This week’s check this out is for anyone who considers their writing a business. Which is to say, my target audience. By Regina is all about the business side of running a blog, creating a product (your writing) and getting that product to the right people. It’s all about branding, and thinking like a business person.
Remember, you have to think of your writing in two parts. First it’s your baby, you’re obsession, your work of art. Then, it’s a product that you want to share with the world. That’s a jolt, I’m not going to lie. When I got paid for Favorite, I was a little in shock. I’d created something right out of my own head, poured it onto paper, typed it into a computer, and sold it.
Regina calls our brand of business people creativeprenuers. Pretty sure she made that word up, and it is awesome. I highly advise reading the blog post 12 ways creativeprenuers are like small children. It caused me to laugh so hard on the bus all the creepy people scooted away. Bonus!
When I’m not feeling very energetic or creative, I read Regina’s blog. She’s just so full of energy that reading her is like taking a b12. I usually read her blog with a notepad next to me, and by the time I’m done, it’s covered in stuff like “must do this right now!” and “Why aren’t I already doing this?”
You, as my own dear readers, are going to benefit from this, by the way, since the big push of her blog is building a better blog. Here are just a few things I’ve learned from ByRegina.
- Utilize bullet points, because they’re fun to read. (Like this one)
- Work on the images on your blog. Hence the lovely new pictures for my columns.
- Love your brand. You’ll see more of this over the next few months.
There are a lot of other cool ideas I’ve gotten from the site, but to share them would ruin two or three big surprises I’ve got for you all later in the year. (Hint: I’m planning something big for August to celebrate the first year anniversary of Paper Beats World. Very hush hush, you know.)