I always wanted to be a creative. I started entering writing contests when I was 12. I always had an online presence, going back to some badly cobbled together HTML pages in 1999, and two years later I moved to Seattle post-college to jump head first into the world of internet start-ups only to have the entire bubble burst just after we got there.
In 2003 my husband, Drew Gilbert and I started a web, graphic design and animation studio. A year later we gave up – we had burned ourselves out completely by getting on the low-paying-client-work treadmill. “If this works out, we’ll send you more work,” was what they all said, and like so many other creatives, we simply found that giving away our work only led to more low paid work. It wasn’t sustainable.
I went back to the day job. It wasn’t until 2008, when totally fed up with not getting to do work that EXCITED me, and feeling so bored that my body literally ached, I decided to ditch everything, quit my job and become a writer and photographer. I didn’t know how, or even what that meant, but I felt like I had no other choice. I could either go for it, or let my life pass me by. I had to save myself.
So I started a blog. I started writing. I traveled. I figured out over several years how to make it work: write the best content I could, tell stories, create products and use my platform to reach like-minded people.
In the intervening years, I’ve checked items off my creative bucket list. I’ve written books and self-published. I’ve created community events for writers. I filmed and edited a documentary. I crowd-funded a film tour on Kickstarter. I got a literary agent. I sold my book proposal. I wrote the book. I started teaching workshops and online courses. I launched an online magazine. I formed a video production company.
For me, all of it started with the blog. But over time, I realized it wasn’t really about blogging anymore. It’s about creating. It’s possible to do all the creative projects you want, reach your audience and earn a healthy living, without any gatekeepers. If you’re serious, if you really want this, then this is the best possible time to be a creator.
That’s why this week, I transitioned my former blog course from Blog Brilliantly over to We Create. Because while it can start with blogging, it doesn’t have to. And while most of us will have a blog of some kind, that’s not the root of what we do. People in my courses have written books, started documentary projects, created product lines, marketed their iPhone apps, offered consulting services and so much more. It’s not just about blogging anymore, it’s about creating.
Ask yourself: what would make you absolutely thrilled to create? Start there. That’s the heart of what we’re teaching here, how to take yourself from passion project to successful business. Welcome!