Do you ever get caught in a vortex? I do. Perhaps it comes from living in Arizona, but then again, I don’t live anywhere near Sedona, which as everyone knows is Vortex Central. Too many things to do, too many things coming at me, too many decisions to make about too many choices. Clients, book, blog– those are my real priorities. But all of these core areas of my life require me to do research – Everything Requires Research – and putting all these things together into a reasonable and sustainable form of work in the current world that requires that people like me be writers, graphic designers, marketing pro, and publisher. Arggghhhhh! Okay. I feel better now.
With the rate of information creation and flow reaching near singularity– inducing levels I sometimes feel like I will implode and fall in on myself. Friends and he blogging and e-business meet-up guru, Pablo, mentions this evolutionary likelihood every time I attend the monthly Meet Up. I also try to keep up with several streams of incoming information from (and I’m mixing apples and oranges here) BlogHer, Twitter, Facebook, Peace and Justice networks, Media Bistro, and a few feed readers that seem to find different information in different ways about the very same subjects.
I’m starting to get a handle on what I need to do to be successful, and if I stay focused, everything will fall into place this year. I have done my research, found my passion, know my limits, built and am continuing to build a great network.
So what I have put together thus far:
- Two new websites/blogs that target my business specifically, and the throughput for that business. While they are separate, they are complementary. Hill Research Services is the business and where I sell me and my creations. Reason Creek is the new, and one would hope, last, attempt to create a place for my writing.
- I have either imported or am in the process of importing most of my blogs posts from my various, and yes, sundry, blogs that I have had over the years.
- Build Peace, Late Boomers, Done Nesting, Cuppakona (from Geocities), Wildflower Woods (a Gene Stratton Porter blog) a
- and even a few from blogs that never really got off the ground such as Things in the Attic, and Casita Gaia
- then there are also a few things that were created for short term “runs” on Brazen Hussies.
- oh and there are my Second Life blogs
- my blog and my site on medical child abuse for adult survivors of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
And I haven’t even gotten to my poetry or the subject essays I had on the old Geocities site.
I have settled on using themes from Elegant Themes. I love the newest themes there! The designs vary, there are new themes or templates and revisions of older ones being regularly released. I am using HostGator for hosting multiple accounts (use coupon code upacreekmarch2012 to get 25% off a basic account).
Now I just have to keep at it and put info on my older sites about these and get readers to transfer – that is the part I’m worried about.
As soon as everything on the site looks pretty, and works and plays well together, I will blast myself all over social media networks (twitter, linked in, facebook, pinterest, and on and on…) in a likeable, unobtrusive, curiosity inducing and semantic web friendly way. Wish me luck on that one!
What have I forgotten? Seriously, what do you see that I am missing? Leave a comment and let me know!