I’m on Day 92 of publishing a blog post every day… and I think I finally figured out what I’m going to focus on!
I know it may seem odd that I didn’t know what my central theme was until now but that’s just how I am. For example, I’m the type of writer who writes the headline last because I discover what the article is really about as I’m writing it.
The same is true for blogging. I knew that making a long-term commitment to publishing daily was the right thing to do even though I hadn’t settled on my topic.
I spent some time reflecting and journaling about this today and figured out my topic: how to make a living as a freelance writer.
Here’s how I arrived at that decision:
First, I prayed about it and waited to hear an answer. But I got the sense that this wasn’t one of those things God was going to give me specific instructions about. Instead I felt like He was asking me, “What do you want to do?” In other words, what’s on my heart.
So I had to think about that. And I wanted to be really honest. Two things immediately came to mind:
1) I want to help people.
2) I want my blog to be read.
Then I remembered a quote from Leo Babauta about how to have a long-term successful blog. He said:
“Focus on one thing and one thing only: creating amazing content that helps people with their problems. Show them how to do things they want to do. That’s all.”
So that made me think, “What problems can I help people with?”
I was tempted to make a long list of things I thought I could help with but I didn’t need to. I already knew the one topic I’ve been asked for advice on more than anything else… freelancing!
Duh! It’s like the answer was right under my nose the whole time. I’ll have random strangers email me asking me questions like, “How did you get started?” and “How do you get clients?”
I’m even coaching my 18-year-old sister-in-law, Cailee on how to break into freelance writing right now. So yeah… I think I know what problem I can help people with.
One of the reasons I’ve ignored this topic until now is because I’m transitioning away from being a freelancer to being an entrepreneur. I’m going from the self-employed model to the business owner model, so part of me wants to just write about that journey.
But here’s the only problem… I’m so early in that journey I really don’t have a lot of useful things to share. It reminds me of when I wanted to become an Addiction Counselor when I was 20, after only being clean and sober a few months!
So that’s where I’m at. I already own the domain name: freelancehabits.com so I’ll likely start blogging there more instead and still maintain jmonen.com, but it’ll be more autobiographical; my home base where I can link to my different projects and businesses.
I’m excited about my new focus because I feel like my writing will actually help people. So here we go!