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So, 2014 has been a year of big changes for me, but I realized recently that I haven't talked much about that here. I haven't been blogging a whole lot in general – a by-product of working like crazy behind the scenes, and having a lot of projects going that I'm not allowed to talk about yet.
Anyway. As I ended last year, I felt like my life was completely up in the air, but with one immutable fact: I had reached the end of my interest in talking about crafty businesses and online marketing. I was done with my online classes, done putting out ebooks on these subjects, done blogging about it, just done, done, done.
I enjoyed my five years doing these things, and many times it was very rewarding work. But to be honest, it's not a line of work I chose out of any true passion. I just fell into it during the publishing crises of 2008, when my freelance craft clients fell like dominoes and I needed to reinvent – and quickly. I simply looked around, asked "What needs do my readers have?" and realized there was a demand for information about blogging and related topics.
I'm proud of myself for managing in a tough economy, but eventually I had to come to terms with the fact that these subjects were never my core interest. I can write about them, and teach them, and it's rewarding when my skills can help others, but they don't exactly fire up my soul.
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…Which, of course, led me into a place of burnout, over and over again, during the past five years. It's never easy to sustain the kind of constant, wholehearted work required to make a viable business. And it's especially hard to do if you're not really operating from a place of joyful enthusiasm.
So I knew that in 2014, I needed to get back to my crafty roots – as in, designing, making, writing, teaching, and living craft again.
I had a craft book in progress at the start of the year (I may have mentioned that at some point – Heh!), and as soon as that was turned in, I started sending out pitches to craft magazines. I signed up to teach locally, and online with CreativeLIVE. I put out another book proposal (which, sadly, didn't find a home). I started designing patterns (which, sadly, are taking much longer to see the light of day than I'd like). And I just keep putting things out there.
So far, this has been a true rollercoaster of a year – a great big financial hiccup while I get new business streams going, but honestly… in terms of work, this has been the most satisfying year I've had in a long time. It's unnerving at times, but I know without doubt that if I just keep showing up and striving to do the best work I can, everything will eventually fall into place.
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I once said in a guest post that I'm something of a poster-child for mind-changing. And I'm 100% okay with that. This blog, as you may have noticed, has been in a state of mind-changing since the start of the year, too.
All my archives will remain intact, but going forward, CraftyPod will once again be a creative blog, with projects and resources and inspirations. I'll write a lot about my two current grand obsessions of EPP and PC, but I'm an omni-crafter at heart, so this will always be an eclectic space.
I may blog about some behind-the-scenes bits of my business from time to time, but the kind of "best practices" stuff I used to write about, I honestly don't know if I'll ever have the stomach for again. For now, I'd much rather experience my business myself than write about how it's done.
I'm feeling refreshed, and so excited for the future of this blog, and my work. …And now you're up to date! Thanks for listening. I really appreciate you stopping by here.