavors, Bryan and thank you for having invested the time, money and dedication to build this great place called 'From Pyrgos'!
    It has served me well in my quest for coherent information about perfumes and I have learned a lot along to the way. I have no doubt it will continue to do so, not only for myself but for others too.
    Thank you for this and I look forward to receive a new notification somewhere in 2K20! Until then, take care!

    Natan

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  4. Have a splendid (blog) break, Bryan.
    And DIOLCH for all the great writing.
    xxx

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  5. It’s refreshing to see someone being sensible and realistic about the cost of this hobby. It can be damn expensive and there’s far more important things in life like saving for one’s future, paying off a mortgage or supporting a family etc.
    I have always enjoyed your blog and your love for classic fragrances and want to sincerely thank you for your time, effort and sharing.
    All the best with everything Bryan I’m truly going to miss your posts and insights. Enjoy your break and holidays. Keep smelling awesome too!

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  6. Hi Bryan, thank you for all the hard work you have put into this blog over the years. Your articles and reviews have been fun to read and have opened a whole New world to a fragrance newbie such as myself and I now have a number of scents i want to try. I also loved how you tied scents to their time period and films (I will forever link Brut splash on and cologne to Al Pacino and Burt Reynolds respectively) and now have some obscure French films to view based upon your impressions.

    Thank you also for promising for not letting the blog die. Shamu1's POUR MONSIEUR was another highly informative and entertaining blog that was formative in my tastes and understanding of how fun fragrance can be. The fact we are all Gen Xers also gave me a feeling of camaraderie, shared experience and nostalgia. His blog abruptly ended in 2016 and I do really miss it (as well as hope the person is well and alive...Shamu if you are reading this please give us an update!!!!). Keep us updated on your life as well Bryan.

    Good luck in all your endeavors my friend. I need to push to improve my circumstances as well. Thanks in part to your efforts I will do so while smelling pretty damn good!

    Looking forward to your next post, whenever it is it will be be good.

    PS...I will also miss the commenters on here as well. A well informed and we'll spoken bunch.

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    1. Shamus1 recently posted a couple of reviews on Fragrantica, so he's still ok at least.

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    2. Thanks for the info Masrimaghrebi!

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  7. My wallet does not look forward to your return. However, I personally do. Best of luck.

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  8. Thank you for all the education. I own a few scents I would never have found otherwise thanks to your expertise...

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  9. We haven't always agreed, but I am always interested in hearing your perspectives and appreciate that you regularly replied to my bumping very old reviews with questions. I think it's unavoidable but also very valuable to consciously step away from a practice like this and allow it to be reinvented from the point of there maybe being no more -- how else can one grow authentically? Anyway, I hope you still find outlets for projecting opinions (they do change, don't they?) if not here then elsewhere. With everything you've tried and considered, you could probably write a year's worth of reconsiderations and still have very stimulating material. Good luck.

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  10. Congrats, Bryan! Years ago I made similar decision when it came to giving up my full time job and deciding to go freelance. What I thought would be a tumultuous year of zero income ended up being two years of bliss and a steady income.

    On another note, I would like to thank you for all your insight, passion and analysis. You no doubt saved me from wasting hundreds of dollars on fragrances I would have only used once in disgust. One more thing that I find ironic: last night a merchant on Ebay offered Caesars Man for a tad over twenty dollars. Needless to say, it was sold out by this morning. Strange times we live in, my friend. Good Luck!!!!!!!

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  11. You will ve missed sir! Farewell.

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