I’ve been lesson planning all weekend. So forgive me if I start making weird references to pedagogy, or even the elements of art. I’m even starting to dream about this stuff, which makes me even more crazy.
Having a big audience for this blog scares me. Of course I want people to read it, that’s the reason why people blog. Let’s get this straight: I appreciate everyone that reads this blog, everyone. I know I’ve got quite a wonderful community going on here, to the point where I get lovely emails from cool people all over the world, to people retweeting my stuff. So why am I afraid of loads of people reading my stuff? I guess I don’t feel like I know everything it takes to live a life on your own terms yet. So that’s why talking about increasing my influence is making me nervous.
Yeah, I’d love for people to take what I’ve learned and change their lives. I had an email from a person who says she will take a year off to travel because of me. But I don’t want to change people’s lives for the worse, does that even make sense? If you have any ideas on how to deal with this, please please please let me know. It’s been on my mind for a while this humble blog of mine has been growing.
Ok, let’s say I am more confident in my abilities to give good and accurate advice. How can I increase my influence? I’ve actually been thinking about using more social media. I’m fairly active on Twitter, but need a more effective way to manage it. I also really love my facebook page, but gotta get a plan on growing that too. So right now it’s visiting other people’s blogs and getting my stuff out there through word of mouth. Eventually I’d love to do speaking engagements someday (maybe in an educational setting too), but that might be getting ahead of myself. But for now, since I’m on the road so much and my time is not as flexible as it could be, I’ll stick with efforts online. It’s done me well so far.
As for other parts of the blog/freelance writing business, here are the top three tools I cannot live without:
1. Paypal – There’s an awesome hack by Careful Cents on how you can save money on service charges. Hands down the only way I get paid. Super easy to use and I’ve been considering adding “add to cart” buttons on my hire me page someday. But for now I don’t want to get too specific with my writing services and having set prices.
2. Google Calendar - I’ve been using this to schedule EVERYTHING, including social engagements, blocked off times for freelance writing, and of course, when I’m teaching. There have been times I’ve gotten the point where if a friend wants to invite me out, I tell them to check my schedule first. But seriously. There have been times I’ve forgotten I have parent-teacher meetings, or after school clubs and a nice email reminder lands in my inbox.
3. Westhost – I’ve had such great experiences so far I can’t sing enough praises about them. They handled my WordPress problems so quickly my website never suffered from the reader’s end. They offered tutorials to fix stuff, but since I’m still a tech noob, they fixed everything for me. Love love love!
What are ways you are building your audience through your blog, and what are some tools you’d recommend to others?