Back when I had my simple little blog on blogger, I would just sit down and let my heart pour out onto the keyboard. I found writing this way to be immensely satisfying. I also liked sharing recipes and talking about what I was eating and how I was exercising.
But then I got a “real” website of which the blog is a small part and I learned all about Search Engine Optimization and how to get lots of new people to be able to find me here on the world-wide-webby. I learned not to write “here’s what I ate today” posts because only my mother cares about that and no one is going to search for that on Google. I learned that I should write catchy posts with useful info and lots of “how to’s” and numbered lists of things. As advised, I wrote up a whole list of topics to blog about and scheduled them into a marketing calendar.
And that’s when I became completely unable to write a single word.
My well-crafted marketing plan gave me the worst case of writer’s block ever!
Then yesterday I was at my Business MasterMind Meeting and I presented on the topic of Goal Setting. I had graphs and worksheets and handouts that all explained the process of setting and achieving goals. Cool, right? Well, until one of the others in attendance pointed out that my own Goal Setting Process for 2011 looked a lot more like a paint-by-numbers kit than a Picasso.
I said I was going to be bold this year. Bold is not paint-by-numbers. Bold is not minutely organized and analyzed to death. Bold is not every step planned out in sequence for the next 365 days. Bold is unplanned, outrageous, spontaneous, moon your nekkid butt out the car window crazy!
Ooops, January 5th and I’m already playing it too safe and too quiet.
I am not ready to throw out all my carefully drawn plans just yet, but I promise to infuse a little of my own personality back into things around here.
To that end, a confession: Something else that kind of censored me was hearing from readers that they don’t relate to the vegan thing. People told me it made my niche too small and turned a wider audience away. So I stopped talking about it very much.
But you know what, it’s who I am, it’s what floats my boat, and I want to talk about it! No, you do not need to be a vegan to work with me! But yes, I will help you learn to like veggies and how to incorporate more super healthy and delicious vegetarian food into your meat-eating diet. And I will write about other things also. I promise.
Deal? You’ll keep coming back and reading and commenting even if I write posts about lentil loaf and how to build muscle on a plant-based diet now and then?
Along those lines, I have also decided to offer a new service: Nutrition Consultations for Parents of Vegetarian Children. I already do this unofficially. Parents call me and say “Help! my child wants to be a vegetarian. What do I feed him? How can I make sure she is eating healthfully?” I make each child a personalized book with all the nutrients and how to get them, recipes, snack ideas and general healthy motivation. But not everyone knows that this is a specialty of mine, so I am officially announcing it and you can read more on it’s own page here: http://triumphwellness.com/vegetarian-nutrition-consultations/
I thank you for allowing me to speak my own voice and I look forward to hearing yours as well. If there are topics you want me to address, or questions you have, please let me know!