What do I want?
It seems to be a question I ask myself consistently, perhaps more lately. I look around and see growth in everyone and wonder if I am growing as well.
What do I want to be when I grow up?
What do I want to use my time for?
What do I want to my children to know?
What do I want to share here?
What do I want....
Among other things, like being a mother in the middle of May, I have spent the last three days taking an online course about blogging; building a brand, targeting and audience, legal aspects, etc. It's been fascinating and exhausting, informative and overwhelming all at the same time. Do I have a brand? What is my purpose for sharing? Do I really want to market myself in this way? I learned the business of pinning, who knew it was a business? I learned there were marketing strategies for Instagram, email lists, and selling through stories.
The power of stories bridges all areas of life.
A text from my mom, while being trained as a missionary, this past week said, "One of the presenters today said, "stories give you strength and perspective."
Stories bind not only generations, but people in all difference circumstances. As we tell our stories we connect and understand. We realize we are not alone.
Perhaps that is what I'm selling. Stories.
As I randomly write and thoughts flow, I consider that perhaps that is my niche: visual storyteller. From scrapbooking to social media, from books to sketches I am here to share, teach, and learn how to be a more effective storyteller.
I don't think I needed a huge course to remind me of this, but I have come to appreciate more the world of professional bloggers with services to pin hundreds of pins a day, interns and assistants, always learning how the newest algorithms will affect their numbers and income. It's big business with marketing and strategies and I have come to appreciate the new field of influence.
I certainly won't implement everything I learned, but I walked away with greater knowledge of what is available and what I can do. I will still ask "what do I want?" and the answer might be different from day to day. However, I hope to always share truth and light, especially on days when I feel like saying bad words to my children.