Hello peeps! Yes, it’s been a few days. Actually, this post’s working title was Assessment, Planning and Action: My Personal Process To My Ultimate Goal. I’m a sucker for long titles. That needed to be changed. As in many other aspects of my virtual and real life.
So after a spiritual retreat, a few more days of insisting and hours of emotional internal debate, Ruzanne gave in. Yay to the sound part of me! Finally, I gave in to seating back and revisiting my goals. There really was a need to keep things in check, I admitted. Things were just all over the place, even my phone contacts I cannot recognize anymore!
So I just had to level off with me. Hence, the calm seas… the quiet nights of football and talkshows… even old movies that suck over at HBO. The period meant an assessment of how far I’ve gone with my personal goals as an online worker. It had to be done because of the terrible overload which took its toll on my virtual life and productivity.
The evaluation included: (a) what do I really want for myself as blogger, virtual assistants team leader and mom, (b) what can I continue to do for others who want to become VAs or find VAs, (c) what to do about the three pieces of gold I recently found (read: awesome content and article writers!) and (d) whether I should pursue other means of generating income for this blog.
For (a) the answer is quite obvious. I want to continue blogging because writing is my passion. Then I’ll just be available for my Angels because, thank heavens! they’re doing so great at their projects. Couldn’t ask for more, really. As for being a mom, there’s that new-found confidence that I could actually make things better if I just did online writing and simpler VA-related stuff. It turned out that the more pressure I got from work, the less time I spent with my little and big boys.
As for (b) this blog answers it all. I want to continue blogging so I could help out new and wannabe VAs. Also, my experience as a project or team leader has proven very helpful for a few people who want to expand their service from mere VA to something bigger. Then, of course, I’d like to still be here for people who need to make hire-a-VA process sure and simple.
Next, what to do with (c) the online writers I’ve discovered recently. They’re so brilliant that I could just cry. All these writers are like Midas with whatever material you’d give them. But there limitations brought to the table. All three are also with day jobs. But they do have 2-4 hours each day to produce excellent quality results. Be it articles, blog posts, content, product reviews and all that. I don’t wanna lose them; there has to be a way to get things going for these guys and girl! Hah, the hazards of online writing. Some don’t want others to have regular jobs or other gigs; some don’t pay very good. Plus, there are those who just want a few articles here and there, nothing regular. These brilliant writers just need to have steady sidelines so they could perfect various online writing. I wanna be there for them.
Now on to, (d)… I will NOT be aspiring for this blog to be profitable. At least not in the sense that my time will be eaten up by studying how to put ‘em up money-making stuff in here. No, siree! Thanks for all the suggestions – taken well or otherwise – but making money isn’t among the top things-to-do for the next year or so. Being that, I have decided not to push through with the ebook as well. It was intended to a be a product for sale from here. But it just didn’t feel right. I want to help out that asking – and getting – for even $1.00 for it just won’t make me any happier. So what’s gonna happen is found below… Surprise, surprise. I hope you can then tell me that the best things in life really are free!
With assessment done and the process ending with a smile on my face, here’s my plan for the next few months.
(1) I will continue to blog – consistently and deeply – about VA-hood and what goes on around it. With my collected and prepared write-ups previously intended for the ebook, you can expect really powerful posts about becoming a VA. Actually, this is the surprise. Well, are you surprised? Hmm. I don’t blame you.
(2) I will get another page in here where people could pay for one or two articles as needed. In there, anyone can just indicate what article, content or blog posts they want prepped for them. They provide website, contact information and stuff like that. After 48 hours, their orders will be delivered and then pay for them. That simple. It provides regular gigs (fingers crossed now!) for the Oh!Some writers in the bunk. Plus, it gives me happy work as an editor! Yahoo!
(3) I will connect more with my online friends; read more of their blogs; Tweet some more; make use of Facebook – the usual stuff we bloggers need to strut. In fact, I had to help myself from putting this on top. Because I’m so open and curious, connecting to people is among my favorite rewards. Upon evaluation, I only do it when there’s an overload or a need to de-stress. Why, I should intentionally connect as opposed to selective connection, right? Do I hear you, Eugene and Theresa?
Along this line, I will do guest posting as well as prep interviews for online service providers, freelance writers and VAs from all over. It will help others learn more about what we do. Whew, sharing is an overwhelming but very rewarding effort, as I’ve come to discover these past year. I’d like to do more of that online.
That’s as far as my online life goes. Six hours a day max. Just 4 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. The rest of the hours each week, I will be a mother and a wife. Maybe spend like 2-3 hours being a sister. Definitely put in 4 hours each weekend as a daughter. And yes, did I mention the rediscovered love for brisk walking?
OK, on to more plans for momma-hood. I will prepare breakfast and cook lunch everyday; also cook dinner three times a week and learn how to take criticisms from my hubby and sons about it. Definitely, I won’t use their disapproval and sometimes “meal time jokes” as a reason that I won’t cook. Or strive to learn better dishes.
In sum, I will be a better mom. To do that, I must be a happy and healthy person – online or not. Assessment done; planning completed. Now on to action!