I started this digital platform built on passion, purpose and the beckoning of exciting new frontiers.
It was invigorating.
This portal to the world gave me a voice I didn’t know existed. It was a journey into the unknown.
I created and crafted content, built connections on Twitter and published.
I signed up for learning.
It was time when Facebook was simple and organic. Content didn’t need images, screen shots and 1,500 words. Twitter was a simple text based platform of 140 characters devoid of visuals and it didn’t shorten your links. Mobile apps and optimization weren’t discussed and tablets were made of stone.
It was the wild social west.
When the excitement died down I realized what I had signed up for.
- Turning up every day
- Staying up late or getting out of bed early
- Read, view and consume information with relentless focused attention
- Learning about email marketing
- Becoming proficient at search engines and SEO
- Building global social connections
- Touching hearts not just minds
- Learning tech stuff
- Improving writing skills
- Becoming a creator
- Learning to say no, because everything is not an opportunity
- Focusing on what matters
- Standing in front of an audience
- Keeping evolving
- Giving it away for free until it hurt
- Learning the art of storytelling
- Dealing with feeling like a fraud
- Combating failure
- Handling negative comments
- Listening to the grammar and spelling police
- Not letting the trolls grind you down
- Becoming a copywriter
- Crafting viral headlines
- Learning business skills
- Managing time
Been there and doing that. Year after year. Still.
This is what most bloggers don’t want to hear. It’s not a get rich quick scheme. Sorry.
Then you can become an overnight success.
You then may enjoy the attention, accolades and a life that is on purpose. But there are no guarantees. Failure is still an option.
Are you ready for that?