I've been blogging for nearly ten years. Blogging is a funny thing to me. Interesting how folks are now bloggers for a living and how the multitudes have embraced this mode of communication/networking as a (hopeful) career. My blogging has always been from a sincere joy and excitement about what I'm doing (usually craft related, of course) and connecting with like minded creatives. Never motivated with hopes to earn a living blogging, get advertising, etc. though I know plenty of people who get a nice chunk of change doing just that. Nothing wrong with that. More power to 'em.
Well, with that said, I've been contemplating what to do about this blog. I mean it costs money every month...do I really even need it? How can I utilize this tool to benefit others as well my own goals? I mean here I am pursuing this career as a designer, what is the best way to implement blogging to further that goal? As I've pondered this, looked at stats, referring sites/searches...I've realized that most of my traffic are folks looking for project ideas, free downloads, inspiration I suppose. So y'all are looking for useable content and I'm am going to serve it up on a pretty platter!
Here's what I've come up with.
1. I love designing fun, inspiring things...and I have a computer full of fun stuff to share. So I will again share! Free for all Fridays is coming back. You know I'm busy, I know you're busy. But I need to give stuff away, share my ideas, tips and tricks...it makes my heart happy. So I will do just that. Yes, on Fridays. As much as I can manage. Downloadable, printable, useable, project-able, enjoyable goodness. Designed by me. Just for you.
(I'll be sharing the details to make this sweet photo display for about $5, oh yeah!)
2. Freelance don't mean it's ALL free. :) Y'all know what I mean. A college mama's gotta put beans and taters on the table. So I plan to lure you here with freebies and then make you an offer you cannot refuse...? Maybe. Or possibly you can refuse, but you might be so kind to tell a friend about me, like my page, tweet it, pin it, tumble it, shout it, share it...whatever it is you prefer :) Translation: I am going to make available some exclusive designs (like the ones below) for purchase and if you would share the love, I would love you.
While we are doing #1 and #2 (giggle, that didn't come out exactly right...or did it?) here's what else could be happening...
3. I'm proliferating ideas, having fun, sharing, inspiring, serving my purpose, making new friends, being inspired, being happy, spreading joy, possibly making some tips, maybe getting noticed by someone who might possibly think I have a teensy something special and they decide they MUST have me work for them and make even more fabulous designs? Yep, it could happen!
4. You're enjoying some fun little freebies, we connect as fellow creatives, I inspire, you inspire, and the world is just a happier, better place because of it all! I'll be honing my project management skills-- I'm approaching it from that perspective.
So meet me back here on Friday, #freeforallfriday that is. Bloggers, lets connect, share the love, network, blog-it-up. Let's do this.
Oh and my birthday is Monday...let's party on the 4th!!!
Love y'all sweet folks!