I spent a LOT of time this week working on the website, this blog, and social media.
I have to say. Social media is exhausting. Can 2 platforms please just do the same thing the same way? It would be EPIC! Setting up all the accounts to play nicely and auto generate things. SEO. Tags, Categories. I feel like I need 12 different cheat sheet notebooks for each different platform, oh and a few extra pairs of hands would be amazing!
HOW does anyone keep track of all this. EEK!
Meeting with clients to start building their story- and help build mine at the same time!
Figuring out which blogs to start watching
Signing up for the right endorsements/certifications
Following other peoples ideas for setting up blogs and websites
Having friends and family proof the website
Trying to figure out how to set up and email address capture system.
On top of all this, I work full time, and of course have the toddler; and attempting to keep the house in line. You mommy bloggers, you ARE HERO's because HOLY heck is it HARD!
Lets be honest here. I am a photographer. Not a blogger, not a coder, not someone who has the ability to sit at the computer for hours a day refining all of these things. But I am hooked on the idea that building this business is the best way for me to be independent, and that means pushing those walls WAAAAAAAAAY out and doing it anyways.
So here is what I learned this week:
Some domains don't play nicely with other web app plugins. And it sucks because now I am not sure how to set up the subscribe email capture on a host site who apparently doesn't do that.
Free! (whispering fine print) usually doesn't actually mean free. You have to do something to get something. I understand that making money on blog requires these tactics, but what happened to the internet being a trove of information, for literally free?
Instagram technically doesn't allow posts to be scheduled.
Trying to pick a niche is hard! Especially when you like so many things, and are a bit...distractable. (fun fact of the day, google says distractable is actually a word. Spell check says its not)
Hey look! another blog to follow this one is solely about...
What was I saying again?
My point is, rather rambling and I hope amusing (at my expense of course)
Take the time to have a clear idea of where you are going, understand that its going to be hard and take time to get there, but if I can do this, and juggle a rather insane schedule. So can you!
Take the time to:
Have a Clear mission statement
Know your core values
Have an idea of where your going - but don't be afraid to tweak it if you find its not working
Find the humor in the situation, and laugh about it. You are TOO BLESSED to be Stressed.
Step back from time to time and look at the big picture, you can niche down as far as you care to go, but remembering that there are other things is good too!
Set up a schedule and stick to it. A routine helps! Ill try and talk more about this on a separate post later.
I have sat here for about 5 minutes trying to decide if I want to come up with a cutesy phrase to end my blog posts with. Some sort of signature, is that required? Do the other blogs I have recently started following do that?
More on this later- the 8-5 job duties are calling.