Making Hard Choices
If you are anything like me, your head gets full of ideas and notions and whims and things you are certain are flashes of brilliance–and you want to act on them, sometimes all at once. In fact, this is probably my one outstanding trait. My cat is like that, too–totally into something until ten seconds later when totally into something else. She’s a happy cat. I think (T.S. Eliot was correct about the inscrutable nature of cats). But I digress. (Of course.)
It’s been a confusing, enlightening, frustrating, and fun few days as I’ve moved this blog from its former site and have begun reworking my cooking blog and writing my ebook. My original idea to combine my five spheres of activity (my bakery, product line, art, ebook, and simplicity/minimalism) into one central lifestyle & business blog for efficiency was interesting, but in practice had the opposite affect. It would take a long time to make it coherent to visitors, readers, and customers. And time is the one element not on my side. Something had to give.
My head and heart protested: these are my babies! It’s like choosing one child over another. I searched for unbiased advice.
Mary Jaksch (at the A-List Bloggers Club): “Focus, focus, focus!” She’s right.
My head and heart retort: “But we LIKE to focus intensely on five things at once!”
Unaware of this, Mary continued: “Focus on the ebook and recipe blog, put the other ones on hold for a year, and maybe lose the “umbrella” blog altogether.”
Then the in-house support team (husband & son) chime in: “ebook! ebook!”
More Mary: “Don’t let yourself feel pressured.”
Me: “but, but but—” And of course I felt pressured. It’s as if I’ve been standing someplace high and beautiful and thinking I could fly, but everyone around and below me is saying, “DON’T JUMP! DON’T JUMP!” There’s a reason there are rescue teams, and sometimes we have to listen to them and allow them to help. I put in a few hours of quiet thought and backward-thinking, going from multiple foci to a more, well, minimal one. And thus decided to do (and quite happily) what I’ve been advised to do, to focus on the ebook and its attendant blog.
This is with one important exception, however:I’m not putting this blog on hold. It will be hard enough to put the others on the back burner, but blogging here gives a lot back to me.
Check out my other blog: Minimalist Cooking