It’s been a while since I’ve published anything here.
There’s a good reason for that. For the most part, my free time and energy has been going towards The Music Entrepreneur HQ and Using Your Power, the most promising projects I’m presently involved in.
The reason I decided to write a new post for Outsource Blog Content is because I have a new vision for this blog, and I wanted to share that with you.
But first, I’ll talk about some of the issues I’ve been facing and the changes I’ve been going through.
The Woes of User Generated Content
Guest post submissions for Outsource Blog Content have quickly become the bane of my existence, because they’re typically the last things I get around to, if at all (I’m sorry).
It’s so funny to me that the thing I had originally focused on building (user generated content) would come back to bite me in the butt.
On the upside, my strategies clearly worked. A lot of people have come to me wanting to write for OBC.
On the other hand, the quality of submissions has been all over the map. At times, I have had to outright reject posts because they weren’t up to my standards.
I used to try to make every post work so I would meticulously edit them myself. I still find myself doing that these days (mostly for The Music Entrepreneur HQ), but not with the same enthusiasm and willing spirit as before.
The Catalyst for Change
Earlier this year, a strange thing started happening.
I would be watching something on Netflix at the end of the day, and as I would become aware of my thoughts, I would hear, “what the hell am I doing?”
At the time, I had no idea where these thoughts were coming from, or even why I was thinking them.
In the last few months, it has become increasingly clear. My entrepreneurial spirit is becoming crushed as the technician in me spends the better part of 10 to 12 hours of the day (if not more) plugging away on various projects, sometimes my own, sometimes someone else’s.
(By the way, if you’re not familiar with the terminology and distinction between “entrepreneur”, “manager”, and “technician”, I would suggest reading The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber.)
This became apparent when a friend reached out to me to talk about his projects. I had a great idea for a business that had been on the backburner, and that somehow came up in the conversation. I was stuck on why it wouldn’t work, but he enlightened me as to how it could work – he showed me what I had been missing.
In that moment, I knew I wanted to make some changes in my life, regardless of whether I would move ahead with that business idea.
I was reminded of who I was deep down inside, and I realized that the increasing dissatisfaction with my work was beginning to take its toll and my mind was warning me (thus, “what the hell am I doing?”).
I am presently making some changes in my life. On the outside, it probably doesn’t look all that different. The truth is, I’ve had to pick up more freelance writing and web design projects because I need the money. I have a good runway, but it still makes me nervous to watch funds go out. In the last month or two, I’ve had a lot of major expenses to cover all at once (some expected, some not): Taxes, rent, car repairs, and so forth.
I see a bit of myself in Will Smith. He told Oprah that no matter how rich he became, he still felt nervous about money. I’m not a millionaire, but I think I see what he means.
And honestly, I enjoy the work I do. It presents a decent challenge, but it’s also not hard for me. And I imagine I’ll be doing more of it in the future. But I am also in the process of replacing lesser paying work with better paying work.
I’m working on several books and courses, and have started venturing out into marketing with my partner Maveen Kaura too. As scary as it has been, it’s been gratifying to see some early traction with our business. People need marketing. Who knew?
My New Vision for OBC
I could go on and on about what’s going on in my life, so I will cut myself short to talk about where I see things going with OBC.
I recently came across a couple of blogs that I found interesting. And I realized I could do something along the lines of what they were doing.
Basically, I’d like to share daily posts about outsourcing, ghostwriting, freelance writing, web design, and marketing.
Those have always been the pillars of OBC. But I thought it would be more fun to document project progress, struggles, and ideas than it would be to write generic posts about marketing (there are plenty of those out there anyway).
I’d like to turn it into a daily newsletter as well. That way, you can get all the updates in your inbox and not have to come looking to see whether I’ve updated.
Daily is relatively ambitious, I suppose, but I’m not promising epic 2,500-word pieces either. Some days it might just be a quick thought, and other days it might be a major “aha” moment I’ve had.
I hope you enjoy the evolution of OBC. It will be a little different, a little more personal, but at the same time, not that different from what it has always been.
As for guest posts, I’m probably going to need to close submissions. But if you’ve already sent me an email, I’m going to try to get back to you one way or another. However, please don’t sit by your computer waiting for a reply. It could take me a while, for better or for worse.
Thanks for checking in, and I look forward to connecting with you through this wonderful medium known as a blog.