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Drowning in Social Media

Do you ever feel like that?? I am feeling like that alot lately.
Gone are the days when you could just start a business and buy some stock and do some advertising to start selling a service or product.
I am learning very quickly that a lot has changed in the last 10 years when it come to running a business in this day and age. The importance placed on Social Media is huge, and you need this one to connect to that one and so on. I have been learning about so many new media formats and have started countless new log ins and passwords. Some days I feel like I am drowning in it!
Keeping up with an online presence is a full time job on its own. I know I will get more efficient at managing my social media marketing but man there is a lot to take in!
I am determined to win the battle over social media and find that happy medium! 
I still have to do all the social media buttons for my blog yet! Another job still on the list!
How many is too many? What do we really need?
In the last 3 months I have set up Twitter (Although I have no idea how to use this yet), Instagram (Another one I haven’t used yet), Mailchimp – Newsletter (has taken me all day to get my head around this one, Facebook Business Page, Etsy (hopefully I will be able to open my Etsy store very soon), Evernote, Skype, Pinterest (I have had this one for awhile and love it!), Paypal Business account, Linked in, You Tube and many more accounts with online selling avenues, Art Groups & Workshops and more!

I have also designed my New Blog Make over and Logos and all the little bits and pieces that go with it! All this to set up an online store, but it wont be just any online store I will have a few different ventures and avenues that will be happening. I started out just setting up an online store to sell online kits and classes but after doing Kelly Rae’s Flying course I have also set up Michelle Grant desiGns and have so many other projects on the go too! I will also be doing weekend workshops here in Mackay with the first being on the 23rd & 24th of March. More details on this workshop coming soon.

I am still waiting on my online store Studio M desiGns to be built!
So it would be an understatement to say I have been a bit busy lately!
Keeping up with all the online community & DT commitments is going to take a bit of balancing for the next few months
But I know it will be all worth it in the end! I have had a lot of up and down days, and a lot of days where I think what the hell am I doing?? Then I just need to remind myself that I want to create financial freedom for my family so Don doesn’t have to work away from home. I just need to keep telling myself it will be all worth it!!!
But boy oh boy has it been a steep learning curve!!
Sharing more of me is still a bit scary for me, but a huge thank you for all the support, you guys are helping me overcome this fear!! So thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

I have had the general mum thing worrying about my kids these past few weeks, both are facing changes in their lives, Wiliam is pursuing a career in the army, and Leonii is moving into a house from the unit they are in at the moment and is also changing jobs. It is so hard when she is 12 hours away and cant help. I just have to hope we have given them enough belief, drive and ambition to achieve their dreams and find a happy path in life. I have another post to do of my weekend with Leonii last weekend and the Paint Mojo Workshop we attended! I haven’t had time to download the photos yet! Will put that on my list this weekend!

To end on a positive note we have a new internet provider for a quarter of the price, we were paying $320 for 50GB a month with Telstra and had crap service, now we can get 100GB for $59.95 and the service is way better and doesn’t drop out for hours on end!
So So happy about that!! Our internet dilemma has caused me more than a few grey hairs!!
Looking forward to working without delays and maybe being able to get to bed a bit earlier too!!

Just came across this post by Trina McClune – Creativity Takes Courage tonight about Creativity Takes Courage! Oh so true, and pursuing a creative business takes even more!!! I want to learn to follow my dreams and make them a reality so I can help lead the way for others to follow theirs!
I took this photo the other afternoon, you can’t really see it but it was lightly raining in front of the tree, with the sun shining in the background. It was really beautiful! I think I came up with this quote, but when you see so many I don’t know if it truly original from me or if I was inspired by something somewhere.  
So I will leave you on that note! I am off to bed now! Night All x



My goodness, you’re going to be very busy, don’t forget to take time to ‘smell the roses’ or whatever other plants you have!!!

Donald Yates

You know that, as a creative, you need to be using social media to get your profile or folio out there and reach new markets, but you reckon that the time it takes to monitor, contribute and commit to social media would actually eat in your precious workflow.

Alicia Redshaw

Your on the right track by knowing what you need to do, it’s just a matter of balancing it all out. I find that constantly re-assessing where I am at helps too. I can’t wait to see the results of your hard work, it sounds very exciting.

June Maddox

I know this feeling it can be overwhelming. Always good to take a breath always from it all from time to time! June Maddox

Jo Freeman

Oh Michelle, you are so right. I too feel like I am drowning in social media. I am ready to just switch off but as you say social media has become so huge and necessary. Even my kids primary and high school have facebook pages to pass on messages to parents. I hope you find the happy medium you are searching for.
I was excited to hear about your first workshop. I was just saying to my husband recently that I really think my next step is to atend some art workshops and retreats. I am envious of all the great ones that are available to our USA friends. Unfortunately I cannot attend your first workshop in March but am keen to hear what other dates you are considering this year as I am very keen to attend. It is inspiring and wonderful making new online arty friends who live here in Austalia. xx Jo

Kristofer Mcginty

It is quite easy to get lost in the social media fold. It’s why I’m grateful that several sites give the option to link one account to the other. I can save time on posting the same things by connecting my blog to my Facebook and Twitter. Plus, it’s a great way for people who don’t have accounts in one social media platform to be able to find me in case they need to pose a question or share their insights.

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