Monday, 14 June 2010
It's my birthday today, and other than spending the majority of the day working on the images from a recent wedding shoot (what can I say, I love what I do), I have been thinking about how to mark this day. Similar to how many people find significance in a New Year (myself included), I thought the same could be applied to one's own birthday...
It all started with a wonderfully thoughtful gift from my dear sister-in-law in Australia, part of which included a book called, "Living Oprah". Aside from my own Oprah obsession, the book also made me think about blogging (she thanks her blog readers in the beginning) and about what power a blog can have: think Julie & Julia. Now, I haven't exactly come up with my own 365-Birth-Day-Challenge-Blogging-Phenomenon-Book-Deal idea, but it did make me question my own intention with my blog.
You see, I used to have a more personal blog, but since I decided to amalgamate it with my "business" blog, I have struggled with what to write about. I guess now I am about to actively encourage people to the site - it becomes something a lot different. Do I, can I, continue to blog about more personal thoughts now, knowing potential customers may be looking at it? Should it be more business focused? Should I have kept my personal blog separate? It's tough. How much of myself do I want to share with my clients? Will it be bad for business? Put them off even?
To be honest, I am still unsure. But I know the reason I blog is to connect with people (and I have met an amazing group of women in the process already). I guess I hope that by sharing a little of myself, others may feel inclined to share a little of themselves too. And the thing is, I want the same thing in business too. So I guess, if I am asking people to share one of the most important days in their life with me, the least I can do is reveal a little more about who I am in addition to what I do.
Maybe this is my 365 Birthday Challenge after all. To build a business based on who I really am, and trust in the process. Because I really do love what I do.