Working and blogging – a precarious balance…

When I am working on something challenging, it’s not always easy to find time to write about it and writing about it more than a few times just might bore my audience.

When we were building our house here in the country and getting acclimatized to life in a small rural community, life moved at a pace that encouraged contemplation and blogging.

Writing still continued when starting up Floyd Custom Framing  because there was time in which I could collect my thoughts and share what seemed interesting.

But recently this custom framing business has taken on a life of its own and I feel like a rodeo rider who is trying to stay on top and not get trampled underfoot.

I have one hand on the business and the other free hand reaching for information to keep me ahead of the new technical challenges I encounter every week. There is no other hand that I can use to write all of this down for posterity.

The few moments I have free get spent visiting online forums for members of the custom picture framing community.

I feel that this may be the wave of the future where self-employed business owners work in home-based shops but mingle daily on the Internet with practitioners of the same art to share problems and solutions that friends and family can may not appreciate or be able to contribute to.

When it is time to deliver completed products, I finally get to leave the shop and visit customers and share a quick coffee break at the Cafe Del Sol with other self-employed business owners.

But there is hope for change. I have found someone competent who has been helping me organize the framing business and with luck, we will bring it to the next level where we have a retail location in downtown Floyd, here in Floyd County, Virginia.

That will open whole new areas of opportunities and problems to solve, so I will have no end of things to write about. I just hope that I will be able to find the time…

Are any of you experiencing this same challenge? Plenty to write about, but no time to write?

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0 Responses to Working and blogging – a precarious balance…

  1. Des Walsh says:

    Your post has made me feel better. I’ve been immersed in getting a couple of new business ventures off the ground that my blogging has not been as consistent or as regular as I’d like.

    So glad to hear that your framing business is going so well that you are looking to take on someone to help!

  2. Rick Parrish says:

    Here you go David! I’ve found the perfect solution: Connect-A-Desk http://connect-a-desk.com/ ! Of course, I’m just kidding and if I see you walking around town with one of these things, I volunteer to be the first of your friends to give you a well deserved “whack upside yo’ head.” The video looks like one of those fake commercials on Saturday Night Live but these people are serious!

    David replies:

    It’s better than this geek fashion nightmare of keyboard pants:

    http://tinyurl.com/63y9uf

  3. I also go through those days when I have so much to write about, but I never find the time to write. Some days I’m just too busy, other days, I feel I just lack the motivation to do it.

    Good luck with your business! πŸ™‚

  4. At the heart of your dilemma is the word β€˜and’. If you are going to be successful at both, you have to commit to both. Vince Lombardi once suggested that there is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give everything. Kind of makes it tough to succeed when there are several anythings, because everything only goes around once. The key, then, is to find a way to create synergies between the work and the blogging, to make them symbiotic. This having always been one of your strengths, I suspect that your problem will soon enough resolve itself.

  5. I try to create one new article a week at my company’s website on http://www.koerbler.com/blog but you really have to setup a fixed task in your calendar to do so πŸ™‚

    Best Regards from Austria,

    Mario Koerbler

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