Three Focuses

The 3 Focus Challenge: March Update

Can you believe that it’s already the 2nd Quarter of the year? It’s April… which is crazy because yesterday was Christmas.

In the last month I moved into my office… my workspace has changed a few times since we moved to Virginia. I started in the sunroom, but it was too cold in there when winter hit, so I moved into my bedroom… but then I was up until all hours of the night, because apparently if there’s a computer nearby, I fell compelled to keep working. #workaholic

So then I tried having a workspace out in the living room so I could spend time around the kiddos, and work… problem is, we’re still working on boundaries, and they think Mom working in the living room, means Mom wants every-5-second updates on this episode of Teen Titans Go. Mom does not.

So now that spring has arrived (or so it insists in-between snowflakes) it should be warming up in my sunroom soon, so I’ve officially moved back. We also unpacked a lot of my books, which we hadn’t done before, so I had to get some new bookshelves (oh darn *finger snap*).

I now know that I need more rooms in my next house. If you’ve seen pictures of my house, you’re probably like.. girl say what? But really… I need a room just for my books. See? That’s right. Now you’re nodding your head, cause you want the same thing. I need a library, with a big jahonking fireplace, window seats, ceiling high shelves, and one of those rolly ladder things like Willy Wonka has. Just kidding… the upper levels of my shelves will hold book merch.

I love the look of rolling ladders, but practically, I’d hate them. I’m a shortie and I like my stuff in arms range, cause dang I have to use a step stool for EVERYTHING.

But anyway, there’s my March update… I did a lot of unpacking. I still have some to do, but that’s a start. So now let’s dive into what I accomplished for the 3 Focus Challenge this past month.

Personal Focuses

Acrylic

I didn’t do anything new with acrylics, because most of my attention was on moving. This was really a down month for creativity. I viewed it as a strategic move to make room for MORE creativity. So everything I still needed to do, I still need to do.

What I did figure out though, is that what might help me cover all the ground I’ve got, between my 3 Focus Challenge and my fantasy fashion project, is that theme days will be very useful to me.

I’ll go into more details on this in my fantasy fashion update post, but Saturday’s will be the day I work on acrylics, in the morning if my husband isn’t working that Saturday, and in the afternoon is he is working that afternoon.

Coming Up:

– More acrylics purchases
– Picking up more canvases on Hobby Lobby’s next “package of 2” special
– Bonnie Lecat’s class
– Acrylics on Saturday mornings

Makeup

Other than continuing to receive Ipsy & BoxyCharm, and putting on makeup more often, I haven’t done much with this yet. I’m still in need of a great thing for brows. Everything I try looks sooooo so fake. The last one I tried was so bad, that it was pulling eyebrow hairs out… those things are precious! I cannot be losing eyebrow hairs.

Coming up:

– Make a playlist with looks using my specific makeup
– Give myself extra time in the mornings to try those looks, instead of just doing what I would normally do

Music

Okay still haven’t figured out a way to track progress on this one. Thoughts?

A friend of mine suggested doing a song a week on Instagram stories… whatcha think about that?

I set up my office, but we think my keyboard is dead. So we need to replace that, and then I can get started with Piano Dust Buster.

Coming Up:

– I’ll play with Notes Teacher a bit more
– Research a keyboard replacement

Business Focuses

Pinterest

Picking out my Canva templates, I ran into a problem. I’ve been feeling like my branding is too dark…. I’m a dark/snarky kinda girl, but I was pushing that into my branding colors, but it looked too literal.

Back at the beginning of the year, I went through my colors and I created a palette of colors to create my art with. I had what I referred to as “my canon” and the “expanded universe”. The canon was darker, the expanded universe was more bright and colorful. And recently I’ve been pulling from the expanded universe more.

I rather enjoy the juxtaposition of my snarky personality combining with bright playful colors. So I redid my header on this site, and updated my logo with my own hand-lettered logo. Are there more changes coming? Yup. But I’m excited to see how this grows.

But now that I know what colors I’m pulling from now, I’m ready to choose those templates.

Coming up:

– Choose the Canva templates
– Rework my Pinterest account
– Finish taking Pinning Perfect
– Officially launch Pinterest services on my site

Instagram

I’ve been enjoying my board from Medium (I have the “slate” style), and I’m looking forward to another one they’re releasing in May.

I decided not to worry about a “theme” on my Instagram just yet, and I’ll just explore and see if one emerges.

I’ve enjoyed Follower to Fan Society so far, and I’m looking forward to my second month. As I mentioned above, I’ve chosen some theme days, so Friday is my day for doing FTF homework, and applying that to my Instagram.

It’s been raining or snowing here, so there hasn’t been a whole lot of sunny days just yet. But as soon as one comes up, I’m jumping all over that for a photoshoot for my Instagram feeds.

Speaking of feeds, I split my Instagram. The bookstagram community really seems to enjoy feeds that are purely focused on them. Same with booktube (more on that in a second), so I’m splitting my territory into “creative” and “bookish” for Instagram & Pinterest.

Creative Instagram: @amandasuehowell
Bookish Instagram: @amandasuereads

Coming Up:

– Purchase a few more major props
– Go through the modules in Follower to Fan and implement them
– Take advantage of a sunny day and get some photos taken for both feeds

Video

I joined Jessica Stansberry’s VidFluential U and she has a 30 day YouTube kickstart, and I’ve downloaded it so I can work my way through it. Some of it’s already been done, like setting up a YouTube channel, but a lot more still needs done.

After an issue with my phone picking up the sounds through phone holder, I had to figure out a crazy setup so I could record from my DSLR. After a chat with Jessica, it became apparent that I either need a camera that’s really good for video, or a separate mic.

I don’t have a “new camera” budget at the moment, but I do have a “new microphone” budget, so I’m picking up a lavaliere, and hopefully that resolves the issue for now.

Just like my Instagram channels, I’ve split them between creative and bookish.

So my art channel is Amanda Sue Creates, and my book channel is Amanda Sue Reads. And they both need content, and trailers.

And just like the Instagram class, I’ve scheduled a class day for YouTube, and I’ll be taking my class on Tuesday.

Coming Up:

– Go through the modules in VidFluential U
– Read Blog Like a Boss
– Map out my videos for my split channels
– Map out my videos for Instagram & Facebook

How are you doing with your creative exploration this year?

 

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The 3 Focus Challenge: February Update

All the gurus will tell you I’m about to make a big mistake. “Never apologize for a lack of blog posts” they’ll hiss in horror. But you know what? I rarely listen to the gurus. So here goes…

I am SO sorry that the last time you heard from me was the January update. And I could tell you any number or things…

  • I could tell you it’s a busy season for several of my clients.
  • I could tell you my computer decided to be a freak show mid-month.
  • I could tell you that my living room isn’t wired for lights, and it’s the rainy season in Virginia.

All of those things are true, but none of them are a good enough explanation. Really it just boils down to one simple thing… I’ve been floundering. I figured out in October that I wanted to do art, but making a transition from being a VA to being an artist has been a bit bumpy.

It’s one thing to love making art, and it’s another to have the confidence to put it out there. And it’s one thing to believe that everyone’s art is beautiful and has merit, and it’s another to realize that applies to your art too. And, it’s one thing to know you want to make art… but it’s a whole other ballgame to know how you’ll sell that art. And what you’ll make… specifically.

It's one thing to love making art, and it's another to have the confidence to put it out there. Click To Tweet

But mid-month, I had the seed of an idea planted, and it grew into this amazing concept that I will be sharing in my next post (which will be in a few days… not in a month… #pinkieswear)

So let’s dive into what I accomplished for the 3 Focus Challenge this past month.

Note: Any links with an asterisk* next to them are affiliate, which doesn’t add anything to your cost, it just gives me a tiny kickback. However, I do not share links to anything I’m not a fan of.

Personal Focuses

Acrylic

I mentioned last month that I needed a few colors to start a class on how to paint a sunflower from my friend Bonnie Lecat*. I placed an order for those colors, and some Princeton Glacier brushes from Black, and those have all arrived and are on my table.

For my upcoming secret-until-next-week project, I’ve also purchased a few books that discuss acrylic painting, and I’m compiling a list of any specific colors I’ll need to acquire for those.

I haven’t purchased any canvases yet, but I don’t really think I need canvases while I’m learning.

Coming Up:

– More acrylics purchases
– Picking up more canvases on Hobby Lobby’s next “package of 2” special
– Bonnie Lecat’s class
– Digging into the secret project

Makeup

My BlackMoon lipstick, and ColourPop purchases arrived (pictures to come soon). I’ve had 2 BoxyCharm* boxes come in, and I’m definitely keeping them around… and starting in March I’ll be posting unboxings to my YouTube channel. I’ve only had one Ipsy bag*, so the jury is still out on them, but I will say so far it seems better than the first time I had them.

I posted on Instagram a little bit in stories, and one post in my feed showing off a look using the Dream St palette from ColourPop.

Coming up:

– More looks popping up in Instagram
– Unboxings on my YouTube channel
– My 2nd Ipsy bag

Music

Okay still haven’t figured out a way to track progress on this one. Thoughts?

I tested out Vanidoo, and it’s supposed to work you through vocal exercises… but I’m not too convinced of it’s accuracy. And I tried out Music Tutor, but it’s only helpful if you’ve already learned/memorized the notes on a music sheet. It seems to help build speed, but it’s not for teaching you to read the notes.

I’ve found a different app called “Notes Teacher” and I’m hoping that will better suit my needs. Once I get set up in my office (it’s been too cold in there) I’ll be setting up my keyboard piano, and I’ve also got a few apps I’m looking at for learning to play piano as well.

Coming Up:

– I’ll test out Notes Teacher
– Same with Piano Dust Buster

Business Focuses

Pinterest

Still haven’t chosen my Canva templates, but we’re starting the 3rd month of the year, so I basically need to choose those as soon as I publish this post.

Now that I know what direction I’m going with my art, I need to rework the Pinterest to match that vision!

And you may have noticed that Pinterest services were not launched yet…. so that’s still on the list.

Coming up:

– Choose the Canva templates
– Rework my Pinterest account
– Finish taking Pinning Perfect
– Officially launch Pinterest services on my site

Instagram

I’ve found a few Instagram “patterns” that I’m looking at, to decide what will help me work in all the content I want on my Instagram. I’ve also signed up for Follower to Fan with Tyler J. McCall, and I’ll see how that goes!

I had a discount code from Clickin Moms for a backdrop from Medium, so a few days ago I ordered the “slate” style backdrop and it just came in, so now I need to take some pictures using it, and see how it looks. I also want a lighter one, but I’m trying to decide which one I want.

Coming Up:

– Try out one of the patterns for March and see how it goes
– Purchase a few more major props
– Go through the modules in Follower to Fan and implement them
– Take advantage of a sunny day and get some photos taken

Video

Okay I didn’t do much with this for February, for a lot of the reasons mentioned at the beginning of the post. I need to move into my office, because even though it’s a bit chillier in there, it’s also got more light, because almost half the room is lined in windows.

And I didn’t read Vlog Like A Boss. See? I’m keeping it super real here… I don’t just go 100% all year long on my topics. But I still learn A LOT by the end of the year.

I did join Jessica’s VidFluential U… I haven’t done a whole lot with it just yet. I actually paid for it while I was sitting in the Genius Bar waiting for the Apple peeps to fix my computer. That’s also when I paid for Follower to Fan. I wanted to maximize my waiting time. Ha!

One thing that’s very apparent from January to February is that I cannot wing it. If I don’t map out my game plan for what I’ll video, it just flat doesn’t happen.

Coming Up:

– Go through the modules in VidFluential U
– Read Blog Like a Boss
– Map out my videos for YouTube – include unboxings, book hauls, and creative process videos
– Map out my videos for Instagram & Facebook

How are you doing with your creative exploration this year?

 

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The 3 Focus Challenge: January Update

At the beginning of the year, I chose 3 personal focuses to grow creatively, and 3 business focuses to stretch myself with. Last year I also did this, but I kept it to myself. This year, I'm bringing you along for the ride and showing you every step of my journey. Here's what I did for January... | Three Focus Challenge - January Update | http://www.amandasuehowell.com/the-3-focus-challenge-january-update #threefocuschallenge

At the beginning of the year, I chose 3 personal focuses (acrylic, makeup, music) and 3 business focuses (Pinterest, Instagram, video).

I’ve walked you through choosing your own 3 focuses, and now I’m gonna take you through my first month with these focuses, and give you all the details… what’s working, what’s not working, and what’s coming up.

Note: Any links with an asterisk* next to them are affiliate, which doesn’t add anything to your cost, it just gives me a tiny kickback. However, I do not share links to anything I’m not a fan of.

Personal Focuses

Acrylic

Right now, I’m in the gathering stages of this one… I did the same thing with watercoloring last year. Paints can be quite expensive, so I’m gathering up a few here and there. I’ve got a few more shades I want to pick up, and then I’ll start with a class on how to paint a sunflower from my friend Bonnie Lecat*.

After that I’ll poke through Craftsy and pick a class.

Coming Up:

– More acrylics purchases
– Picking up more canvases on Hobby Lobby’s next “package of 2” special
– Picking up more brushes on the next craft store sale
– Bonnie Lecat’s class

Makeup

First thing I did was set up a BoxyCharm subscription*, and I got my first box last week. The next thing I did, was renew my Ipsy subscription*, and I’ll get my first bag in February.

Next I went to Ulta, with intentions of picking up some of the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks on sale. But our Ulta was out, but while there I did pick up a lovely spring shade of nail polish, and the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. I’ve got a sample of mascara from my first time around with Ipsy, but it’s “Better Than Sex” mascara, and that’s not really a name I’d like to explain to my children just yet.

When I got paid, I ordered makeup from ColourPop, and I’ll be sharing it on IG when I get it. I also ordered a metallic lipstick from Black Moon Cosmetics that I’m very excited about.

Meanwhile I’ve started watching a few YouTube beauty tubers recommended by my sister:

Kathleen Lights – She’s a hilarious, feisty Latina with a military husband. And she watches Supernatural. Score!

Tati – She’s closer to my age than a lot of the beauty gurus, which is refreshing. And her Instagram feed isn’t JUST makeup. It’s much more lifestyle, which I love.

Coming up:

– My first Ipsy bag
– My ColourPop & Black Moon purchases will arrive
– I’ll look for tutorials of my current makeup collection and start trying out looks
– Watch Instagram for photos of makeup/looks

Music

Honestly, I haven’t done much with this one at all. Partially because I haven’t figured out how to track progress on all of it, and I don’t know how to share accountability on this. Progress on playing the piano or violin is easier…. progress on singing is a bit more difficult and nebulous to me.

I’ve found an app called Vanido that’s supposed to be good for vocal training. Still searching for what I’ll use for learning piano… if you have any recs lemme know. 🙂 I’m also looking at an app called Music Tutor, to learn how to read music. I can read the treble clef pretty well… but not really the bass clef.

Coming Up:

– I’ll test out Vanido and let you know if I like it
– Same with Music Tutor

If you have a way for me to share what I’m working on musically, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. 🙂

 

Business Focuses

Pinterest

This month, I haven’t done much with this. I did attend a very good class on Pinterest for stationers. I’m not one, but I figured lettering is tangentially related, and who knows… maybe I’ll do stationery some day. 😉

Coming up:

– I’ve got one Canva template I like, but I’ll be picking 2 more and testing them
– I’m reworking my profile and playing with the sub-boards
– Officially launching Pinterest services on my site

Instagram

I’m still trying to get a handle on how to blend multiple topics into one Instagram feed. I feel like it can be done, I just need to figure out a rhythm or pattern. I’m testing out a few different kinds of backgrounds, and I’m currently acquiring some pretty props.

Coming Up:

– Nail down a pattern/routine for my photos, so that I can cover all of my different topics in a cohesive way
– Purchase a few more major props
– Collect all of my props and backgrounds into one easily accessible place
– Start doing a major photoshoot once a month, and micro shoots once a week
– Batch photos in Tailwind or SmarterQueue

Video

This is the one I’ve done the most with this month. I followed Jessica Stansberry on YouTube, and joined her Facebook group. I also purchased the book “Vlog Like A Boss” by Amy Schmittauer. I’ve done a bullet journaling video this month, several BookTube videos, Instagram stories, and several Instagram Lives. I even took a class from Brown Paper Bunny, and did a few time-lapse videos…. those are a blast, by the way.

Coming Up:

– I think I’ll be joining Jessica’s VidFluential U
– I’ll be reading Amy’s book
– And there’s another book that’s called How To Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck

How are you doing with your creative exploration this year?

How To Choose Your Own 3 Focuses In 5 Easy Steps

We've already talked quite a bit about my 3 focuses... we've talked about my 3 personal focuses: makeup, acrylic painting, and music. And we've discussed my 3 business focuses: Pinterest, Instagram, and video.  But how can you decide on your focuses?

We’ve already talked quite a bit about my 3 focuses… we’ve talked about my 3 personal focuses: makeup, acrylic painting, and music. And we’ve discussed my 3 business focuses: Pinterest, Instagram, and video.

But how can you decide on your focuses?

Step One:

Scribble down ANYTHING that’s been on your want-to-learn list. To be clear, when I choose my focuses, they’re always a brand new skill for me… that keeps the excitement fresh, I think.

When I choose one of my 3 focuses, I like to pick something that's a new skill for me... it keeps the excitement fresh I think. Click To Tweet

For example, I was asked the other day if knitting was on my 3 focus list. No, it is not… not because I’m not down with knitting this year… I totally am! But because I’ve been knitting off and on for over a year now. Are there still skills to develop? Oh yeah… in fact I just got a set of circular needles for Christmas (and boy are they gorgeous!) But I have begun learning to knit already. Therefore it didn’t make the cut.

Same with Spanish… Spanish is hanging out with me again this year, and I plan to knock it out and move to my next language… but it’s not one of my 3 focuses.

Step Two:

Now, jot down any skills that you NEED to learn, for work or life. For example… my husband is building a forge… but maybe, he wants to add a little medieval flair to his business. So maybe he spends the year learning how to make chainmail.

Or perhaps you’re a chef, but you’re held back because you suck at desserts (for the record, if that’s you… don’t try out for Chopped just yet, cause that’ll sink ya!) So maybe you spend this year learning as many kinds of dessert recipes and techniques as you can!

Step Three:

Look at both of those lists… if there’s something that you feel very “meh” about… cross it off. Heck, scribble that mess out. Get rid of it. If it’s not exciting you, you’re not gonna wanna carry this through for the whole year.

If it's not exciting you, you're not gonna want to carry it for the entire year. Click To Tweet

Step Four:

If it’s something you can learn in a matter of a few days or weeks, that’s gone too. See ya! This is all about stretching yourself… that’s why sometimes it’s better to go with a broad category, than a really narrow one. For example, if you’re that chef… you probably don’t wanna say “I’m gonna learn how to make a blackberry pie”.

Now, my husband will eat the heck out of a blackberry pie, so I’m not knocking them. But odds are, you’re not gonna spend the whole year making just that pie. Do you have go as broad as “desserts”? No, absolutely not. If you wanted to just go with “pies” that would be just fine, cause there are zillions of pie recipes out there.

This is your game honey, so you can make it as broad, or narrow, as you please. Just make sure that it gives you enough space to play for the whole year. Pinterest is much more specific than “social media” but there’s SO MUCH to learn about Pinterest, and the platform is always growing and evolving… and for me that includes scheduling services like Tailwind, and learning how to improve my graphics in Canva… there’s a lot of room to learn here.

Step Five:

Look at your lists… whats left? Are there any skills that play nicely together? Last year, I chose watercoloring, doodling, and hand lettering, because I felt like they played together beautifully. I had a sudden realization that if nothing else, they all come together in a creative journal.

Are there any that you’re more excited about than others? Write them on a separate page, and then circle your top 3. Bonus points if a glitter gel pen comes into play somewhere in this, and even bigger bonus points if you take a picture of your final picks, and tag me on IG – @amandasuehowell (and it can be in a story so it doesn’t mess up your pretty feed!).

Now, here’s the really great news… I’ve got a worksheet for you!! Just click the photo below, put in your name & email, and it’ll be sent whizzing to you faster than Monk asking for a wipe after a handshake.

 

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So What’s The Big Deal About Pinterest?

A little over 2 weeks ago, I posted about my business focuses for 2018, one of which is Pinterest. Right now, you’re probably thinking one of two things… a. Woohoo!!! Yeesssss girl, yes… LOVE me some Pinterest. or b. Well okay yeah, Pinterest is cool and all… but “business” focus?

If you’re in the first group… high five!

If you’re in the second group, let’s chat… cool? You go grab yourself some hot tea, and we’ll chat by the fire.. go ahead… I’ll wait.

Yay! Welcome back, and omg… that mug is SO cu… oh. Yeah. Sorry! Squirrel moment. Okay… Pinterest… here’s the deal… Pinterest has something unique that no other social media platform can lay claim to. People on Pinterest want to be marketed to.

Think about it…

Instagram, they want to see pretty pictures, or learn behind the scenes things about their favorite people.

Facebook, they want to keep up with their family, friends, and celebrities.

Twitter, they’re in it for the instant updates, or the snarking.

But Pinterest? They’re actively seeking out blog posts, articles, and products. For example, makeup is one of my creative focuses this year. I’ve looked for tutorials, inspirations, and makeup on Pinterest. So I’m not just finding blog posts, and videos… but I’m actively seeking makeup, brushes, mirrors, etc…. products… on Pinterest. I want them to sell me on these items.

As of January 1st of 2018, there are over 175 million users on Pinterest… over 80% of which are female.* So if women are your market, this is a gold mine… especially if your market is creative. But even if you feel like your product or service isn’t creative, it doesn’t mean you can’t be successful on Pinterest.

Caitlin Bacher specializes in helping entrepreneurs run successful Facebook groups… she has 16K followers.

Pet Plan Insurance has 43K followers. And I know you’re thinking… but Amanda, the puppies… hello, who wouldn’t follow that? But that’s the thing… they’re not selling puppies. They sell insurance.

I mean, that’s about as far from creative/artistic as you can get. But they know what their people want to see… and in the meantime, they’re getting their virtual foot in the door, so-to-speak. And now, when they pin one of their blog posts, or run a promotion, it’s going directly to all of those 43K people who signed up because the doggies made them smile.

Okay, so now that I’ve piqued your interest… check this little nugget out. When you turn your Pinterest account into a business account, they send you emails about upcoming webinars for Pinterest.

I know, I know… you’re up to your ears in webinars… me too girl, but listen! (Said like Navi). On these webinars, they’ll give you insight into what things you should be pinning for upcoming seasons, and holidays. In September they had 3 webinars… these webinars went over trends for the 2017 holiday season, tips on how to separate yourself from your competition, and ideas for how to promote your products for holidays sales.

Not only that, but they’ll send you the slides from the webinar… which is kind of my favorite thing ever, because I don’t always have time for webinar, but I can always zip through some slides really quickly.

And if that wasn’t enough, their blog posts on upcoming trends are insanely helpful. For example, one of my clients pins things related to babies… baby gifts, baptisms, etc. In 2018, sprinkle showers* are predicted to be insanely popular. Knowing that, you can bet your boots that we’ll pinning the heck out of sprinkle showers in the next few months. It’s fun, it’s trendy, and it’s a shoo-in for her pinning strategy.

So there you have it… just a few of the reasons why I’m really amped about exploring Pinterest more this year. What are you focusing on for your business this year? (And if it’s Pinterest, stay tuned for something I have that will help you get your Pinterest off the ground!)

 

*These, and other fascinating stats can be read at Omnicore Agency.

(In case you’re curious, they’re baby showers featuring candy sprinkles, like for ice cream cones.. the idea being that you don’t have to be left out of fun shower theme if you’re letting the baby’s gender be a surprise… instead you can use rainbow sprinkles as the theme.) 

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My 2018 *Business* Focuses Revealed

Recently I posted about how I chose 3 creative focuses at the beginning of the year, and they created the path for my downtime, my creative time, my classes taken, etc. I briefly referenced my business focuses, but I didn't go into any detail, until a sweet friend of mine privately messaged me and asked why I didn't mention what they were. So, if you're also wanting to know what I'm up to on the business end of things, this is the post for you!

Last week I posted about how I chose 3 creative focuses at the beginning of the year, and they created the path for my downtime, my creative time, my classes taken, etc. In that post, I noted that I’m doing it again next year, and I want you along for the ride!

I briefly referenced my business focuses, but I didn’t go into any detail, until a sweet friend of mine privately messaged me and asked why I didn’t mention what they were. Really, it was 2 reasons.

#1. I was afraid I’d already rambled on long enough as it was. 😀

#2. I wasn’t sure they’d be interesting.

So, if you’re also wanting to know what I’m up to on the business end of things, this is the post for you!

1. Pinterest

One of my favorite things about working as a VA, was social media work. But not all social media work. Two social media platforms are my favorites by far… Pinterest is one of them. I’m in a few Pinterest classes right now, but I haven’t made my way through them, and I haven’t started implementing any of it yet. I’ve seen people talk about most of their traffic coming from Pinterest, and I’d love to learn how that happens.

2. Instagram

I know, you were ready for me to say Facebook right? Juuuuust kidding. I like Facebook, but I don’t “love” Facebook. Same with Twitter. But I love Instagram. The photos, the stories, the lives…. I absolutely adore every section of this platform. But my business changing means that I’m feeling my way into a new look, and I want to solidify that, and really create a community on there.

3. Video

I don’t do video very often… but every time I make a foray into it, I enjoy it so much, and I get a great response. I’m not sure if it’s because my enthusiasm really comes through on video, or if it’s because my snark is more obvious when it’s not written. Ha! Either way, I plan to do a lot more of video in 2018… pre-recorded and live. I also plan to do more on YouTube. Right now I’m in the process of creating new channels, to go with the new brand, and I’m deciding…. should I have one channel for book tube, and another channel for creative things… or blend it all under one channel?

I’m kind of leaning towards all under one channel, and just pretend that I’m a superstar and everything’s in one place under my name, but I’d love your opinion!

Do you think I should have one YouTube channel, or separate channels for different topics? And, what are *your* business focuses next year?
Recently I posted about how I chose 3 creative focuses at the beginning of the year, and they created the path for my downtime, my creative time, my classes taken, etc. I briefly referenced my business focuses, but I didn't go into any detail, until a sweet friend of mine privately messaged me and asked why I didn't mention what they were. So, if you're also wanting to know what I'm up to on the business end of things, this is the post for you!