I want to be a social media consultant, yet I don't look at my Facebook news feed (very often)

IMG_5158 And that's totally OK. IMG_5164

IMG_5166In "It's Business Time" (the 6-month intensive business-development program I'm in) we're at the point where we're defining what we want to DO. As in, for money. For reals. With a website and everything. And for me it's designing logos, and doing social media consultations. And writing, my own blog and my own writing.

And oh my, how the Vampire Voices rise up at that!!

They say, "But! You kill your Facebook news feed! And you work to spend less time on social media, not more! So... why would anyone pay you real money to tell them what to do with their social media?"

(Vampire Voices are assholes, by the way. The way to deal with them is to say, "Well, thanks for the feedback, but I got this.")

Later on down the road as I'm writing my sales pages, I'll get into things like how I still get lots of Likes and followers, and how my content still gets shared. And I'll get into what I do personally, to stay enough "in the loop" as I need to be, but also to take nice long breaks from what feels, often, like overstimulation. And I'll talk about my thirteen years of experience blogging and sharing things online, which is a rich catalog of memories, attempts, fails and successes.

But for now, on a Friday afternoon, let me just tell you this: whatever your personal equivalent is of my fear of "But I can't be a social media consultant if I keep my news feed killed!", it's not true. You get to flip the script. You get to create what you want, from boundaries to blog posts, to businesses.

xoxo and have a great weekend!!


Photo at top of this post is from my copy of the Get To Work Book.


blogging, I just can't quit you

So here we go again! (I wrote my first blog, huminbean, from 2002 to 2012, and my second blog, Dream Big Cape Breton, from 2012 to 2015.)

This time around, I'm blogging for me. I'm blogging for my business, which is in that sort of weird-awkward-teenager phase. My business exists, but it's still really young and just growing wings. Like a baby bird? An awkward teenage baby bird? I don't know... my metaphors are all over the place today.

Anyway, here we are! My business slash personal website. Currently there is no work on it. Some would say that's a big no-no, sharing it live before I've even put work on it, or branded myself, or any of that. And I totally get that, because as a graphic designer, my job is to think hard about what a product looks like, and about what impact that's going to have on the people looking at it. How will they judge it? How will that affect what they think about the product? And whether they buy it?

But, I'm sharing now because (A) that's how I roll -- I like to get started on things before they're done, and work on them as I go, and (B) I think it will actually be interesting to you as a reader, and as a potential client, to see how I take this site from a simple free Wordpress template to a full-fledged portfolio website, and what I learn along the way. (The template I'm using is Sela, by the way.)

For example, at the moment, you may have noticed, the URL or web address of this site is still the free Wordpress one, where my name is followed by ".wordpress.com" instead of just being "leahnoble.com". I do own the domain "leahnoble.com" and have actually been paying for it for a couple of years now even though I wasn't using it, just to make sure I would have it when the day came when I would need it. I'll switch it over in a week or so, and I'll show you how to do that if you want to.

Anyway, that's all for now. I'm excited to be blogging again, to be learning new things, and to be setting up my business properly. I can't wait to see what this awkward teenage/baby bird becomes!

I'd love to hear from you, too! Hit me up with any questions you may have.