July 22, 2013
Let's try something new shall we?
I love connecting with people, blog readers included. FIMBY readers have enriched my life so much. And the people I've managed to meet in person, because of this blog, (two more this summer!) have been the icing on the cake.
After a difficult season of feeling inept in my inability to create, market and support any new products, I've been doing some soul searching about the work I love doing and the work I don't love doing. I've been thinking about my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to online work and income earning avenues - product sales, services, advertising, and affiliates.
I'm tired of thinking "how can I monetize this and how can increase this and how can I market this", when what I really want is to just live true to who I am and what I value.
For many reasons, which I will explain in a different post, I am totally tapped out in the online entrepreneurial scene and I'm going through a personal revolt and rebellion against always trying to work against my natural inclinations.
I lost my confidence for a season and I'm finding it again by doing what comes naturally to me.
I would like to put aside the nagging question, "am I doing this right" and simply "do" what I love, without campaigns, launches, and "likes".
What do I love? Connecting with people, sharing beauty, encouraging and teaching, living and writing a good life story.
So that's the work I'm going to do right now. And that work might not earn us any money, and we're ok with that. (Again, more on that later).
Lucky you (smile) because I want to play around with some free stuff.
Truly free. Not free if you like, tweet, subscribe or whatever. I hate jumping through hoops and yet it's become the most commonplace thing on the web - free if you subscribe, free if you share, free if... (soul sucking free if you ask me). What happened to "free"?
Not free so you will spread my name far and wide, but free because I want to do something for you, no strings attached.
I love connecting with blog readers. FIMBY is my home on the internet, it's personal to me. And I get questions and comments about the stuff I write that I would love to spend more time responding to but I just can't. It's too time consuming to write all that. But talking... now that I have time for. Heck! I love to talk.
You can ask me questions about stuff and I will try to come up with thoughtful, intelligent, and kind responses. But I might also just speak off the cuff, in which case I will try to run it through the kind filter but I can't promise intelligence! But because it's free I don't have to worry about that. I'm bringing myself, just as I am. Will you bring yourself?
I have an idea in mind to try these internet chats once a month or so, depending on how this one works out. I have a few topics in mind:
Basically, if I've written about it and you've thought "hum, I'd like to pick Renee's brain about that", it's an idea on the table. And yes, I can even answer your questions about soapmaking.
But, let's get started with something I'm used to talking with you about - homeschooling.
This chat will be about homeschooling concerns and questions in general but I'd like to target it towards late elementary, middle school, and transition to high school years since I haven't offered anything for those ages yet.
However, the chat will really take on the flavor the group who registers and if the group wants to talk about early elementary then that's where I'll be.
These calls are different than my homeschool coaching in that I am not preparing in advance. When I coach someone I prepare and plan materials specifically for that family's needs. If you want intensive one-on-one help, my coaching service is more suited to that.
If you are interested in joining this first call please contact me. I will put your name on a list, in the order I hear from people. Then the week of the talk I will contact everyone and see who can attend and who can't (things come up) and the top five on the updated list will participate in the talk.
Clear as mud?
And the best part, you don't have to tweet, share or subscribe because I'm offering this to FIMBY readers, and you're already here!
I am so looking forward to connecting with you!
And now, I'm off to pack our picnic lunch because we're going berry picking and then to the beach for the afternoon.
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