The following is a guest post from the incredible Kam of Campfire Chic. She is wise & true.
True Story: I Can’t Do it Alone
My name is Kam and I can’t do it alone.
I had to get that off my chest before going into today’s post. I’ve been blogging regularly for the past 5 years, with 3 of those years dedicated to Campfire Chic. Over the past three years, I’ve done some pretty cool things: launched two ebooks, started 30 Days of Lists, met new people, traveled with other bloggers, and got to know myself a lot better.
In addition to working full time in a desk-jockey position, I blog 5 days a week, co-run a semi-annual month-long challenge, and…you know…have a life? So things get a little hairy on my side of the screen. It took me about 8 months into blogging on Campfire Chic to realize: I can’t do it alone.
How a fortune cookie helped me
I was working part time when I got the idea to start 30 Days of Lists. I had the whole thing worked out: it would be the answer to “I don’t feel like I fit into these creative challenges,” it would be free, I would get sponsors to help me create content and bring people in, and I even had the lists planned out. And then a fortune cookie told me to bring others in to make some magic happen. “Okay, cookie!”
Bringing in others was the best decision I ever made – I needed help without realizing it. I’m not that great at writing my own copy and I was still learning about how to modify Blogger’s templates to get a more personalized design. While I only intended to pull in people to fill in the gaps in my skill-set at first, I got so much more out of the experience.
Find Your Tribe
It’s time for you to find your tribe. Because you can’t do this alone. You may already have a tribe of supportive individuals, but maybe it is time to add a few people to that group who will challenge you and email you wanting updates on your latest project.
- The Accountability Person – Having the “accountability” people in your tribe is important because we can be nice and encouraging until the cows come home, but that doesn’t get work done. She’s the one reminding you that, “smiles don’t get work done” but from a place of love, of course.
- The Cheerleader – Sometimes you just need somebody on your side. That person who sends you a million emojii in every message and if there aren’t a thousand exclamation points scattered throughout, you know something must be wrong. She’s the one sending you little notes with reminders of how awesome you are and asking things like, “how can I help make this happen?!”
- The Challenger – This is the person who challenges your thoughts and ideas and pushes you to find better answers. This may not be your favorite person so trust me when I say you need somebody who isn’t the Cheerleader and who will ask you the hard questions like, “do you think you’re charging enough money?” “Are you charging too much?” “Will people without iPhones be able to participate?” “Are people actually going to care about this?”
- The Promoter – You know the person…she’s on all sorts of message boards, fan pages, IG, Twitter, ALL OF THEM and she somehow promotes her favorite things without being obnoxious. It’s a superpower! You need somebody who is not only willing to have a quick post from you promoting your new product/blog series/whatever she’s practically demanding a post from you as soon as you announce your intentions, “Just got your email about your blog party, I’ll move around my blog calendar if you want to submit a quick post with the announcement! Is there a link you want me to start tweeting? Let me know!” She’s eager to help and does an awesome job of it.
- The Gaps – What aren’t you able to do as well as somebody else you know? Maybe it’s copywriting? Find somebody who is excellent at copywriting for your next project and hire or collaborate with that person. See if she has tips for copywriting or can suggest some books or blogs that will help you with the gaps in your skills. Find your designer. Find your product photographer. Find your influencer. Find your muse. Find the people who are going to fill in the gaps in your skill-set and get to work.
I can’t be each of those people for myself…I can’t do this alone.
Do you want to continue on your own? I didn’t think so.
I’d like to invite you to the BUILD tribe – Kristin and I are both there, so you know it must be freaking fantastic. We are a mighty group looking to do awesome things and we’re movers and shakers…we’re not interested in ideas, we’re interested in action. If that sounds like you, or something you need in your life, sign up here.
Kam is the blogger behind Campfire Chic where she shares her story as a cubicle-dweller looking for adventure and the perfect breakfast burrito. She focuses on documenting everyday life, trying new things, and being brave. Get your hands on her new ebook, About You: a simple guide to writing about yourself with confidence and take your about page to the next level…by using your own voice.