Fame. Fortune. Accolades.
These were aspects of life worthy of chasing when I was younger. Much younger than I am now.
My feelings at the time were, If I had any of these, then life would be sweet.
I have always had a desire to live a life on my own terms. I always looked at fame and fortune as a gateway to a life, a sweet life full of champagne, parties and every day being fun.
This did not reflect the reality of my life. The reality was working for someone else with deadlines. Having mountains of work unfinished that spill into the next day. A perception of a continuous stream of needing to satisfying customer needs. A reality that I grew into, not being the reality I wanted for this life. It was strange, I always ‘felt’ I had an entrepreneurial spirit. Even in high school thought that ‘entrepreneurs’ were those smart kids who bucked the system. I thought they left high school early because they wee]re genius’. These entrepreneurs were driven and didn’t need to attend college, because they were too cool for school. I know that reality and my understanding of an entrepreneur to be different now.
But what I wanted was more of a life on my own terms. To take a holiday for a week when I wanted to. To take my daughter to kindergarten, because I had the time to. To work more when I wanted at a time of day of my choosing, or to decide the number of days I wanted to work.
It has taken a long time to realise that my journey brings me to this point of why I started and maintain this blog. It’s main purpose it to provide value. Value in showing someone from a video how to get going on Twitter for their business. Then using Twitter to start effective communication with their customer base. Value in demystifying Snapchat for an older generation who come to realise it’s a great platform. Discovery telling a 10 second video story, which may lead to that person to discover live streaming is in their business future. Value in someone reading an article. They send me an email saying ‘I just wanted to know the basics of WhatsApp was and your article helped me understand, Thankyou’. Value in giving enough information to help so when people come to my blog with a burning question they come away with an answer. To allow an arena to make a difference in people’s lives no matter how small.
It’ s to embrace that entrepreneurial spirit and see where I may take this blog on it’s journey. I see this blog transforming into a full time business and transition out from my current employed 9 – 5. My intent is to go from a (hobby) blog to one with a full repository of information with articles, videos and audio. There will also be courses, ebooks, webinars, a podcast and live workshops. Much of what will appear over time here, will also be shaped by you. You the reader and your feedback will steer the direction of how I can best help on your information journey. For me being an entrepreneur is not only about being away from the 9-5 and define my own destiny. It will also providing relevant products or services to sell + customers = business.
Entrepreneur.com have a cool article on The True Meaning Of Entrepreneur
The path I take for providing a product or service and how I serve my customers is important to me. The time I choose to spend to build and run a business is important to me. I have experience and a love of sharing tech with other that I am sure will be a great value proposition for many of you.
I started this blog to for a few reasons;
To make some money – Running a blog costs money. Domain registrations, purchasing WordPress plugins, email servers and many other factors. Even when your articles, ebooks, videos and podcasts you create and produce are ‘free’, they need to live on your blog and it costs money to do so.
To build a tribe – To help those who have burning questions on using apps and don’t know where to go to get answers. Over time people will come to the blog to have their questions answered or even email me with a question. Once a certain concept has become understood then my tribe can take their understanding of using an app to the next level.
To provide value – To create and give information that’s useful. To ensure I provide informative, relevant, helpful information and teach people. To take them on a journey from not understanding a concept or app. Then they ask a question to me providing them with help and getting the answers they need.
To grow and learn myself – To fail and fail often and to learn from that and grow. Over time I will come to know ‘my people’ and how I can best serve their needs. To also put my mark and personality and style on the blog that separates me from those that are in a similar niche to me. I don’t see those in this niche to be competitors. I see them as collaborators that can create awesome stuff more so than creating on one’s own.
So, having a burning question about an app? Look through the blog and if you don’t find what you need, drop me an email and I will answer your question.
Thankyou for joining me on this journey.