Do you ever get that thing where someone asks you a question, and you know what you’re going to say… but when your mouth opens, something entirely different comes out?
This week, I had an interview with a judge for my entry in the South Wilts Business of the Year Awards.One of the questions the lady asked me was about the future of my business, where I saw it going. I had expected a question along these lines, and prepared a response… but ended up saying something entirely different! This was the second interview I’d had for the Awards, and for the second time, when asked about my plans for the future I found myself talking about this blog.
I have had this blog for two and a half years, and I’ve been self employed for about eighteen months. I had always thought of the two as entirely separate entities until fairly recently – when it occurred to me that actually, I love this blog and if I could earn enough money to live on, just by doing this – I would jump at the chance. Furthermore, since a large part of my business is writing, I would be stupid not to use this blog as an example of my abilities to prospective clients
I feel like something clicked in my head at the beginning of this year, and since January the blog has become better and better. This month I jumped 69 places in the Tots100 chart to number 35. I had always hoped that maybe one day I would be inside the top 100, but if I’m honest, this month when the Tots rankings came out I was expecting to drop, not to climb! I decided this year to really take the blogging seriously, and so I’ve really stepped up my game. I feel like that might be starting to pay off, with lots of opportunities coming my way lately and even some income.
Another thing that occurs to me is that I would love to do more public speaking, holding talks, seminars and workshops to help others. Earlier this week at the networking group I run with my friends, we were without a speaker and I volunteered to do a short presentation about using Facebook for your business. I put a Powerpoint together, and presented it without actually having run through the talk before – and it actually went really well. I enjoyed myself. I would love to do more of that sort of thing. I already train people on a one to one basis, helping with blogging and social media – but I would like to run group workshops for people who own a business but don’t know how to manage their social media. I just have to figure out how to get going with something like that.
I still don’t have a business plan, but I think if I had written one, I would need to change it now any way. But how do you make a business plan for a blog?
carla · 31/05/2015 at 14:42
If you come up with a business plan for your blog I’d love to know more about it; not the specific detailsfor yours of coursef. It’s something I have considered before and I’d love to be able to write more and maybe earn money from it!
I’m glad to hear you’re having more opportunities arriving in your direction!
Vicky Charles · 31/05/2015 at 16:31
Thanks Carla, if I get around to sorting one out I might publish a post about it!