Hello my lovely virtual Goddesses and Gods! And hello now also to some real life people too, my fellow Blogging 101 peeps! This post is for Blogging University‘s awesome Blogging 101 course, and is Assignment Day 1, Introduce Yourself to the World.
Who is Prettyflower?
Well, I’ve actually already introduced myself to the world over on the About Me page, so please go read that. For purposes of my Blogging 101 assignment, I’m adding a bit more info here, and anyone who reads this is about to get to know me just a little bit better. But in summary, see this pic:
What Is This Blog?
This blog is really a natural evolution that was born in the primordial mix of my love of fantasy, gaming, living and playing in the virtual world Second Life®, Second Life® photography, and writing short little stories inspired by that Second Life® photography. You can click on any of these pics to see them in larger sizes on Flickr.
Why This Blog?
Now you know WHAT this blog is, but WHY did I start writing about my virtual experiences? Hold your breath, my fellow virtual gods and goddesses, Prettyflower is about to let a little reality slip in here. I started this blog because I was utterly, completely burnt out on writing posts for my real life business blog. I am self employed in RL (real life) and although I enjoy the consulting and working with clients aspect of my business, I really dislike all the other stuff that comes with being in business for yourself: constantly being “on,” 24/7 marketing, sales, finances, writing about boring business topics for my business blog, etc.
In fact, I never wanted to be in business for myself, but I was laid off in the down economy, and I don’t live in a big city or other area that is a hotbed for jobs. There weren’t any jobs to be had in my industry, for someone of my age and skill and experience level. I have crossed that age threshhold where now I was competing for very few jobs with young, entry level college grads whose work history and experience meant they were commanding entry level salaries far below what I had been earning at my last job. I was now an undesirable hire.
As a result of all of this crap (and I applaud you if you are still with me after all that boo-hoo stuff!) I found myself a solopreneur in business for myself. Yes, there are lots of perks, I admit. It’s nice not to have 8 hours or more of my day owned by someone else. But that in its essence hasn’t changed much, those 8 hours are still owned by the tasks I have to do to find clients. But I digress… the point I MEANT to make is that as a result of all this crap, I was completely burnt out on writing for my business blog. I hadn’t added a new post in a few months, and that was not good. I needed to do something about it.
How This Blog Helped
So, how does this blog tie in to that story? Well, I started blogging here because I needed to enjoy blogging again. So I started blogging about something I actually enjoy, and do for fun, instead of the boring business topics I had to do. And so Goddess Whispers was born. Reborn, actually, as I created it way back in 2008, but it basically sat empty for years until I starting using it for Prettyflower’s blog.
How did this blog help my business blog burnout issues?
Contrary to the assignment, I have no expectations for this blog. I have no goals to gain lots of readers. That doesn’t mean I don’t promote it at all, it just means I don’t stress about whether I get readers or not. But that is why I enjoy it. That stuff is what contributed to my business blog burnout. THIS one helped me discover that blogging could be fun. And mostly, it just got me writing again when I had stopped. And once I got writing again, guess what? I started writing for my business blog again too! Yippee! That’s it, short and sweet. I know, I know, seems like there should be more to it after that long winded backstory setup, but there isn’t. Yay.
Thanks for reading this post! To my fellow Blogging 101 peeps, it’s nice to meet you, and I look forward to reading your long winded posts too 😎