If you could have any job (and instantly have the training and qualifications to do it), which job would you want?
I have NEVER known the answer to this question and to this day I still don’t, despite getting a first class degree in Civil Engineering, which I did because I’m good at maths. I think it is because I want to be my own boss and therefore can’t see myself in a conventional job.
That doesn’t mean I don’t want to work though, if I close my eyes and imagine myself being happy and fulfilled, I am definitely really good at something, busy with it and respected for doing it. I just don’t know what it is!
I’m in the fortunate position of not needing to bring in an income. But this doesn’t always do me well. I miss that interaction of working with other people, feeling appreciated, generally having something to do that taxes my brain. But I can’t think of a single job I want to do.
So I blog – my main aim for my blog is to make it good. Something I built up from the ground and I can say is successful. So I think blogging is my it, only to be really successful I need to spend a lot more time on it! Evenings…when all I want to do is be in bed by 9! Who am I trying to kid, I was in bed by 9 last night.
The thing I like about blogging is, firstly, being able to write. I didn’t know I liked writing until I started a blog. Now I love coming up with ideas and within a few hours I can have something fairly presentable on my site. Some of it’s good, some of it’s not so good! But it’s fun all the same.
The second thing I really like about blogging is the tinkering you need to do behind the scenes. The things you need to do to slowly increase your traffic; SEO, social media, key words, building up a community, writing cornerstone content, anchor texts, etc.
I like tinkering around with all that stuff and reading about it but I am terrible at monitoring and I’m not especially good at doing the outreach, the promotion of my posts with real people to take my blog to the next level.
Which has reminded me that back in January, with all the vigour a New Year brings, I wrote down what I wanted to achieve with my blog. What success would look like. That’s what all the motivational books say to do otherwise when will you know you’ve achieved your goals?! So for the purpose of this post, I have dug it out.
I thought big and it’s embarrassing, but you can read it if you promise not to laugh. Deal?
There’s arrows everywhere but basically what I did was start with what I would really like to achieve (and bare in mind that this is probably a 50 year plan rather than a 1 year one!) and worked backwards. What do I need to do? And how do I move forward from now?
You might notice I have the goal of earning £3-5,000 per month…like I said, I was thinking big! But to be honest money isn’t my drive, it’s just one of the easiest, most tangible ways of monitoring your achievements, I guess. You’ll also notice I said I want to be on TV. Aside from almost being on the Alan Titchmarsh show this year, I don’t know if this is really true. I see how much stick people in the public eye get and I get hot under the collar when I think someone’s looked at me funny!
Anyway, I digress! Now I’ve reminded myself of my January 2013 goals, to answer the top question, I think I need to reword it slightly…if you could be anything what would it be?
When I look at what my future success looks like it’s not a job as such, it’s something I want to achieve and someone I want to be. I would be a respected writer with a successful blog and potentially my own products. Of what? Who knows. I guess it will come to me between now and 2063!