So where was I? Let's see - last time I wrote a post entitled Breaking Free. First off, thanks to all that stopped by and read it.
I left you hanging with how this is all relevant to you. But before I get to that, I'd like to go over some background info and how things are going to be changing around here.
I've been thinking quite a bit about the direction I want to take this site and its content.
Truthfully, this place wasn't intended to be a site for my writing, it kind of just happened that way. It was originally meant to be a site for my new media consulting (for very small biz & solopreneurs), something I was already doing and wanted to elevate to a higher level.
The place was all decked out and ready to launch and at the last minute - I bailed.
For some odd reason, this all coincided with the most creatively productive time (writing-wise) right after an accident I was in and decided to turn it into a writer site instead. Within 48 hours I've completely redesigned the pages to suit my new goal of peddling (yes, I said peddling - no shame in the hustle) my stories to whoever was willing to stop, read, and take notice.
And now all of that is changing. Don't get me wrong - I'm still writing fiction.
But I'm also going through a lot of drastic changes in my life right now.
“Let your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” - Sun Tzu
Yeah, I've read The Art of War quite a bit. But this is one of the few lines I really carry around with me. I've even used it as a basis for a graphic novel I started writing awhile back. I always make plans two steps ahead. Sometimes to my detriment but so far it's worked well for me. I don't overplan. I just keep a clear short-term end goal.
I commented on someone's blog today about making deliberate decisions. I don't dish out advice that I don't apply to myself. So here's my current deliberate moves to date.
This was a tough one but brings the advantages of cutting my expenses in half plus continued education which by the end of it all would double if not triple my annual income. So less money needed means less amount income needed (while going through school) which also means more time to devote to the things that I really enjoy doing.
What happens after school? Well, I'll deal with that when I get my second degree. =)
Simplify through minimizing my possessions
No lies. We have too much crap. Between accumulated things, collections, and gifts - it's like they all got freaky one night and multiplied in my sleep. Sold and donated part of it already but there's still a great deal of purging until we're satisfied with what we do have. I'm not a minimalist but I do like to keep my environment simple and orderly, it just has a calming effect on my jittery Gemini nerves.
Create several content sites
This site right here is my nerd lair and I don't consider this as a content site - more of a personal one. I have made some money on my e-books which was a nice bonus.
Apocalypse Hub is a hobby turned project content site. This is more of a precursor of what's to come.
I have 2 more that I haven't formally announced because they're in dormant mode right now. The next couple of months is gonna be insanely hectic so it wouldn't be the right time to launch anymore sites. I'll drop some hints though, It has nothing to with any of my current sites and they'll both be in wordpress. It won't be launched at the same time either for obvious strategic reasons.
Provide better and diversified content
I've been trying not to post overly personal things here well because it's...uh...personal? That and my current day job has this policy. So like a good little office monkey, I must abide by the head office monkey rules (for now - but not for long).
I'm not saying I'll divulge everything here and bleed my whole life for anybody to see and pick apart. But there's more to this site than just a repository for my weird little stories and I haven't really tried exploring that avenue. Most of it is due to the evolution of a site where you just "let things run its course" - kinda like a virus. But no, my new blog direction isn't gonna give you the snotty sniffles and the inability to keep food down.
I have a lot of deep interests besides writing - and I'd like to use this as a platform to display those.
One of my goals is to create an independent business online around this blog and a handful of other pursuits. One thing I learned from my full-time freelancing days was to not rely on only one source of income.
So if you wanna see me grow as a blogger and an artist - maybe cheer me on or just watch me fall flat on my face then you've come to the right place. (By the way, I prefer the first group. If you're part of the latter then meet me at the playground by the sandbox - it's on sucka!)
So how is this going to affect you?
- Better, diversified content - writing, art, videos, better blog posts
- I'll serve as a guinea pig - I'll be testing a lot of new things and keep you updated on results right here. Learn from my success/failure.
What to do next? (the text is in bold and bright red meaning important and look at me! I know...clever)
1. Subscribe to my blog. It's always nice to now I'm not talking to myself. People tend to judge people who talk to themselves.
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