I never intended to start a blog. List & Assist was supposed to be all about the app I’m developing, and to some extent, it still is. However, the last 18 months have taught me that everything in business takes longer that you think it will…plus a month 😉
I quickly realised the List & Assist app was a ‘long term’ deliverable, so I thought I had better do something else in the meantime. All the entrepreneurs I follow seemed to be blogging….so I started blogging. Incidentally, I seem to employ this decision-making approach regularly in life. When it came to selecting my preferences for University, I put down Commerce….all because a mate did. I had no bloody clue that it was accounting!! Lemming anyone??
So I wrote a post. And another. And another. And….I loved it. I’ve spent the last 15+ years writing acquisition strategies, white papers, evaluation reports, executive summaries etc…and I’m pretty good at it. However, the List & Assist blog is the first creative writing I’ve done since Year 12 English and it’s been liberating. It’s the little things; using contractions, chucking in the occasional emoji and being able to write for an audience just like me (rather than a bunch of ‘old school’ C-Level executives).
I may have started blogging because ‘everyone else was doing it’, but now I blog because it lights me up inside. I can write about anything and everything (and I plan to) and the opportunity to connect with and help others is limitless.
3 reasons why I know I’ll keep blogging
The most common feedback I receive about my blog is that it’s ‘relatable’ and this absolutely warms my heart. The comments and social media engagement I’ve received thus far has been from a swag of people just like me; crazy-busy ‘30 or 40 somethings’ trying to navigate modern life the best they can. I’ve written about the dizzying highs and bone-crushing lows of parenthood, shopping, productivity and my expensive guilty pleasures. If you’re nodding right now, then you totally get it. I have big plans for the future of my blog, but for now, I’m happy to keep building virtual connections with those who love reading my posts with their morning tea or coffee 🙂
I live a small but valuable life, and I know that I am at capacity when it comes to freeing up the headspace to take on more ‘stuff’. The idea of fitting in a weekly ‘XYZ’ activity on a set day/time sounds great, but…‘cue the white flag’….I just can’t do it. I’ve spent the most of this year consulting or looking after my girls so blogging has been the perfect fit because I can do it anytime/anywhere. Coffee shops, coworking, airport lounges, the dining room table…they are all perfectly suited to blogging. One day I hope to have a more structured approach to content creations, but in the meantime….anything goes!
Further to the previous point, List & Assist has been the springboard to a completely new mindset around work/career. 5 years ago I couldn’t have imagined any other career/working arrangements than the path I was firmly on – Procurement and Monday-Friday/9-5pm. A couple of rounds of maternity leave (and one redundancy later) afforded me the time to reassess my thoughts around work. Ultimately, I realised I am no longer satisfied in contributing to shareholders’ profits. Instead, I want to connect with real people, serve them and promote local businesses in my home state that I love. I know I can do it. In months and years to come when I’ve monetised my blog and can leverage L&A’s other offerings, I’m excited by the lifestyle afforded by my many bloggers. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m never expecting to make millions from my blog, but if I want to take a month off for whatever reason, I can. I like the idea of passive and recurring income magically depositing money in my bank account each month. Similarly, as a kid I was always latching onto another family at sports days/swimming carnivals because my parents both worked. I don’t resent this in the slightest, but I do want to prioritise these experiences with my own kids. The blogging lifestyle I want to create for myself will afford me the flexibility to be present in their young lives.
The List & Assist blog has been my salvation in 2016 in an otherwise tough year both personally and professionally. I am incredibly grateful to all my subscribers/followers/likers for their feedback, engagement and support. I still have a lot to learn and my blogging journey is just beginning. It’s a very sparkly and emoji-filled road ahead 🙂
Until next time….
p.s. This blog is a little different. I created a slideshow of this post on www.shoeboxtimeline.com which acts as a bit of a highlight reel for the blog. Here is the link – https://www.shoeboxtimeline.com/share.php?slideshow=MzY1
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