The other night, I spent more than a few hours writing up some blog posts and drafting content for my newsletter. The time passed in the blink of an eye; I didn’t even realize it was way past my bedtime until I took a moment to glance at the clock. I was so absorbed in my work that I totally lost track of time, which I always find to be a sign of a wonderful burst of inspiration.
It had been a while since I lost myself in my online writing like that, and it reminded me just how much I’ve grown to love creating content.
I tend to go through spurts of being super inspired and cranking out blog posts, to weeks of quiet where I’m not sure if I have anything to say. Lately, I’ve been working much harder than I have for most of this year at finding things to say. Towards the end of the summer I noticed that if I wait for inspiration to come to me, I may as well be prepared to wait forever. Writing when the ideas are flowing is wonderful, but writing is also a habit that requires constant work at developing refining the skill. Lately, I’d forgotten that.
Actually, I hadn’t just forgotten that. I’d forgotten completely how much I love creating content in the online space, and building an online empire one creative project at a time.
I started my newsletter, which I love writing and sending out about once a month. It’s been far easier to brainstorm new content for my newsletter than I expected, which is pretty great because after I launched it I was worried that it’d be a project I’d end up abandoning (it’s not). The newsletter is another way for me to get my work ~out there~ as I slowly start to once again consider pitching to other outlets like I did once upon a time. Baby steps, and all that.
I’m finally getting back into watching YouTube videos, which is the first step to me getting back to making my own videos again. The tricky issue with YouTube is that I’m not sure what direction I want my channel to go in. I dabbled in a bit of everything before, which didn’t end up working for me. Plus, I somehow quadrupled my YouTube subscriber count in 2016 despite not uploading any videos (thanks, surprisingly popular bullet journal video). So there is some self-imposed pressure to have a clearer idea of what I want my video content to look like before I jump back into vlogging. I’m still most interested in the idea of a beauty channel, but I need to figure out how I want my content to stand out from others as there are so many beauty channels already that the content in that realm is becoming straight up repetitive. Especially since my background in makeup artistry is non-existent so it’s not like I’d be able to offer anything besides my opinion of a liquid lipstick, or whatever.
I also want to create a podcast. I attribute this to becoming an avid podcast listener once again for the most part. But truthfully I’ve been bouncing around some podcast ideas for part of this year but I haven’t taken any action on them, yet. I sent a bunch of emails and even participated in a Skype brainstorm session earlier this year to get one off the ground, but that came to a grinding halt when I took a step back from everything online this summer to focus on “real life.” Maybe I’ll be able to get that podcast idea off the ground this fall/winter, or maybe I’ll do something new altogether. Either way, I’m still very interested with the idea of podcasting.
As I map out all of these content ideas, I’m becoming more and more enamored with the idea of there being a blog, newsletter, YouTube channel, and podcast under the musicalpoem umbrella one day. It just sounds like such a welcome opportunity to do so many fun things! But all of these ideas take time, and for a girl with a full-time job and an active social life and a serious relationship, I have no idea if it’s possible to do all of that on my own. I’m just a one-woman show, after all, with no assistants or anything like that. But time will tell, I suppose, and in the meantime it just makes me more determined to find a way to make this all work in a way that’s compatible with my offline commitments.