I am putting off cleaning the toilet. I realize that if I don’t, no one will – well, not exactly true. Hubby will – it’s a test of wills to see who can hold out the longest. Today I’m caving and will go ahead and clean that and the bathroom floor. I scrubbed the kitchen floor yesterday. Hmmm. What gives?
I don’t know about you but there are times that cleaning the house is a wonderfully productive procrastination technique. Today I want to write this blog, add some more quotes to Wylde Women’s Wisdom, maybe get around to doing my books for July and August (now that it’s mid-September…I always bog down this time of year then have to have a marathon in January for taxes). At times like this cleaning the house is marvelously mindless, and sometimes I need that.
I have now started this blog 3 times and erased several paragraphs, and started again, and erased more paragraphs. Obviously I am still running on a dry well. Momma said there would be days like this! (um, actually she didn’t, but a song did, so I’ll just go with that).
Rather than dwell here in the dry well, I decided to share with you some of things that make me smile, that I surround myself with to help me on days like this (video following – it’s like gabbing over the back fence – does anyone still do that? – or having coffee together). In the meantime, share with me what you do to pick yourself up….I sure could use some ideas!
Oh – and the title? Well: work 1 year (or 3 or 5) 60 – 80 to 24/7 hours a week building a great, connected, interactive list of folks. Get to know them well enough to intimately know and be able to write down all their wants and needs. Design a package tailored to exploit those wants and needs (works really well if you make them think they are missing out on something or afraid they aren’t doing enough). Hire someone to make that package look professional. And pay them. Reserve and pay for your URL(s). Hire a web master to build you a website. Find out you’re going to need another webmaster or 4. Realize you have to pay each and every one of them. Start monthly payments to an autoresponder and newsletter software provider. Find (this may take a while unless you know someone already) a VA (virtual assistant) who can put all this up on-line for you (or learn how to yourself – then add an extra year) and don’t forget to pay her (probably $25 – $50/hour). Spend 1 month hyping your package, doing radio shows and blog interviews as well as news letters, tweets and FB (which you’ve also built up over the years) and then the week that you offer it you just may make $10,000. Or more.
Or you can forgo the $10,000 week, and opt to remember why you fell in passionate love with the thing you are now spending all your time trying to monetize; take a breath, sit back, and remember how to, as Mary Oliver says in Wild Geese: “…let the soft animal of your body/love what it loves…”
If this were easy, we’d already be there. Which means “there” is not important. “Here” right where we are is where all the good stuff is happening. Tammy Vitale