Today is my 2nd Blog Anniversary. And I wasn’t planning on posting today either. This is something spontaneous. Something that I should perhaps communicate to my faithful readers. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart from patronizing in coming and reading my blog. I thank you for all the love and support you have done since this blog was first launch.
A year ago I didn’t know I was going to end up blogging my business.
Since I graduated “Commercial Art” from college, I have always been a Freelancer. I guess they say that if you are a freelancer, you always have your own business because the employer never really put you on their regular payroll but you are on your own, you pay your own taxes, etc., etc.
So you can say I’ve been independent and doing this business for over 20 years.
I’m not just a Web Designer but also a Graphic Designer. I think there’s a difference. A Web Designer is someone who designs websites only but Graphic Designer is a wider spectrum, it’s not concentrated on just one thing but it does a lot of things such as: Book Design, Manual Design, Printed Magazines & Newspapers, Brochures, Business Cards, Slide Presentations, Multi-Media…you get the picture.
When I finally decided to come back to doing Graphic Design, I didn’t know where to go. To me it was like me starting over again. The design world have change so much and I felt left behind.
Adrenalin went running back in my spine again. I was nervous and worried.
Suddenly I’m competing with Fiverr, eLance, PeoplePerHour…just to name a few…and I felt degraded by these companies. Suddenly the knowledge I thought I’ve went to school for, the knowledge I thought I’ve accumulated for so many years, these crowdsourcing places suddenly call themselves designers! For all I know your secretary can be a designer nowadays too. Heck, if you got a computer you can do it.
That really didn’t make me feel good. It makes me feel devalued. Degraded.
Suddenly the knowledge I thought I’ve gained for so many years have been tossed away and replaced by some cheap staff, I don’t even have no words for. But they say, all things work together for good.
I always believe that everything happens for a reason. The cosmos is always changing and so therefore, I need a change too on my business journey. Yeah. That’s Angela. She’s very flexible when it comes to anything whether this is relationship, life, business, you name it.
Honestly speaking, I cringe on changes but once I adapt to it, I’m okay. I don’t like moving twelve thousands times a year. I like stability. I like to stay in one spot for so many years. If I’m happy with my neighborhood, I will stay in one spot. Moving too many times can drive me nuts!
Anyway, the year of 2015 will be a different business approach. In the past, I have blog hopped here and there. Reading at least 5 blogs a day. Commenting 5 times a day. I love commenting but…(yeah there’s a BUT)…but it really just take a toll in my life, I can’t do anything but that.
It’s always cool to have that community. I’m not against it. I am for it. But starting your business online really takes time and it doesn’t happen overnight. In order to be seen you have to reach out and the only way you can be seen is if you visit other blogs and comment on their blogs. This always works when it comes to your visibility. It never fails. You will always get traffic if you start doing this.
But that’s not my concern at all. My business mentor said to me, “You’re doing fine with your Internet Marketing now but what you need is to close the sales.” *laughs* He’s so right about that. I am definitely not a sales person and so I suck on it. And so to me Sales & Marketing is still a long way for me.
One good thing I love about this business is you never outgrow, you are always learning. And to me this is important. In fact, I have a twin aunt and both of them were CPAs. Both worked for Hewlett-Packard. Then, isn’t this funny…both quit too and started their own business as a Real Estate Agent. Later, one became a Broker, the other finally own her own business in the Water Company.
Anyway, my aunt who is a broker, went back to school again. She said that she needs to exercise her brain to avoid dimentia. Well, I thought with me learning new things everyday in this business will never put me in dimentia. *laughs* Funny but it’s true. If you don’t use it, you lose it. So I embrace the learning.
Two years have gone by! So I’m looking forward more to Happy Blogging! 🙂
How about you?
How is your blogging journey? Did you meet the goals you have set for yourself? Or are you still learning like me? Please share with me your experience, I would love to hear it.