I’m currently living in a tent by the ocean. I’m not working, not like before. I used to keep working while on vacation, but I’ve come to realize that I need the time off. So, I’ve written this post just before I left.
The reason I want you to read this, is because I need your feedback.
During my vacations I’ve been thinking about how important a community really is and that comments on my blog is actually part of building a community. It’s not just a method for people to give me feedback on what I have written, it’s a powerful way to connect and build a strong relationship. Being part of a community is how to survive life as a blogger.
How to live
I have been telling myself a lie, the lie is that I am writing no matter what’ll happen. And that the reason I keep writing is that it’s part of who I am and it’s part of what I do. In other words, it’s part of my calling, my passion.
I really enjoy storytelling, and I believe storytelling is an important part of marketing. But the reason I keep writing is the community. I need the community not just to live, but I need it to survive.
I believe that as a business and as a human being we need relationships with other people, and we need to be part of something larger than ourselves (a community and/or a tribe). Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy writing, but I think that I’ll enjoy close to everything if I just practice it a lot and get fairly good at it.
Now that I’m on vacation I focus on my family and being aware and present. It’s similar to how life in Tuscany made me rethink work.
The change in blogging
We’re all different and we’re all unique, and that’s how I run my business and it’s how I live my life. What I’m writing is how I see things, it’s not necessary the truth or facts, and it’s not always based on research. But, it’s my opinion and it’s my truth.
You probably won’t see a big change in my writing, but I’ll be more focused on building a community than before. I’ll be more focused on giving something of value. I’ve realized the importance of accountability, and having a mentor, and learning.
My next step, as soon as I get back from vacation will be to find an accountability partner and a mentor to help me improve my business.
Here are some old posts I wrote while on vacation: