Maybe you paint pictures. Maybe you build growth rulers. Maybe you work on cars, maybe you write children’s books. Perhaps you write songs, poetry, and novels. Maybe you could get an album together and put it up for sale for $10. Maybe you could get a book together and put it up for sale for $20. Maybe you could sell your paintings for $50. Either way your creative work could be paying you.
I say, YES! Work on your creative business. I’m setting a goal today to work on mine, everyday, not for money but just for practice. So I get better at my creative work. I’ve worked on it here and there, but I haven’t really been blogging daily.
From what I was reading, there is something that happens when you work on it daily for a year. Things in you change, and you become what you want to become. The beauty of me starting this daily blogging (which is a promise I probably won’t be able to keep EVERYDAY) is that I already have a head start. As of this writing I have 17 email subscribers and I’m growing. All from doing what I’ve already done. And if I never did anything else, it would probably still grow because of the system I have in place. But I want it to grow faster, so I’m continuing to work on it.
And yeah, I’m sure one day I will make money with blogging, but I’m fine with working my passion with enthusiasm in the meantime. The only problem is knowing what to say, and we can solve that problem right now.
If you in a position where you don’t know what to write about meditate on how you are valuable to other people. Many ideas should spring up to you in the ways you are of service to other people. Keep in mind your thinking of valuable things you do in life that way when you write, you will already be bringing value to the table. The more you can act on your values, the better you will be able to write in a way that serves others.
And when you want to make money off your blog, service is the name of the game. You provide an e book, they provide $20. Simple as that. An exchange of service. But no one is going to pay you if your not valuable. That’s why personal development is so important, because you want to be living by your values everyday. Personal AND professional of course. We all have day jobs.
When you’ve really got it nailed down in your personal and professional life, then your writing will automatically take on that value that you bring to the equation by living your life the right way. The way you feel is right. On a side note you shouldn’t let other people think for you, you should think for yourself (to as much of a degree as you can, we all have our programming). When your living your personal and professional life-what you do outside of blogging- the best way you can, it’s going to make everything else you do in your life better too.
Just remember to meditate on some of what the bible says on a regular if not daily basis. I remember a story about Job from the bible, about how he was an afflicted man. Even though he was in despair, he loved God. I read something about how even when there is no harvest you should glorify God. Something to think about as your putting your value into the artwork your creating. Even if it’s not paying you, you should glorify God. You are still able to follow your passions and achieving bliss by acting and that is still something great to be thankful for. Your creative work will be an achievement whether you ever get paid for it or not (and I believe when you do it the right way, it’s inevitable your going to get paid for it).
We all just have to do it the right way, and let the harvest come to us. We have to first write our blogs, then we have to write things for other people, we have to put articles out there on other websites, we even have to go so far as getting on other people’s podcasts. But let’s take it one step at a time. If we are talking about blogging, the first thing we have to do is blog everyday for a year. Going for at least 500 words a day. Not for profit, but for practice. At the end of the year we are going to be a lot better at writers, because we as writers age like wine. The longer we practice our craft, the better we are going to get at it.
But blogging everyday shouldn’t stop you from doing other things to help your blog everyday, like commenting on other blogs, and posting your blog posts (and others work) on your social media accounts. With time our blogs will tend to grow and it’s like the old saying “the more you put into it, the more you get out of it”. The more you put into your blog, the faster you’ll get to your 1,000 subscribers so you can launch your first e book.
What I say we do, and you can let me know what you think about my approach in the comments below, is to write free e books to give to our subscribers, updating every so often with new and better e books and giving it all away to the people on your list as you go. As you update your current free offer, you send a copy of the new free e book to your current subscribers, thereby adding value to their inbox. With each free e book you send them, you be building the relationship. By the time you have 1,000 subscribers you should have a list that is eager to buy your $20 book.
This is what I wanted to do with this post. Lay it all out there. My exact plan for building a business. In the name of authenticity.
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