Two and a half years ago, I quit my job at an intellectual law firm. The plan, as detailed in a previous blog post, was to provide social media marketing services for local small businesses.
Things did not go according to plan.
This was both a good thing and a bad thing. I learned a lot, mostly because I made many mistakes. I had good clients and bad clients, I did good work and bad work, I hit and missed deadlines, and I worked harder and lighter than I expected. In the end, I found that it wasn’t exactly for me. I might detail the reasons why in another post, but the fact of the matter is that I’ll be shutting down that business soon (while keeping 2-3 freelance clients because I love them and they at least really like me). I’ve moved in a new direction and am pursuing an opportunity with a longtime friend, client, and mentor (don’t tell him that, he doesn’t need the ego boost). I’ll be able to put a lot of the skills that I learned over the last couple of years to use while still being in an ownership position and have a large amount of personal freedom. It also comes with a change of location from my hometown of Denver, Colorado, which is both exciting and somewhat bittersweet.
Interestingly, as soon as I started “working on the internet”, my own personal relationship to creation for online consumption suffered. A popular ethos these days is to turn your passion into your work. For me, it didn’t really work. I enjoy blogging for myself, but as soon as it was something I HAD to do, I didn’t want to do it. If you look back, my last blog post was over 2 years ago, and shortly after I started working on the internet. I never even got around to blogging for my business, which is a critical failure when you’re running a marketing firm – just ask my Mom, as she told me multiple times. My new business will involve blogging, but it will be about the business that I’m building, not about how to teach other people to blog. This difference may seem trivial to you, but it is huge to me.
Personally, I’d like to get back to writing. I have a lot to say (read: ramble on about whatever is on the top of my mind that day), and I’d like to be saying it more often. So, here’s to back to blogging. Longtime readers (ha!) will know I’ve done this type of post before, so we’re all hoping it sticks this time. Fingers crossed. Knock on wood. Wish me luck.