Recently, I’ve received emails and messages from beautiful people asking for tips and information on how to conceptualize and later, possibly monetize a creative space (e.g a blog). Although I’m no expert (I work in Marketing brands and I’m always learning) – to help – I’ve put together a list of things this challenging journey has brought to my realization.
I’m also taking this time to acknowledge what was birthed from me documenting my quarter life crisis through WordPress a few years ago, has literally turned into a vision that took an insane amount of creation, time, content curation. Mess ups, patience and yes, constant practice. Seeing that the Modern Gypsy Diaries turns a year older today, I thought it would be appropriate to share today, some valuable lessons I’ve learn along my humble journey. So I hope this helps.
- Do it because its YOUR dream. Rid yourself of all negative thoughts that might discourage. Jealousies, grudges, who will like your content vs who won’t. These things don’t define you, and belong in the bin . You will be so much more creative if you have clean thoughts. We all know the online world can be a killjoy (you’ll always be a nobody to somebody). We also know that comparisons are the thieves of joy. So no matter how big or small, embrace and share YOUR journey because YOU believe it can change even one life.
- Post content that reflects and celebrates YOUR individuality. AKA, be yourself. Identify something that YOU are genuinely passionate about. Don’t emulate things just because you see them working for others. Don’t regurgitate someone’s uniqueness. Because really, what’s the point anyway? Authenticity is probably your shortest route to building the right audience you intend to speak to. Start where you are and use what is available to you. A smart phone and the internet. One opportunity that leads to another. Remember no one is you. And that is your power.
- Soon you will discover. The successful ones aren’t the judgement, the intimidated or the unsupportive ones. Make sure you pray to be around people who support you. You know, the fellow entrepreneurs, well-wishers and go-getters. The journey can be quite isolating to say the least. But it makes you stronger, and stronger is always good.
- Fear & hate. We get that they’re both not nice feelings at all. The good news is, if you focus hard enough, eventually fear becomes a source of inspiration. People’s reactions to your success become entertaining. Life begins to feel great, because you’re living out a calling and in doing that, you because almost unstoppable. An awesome friend said to me recently, funk haters. I only choose to keep the lovers in my life️. Amen to that.
- Always be willing to learn from people with more experience than you. As a quote I once read and continue to find relevant in every context says. This is the thing: when you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their youth to learn and grow, to find themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. They mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party. But they don’t do those things.Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while. For a while. Go out to coffee or write a journal. Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?” Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Remember clearly, that a dream starts with giving today all the love and intensity and courage you can.
- Ultimately, if all the above takes time and you lose your patience and courage leaves somewhere along the way, I can assure you this. Waking up knowing that God is on your side, allowing you to fulfill your purpose every single day, is truly enough. If it’s genuinely your thing, you will find yourself putting in the insane amount of passion, work and effort that goes into creating and curating content. That too, with the best smile you can muster through it all, because we all know, there’s no true reward without effort. Good luck my friends, in doing what sets your soul on fire!