Do you ever notice, when you find the solution to a vexing question, that it comes through helping someone else to solve a problem?
That’s happened for me just this week.
My question was, how can I best re-focus and get back into posting more regularly on this blog, with the supplementary but still very important question of identifying what I might be able to do to provide more value for readers.
Part of the context was that, while still posting here, I have been posting also on Des Walsh dot Com, an important element in marketing my services as a social media consultant and coach for business. I’d like to think I was one of those people who can produce multiple posts on multiple blogs, day after day, but it’s not me.
I have also been very engaged with some exciting new business partnerships, including the partnership with WordFrame and a couple more I hope to be able to announce soon.
But I do feel very attached to Thinking Home Business, which after all has been my main avenue for blogging for the better part of four years now.
What to do?
In a conversation during the week my partner Suzie Cheel, whose blog The Abundance Highway is fast catching up on or even overtaking Thinking Home Business in the rankings stakes (no, I’m not jealous, I’m delighted) was talking about a concept for a blog about solo home business and wondering about how to fit that into an already busy schedule.
“Why don’t you write for Thinking Home Business?” I asked.
“Are you serious?” Suzie replied (she knows how precious I am about this blog).
“Yes” I said. “I think it would be great.”
And we talked about the possibility that, with two of us working on it, there would be scope to provide some more reference resources for “professionals working from home in a networked world” as the tagline of the blog says.
Just so there is no misunderstanding, even though we are a couple this is not going to turn into a “couple blog”. It will remain focused on business.
I should probably mention that (as anyone who knows Suzie and me would surely attest) it would be totally unrealistic to expect a single editorial “line”.
Suzie is very well placed to write about being a professional working from home. She built a flourishing business from home, as an artist creating decorative works and “art to wear” under her label Suzie Cheel Handpainted Originals. She earned her chops as an online navigator in the mid 90s while completing her postgraduate degree of Master of Applied Science (Social Ecology). She has been blogging since 2006 and “seriously” (her word) for the better part of a year now.