I (temporarily) fell off the blogging wagon, but I’m hopping right back on. For now, I am committing to a Tuesday + Friday publishing schedule, with a goal of increasing it to three times per week later on.

What have I been up to?

The short answer: reading, learning and brainstorming (and client work, of course).

The longer answer: I have been spending a lot of time focusing and redefining my business. This journey began about 8 months ago at the Creative Freelancer Conference. At the end of the conference, we each wrote down “Things I’m committed to doing for my business in the next six months” on a card. The conference leaders would mail us the cards in about six months, as a friendly reminder of our goals.

I received mine in the mail about a week ago:

[image] Things I'm committed to doing for my business in the next six months

Guess what? I am working from my own office, which I absolutely love. I have spent the last six months developing a marketing strategy. My website and resume are current, sans one recent project. I (obviously) started a blog, and I am putting the finishing touches on my e-newsletter. (I’m working on the sign-up form for the newsletter, but you can also email me to get on the list.)

Looking at this list gave me a huge boost of confidence, because when I wrote those goals, I thought I might accomplish two of them, at most.

In the weeks ahead, I’ll talk more about how I’ve made it this far (it involves a lot of reading and asking for help) and where I’m headed next (including new services!). I’m really excited to share my new goals with you.

One thing that has been instrumental in developing these new goals is my Empire Building Kit series from Chris Guillebeau. Days 1 through 41 of the 365-day EBK course have seriously rocked my socks. I wanted to mention the EBK today because it goes on sale tomorrow for another 24-hour launch, which is the first time it’s been available for sale since I bought it. If you have your own small business, or are interested in starting one, I highly recommend checking it out. I’ll talk more about what I learned from it tomorrow.  Feel free to comment or email me with questions too.

Thanks for sticking around through the post drought. I really appreciate it.


  1. Kathleen on May 18, 2010 at 7:14 am

    This once again demonstrates how writing down your goals makes a big difference. Congratulations on your success!

    I look forward to reading about your plans for the future and your experiences with the EBK.


  2. Danielle Baird Danielle Baird on May 18, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Thanks Kathleen!

    I’ve heard over and over again that writing goals down makes a difference, but this was my first real experience doing it. I couldn’t even remember what I wrote down on the card, but apparently my subconscious did! 🙂

  3. Deb Pang Davis on May 19, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Kudos! What a great idea to mail a postcard 6 months later with goals! Hmmm, makes me think what goals I have and who can send me back my postcard. Want to trade postcards?

  4. Danielle Baird Danielle Baird on May 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Great idea Deb! I’d love to trade postcards with you.

    … as soon as I pick my next set of goals.

    One of the great things about doing it at the conference was they only gave you 10-15 minutes to write them down, so you couldn’t really obsess over it. You just had to write down whatever came to mind.

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