I inadvertently took some time off from my blog because I wanted to see what all of the email courses and other “blogging” tricks were about. I completed an eight day email course and learned some valuable things but most importantly I learned that she (course creator) began in this industry not really knowing where it was going to take her either.
I did learn from her though that if you are going to write blogs, make them epic, make them insightful, make them relatable, make them as long as you want because if people are really liking the things you write about then they will continue to come back looking for more. Point well taken!
Keeping with the lessons that I have learned, I am now etching out my next steps because I would like more control in my life, career, finances, and creativity. There are so many elements to the blogging business that I know now that I WANT A PROFITABLE BLOG. So now as I think about my niche, I will keep that to myself until I am ready to…GUESS WHAT?
Can you believe it? I am going to be relaunching…how soon, that’s a secret too! LOL!
I have also ultimately decided to switch directions a little bit because I want to be KNOWN for what I do. I am grateful to the followers that I have, but I also want to grow my audience. I am inspired by the many TOP NICHE bloggers that exist, but I am not comparing myself to any of them because my thoughts are mine, my ideas are mine, and my future is bright as I realign my goals.
There is such a thing as being epic and simple! I don’t need a bunch of categories to write on…I need to just focus on my passion as I move forward. Yes I had bright ideas of being the best right out of the gate, but as I see, this is an ongoing process that will be tweaked, revised, and prioritized many times over even after today. My passion is WRITING so I VOW to be good at it if nothing else.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have considered what types of consumable products I could possibly create, and I banged my head because I was not sure if I wanted to undertake such a large task. That was until a few weeks ago while at work…FULL-TIME TEACHER…a colleague was talking about all of the ideas they had for a book project. I told my colleague I would help them figure it out just let me think about it. On yesterday I wrote them a quick checklist on how to organize their thoughts as it was very SIMPLE.
- What are the themes of your project?
- Where did you draw your inspiration…quotes, scripture, etc?
- What is your backstory to why you feel passionate about your chosen themes?
- What impact do you want to have on your audience?
- What is holding you back from writing? START NOW!
My colleague looked at the quick list and said four words, “You are the bomb!” I smiled because I don’t mind helping a creative outline their next step, if they are serious. Then that got me thinking, I really do like to write. I want to write books! I want to be behind the scenes helping make things happen. I don’t know how good I’ll be at creating products, and even though it seems like everyone is doing it there is room for everybody to WIN. Helping my colleague turned into an AHA! Moment…This REBRAND is going to be BANANAS!
I’m not keen on the idea of email lists…but I know once I create stuff that other creatives want for free…I am sure the list will begin to build. So that is kind of where I am at. I have to roll up my sleeves and do the work…try some stuff…think bigger…create some stuff…and if all else fail…scrap that stuff and start all over again.
So of course when you see my blog now, I am kind of all over the place…not really…but somewhat. I tried just writing from the heart, but I didn’t want to seem redundant. I did the short lived, Meaningful Monday, Truthful Tuesday, and Thankful Thursday, but that format didn’t really work for me either. Switching gears I tried the topic creator and was able to come up with the 5 Things My Single Mom Taught Me, I Have Not Always Been a Wife, I Don’t Want to Coach: I Just Want to Write, and one of my most well received blogs-What No One Tells You About Blogging.
Pinterest had even hoodwinked me into writing some of those broad blog post embedded in those blogging challenges. I liked my blog, The Meaning of TilyaRealEyes “The Educated Butler” but it wasn’t enough. Now I am not even sure if “The Educated Butler” is going to make it into the new year. It was an idea but with this impending relaunch, I feel like that tagline will not be a part of my niche. I even had a buffer account, until I got a new phone which was where I scheduled most of my buffer posts.
I didn’t get tired of that account, but once I repeat myself 20 times, even I get bored. Yes I know I should trust the process, but I didn’t feel too impactful. I could grab my Chromebook and start scheduling again, but that is just not what I feel like doing.
Here I am being authentically ME. Yes this is from the heart! This has been on my mind, I just had to clear my mind of all the other clutter to write. This is who I am. My personal life even took a hit which also stagnated my creativity. The only thing I have accomplished since mid-September is redoing the cover of my book.
So keep reading through my old blogs while you can…I’m working on other projects that I can’t wait to share as well as new business ideas. It’s weird; turning 35 in December has me reorganizing my life again. All of my 20’s I said that I wasn’t business-minded. Now I’m striving to create my own quality business as an Independent Author, Blogger, and ________________. Stay tuned!
Thanks for reading!