Posts tagged ‘writing’

September 26, 2013

Give ‘Em What They Never Knew . . .

by Kate W. Hall

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.

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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.

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May 27, 2013

Motivation

by Kate W. Hall

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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.

June 24, 2012

Work + Reflection = Creative Perfection

by Kate W. Hall

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It is this view that can often snap me back into the girl I need to be: calm, relaxed, in the moment.

In the mania that is often created by running a blog and having become somehow an unexpected “media figure” the need for downtime is more and more paramount.

The growth of our blog is a gift and an honor, and our team is incredibly talented, but it’s often a response from me they’re looking for from that email, fundraiser invitation, speaking engagement.

And it is me that is often unwilling to take the much-needed break my body & mind crave to operate at optimal functionality.

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Last night, the perfect sunset and an Uno tournament capped off a day on the Potomac with these three on the bow.

Today, the gift of relaxing with this view, my family, and the excitement of an upcoming vacation and new book on the way.

And this tiny smile to make me whole. That is creative perfection.

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