Ideas of March

blog |bläg|
noun
a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.

The “regular basis” part of the above description from the dictionary, is the part I struggle with the most. I adore writing and I equally love reading the blogs of people I respect and learn from, but the time in my schedule to write blog posts regularly, is time that often doesn’t exist or gets pushed deep at the bottom of my list of priorities for that week.

I’m an over thinker in some ways, I worry about whether what I’m writing could be perceived as helpful or just plain rambling. I’ve lost my roots and the fearlessness I had when I was younger. Back in the early 2000’s (on LiveJournal), I would blog about everything and anything, mainly my failures and weaknesses, and not worry about what the audience thought. I wasn’t blogging for the audience, I was blogging to record details I could learn from, in the future. I’ve lost that free-blogging spirit, instead sometimes worrying about not inciting trolls, gender arguments or being over sensitive. That worrying ends up in many posts in the “drafts” section, and not many actually posted.

I’ve realised this week, I’ve lost my fearlessness in other ways, actually by reading a blog post of a friend, Andrew Wilkinson. Andrew and I both have our own design studios, we both started out around a similar time and are of a similar age. Many years ago, Andrew and I would chat, and he would often encourage me to grow You Know Who and start hiring. I was cautious, nervous and decided instead that no one could do what I did, after having terrible experiences with various freelancers early on, and I’ve stayed as a one person, with reliable freelancers pulled in on various projects, up until that point. Andrew did the opposite, aggressively expanded and hired, I hugely admire his fearlessness. I’m now feeling the urge to change.

Various things have happened over the last few weeks, I was waiting on some news which would significantly change the business, whilst waiting on other news which would…significantly change the business. I won’t go into them here, they are/were both very exciting but would take You Know Who in two entirely different directions. I guess, a real crossroad in life presented itself, loud and clear.

Andrew’s blog post resonated at just the right time this week, while many things have been swilling around my mind, despite it being written in March of last year. It was a huge reminder that although tweets give you a general overview; a glimpse at someones life that day, a blog post is different, generally written from the heart, holding a treasure trove of thoughts and feelings between the lines. This is my pledge that this month, you’ll see more blogging, less worrying and perhaps a sprinkling of exciting news to boot.

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  • Damn, you’re quick. We’re still working on ours…

    • Sarah

      The bags under my eyes say, blogging at 2am is not sensible! 😉

  • Marcus

    Hi Sarah

    I’m always amazed and impressed by successful people in our field (like yourself) being able to stay as a one-person outfit and not expand.

    I would say that working with other people over the last 10 years has been, I’m sure, a great deal more rewarding than working on my own. If nothing else, it’s more fun! But, having more minds involved in the running of a business means that the business is more likely to stay innovative and interesting to work within.

    I suspect your ‘crossroads’ are big contracts? It’s perfectly reasonable to use a new job as a reason to hire someone new. It’s the way we’ve worked all along.

    But, be aware of growing for the sake of it (unless money is your only goal) and try to keep a manageable and talented team together that are all pulling together toward the same goals.

    I would recommend reading/listening to Dan James of SilverOrange about how they run their business. It’s brave (e.g. they’re all paid the same) but I think promotes the team ethic perfectly.

    Good luck!

    Cheers

    Marcus

  • Ohh!! looking forward to see what You and March have to offer! 🙂

  • Thanks for this post Sarah – it’s great to see an honest view on why you haven’t posted some certain types of post and how you’ve lost that sense of fearlessness. I also have a lot of draft posts that I have previously wanted to publish but haven’t done due to fear of being ridiculed or sparking off arguments and insult sessions rather than healthy debates or discussion. Reading this and seeing how you’re going to try and tackle that fear head-on also gives me a bit of encouragement to try and do the same myself. I’ll write a blog on it tonight 🙂

    Also very happy for you to hear things are going well with You Know Who – can’t wait to hear the exciting news in the pipeline!

  • Russ

    Very Exciting times from the sound of it! Hope it all pans out well for you. Always good to see local business doing well 🙂

  • Sounds like exciting times to come. Best of luck Sarah!

    Your post (& Andrews) remind me of the old quote “What got you here won’t get you there”. Enjoy the journey.

  • Abe

    Your post struck a chord with me today. As someone who wrestles with fear when it comes to putting myself out there in various forms, writing being one of them. It’s good to know that other smart and talented people struggle through similar issues. Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to reading more of your stuff and getting some of my own out there as well.

  • I think Twitter has made writing publicly too easy with no time to rethink what you’re saying. It’s a knee-jerk reaction whereas blogging is a thought out process. You have more space to consider your writing which, in turn, can have a very negative effect. I’m sure we’re all guilty of holding draft posts that never get published.

    We need to change this and go back to our ways before micro-blogging. I’m trying a similar approach at the moment but, unfortunately, forget of the platform, falling back on Twitter in it’s prominently positioned app on my desktop, constantly reminding me of it’s existence.

    I like the direction some have taken with snippet posts similar to Tumblr. It’s a happy medium between the two extremes.

    I look forward to reading more from you, Sarah and also hearing of the exciting outcome from this week’s events.

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    Best of luck Sarah.

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