I hate rules. And I'm coming to hate "the online success" rules.
Sometimes the advice I find when I sign up for one of the gazillion free advice systems out there on how to generate traffic or make money or build your online business makes me feel like I couldn't possibly do all of what's required to succeed at this, so why bother?
Things like if you want to be a success online you have to build your list and comment on people's blogs and have a social media presence and give your own webinars and a host of things that are likely great advice. Problem is, all of these "shoulds" snatch the fun right out of why you wanted to do this in the first place.
To share. To connect. To draw what you most enjoy doing into your life.
Not to drive yourself crazy trying to keep up with all these things you feel you must be doing and that make it feel so daunting and like a chore.
Maybe I'll just make jewelry or teach or paint.
And as soon as I think it, the thought arises that this is the path that feels best to me-sharing my experience online and helping others to see what's possible.
I've been judging myself against all of these ridiculous standards when really the truth is (and this just really sank in deeply for me today):
The only way I can fail is if I give up.
Just like with painting. If you want to get to the good stuff, you have to keep going. Even and especially when quitting seems easier.
I've committed to action in whatever form it shows up for me.
And if breaking the blogging rules is what feels right, then that's how I'll do it.
I might not post on a regular schedule. My photos aren't going to be perfect. I don't have as much time as I'd like to comment on other people's blogs and be on social media. But I think I can find a way to make this work.
What if you could find a way to create an online presence that flows naturally from where you are? Hmmm...what would be possible then? (Oh, and I'm going to post this at 8:30 EST which is not the optimal posting time, but now that I'm a rule-breaka, I can do whatever I want!)