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What 2008 Meant to Me

What I’ve Learned (in no particular order):

  1. Being the best, or the first, takes a lot of hard work. Don’t be fooled by get-rich-quick scams.
  2. Going into business with a friend is a huge mistake. You won’t miss the business, you’ll miss the friend.
  3. Expect the unexpected, or at least have a great voicemail system just in case.
  4. Approach everything with an open mind, it’s the only way you will ever succeed.
  5. Business, Marketing and PR plans are extremely important.
  6. Before you start looking for clients, have your accounting, legal documents, terms and conditions and payment methods in place.
  7. Everyone needs competition. It keeps you from becoming lazy and forgetting your clients are human.
  8. Skype is one of the most valuable business tools you will ever use.
  9. Business Cards are the second most valuable business tool you will ever use.
  10. Your website is a reflection of your personality, so fill it with words and images accordingly.
  11. Sometimes, being a solopreneur is as lonely as it sounds.
  12. StumbleUpon traffic is awesome, for about 24 hours, then you have to write something new to Stumble.
  13. Don’t get caught up in numbers, counts, and lists. It’s quality, not quantity. Numbers lie.
  14. All the cool kids are on Twitter. If you want to know what people are talking about in your industry, get an account! Right now!
  15. Meetups and community networking groups are awesome. Go to as many as you can.
  16. If you need help, ask for it. Who knows what could happen.
  17. Time goes by fast and the more time you spend procrastinating the farther behind you fall.
  18. Sometimes, while you’re looking for your purpose, it finds you instead.
  19. Writing words for other people is extremely rewarding.
  20. Helping people achieve their dreams is even more rewarding.

My Biggest Mistake:

I stopped blogging. I stopped just when people were noticing me, starting to read what I had to say, and felt that my words held some importance. I stopped as soon as I found my voice and formed an opinion. And, I let some great people down.

Fear kills creativity. Don’t let it run your life.

What 2009 will Mean to Me:

2009 will be my year. I’m taking everything I learned 2008 and building a stronger business. I’m learning from my mistakes. I’m focusing on relationships, community, knowledge and skill to help others reach their goals, make a difference and change the world.

Lofty? So what?

My only resolution is to stop wondering “what if” and start taking action.

Happy New Year!

What will you do with your 2009?

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What Twitter Has Given Me

Since creating my Twitter account in May 2008, I’ve been lucky enough to find:

  • Companionship,
  • Advice,
  • Answers,
  • New Ideas,
  • Friends,
  • Laughter,
  • Support,
  • Mentors,
  • Chances to Collaborate with Great People,
  • NaNoWriMo Writing Buddies,
  • Awesome Copywriting Projects,
  • Connections Within My Own Industry,
  • Connections with PR Firms and the Media,
  • Great Blog Posts,
  • Free Stuff,
  • Great Contests,
  • Good Affiliate Programs,
  • Breaking Local and World News,
  • Offline Meet-ups,
  • A Chance to Support Others,
  • A Chance to Help Others Succeed,
  • A Chance to Give Back to My Community,
  • A Chance to Help End Extreme Poverty,
  • Humility,
  • Thank yous,
  • Inspiration,
  • and My Voice…

Are you on Twitter?

If you are, what value is it providing you?

Or, more importantly, what value are you providing others?

If you like this post, you might also like: The Value of Twitter

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Time to Reboot

Recently, I read a post about rebooting on Brett Legree’s Blog. I’ve been focused on so many non-business things lately, I just wanted to see how other people got started again after a experiencing a personal slump.

I think we all fall into the habit of watching and consuming everything we can about other people’s successes that we get disheartened, and start feeling like we’ll never get there ourselves.

Lately, I’ve read so many posts about goals, dreams, successes and failures. I’ve even written one myself.

If you feel like you’re getting off track and you can’t remember what it was you wanted to accomplish, take Brett’s advice:

The solution to change is quite simple. Write down what you want to achieve. Write down the steps necessary to achieve that. Assign timelines for achieving your goals. Create a plan for knocking off one or two of the steps each day. Stick to the plan.

I’m doing that today.

From 7:00pm until 7:00am, I will be walking the track for Relay for Life. During those hours, while I’m remembering why I’m there, I’m going to take some time and reflect on what I’ve learned over the last 6 months, and the small steps I need to take to get where I’d like to be before I take the track again next year.

If you need some more inspiration, here are some great posts by some truly fantastic people:

Bob Younce: My Blogging Journey

Crystal Clayton: The Dream Meme

Brett Legree: Field of Dreams – the dream meme

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My Own Writing Journey – The Dream Meme

Early last week, I had the pleasure of being included in Bob Younce ’s Dream Meme Finale. Bob’s site has been extremely helpful to me since I began my own journey. His blog offers not only valuable information for freelancers, but also inspiration to keep working towards attaining our dreams.

For those who aren’t familiar, a meme is:

The term may refer to the content that spreads from user to user, the idea behind the content, or the phenomenon of its spread. Internet memes have been seen as a form of art. (Wikipedia)

Instead of the usual meme form of tagging only a select few bloggers, he tagged all of his subscribers. I have been reluctant to participate because I’ve noticed my blog content straying from my original purpose. But, I’m going to do it anyway.

Bob’s rules are simple:

  • Write a short paragraph describing your dream. What is it that you want to accomplish? Your dream doesn’t have to be related to your blog, though it can be. It can be anything – what you dream for your family, your career or anything else you want out of life.
  • Identify three tangible goals you can accomplish in the next year that will bring you closer to fulfilling that goal.
  • Describe one action – just one – that you will take, today, to work toward your goals.
  • Link back to this post , if you please.
  • Feel free to post a link in the comments back to your post.
  • Tag specific folks or all of your readers – however you prefer.

So here goes:

My Dream:

I would like to be a successful short story and fiction author. I’d like to hone and perfect my writing skills and establish a clear writing style and voice. I’m a talented writer, but I’d also like to be a successful novelist. With that success, I would like to be able to live comfortably, further my academic pursuits, and travel to Ireland so I can drink a pint of beer in a genuine Irish Pub.

My Goals:

  • Increase my writing output by 50% and my own marketing efforts by 70%.
  • Apply to a University Graduate Studies Program and work towards earning a Master’s Degree in Psychology.
  • Edit and submit my novel for publication.

Today:

I’m placing my manuscript on the shelf above my monitor as a constant reminder of where I was, and where I want to be.

Thank you Bob, for allowing me to participate. I hope by announcing my dream to everyone I’ll be more motivated to see it through to the end. Whatever that may be.

If you read this: Tag! You’re it!

Pamela

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