I feel like I'm back in school writing an essay on "What I did during summer vacation" only my essay could be titled "What I learned at Bloggy Boot Camp."
After listening to 10 speakers in 8 hours my notebook is FULL of quotes and tips for making Stephanie's Mommy Brain better! Tips like: set office hours for myself; focus on one main purpose; and work towards one goal at a time. And my favorite quote of the day, "Blogging has to serve your family." (Tiffany Romero)
Out of all those pages and pages of notes my biggest take-away is this: think and act like an entrepreneur.
An entrepreneur is "a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk."
I have blogged for almost 5 years, but I haven't thought of myself as a businesswoman or an entrepreneur. Instead, I've been "just a mom with a blog about my family and what we do." Not that there is anything wrong with that kind of thinking, if your blog only serves as a creative outlet and hobby.
But, I want more from my social media activities. I want to partner with brands to meet the needs of moms and families so I can meet some of the financial needs of my own family.
In order to reach my goal I'm changing how I think of myself and my blog. I'm not "just a mom" with a quirky little hobby. I'm a business woman with marketable skills and abilities to help moms and brands meet each other's needs. I'm an entrepreneur.
That's what I learned on my Bloggy Boot Camp vacation. What have you learned lately?