I'd love to introduce a new feature around here... "three things I know to be true." This is the tippy-top of the list of things I would share with a new small business owner (or in future posts, with new home-owner, mom, bride, newlywed, blogger, etc) who's looking for advice. Obviously, with everything, THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME, but that's what blogging IS. It's sharing ONE experience and hopefully resonating with readers. It doesn't matter if you disagree with me; it matters that the wheels start turning.
So here we go, small business owners, this is what I know to be true.
Everyone starts at zero. It's taken me nine years of active creating and sharing online to get a "following." My reach is not "huge" but I have loyal readers (thank you!) who have stuck around for years and because I am constantly working on creating and sharing original content, I attract new readers daily. When I started, I had zero readers. It took me a very long time (by blogland standards) to grow to the size that I am now. Often I hear folks lamenting about how they can't do something because they don't have the audience. How do you think the people who have the audience got it? It's not magic. It's hard work, dedication and practice. It's writing and photographing every day, even when you don't feel like it. This stuff, takes YEARS not hours. There are no shortcuts to get to the finish line and if you're very lucky the finish line keeps moving forward.
This week on my podcast, ELISE GETS CRAFTY, I am talking with blogger, designer and scrapbooker, Ali Edwards, about the importance of taking creative field trips (though we get totally sidetracked and end up talking about scheduling creative time and pros and cons of the Internet too.) Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or stream the episode here.
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