Sometimes people ask me if going to Morocco wasn’t a huge step that pushed me out of my comfort zone. While anything that involves moving is a move out of my comfort zone somehow, I have to say, no, it wasn’t. I knew the country from more than 10 years of vacations, I have family there, I love the place, had my things with me and would end the day with hubby on our comfy couch watching series.
Do you really want to know what takes me out of my comfort zone?!
Me and this blog
It’s huge for me to put myself out there. It still feels scary and it is the first time ever that I put a photo of myself publicly online (except for staff member photos at the lab). That was hard. And I still struggle. Especially with personal posts like this one. At the same time, I love blogging as a creative outlet and I really enjoy working on the content, creating graphics and learning so many new things. I have no problems working all by myself for hours and time flies!
But sometimes I am reminded that some people don’t really get what blogging actually is. People like my parents that rarely ever go online and have no smartphones.
My parents know that I dedicated myself to creating a website of my own after my toddler started daycare in January. I assume they expected some kind of online business card with working samples of mine so I can market my writing services and establish myself as a scientific writer. And I did nothing to correct this assumption.
Then, one day, my husband had the great idea to show my parents what I had created. They were just about to leave when he pulled out his phone and asked them if they saw the website already.
I watched their faces. They looked irritated. My father finally said “well done” and wouldn’t bother no more. My mother was rather speechless, especially when she saw the About-page. But as I said they were about to leave so we wouldn’t talk about it.
Of course, we would. Later on the phone. She said, “this website of yours… it’s not about your education and … er... how exactly do you plan to make a living out of it?!?”
Did you ever feel speechless when people ask that? Or very similar, did you ever feel speechless when people ask you what you do all day long?!?! You were active, busy, taking care of 1001 little things and toddler disasters. And yet, you don’t really know where all those hours went exactly.
In that moment, I felt belittled and speechless. I heard the disappointment in her voice. But at the same time, I get it. She doesn’t know. A few years ago I didn’t know myself.
How do you explain that to people that aren’t into blogging themselves? I run a website and try to make a living using different possible sources of income such as affiliate marketing, ads or sponsored posts or … blah dee blah. Just “I run a website” or “I’m a webmaster… online marketer … freelance writer… entrepreneur“? I haven’t figured out yet and if you have, please let me know what works for you!!
As a motivator, I share this little poster and three individual cards with you in my free resource libraby for subscribers.You will get 3 individual cards as pdf (for printing) or png (for digital use) and one poster (pdf).
I hope you like them! Share if you do and don’t forget to let me in on your magic words you tell people who ask the question.