Hello everyone! I am really excited to give you all a peek into what goes on behind the scenes of this little blog of mine. I was tagged by Ashley of Saving Money in Your Twenties to do this, and I really enjoyed her post, so check it out! For those of you who don’t know her, Ashley is a financial coach for those in their 20’s, and we live almost parallel lives.
I first stumbled onto her blog when she was getting ready to relocate to NY with her boyfriend. She was in the midst of leaving her job and packing everything up, but she was also making plans for starting her own business. Months later I ended up in the same position as her, except I moved down south from NY! Her posts are always fun and personable (she’s currently battling a mouse invasion in her apartment).
Okay, onto the “blog tour!”
Q1) What am I working on?
A lot! I just started using Asana to track my to do list, and I did a massive brain dump there. I have a lot of ideas swirling around in my head right now, I just need to sit down and make time for them.
I’m always working on building my freelance business, as that’s my main source of income right now. I’m trying to do a little less writing and more virtual assistant work right now, mostly because writing can take a lot out of me in a day! I have no clue how some of you do it.
I’d eventually like to branch out and help local businesses and entrepreneurs with their online presence, but I also want to get out there and possibly speak on personal finance!
I am working quietly behind the scenes to figure out where I truly want this blog to go. I want to get a newsletter going, some freebies, an ebook (maybe?), and a new theme, which I’ve mentioned a few times.
So look for more good things to come soon!
Q2) How do my creative doings differ from others in this genre?
I think Ashley answered this question well. I’m just trying to live my life and get out of student loan debt. I’m not someone who is overly concerned about numbers or spreadsheets, even though I love budgeting. That’s about as involved with math as I’ll get!
The original point of my blog was to share my journey to saving (eventually for retirement) with everyone, and to inspire others to start their own financial journey. There’s a mix of everything here! There’s also the new addition of video posts on the weekend. =)
Q3) Why do I write or create what I do?
To help others. If it’s one thing I’ve learned in my mini-journey of being self-employed, it’s that I want to do something that will benefit others.
Story time – I wanted to major in psychology in college to eventually become a psychologist. Behavioral and cognitive psychology fascinates me as well, and I fell in love even more with forensic psychology (which paired well with my major of criminal justice).
However, I determined I had a lot of my own stuff to sort out, and I wasn’t confident that I would be able to help others on such a large scale (though I did minor in psych).
So I’ve taken the “blog about it” approach instead. For now, I am focused on helping others improve their financial situation, but I wouldn’t mind getting into blogging about mental disorders someday.
Bottom line: everything I write and do is intended to help someone, whether it be to educate, entertain, or inspire them (stole that from Chris Ducker!). I hope I’ve done well in that department!
Q4) How does my creative process work?
That’s a good question…I’m still sorting that out. I’m finally getting somewhat of a routine down, but it’s largely a work in process. Some days, I work on my laptop on the couch; other days, I work at my desk and get in the zone; sometimes, I flail around feeling overwhelmed. You’ll likely get a different answer any time you ask me!
I don’t have a writing schedule, which is horrible. Freelance work takes top priority, so I put it before my blog so I can, you know, get paid.
I would really like to get an editorial calendar going at some point, because I do really like the look and feel of being organized e
ven if it’s a lie. If you’re looking for an awesome editorial calendar, you should download DC’s.
If I’m in a funk, I turn on music. I like anything I can chair-dance to, really. (I know I’m not alone!)
I also like to focus on one thing at a time. I used to be a big fan of multi-tasking until I realized that science was right: it takes away from your overall productivity.
Why the dual monitors, then? I enjoy having 10 tabs open when doing research for a post and driving myself crazy trying to figure out which one I need to reference, of course. The other is for writing.
I try to take little breaks when I’m writing, but I’m bad at following timers, so I just do it based on when I feel like my brain might melt. (Great idea, right?)
As I mentioned, I have everything laid out in Asana to keep me on task. I do a lot of writing in Google Docs, and at times I’ll use the distraction-free mode in WordPress.
Where do I get my inspiration? A lot of times, from fellow bloggers! After reading and pondering about personal finance so much, it eventually gets ingrained in my mind, to the point where I’ll stare at a tree and want to write a post, “well, what if money DID grow on trees?”
I hope you guys enjoyed this! I tried to inject a little more humor than usual…I’m supposed to tag others but I can’t think of who I wouldn’t want to do this, so please feel free to steal it.
If you haven’t, please check out my guest post on Debt Debs about the 7 financial lessons I learned from my parents’ debt. You can also check out my post on Young Adult Money about how to discuss finances early on in a relationship. Thanks!
What are you working on behind the scenes? What does your desk setup consist of? What plans do you have for your blog or business?