Over three years ago, I wrote a blog post about who would be on my dream team. Effectively, I wanted someone who wold support me. I wanted someone who would say “yes, let’s look at HOW we do that”, rather than a naysayer who thinks it’s the wrong idea, or someone else has done it “better”, or “you’re doing too many things”.
Why does this matter? Well, during 2018 so far I’ve been quietly asking myself some questions about what I want to do. I haven’t earned money online in years and it felt so intimidating to start again. Harder than starting for the first time. (Which is why I asked Suger for advice and she wrote this blog post for me on how to get clients.) And when I was thinking about what I want to do and why, I kept coming back to this dream team. I want to help ideas work. I don’t care how many. I have a million (and one) ideas. I want to do them all. I don’t have a singular goal in life (or work or business or anything else). I have lots of goals. I like it that way!
You can call it multipotentialism, multipassionate, renaissance person, a generalist…and lots of other names for it.
Or as I am calling it, Shiny. This works for a) me and my fellow Firefly fans and (probably) more importantly, b) shiny object syndrome.
You call know how I “looove” the word hustle. I’ve tried to write about it. A social media post finally framed it for me in a way that I can understand it. And because of that, I wrote my first post that a) felt clear about hustle and b) was published on Medium: The Isolation That Hustle Promotes (Even If It Doesn’t Mean To).
Shiny Project Management
(Old info alert!) So this is what I’m doing now. My main focus of my freelance offerings will be working with business owners with shiny object syndrome who want to get all of their wild ideas actioned by someone who gets it and doesn’t say “no we can’t do all of that”.
Naturally, you can read more (if you want) on my Hire Me page.
I needed some uninterrupted time to get some work done on the weekend, so I sat in my car at the beach (the wind was too cold to be outside) and began a structural edit of the book. It’s around 18,000 words but it’s ALL OVER THE PLACE. I really need it to be in some kind of order before I can start a rewrite of it to make it more coherent. And before I start finding where to insert my research. But the good news is that I am working on it and while it’s a long way from being published, it is finally back in progress.
All Under NormalNess
Yep, so I’m doing all of this under the banner of this, a personal blog. Why? Well, while I still have a gazillion (and one) other websites, it’s more likely you know me under this blog (and its associated social media accounts) than any other site I’ve started over the years. I feel like I’m fighting a “should” here about making sure I look “professional” and …and then I get bored thinking about it. Just like I felt weird and boring blogging about blogging on Bloggers rand Bacon, but it feels fine to update and republish that content on this blog. Go figure. It’s what feels right for me so that’s what I’m doing. I still feel wanky and self conscious typing the words “ideal client” but in this case it’s relevant: an ideal client of mine won’t be scared off by all the things I talk about on this blog. They just won’t be. The opposite in fact. They’ll relate to it. Identify with it.
Something like this happened to me on offline life too. A few years ago a recruitment agency got picky at me for not wearing a dress, high heels and makeup to job interviews. But what seemed to bug them the most was that I wore an orange suit jacket. OH NO. I mean, if you can’t handle me wearing an orange suit jacket (which FYI is one of my most complimented items of clothing) then you will not like working with me. So now if I have a job interview, I deliberately wear is as a filter for employers who won’t suit me.
And that’s where I’m at, and where I’m up to these days!
Do you freelance or take any type of work through your blog? What sort of things do you do?