Happy Friday everyone! I take it all of you had a great week – got a lot done – made some things happen. I know I did, and I’m quickly learning in this new “path” of mine, I have to force myself to come up for air every now and then. I blinked and the week was gone. I took a little more time to put this Friday Quick Hits together. This week kicked my ass and last night, I forced myself to dive into my Google Reader, one post at a time, and what a great week of writing (and reading) it was. Enjoy! And feel free to share some of your favorites from the week in the comments below.
This is a great post about the balance of blogging from a community building and opinion sharing standpoint, and how it can transition into a legitimate revenue source. Depending on your goals (and I emphasize that point) the relationship building process is the CORE of everything else, but as a business, the ROI comes down to sales – dollars and cents. It’s important to make sure that all of your effort is, if nothing else, a contributing factor to the end result you seek.
“…Connecting with people. Helping them. Sucking up all that nice feedback. Participating in a community, being part of a meaningful dialogue. Those are, and should remain, part of the reasons you blog. But if they aren’t your real objective, your end game — if making a living is an element you want to add to that mix — it’s time to take stock. Because it’s so easy to get lost in all that community stuff, the warm and fuzzy elbow rubbing, the sense of doing something helpful and worthwhile. Which doesn’t pay you a dime until you actually sell something.”
Man oh man can I relate to this post (folks had a way of really hitting things home this week). Teresa over at Writing on Purpose talks about goals, and how those vague-ness of our “life goals” can keep us from actually achieving them. In short, set small goals, take baby steps, chip away at them one day at a time – thing big and start small.
“…That’s where we get stuck. When you boil it down, goals can be hard to set because the end goal — the goal we’ve hoped to achieve by our very last breath — is anomalous and vague. It’s spiritual, not tangible. It’s unknown, because we don’t really know what’s next. What’s next is always in flux. And, things that are in flux are tricky for us to grab a hold of, so goal setting must be frequent and adaptable, and somehow have an eye on the end.”
Sara Davidson put together a knock out post about setting goals, rocking the house, learning how to say no, hustling, and avoiding burn out. This is a must read for every go-getter out there who may be feeling a little overwhelmed and needs a kick in the ass to start moving in the right direction.
Jonny over at The Life Thing asks the age old question, “Why do you blog”? Have you stopped and thought about it yourself lately? Do you know what you want to get out of it? At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong. I agree with Jonny 100% except for one key points about failing and learning. Yes, you’re going to have some bumps in the road, but as long as you’re doing what you love, blogging or otherise, as long as you’re doing, as long as you’re trying, you’re not failing. The ONLY failure is not trying and conceding to the “I can’t” mentality.
It took me almost 30 minutes to work up a response to Nicole’s post – it took me aback and seriously made me feel…inspired, for lack of a better word. Nicole recently went through the loss of a loved one, and shares her thoughts on personal and professional fulfillment, and the value of your career and the impact it has on your own happiness. I STRONGLY recommend each of you to go read what Nicole has to say.
I cannot tell you how much I NEEDED to read this (and the entire series from Men With Pens this week). As some of you know, this is a challenge you will inevitably be faced with as an entrepreneur or freelancer – along with valuing yourself – learning how to say “no” and setting realistic expectations for yourself is IMPERATIVE to success (hell – in all walks of life this is true). Highly recommend all freelancers to stop by Men With Pens and check out their brilliant week-long “How to Succeed in Freelancing” series.
Adam Baker shares three (extremely valuable) lessons learned after three years of marriage. One thing that has always kept me interested in Adam’s writing is his ability to write about “non traditional” blogging topics that REALLY hit home – things we may not write or talk about a lot publicly (such as our relationships) but that are obviously extremely important. This is a great read for anyone in the middle of the “work/life” balancing act.
Ashley Ambirge puts together a great post on “actual” wants versus wants you’re obligating for yourself (ehem, there’s a big difference). It’s funny how we allow ourselves to think we HAVE to have something, that we HAVE to do something, without even really knowing why. This is a great reminder to step back and think about the “real” most important things in your life, and go after those, without question.
What were some of YOUR favorite posts from the week?