Sometimes in the process of teaching others you have a moment of reflection yourself. Quickly followed by a revelation.
This happened for me whilst hosting the first Advanced Blogging workshop at hero recently.
As bloggers we’re constantly collecting ideas in the form of inspiration. We see new blogging trends bubbling excitedly to the surface and some older, tried and tested ideas being re-hashed again and again.
Sometimes they both work. Sometimes they both disappear without a trace.
We see plenty of bandwagons being jumped on and driven exceedingly well. And some wagons wobble, de-rail… and occasionally crash in spectacular fashion.
That’s the nature of the blogging beast…
I always have been and always will be a creature of habit.
I thrive best on 80% routine with that other 20% left over for the odd surprise here and there to shake things up a bit. But not too much.
Having been a nine to fiver since the age of sixteen, I found it easy to live by the deadlines and usual demands of a regular working day.
So when, by a serendipitous chain of events, I found the blog taking off and me becoming the boss of well, me, the adjustment period was (and still is), huge.
As I learn more about working for myself, the one single thing that helps me to get the day off on the right foot is establishing a morning routine…
Last week felt like one of those wading through treacle weeks.
You know the ones. You begin with the best laid plans, a carefully crafted To Do list and a new found balance (finally!) between completing your immediate priorities and getting around to some tasks you’ve been meaning to do. Forever!
And then the same old shizzle happens. One of the tasks you thought you could complete in one day ends up taking two and half days. On top of that, an unexpected freelance deadline lands in your lap.
Oh and you haven’t created any blog content for over a week and the jitters are starting to set in. You’re soon going to be launching your newly re-branded blog and you didn’t really want to disappear off the face of the content earth ahead of this momentous event.
You get to Friday. The frown lines have deepened. You’re not sleeping well and you feel like you’ve completely lost your mojo. What the hell happened to skipping to the desk in the morning humming the “I love my job” mantra in your head?
The title of this post is not to insinuate that undertaking a rebrand and redesign project will drive you insane!
If anything, its one of the most exciting, amazing and important things you can go through as a blogger or business owner. Ask anyone who’s been through the process and I’m sure they’ll say the same.
But because it feels monumental, pivotal and crucially important to get right, all at the same time, the process can feel a little stressful at various touch points.
This week I celebrated my ninth year year in blogging (because all things big and small need celebrating right?), so I’ve been through this process or at least a derivative of it, a few times now…
This blog always has been and always will be my passion project. Not a week goes by when I don’t count my lucky stars at the thought of sitting down to my desk and putting 100% effort into something I truly love.
To exist in the blog world and to continue to earn an income from it means that change is a constant. The pure genius of these small corners we create is that they’re always evolving.
And we can evolve with them in ways of our choosing.
I started blogging with no business agenda meaning that every single post/subject/category/tweet etc came from an emotion. A fleeting thought, an opinion or a big idea that I REALLY felt the need to share. I’ve always been a sharer…