|Photo by Gare and Kitty|
I’ve been to less than a handful of blogging conferences, but there’s always a session or discussion about finding your passion.Whether it’s new bloggers dipping their toes into the blogosphere or long time bloggers looking for a niche or focus, following your passion is an often quoted piece of advice.
|My current inspiration notebook|
- Be realistic. You have a limited amount of time each day/week/month to work on each of your passions. Maybe you can’t pursue all 10 at once, but perhaps 5 or 7 is more practical for you. (That’s my right-brain talking) Make a list of all your ideas and pick the ones that call to you the most.
- Keep an inspiration notebook. My notebook is small and very portable. I take it everywhere I go-just move it from diaper bag to purse. I have separate sections for each idea that I want to focus on. For me it’s my food and craft blog, this blog, my online book club From Left to Write, and my other freelance writing gigs. There’s also a miscellaneous section for anything that doesn’t fit the above categories.
- Write it down. Whenever I have an idea for a blog post or a craft, I write it down in the appropriate section in my notebook. I might not always be inspired when I sit down to write late at night after the kids are asleep. That’s when I pull out my notebook and read my notes. Writing it down gets it out of your head. When you let those ideas spin around and around in your brain, it makes you really tired. AND you can’t go to sleep at night. I’ve been there. (Crafty tutorial to create your own notebook.)
- Be as specific as possible. Notice that my notebook only covers my social media interests. I have a different book for my Passion Parties goals and to-dos. These two are separate entities, separate businesses for me so using two different books keeps my brain on track. When I’m focusing on Passion Parties, I use my Passion Parties system. Vice versa for social media.
- Schedule time for each passion. Setting a schedule might seem like the antithesis of being passionate, but we’re trying to stay sane here. I know that every Sunday night, I have to write my Patch column. My goal is to write a blog post at least 3 times a week for each blog. On Tuesdays and Thursday nights, I’ll work on From Left to Write: answer emails, schedule posts, etc. I don’t always follow my schedule exactly, but it’s a good guideline. I allow myself the flexibility to change it if I need to. Also by creating a schedule, you let others know that you are serious about your endeavors. They will respect you more for that. Oh, don’t forget to write down your schedule.
- Be flexible. If one of your ideas isn’t working out for you, drop it. No need to create more stress for yourself. Just put that idea on the back burner and add the next one into rotation. We’re creative souls so we have to follow our hearts.