Outgrowing a Dream…
Have you ever had the feeling that you’re meant for more? That inner voice calling me to do more, be more has been getting louder and louder this past year while I wrestle with what that looks like.
I’m a lucky girl. I love what I’m doing and the amazing company I’m fortunate to work for. I don’t want to change that, but there’s something missing. I’ve been working with my dream manager here at work, trying to figure out what that something is. I believe part of the problem is that I’ve been straddling the fence between being a career girl and being an entrepreneur. I’ve tried to find the yin/yang between the two, setting goals to build a social media empire for FatWallet as if it were my own company, while enjoying the ability to not wear all the hats and “turn work off” on the weekends. But there’s still been that “something” out there I couldn’t put my finger on, that has me feeling unsatisfied.
Once a thriving community, my CleverMarketer blog sits vacant; abandoned like those old farmsteads out in the country, weathered and gray with overgrown lawns, a lonely shell echoing with life, dreams, and laughter from days long gone. I held onto it for a while, afraid to let it go. But after time, I finally accepted the fact that my life is in a different place and like my son’s 4T clothing, I’ve simply out-grown it.
There are several other blogs I’ve started, just like the one you’re reading, that never had a chance to grow up. They too sit lonely, with a handful of posts on them, sparked by an idea I was excited about but wasn’t passionate about enough to stay motivated, and without the inner motivation I’ve let being busy with the kids, distract me from staying dedicated.
Acknowledging What’s Missing
As of today I’ve written 211 posts in the last year on FatWallet but I miss writing. Yes, I still blog every day, but everything I write is for work and the connections I’ve made online this past year have been work related too.
In the past, blogging was an escape from daily stress and a method for thinking through my challenges. It was a fun place to dream and blogging held me accountable to the things I wanted in my life. I also miss the personal connections I had with other bloggers.
While I’m a goal-setting go-getter at work, I let my own things slide too frequently. My weight loss goals, my financial goals, my getting organized goals all jockey with each other for front burner position, always moved when my focus was needed elsewhere.
Why I’m Joining the Yakezie Challenge:
I heard about the Yakezie network while at FinCon. I know the power of a community from my previous blogging experiences, and I’m inspired by Adam Baker’s keynote speech to move my dreams to the action list in my life and to focus on my why before worrying about my how and what (more on that in another post).
I want to make a difference for others, helping them to grow and reach their goals, hopefully inspiring them as I share my journey of “becoming me”. This challenge feels like an excellent solution to hold me accountable to my goals, encourage me to write for myself more frequently, and help me get my new blog established.
Being in a new niche, it wil help me network and build relationships with other personal finance bloggers, and give me an opportunity to give back, sharing my blogging knowledge with and things I’ve learned through FatWallet with others who are beginning the Personal Finance journey.
The coolest part about this challenge is that it will help me in my career at FatWallet too, because I’ll be reading and learning frugality, budgeting, and personal finance tips from other bloggers who are also part of the challenge. Oh how I love a win/win situation! :)
How the Yakezie Challenge Works:
The Yakezie Challenge works like this: Blog for 6 months consistently, 2-4 times per week while networking, encouraging, and helping others in the challenge. The goal is to buil solid relationships, grow my blog, and achieve an Alexa Ranking of 200K or less. (Alexa ranking is one of many measurements of blog success.)
Starting from Scratch:
For documenting purposes, here’s the screen shot of my Alexa Ranking at N/A. I’m truly starting from scratch. My goal is to blog 2 times per week, hold myself accountable to my goals by posting my progress in the sidebar of my blog, and connect with other lifestyle and personal finance bloggers. Let the games begin!
Please comment and share! If you’re part of the Yakezie challenge I’d love to connect with you and help each other out.
Update 9/25/12: Alexa Ranking dropped already to 5,840,758