Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Business Goal for 2011

I've been on a short hiatus from blogging lately, but it is time to resume.  I will do it with this:

I belong to an awesome team--The Estybloggers.  We have a writing carnival every two weeks. The current question is:  Now that it's the beginning of a new year, what goal do you have for your business that you hope to achieve in 2011?

Before I reveal my goal, you--my reader--need some background material.  Well, it can be somewhat like debris, the "stuff "of my essence but it has a point. 

I started blogging in November of 08.  It's been a good experience, although it has it's ups and downs.  I originally started on this journey for two reasons:
1)  I wanted to have an excuse to make myself  write something everyday, as I would eventually like to write a book or two.  It was an exercise in staying in the writing craft. (I did do a little bit of creative writing with my Abby story in the blog last year.)
2) Also, because I love creativity, I wanted to have a platform to showcase my own craft business handiwork and the handiwork of other obviously talented artists.   

Over the last two years, I find that I have languished and stagnated, in my writing here on the blog and in my creativity in my business. So,  I took a little hiatus from it all during the holidays thinking about what I wanted to do for the next part of this journey. I needed to focus----I was not clear on anything! Everything had become just so much routine! The spark and crackle was gone!

During my break, I  tossed around several ideas; a possible new emphasis for my blog; OR starting an additional blog, either for the purpose of introducing a concept for a new brick and mortar business within the next year; OR starting a new blog and separating my creative writing from the craft business stuff; AND closing one of my three shops and starting again with an new product--not jewelry. I guess you could say that I have bandied about my creativity like I would a little hacky sack ball. 

I started going thru all my blog posts, re-reading and looking with a new eye. (Actually, I am still in this process--there's a lot of reading material there!) To my surprise, I found that I had been true to my purpose--"writing about creativity, inspiration and family". Although true to mission, I had lost my vision, my passion, because I had been running down the same grooves in the road for an extended period of time.  I had been lulled into an unconcerned mode of operation.  Everyday was more of the same which stifles creativity!

I could go on, but I need to finish this post and get back to the blog carnival question.  What goal do I have for this next portion of the journey?  I will finish my introspection, it can't be rushed.  I do intend to bring into focus all the little details of my essence, create a new vision and decide which areas to keep and which to wave goodbye.  Success must be specific and have determined focus, and  . . . . I want to be successful!  I will continue to write about this little journey, I hope you will stay with me  ("not lulled into an unconcerned mode") and enjoy the details of the journey!
Happy Creating!


JacBer said...

Brill post!
Why not just jump in and start writing one of those books? :-)

storybeader said...

it's a good idea to step back once in a while and take a look at your goals and mission. Good for you. I know it's hard to let go of some things, to make room for others. {:-D

Kathleen said...

The rush of Christmas and the silence of winter do bring out deep thoughts for me as I enjoy family times and quiet times. It's a good time to search the soul and seek where He wants us to go! Blessings on your journey =)

Erika said...

It is good to take a break and reevaluate your work. You have also been under a lot of stress and I would imagine that it can be tough to feel creative when you have other things on your mind. I look forward to seeing what you decide.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Good luck! So what would you like to write a book about?

Liz's Wares said...

Its great to look at old works with a new perspective.

I've also tried to decide what I want to focus on for my shop as well as my life.

Good luck with deciding which route(s) to take for this year.

tamdoll said...

It's a great thing to re-visit what you're doing online, especially if you say you've lost the spark!

Maybe I should do this carnival, too. I've been blogging since '06 just to have a place to share my creations with a bigger world than my small town (feeling lonely here!) and it's been fun.. but turning into a routine, too. Guess I'll have to figure out what I"m doing too.

Linda Pruitt said...

RoseWorks--I've started a play and not finished, I want to do a legacy book with my husband for my kids/grandkids and I want to do a fiction piece that parallels my extended family. Thanks for asking.
Tamroll--Routine is not bad, as long as it has a purpose! I just got confused about mine. Processing now, though.

Linda Pruitt said...

JacBer- Well . . . I just think I might do that!!!

T and C Bakery said...

Good luck!!!