Last year, I found the productivity matrix. I was working the job, then working after the job and almost forgot about having a life, a husband, and anything else in between. Everyone online had been telling me that the only reason I wasn’t where I wanted to be was because of me and I simply couldn’t let that be the case.
"Are you still making those YouTube videos?" I almost spit out my tea watching videos of Issa Rae’s promo run for Insecure. She was making an appearance on The View and talked about that awkward moment meeting up with friends who really have no idea what you do. They all have gone on and got married, had kids, bought houses, blah, blah, blah and you’re still trying to get your dreams off the ground. I died because I literally have the same struggles trying to explain to people what it is that I actually do aside from my 9 to 5.
There may come a time when your blog is no longer your life. I know, sounds kind of nuts right, but go with me here. When I started out, all I did was blog. I would just write something, throw it up, and share it on whatever channels were available to me at the time. If we’re talking my Blogspot days, I really only shared it on Facebook and had like one faithful reader. Now I have like five at least, but I digress. NOW … I cannot even tell you how hard it is to fit writing actual blogs into my schedule. But it’s okay because everything evolves and changes and your relationship with your blog may just do the same.
First thing’s first, let me say that business is HARD! Yes there are so many people yelling about the entrepreneur life, but it’s NO easy task. I think we first need to know and understand that. It also takes a lot of money to make money. Okay, now that’s out the way. I want to share a little about preparing for growth.
Okay, so you’ve attended how many webinars this year? And how many courses have your purchased? And how many Twitter chats have you followed? If you’re anything like me, probably a lot. I love to learn and I love information and I love to learn more about how to refine and grow my writing and my business. BUT … I know you knew it was coming, but, at the end of the day, no one is going to do the work for you.
On Jan. 9, I was asked to be a part of a dynamic panel as a part of the Moguls in Media event that was hosted by Darcel Laurie in Philadelphia. It was a phenomenal evening and the room was filled with such positive and driven women. Panels will always leave you with a resounding thought and this time around for me, it was the stock that we put into social media. I forget how exactly it came out, but I had to blurt out “Social media is a tool!” And so I figured I would elaborate on the blog.
There are definitely two schools of thought developing in the millennial generation. One is, screw the 9 to 5, I want to do my own thing and make cool things like Instagram and Facebook and be a millionaire by the age of 26. The second is, why does everyone think everyone wants to be an entrepreneur? The same way we have gone from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy, we are now in an information age and less and less people are working one job until they retire like our parents once did. There is almost no such thing as job security. But no, everyone doesn’t want to be an entrepreneur, nor should they try to be, but let me tell you a little about why I have to.
Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time refining and working on WriteLaughDream the website and the business. I hope you like by the way! This year really helped me recognize that my site was a bit all over the place. And as much encouragement as I receive from you guys, I never want you be confused about what you’re getting when you head to WriteLaughDream.com! So I wanted to talk a little bit about the process of REELING IT ALL THE WAY IN and its importance.