September 26, 2013
In an early conversation with a friend in 2007, when I described my vision for Richmondmom.com, she somewhat-protectively said, “I think that’s already being done.”
But it really wasn’t, not the way I wanted to do it.
You see, I had to create what I felt passionate about–a blog that didn’t yet exist but that was something I thought readers would want.
Selling my blog to one of my clients (who are carrying the torch well!) five years later with over 200,000 annual readers & dozens of advertisers was bittersweet but necessary for me personally. I’d fulfilled my mission & wanted to focus on my other creative bent, my Richmond Rocks children’s books and other pursuits.*
After all, I’d likely never had pursued publishing Richmond Rocks & The Spooky Sequel had I not built a platform that created the perfect birthplace for my books.
That desire to create is what fuels my flame, because most of us don’t even really know what it is that we want until someone brings it to us.
*Oh yes, I have a full-time job, three kids, two houses (we’re hoping to whittle that to one when the market swings back!) & one husband.
August 17, 2013
This popped up from a friend’s feed on Facebook the other day and rings so true. What we allow to happen every day is up to us.
When is the last time I questioned why/who/how?
Whether in a corporate or entrepreneurial role, keeping this mantra front-of-mind is key.
I once knew a project manager who confided in me, “I get all the tough, detailed projects thrown my way because they know I’ll say yes.”
I responded, “If they’re not interesting or meaningful to you, given you have a choice without risking your job, why say yes?”
When I owned Richmondmom.com people would often comment (particularly early-on), “I think that’s already being done” to which I responded “but not like we’ll do it!” The new owners seem to hold that same fresh outlook, and I love it.
When I first drafted Richmond Rocks I thought: I’ve never written a book before, but now’s as good a time as any to start. If I allowed negative thinking to halt my dream, this book that is now in the hands of thousands of Richmond kids simply wouldn’t exist.
If we allow mediocrity to persist and resist our inner desires to build our dreams, we’re allowing frustration & creative suppression to continue.
No behavior/statement/sentiment has to continue on unless we want to let it–not competitors, nay-Sayers and most of all, doubters.
May 27, 2013
It cannot be forced. It must be felt. Inner drive, light, words to inspire must be written, not forced.
When asked “How did you do it?” As I often am I respond “it’s passion, filling a niche, responding to a need with purpose.”
That is how a show-stopping (200k+ visitors to a hyper-local, unique and award-winning) blog is made, not born.