For the past few weeks, I have been posting less. In January, I wrote 3-5 times a week–and it was awesome! I hope to pick up the pace again soon. However, this month, two things have taken over. I’ve been consumed by family, and–as silly as it may sound–I have also been swept away by the mad-scientist mentality. That is, I’ve been caught up in a number of platform building experiments. Let me explain.
First, family stuff. Family matters most. My family is my lighthouse. It is one of the things that I cling to in the midst of life’s storms. With our fourth daughter on the way, life is busier than usual. Jenny spends each evening cooking enough food to feed our entire block and freezing the leftovers. She is an awesome planner, and our family will be well prepared when little Emmalynn arrives.
I, on the other hand, am finishing up at work. Today is my last day before an extended leave. I’ll be providing extra support at home until Emma arrives. Jenny is tough as nails and committed to keeping the daycare open until for as long as possible. This month, I am taking advice that I’ve heard from many of my blogging friends. I am striving to put family first. Although I’m planning to return to a more consistent posting soon, I’m also learning that it is perfectly OK to slow down during the busy seasons of life.
Platform Building Experiments
The second reason I have been posting less it that I am in the middle of more platform building experiments than ever! In one of my early posts, I wrote about how one of my favorite self-talk phrases, “It’s an experiment.” For me, this phrase conjures up the image of a mad scientist, smiling, and holding a beaker in each hand. The scientist knows that once the fluids in the beakers are combined, anything can happen. He might discover a secret formula for turning lead into gold, or the mixture could blow-up in his face. Yet, no matter what the outcome, once the experiment is conducted, the scientist will have learned something new.
Thomas Edison adopted a true, scientific mentality when he stated, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The scientific mentality says, “Nothing has to happen, and noting can’t happen.” Everything is a learning experience.
Currently, I’m in the middle of a number of platform building experiments that I’d like to share with you!
Platform building experiment #1
First, I’m in the process of publishing and launching a new book! 131 Creative Conversations For Couples is available in paperback, and hopefully, by the time you read this, the e-book will be available too. However, there is no need to purchase a copy–unless you absolutely need it right now. My plan is to launch this book for free. Amazon allows authors five days to give their book away. It’s an awesome way for newer authors–like myself–to get their book into the hands of active readers and build a tribe. I’ll tell you more about how you can pick up your free copy, and help me spread the news, soon!
Platform building experiment #2
Platform building experiment #2 is a second free e-book. You may have noticed that I have been asking for feedback each week. Based on your excellent input, I’ll be revising the cover soon. This book has turned into a bigger project expected, but it’s a good thing! I’ll be publishing 101 Highly Caffeinated Blogging Prompts, on Amazon in the near future. If you would like to reserve your free copy, there is still time. And, feedback on the cover is still very much appreciated!
I’d love your help choosing a cover. Your can leave your vote as well as any additional cover suggestions in the comments below!
Platform building experiment #3
My third-platform building experiment is the start of a new podcast with my friends Etienne and Chatila. Pod-casting is something that I have been wanting to try for a long time. I was thrilled when Etienne invited me to team up with him earlier this year. I can promise you that this is not the most refined podcast that you will hear. I’m still very new at this. However, I am also quickly learning and growing–and that is what makes this so fun! This week, I’ve been reading Talk Like Ted: The Nine Public-Speaking Secret of the World’s Top Minds. This audiobook is reminding me that we improve our skills through practice.
This platform building, post-cast experiment, is one way I am stretching myself this year. You can listen to the latest episode on Leading with a Limp, here:
Etienne, Chatila, and I are excited about inviting guests onto the show–it’s another experiment! If you would like to join us and share what you are learning about faith, family, and friendship, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!
Platform building experiment #4
My fourth platform building experiment has been hosting this Friday link-up. Connecting with you, and learning from your experiences, has become one of the highlights of my week!
The bottom line is that right now, I am not sure where all of these platform building experiments are leading. I do know that I am having a blast experimenting, growing, and making new friends along the way. Some of these experiments have been nerve-racking. In fact, I felt my anxiety rise when I started each one of these experiments. But this is normal. [Tweet “Growth involves risk and stepping out of our comfort zone.”]
What platform building experiments are you trying out? What’s working well for you, and what experiments are you letting go of? I look forward to learning from you, and to continuing our conversation in the comments below!
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Family, Friendship, and Faith Link-Up
This link-up is an excellent place to meet new friends, network, and share your posts. Please feel free to include any family, friendship, and faith-related posts. If you have time, please visit some of the other submissions, leave a comment, and make some new connections–after all, this is what teaming-up is all about!
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