A Mystery Case Confession and a CALLOUT
I must confess, I’ve always liked to do things a little differently to most. I’ve never been one to follow the crowd. I suspect it comes from being the eldest of four siblings, all close in age together with my strong desire from an early age to be
an only child independent.
I’m also a control freak, someone who prefers to tackle things from the ground up without help. Take my first blog (Ms Mystery Case) started with just a $10 domain name purchase over on blogger.
Not content with the regular templates, on that platform, I took my 1990s basic coding skills, rolled up my sleeves and went to work on designing a template or three. Keen to add the mystery case factor, searching for my point of difference as I immersed myself in the wonderful world of blogging, avoiding for the most part clichés, cliques and finding a niche.
There was no further money thrown at the blog in that first twelve months. I did everything and I mean everything myself. There was no paid designer, SEO or outsourcing on any level and it was ranking, making a small income and creating work almost from the first month. I was just as surprised as everyone else.
Eventually, I did have the occasional intern to help monitor online when I was having some rare time offline and for the odd guest post. Surprisingly, this actually added to my workload and was more of a hindrance than a help, possibly due to my controlling ways.
Not content on knowing the ins and outs of blogger, I played around on every single blogging platform out there. At one stage I had six blogs up and running at the one time before deciding that self hosted WordPress might be the way forward for the latest blog Agent Mystery Case.
The plan was always to merge my two main blogs (AMC & Ms Mystery Case) and do it all myself, so that I could have a blogger to WP merge and all the complications that go with that under my belt. What an interesting experience that was.
All these skills are definitely handy to have under my belt and certainly add value to my Virtual Assistant business. I can now possibly help most people, including myself, out of a blogging bind, no matter what blog platform or problem.
Ultimately though, I’m just further away from where I actually want to be in the blogging scheme of things. Which is doing my own thing and supporting others for the time being with a grand plan of attack for the next 12 to 18 months. Grander than grand.
Blogging… it’s my Prerogative
When I recently had ongoing third party hosting issues, the control freak in me briefly contemplated running that side of things as well. My IT hubby was more than supportive but ultimately I decided just because I can doesn’t mean I should. It’s my prerogative.
A bit like trying to fix a plumbing or electrical issue at home, somethings are better left outsourced to an expert. While my hubby argued that I had the means and wasn’t too far off the mark with the skills to take this on, I finally saw some sense and argued that I already had enough on my plate.
What I really need is to hone my ability to pick and choose my battles and learn to say NO more often. The control freak in me needs to take a step back and I need to find ways to work smarter not harder.
Does that make sense? Can you relate? I wonder if I’m on my own here.
Blogging wise, I still want to keep some of the style side of things on the agenda but I don’t necessarily want to see myself in front of the camera at the moment which is what most brands contacting me expect.
It’s probably the main reason I’ve been auditioning other bloggers (although they didn’t know it at the time) via my online style challenges and blog collaborations. It’s been a great way for me to determine which brands and bloggers are really worth casing and are great to work with.
I do have grand plans for running a Blog Agency based in Perth and I’m close to signing off on a little mystery project that might place me one step closer to this but it is once again throwing another hat into the mix and just a snippet of my grand blogging plans. In the interim, I don’t necessarily want to spend my time micro managing blog campaigns that go elsewhere.
I would also love to finally get On the Beauty Case & On the Book Case up and running but appreciate there just isn’t enough time to put everything on the agenda. Rather than continue to try to do everything myself, where I just don’t have the time to do things justice, I’m thinking of appointing Style and Beauty Editors as well as a book reviewer.
These would be once a month gigs that would be paid in product initially, but hopefully all going to plan would end up being regular paid appointments.
This should give me more time to focus on local events, reviews, the travel side of things and my grand plans. Bring on the travel and grand plans, starting with my first blogging trip to Melbourne next month. I can’t blogging wait.
An intern helping out with the back-end and blog-keeping side of things will free up my schedule which may also mean that a few of my crazy blogging ideas may finally come to life.
Outsourcing some of the social media side of things without losing the mystery case factor is probably what I’m struggling with the most. Well that and the time factor. Who couldn’t do with a few more hours in the day?!
DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS….and a question or five
Ultimately though I can have all the grand plans in this over saturated blogging world but unless I have a community of engaged followers, what would be the point?!
RIGHT NOW, I would love to hear from you, either by leaving a comment below or dropping me an email, letting me know what you would like to see more or less of here.
Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind and in being upfront and honest with me here, you may just help me find my niche (do I really need to have one?) and steer me in the right blogging direction.
Did you struggle to find your passion in life? Do you often take on more than you can chew? Do you have trouble with the word ‘NO’?
Would you like to put your hand up for one of our editor or reviewer positions?
Next week, I’m excited to be hosting I must Confess here on AMC, the prompt being Trendy Trends…. the best place to confess the trends you loved and the ones you were glad to see the back of. If you are feeling adventurous why not start a trend or two of your own!
I’ve also recently taken over hosting the Aussie Giveaway LinkUp party…..