Listing begins on Sunday! But today we wanted to share a peek at what kind of fun creative challenge you can expect in March.
Today is the 30 Days of Lists Blog Hop and you’re invited to join in on the fun!
What is a blog hop? A blog hop is basically when a lot of bloggers post about the same thing and encourage their readers to go visit the others as well.
Today we’re sharing list prompts taken from the (still free) March 2011 challenge!
This is my actual list from back then …. Things I am good at
In case you can’t read my handwriting, the list reads:
- wedding photography
- customer service
- making Andrew laugh
- no drama
- saving $
- planning trips
- scrapbooking and other creative-like activities
Now, five (!!) years later, the only thing I might change it to take off wedding photography (haven’t done it in years) and to add editing (learn more about what I offer here).
Otherwise, my life and activities and skills haven’t changed much.
Now, if only I could get paid for singing musicals loudly while I cook
Ambassadors & Sponsors taking part in the blog hop today:
- Kam of Campfire Chic
- Amy of Lemon & Raspberry
- Kristin of Rukristin Papercrafts
- Emily of The Emi Times
- Casey of Sesame Seed Designs
- Megan of The Nerd Nest
- Allie of Alexandra Rae Design
- Alice of The Geeky Burrow
- Monika of I Love it All
- Meg of Marmalade Mementos
Here’s how to participate:
- Go to the March 2011 30 Days of Lists site
- Choose one of those list prompts
- Create your list — on a post-it, digitally, art journal, however you like.
- Post your list in a blog post* today
- Share a link to your blog in the Blog Hop Facebook Post
*Don’t have a blog? Share your list on Instagram or Flickr and leave a link to your photo instead! That way, other Listers can find your work and see what list you selected.
DON’T FORGET: It’s not too late to register for the March 2015 edition of 30 Days of Lists – simply click here and you’re a few clicks away from accessing the private site and getting into the private Facebook group!
- Destination Documented — Kelly Purkey’s new site. I LOVE THIS IDEA and so jealous of her for it!
- How the password you select can help you achieve your goals
- Arting Hard (language warning)
I am basically behind on everything, but this week I went to a concert with my husband, finalized the book cover for my first novel, and delivered the the 4th manuscript for as many editing clients in as many weeks. Feels GOOD.
If you hadn’t heard, I was a guest on the Elise Gets Crafty podcast a couple weeks ago! Elise had made a remark in a blog post about how she wasn’t sure it was worth keeping her email list (of 3500+ subscribers!), and I left a comment that more or less said, “Girl. Let me help you.”
I am evangelical about email newsletters.
Everyone should have one.
I even tell my husband’s poor clients (bands and musicians) who barely even have a website and are trying to finish making their first record so they can get some live gigs.
“Yea, but do you have an email list?”
If you missed it, last year around this time I posted a short series of video chats with some coaching clients — You can watch them all here.
This podcast episode was almost the same kind of thing. Elise and I chatted about her specific audience, her specific business and I gave her specific ideas for how she could leverage her email marketing.
Reader Magnets: Build Your Audience Platform and Sell More Books on Kindle by Nick Stephenson — Geared toward fiction writers, but free to download and should give you great ideas about getting people on your newsletter and how to treat them once they are there.
People Want to Hear From You — How to get started with email marketing.
Email marketing resources — A big round-up from a couple years ago, but still so much good stuff.
P.S. Tons more email list resources in the BUILD ecourse!
Join us in March for another round of 30 Days of Lists. Another quick journaling challenge. Another opportunity to record YOUR STORY.
Not everyone can make a mini scrapbook every week or an art journal page every night. 30 Days of Lists is our encouragement and challenge to you that you CAN journal just something every day — even something as small as a list.
Every day through the month of March 2015 we will be posting a list prompt – anything from weekend goals to celebrity crushes. At the end of the 30 days you’ll have a collection of entries creating a small snapshot of your life right now.
Only 5-10 minutes per day are really needed. While you’re waiting for someone, or when you’re the passenger in the car. You can even download the list topics ahead of time to get a jump start!
There’s no wrong way to do this and if you don’t like a prompt on a certain day, just change it.
Once you register you will receive an automatically downloadable file giving you access to the exclusive private blog for March 2015.
Upon registering for March’s Listing challenge, you’ll have immediate access to:
- private blog where all the list prompts will be found
- private Facebook Group just for March #30Lists participants
- printable download with ALL of March’s list topics (for those of you who want the topics ahead of time)
- exclusive LIST printable download from rukristin papercrafts
- exclusive printable download from Marmalade Mementos with .pngs and pre-designed journaling cards with all of March’s list topics
Throughout February, we’ll introduce:
- tutorial on adding images to the Flickr group
- tutorial on using the #30Lists hashtag for Instagram
- introductions to our ambassadors and sponsors
- Kam and Amy’s individual 30Lists books
- exclusive discounts from the team
Starting March 1st:
- 1 new list topic will be posted each morning
- list topics hosted by our ambassadors and sponsors
- additional giveaways and tutorials from the team
Start stocking up on your sticky-notes, ordering notebooks from your favorite online sellers, or creating a journal of your own to house your lists, March 1st will be here before we know it.
The daily list prompts won’t start until March 1st, but you can trust us when we say that it’s an excellent idea to keep an eye on your email regularly between now and then for updates!
Also, it isn’t too early to get to know your fellow Listers!
Speaking of the list prompts, they will be posted on a daily basis shortly after 2:00 a.m. Pacific time. If you would rather have all of the lists at once, look for that link in the Printables section of the private blog.
- Einstein on the ideas of truth, goodness and beauty
- Photos of people reading books on the subway (what a fun project)
- How to produce more innovative content (Pixar style)
- Shonda Rhimes’ real talk for grads: Dreams are for losers
- A new literary fiction podcast I’m excited to listen to
- And, just for fun, this week’s #Thursday3
Continuing our Marketing 101 series:
We’ve talked about the very basics of marketing, how to identify what you are offering, know how it helps people, and who those people are, how to make sure they know about it and knowing what to tell them and how to ask for it.
Marketing can be boiled down to this:
Know what you’re offering, how it helps people and make sure they know about it.
Here is what I believe:
MARKETING CHANGES THE WORLD
Marketing, to me, is just better-focused customer service. You know someone has a problem, and you are offering them options to solve that problem. Therefore, if you can help someone solve a problem, you can change their life. If you can reach enough people and help them change their life, you are changing the world.
More than ever, though, folks grow up saying, “I want to change the world.” More than ever, that means telling stories, changing minds and building a tribe.
You know, marketing.
At least if you want it to be.
So true. 100%.
How does your product or service have the potential to change the world?
P.S. I am planning a free email marketing webinar for sometime in the next month or so, so make sure you’re on the email list for news of it.
- “What’s It Like” App Suggests Trips Based on Time of Year — Designed by a digital nomad, this new app could help you choose your next adventure. I LOVE this idea (although I am totally open to traveling during the ‘off’ seasons)
- How to write a good bio – short and sweet.
- Writing your way to happiness – LOVE this. Especially in light of the January RESET project.
- Pocket Your Year scrapbooking class is AWESOME (I’m trying to stay caught up on my PL this year. FOR REAL. No, really)
- Lizzie Bennet Diaries, anyone? Thinking about diving in. I’m also tempted to start The March Family letters!
This is the last of the January prompts for this (awesome fantastic new favorite) project: January RESET.
I totally intend to update this mini album at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and a year. And do it all again in January of 2016. I really hope you join me!!
I have been absolutely loving this project. I can’t wait til I receive all my photo prints and these layouts can feel more DONE. I didn’t do any scrapbooking (except WitL) in 2014, and I am loving this start to 2015.
I guess I just feel like I need more journaling in my life. I love photos and photography, but sometimes the editing gets backed up, or I have to size them for the right pockets or I forget what the photo is of (my husband takes a lot of photos of his recording sessions and things, for example).
But journaling? That I can do any time. Any where. I’m working on writing as a daily practice, so this journaling-focused memory keeping project was ideal.
I really (really) would love if you joined me!
If this is the first you’re hearing about it, check out earlier posts:
- New Project! Introduction and title pages
- January Reset: Reflection
- January Reset: Right now
- January Reset: Goals
SO! Moving on to this week! ACTION STEPS
Action steps are basically … breaking down your bigger goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. It’s all well and good to say I’m going to publish 4 novels this year, but there are A LOT of smaller steps built into that. First I have to finish 1 rough draft … then revise that draft. Then polish that draft. Then cover, then marketing, then get it to market, etc. Times 4.
For another look, read: Stop trying to change your entire life in one night
This section opens with a couple journaling cards and photos. Again, my apologies for the lack of done-ness in these spreads, but it’s really important to me that I do these prompts throughout the month instead of all ahead of time like a fancier blogger would.
The ‘Take Action’ and ‘One Day at a Time’ and >> stamps are all from Ali Edwards’s One Little Word mini kit. I love it. I really just bought that kit for the stamps. The black chevron washi tape is Freckled Fawn
The #1-10 journaling card is from the RESET digital kit that Allie designed. It’s perfect for this. I didn’t write down specific action steps, but rather the daily habits I want to PRACTICE this year.
The opposite page is a 5x5x8x5 page broken into 1 section for each of my 4 big goals (front and back). 2 tiny notes on this page, I haven’t 100% decided what the fourth novel (late November) will be. Possibly book 3 of my series but that’s not written. Possibly a stand-alone more literary-ish novel. We’ll see. Also, Andrew and I haven’t been on a proper vacation since summer 2013, so it’s time. No idea where/when/etc.
Again, as I noted last week, blank space left for details about private goal. I’ll let you know when I accomplish it. But not til then.
(since I took those very first ‘before’ photos a couple weeks ago I have actually done a couple teeny tiny action steps on the bedroom/office front. Can’t wait to show you when I check-in at the 3 month mark.
Opposite page is just a time-capsule-type page of what I am planning on working on this week. Each one of those works towards my goals. I will obviously be doing other stuff (like dishes. Bleck), but this keeps the focus on the action steps that will help me accomplish what I dream of.
And finally, the back page is the same concept but for the month of February. Writing this all out was a bit of a wake-up call. I might be busy this month!
This is the last of the JANUARY prompts … but I’ll be posting again in early April with a 3 month check-in. This project is designed to be a foundation for the full year, and I am so excited to see how this year shapes up. The next section will probably open with progress photos!! ESPECIALLY since I plan to publish my first book March 3! Expect an Amazon screenshot or something to mark that.
Don’t forget to grab the digital kit here. You can do your own RESET project any time. There’s nothing magical about January!