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VLOG: Why My Blog Is Not A Business

April 30, 2019

Welcome to the first One Take Tuesday! In which I sit down, turn on my camera, and riff on a topic. No stopping and starting, no editing, simply whatever comes out in the first take is what you get. :)

As I explain in the video, the last couple of months I started to feel out of whack with how I was showing up on Tracing Threads (my Instagram, newsletter, and YouTube channel). I’m starting a business this year and that’s prompted a lot of questions… How much time and energy will that take? What kind of work do I want to do to support myself and pay the bills while I’m getting it off the ground?

For a while I was toying with the idea of turning Tracing Threads into a business in some way. Maybe I’d turn it into a proper blog and use that as leverage to work with brands, or look into partnerships or sponsorships, or even sell some of my own handmade work… I had lots of ideas and a few that even felt OK (how cool if Tracing Threads could support Craft Uncommon!) but as soon as I had that monetization switch turned on in my brain, it completely shifted the way I showed up and shared. And I didn’t like it!

Turns out, for me, Tracing Threads needs to kept as a place to play, to explore the creative process. If that ever turns into something more in the future, cool, but for now that’s not the point. I don’t want any measure of success on Tracing Threads other than does this feel good? Does this bring me joy?

We all need a place to play. And for me, right now, that’s Tracing Threads.

Anyways, watch the video for the full rambly explanation! And if you’ve wrangled with this decision yourself, to I’d love to hear about it and how you decided what was best for you.

Side bar: You’ll be delighted to know that I disocvered the audio effects section of Premier Pro today, which means you won’t have to suffer through as much annoying background noise this time! REJOICE.

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