I hope you’re having a wonderfully fearless new year!
I certainly am. I’ve been so busy getting my various projects started, I haven’t given this blog the attention it deserves. I know, I’m awful. But that’s OK! Because this year is going to be amazing and you’re going to hear all about it. Well, most of it. A girl’s gotta have her secrets sometimes. 😉
I’m working on a number of endeavors, all of which will take some serious fearlessness and a lot of hard work to achieve. Luckily I have some great tools and a fantastic support system to help me succeed. It also helps that I’m doing exactly what I love, both in and out of my career. I still have a long way to go, but I’m enjoying the process.
My Fearless Endeavors
A Parallel Blog – Everything Without Moderation
One of the most difficult thing about running a blog, at least in my experience, is maintaining focus. I often find myself working on a potential blog post only to find that it doesn’t quite fit the topic and theme of my blog. Over the past few years, this has led to a lot of unfinished blog posts and abandoned ideas. While I know that not every idea is going to make a great post, I also know that I’m still learning the craft of blogging and need all the practice I can get. So, instead of limiting what I write about, I’ve decided to create a parallel blog for all of the posts that don’t really fit here. Not only will this encourage me to write more, it will allow me to share things with my readers without overwhelming my fearless subscribers or their email inboxes. Everybody wins!
The new blog is called Everything Without Moderation and will include posts on a wide variety of topics, including:
Books, Blogs, Movies, and TV Series (I watch and read everything I can find)
Crafts, Calligraphy, and other SCA related Projects I’m Working on
Programs and Apps that Make my Life Easier or More Fun
Games I Love (Especially World of Warcraft and Hearthstone)
Candy, Snacks, and Things that Make Life Sweeter (Usually super short reviews)
Hair and Beauty Products, Tips, and Advice
Pagan Articles, Essays, and other Witchy Things
Updates on my Writing Life and Bits of Advice for other Writers
Sound like fun? Check it out here: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/brinnablaine
Of course, blogging is only a small portion of the writing I do. I have a few non-blogging writing endeavors going on as well. In the next year, I plan on:
Bringing in new clients, taking on new projects, and picking up better paying jobs
Finding jobs and writing projects that are better suited to my knowledge and skills
Setting up an online portfolio and professional writing website
Submitting queries and submissions to magazines and print publications
Writing multiple ebooks, including a book on Fearless Acts
I decided a few years ago to give traditional education a break and invest my time in self-driven education. Instead of following a specific curriculum and learning at a pace determined by someone else, I seek out educational resources as I want or need them. This can be as simple as watching a few videos to find the answer to a technical problem or as complex as taking a complete workshop or course on a subject. I love to learn and I enjoy the freedom to choose what to study on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Self-driven education has served me well so far. For instance, I’ve never taken an actual college course on the topic of Article Writing or Blogging, yet I scored in the top 5% of all Elance users when tested on the subject. This doesn’t mean I’ll never pursue a college degree. I’ve simply chosen to learn by my own methods for now.
My current topics of study include:
Writing Articles, Blog Posts, Press Releases, Books, Personal and Company Bios, and More
Fiction Writing and Storytelling
Blog Management and Social Media Marketing
Website Coding and Development
Medieval and Modern Calligraphy
The Science of Fear, Risk, and Motivation
The Society for Creative Anachronism
Building Relationships and Getting Out More
The last major thing I plan to work on over the next year is relationship building and spending more time with the people I care about. As a freelancer who works from home, I have a tendency to make every day a work day. Unless someone specifically asks me to do something, I’m very likely to spend the entire day on the computer. This is great news for my clients, but not so great for my social life. It can also cause serious burnout. To combat this, I’m making an effort to initiate outings with friends and family and setting little relationship reminders on my Todoist app.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to. How about you?
Tell me about your Fearless Endeavors in a comment or share it on social media with the hashtag #GetFearless. Can’t wait to hear from you!