I’m inspired to write this post by a challenge from Chris Brogan who likes to throw out three words to live by at the beginning of each year. It wasn’t too hard for me to come up with my own words to live by, because I’ve spent the past few days thinking about my own plans for the new year.
2009 was the year I made some bad choices and some good choices, but chalked all up as positive learning experiences. I’m very interested to see how 2010 turns out.
Last year I had a different focus because for the first half of the year I had a full time job as Community Manager for an online radio network. This blog network was sort of running itself and though it was a semi-priority, my full time job took up most of my time. When I found myself without full time work during the second half of the year, I made the Freelance Writing Jobs network a priority. The shift in focus agreed with me and this community began to grow. By the end of the year, I was earning a full time income from this blog network. It wasn’t anything near what I was earning doing full time community management, but it was enough for me to not look for many replacement opportunities.
For 2010, FWJ is where I’m devoting the majority of my time save for a few client and personal projets. With this in mind, I’d like to share my own three words for 2010:
Focus: A blog network won’t grow if your focus is on building up someone else’s brand. This is the first year I don’t have dozens of clients or a full time job to deal with, which will enable me to focus on bringing you the content and discussion topics you’re clamoring for. It will also enable me to work on some mutually beneficial projects and grow traffic and revenue so I can continue the positive cycle.
Community: If you’ve been following me and this blog for the past five years, you know my passion lies in building and cultivating community. I hate to sound cliche, but without you, I’m nothing. In 2010, I will work harder to build this community and, also, to build bridges to other communities so we can enjoy some cross discussions with other terrific people and mend some of the riffs formed in 2009. In 2010, it will be about you.
Positivity: There was a lot of negativity among the freelance writing community in 2010. Some of it caused a divide. I’m not going to claim innocence, as I know I didn’t help any, but it all ends here. 2010 is all about positive experiences. It will not be about arguing with other bloggers or trying to defend every decision I make to the people who don’t get why I do what I do. The past is the past and the future is positivity.
I’m going to continue Chris’ challenge by asking you for your three words.
What are your three words for 2010 for yourself….and what are your three words for the Freelance Writing Jobs Network community?