How to Come Back After An Awkward Blog Silence

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 9.22.59 PMIs this thing on?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s been a MINUTE since I’ve posted ’round here.

I’ve got some pretty legit reasons for that, and that’s exactly what I’d love to share with you today.

FACT: This summer was a total game changer (for my business and my LIFE). For many reasons.

The lessons I’ve learned, the people I’ve met, the STUFF I’ve had to work through to keep from totally losing my marbles along the way….there’s just so. much. goodness I could share with you.

On any given day. In any given blog post, Facebook status, or Instagram pic.

How could I pick the “right” place to start again?

(I couldn’t.)

Every week I’d have the best of intentions to get something up here, and then I’d call “uncle” by Thursday night.

“Can’t do it. Next week.”

Then I’d feel guilty (which DEFINITELY didn’t help things along), and that just added to the self-imposed pressure.

It was weird. And frustrating. But WHEW! Now it’s over :)

Thankfully, by the miracle of momentum – and a little welcomed peer pressure – I ripped the band-aid and got back in the blog saddle. Because I really do love it in here.

I LOVE sharing what I’m learning with you, and life is short. We don’t have time to waste.

So I’m starting here. With a reset button. A little transition, a little regroup, a little confessional.

Wanna hear me out?

In this video, I share:

  • What really happened after ACAC Summer School
  • How I’m processing my biggest month ever (spoiler alert: it involves the Disney Channel)
  • What I’d LOVE to share with you in this next chapter o’ videos
  • A brand new homework assignment that puts YOU in the blog driver’s seat

Click below to watch (or take a listen):

IN A (COCO)NUT SHELL

All of my creative juice was dedicated to A Course About Copy this summer. As a result, the revenue generated through August matched the revenue from my entire first year of business. (insert big-eyed emoji because what on EARTH)

That much work + connection + exposure (and vulnerability?) was amazing, exhilarating, exhausting, and intense.

And while I managed my ULPs pretty well if I do say so myself, the rush definitely threw me for a loop. I needed to take some time out to decompress a bit, but now I’m back and ready to share as much as I can while it’s all still fresh in my brain.

(That’s where YOU come in, buddy.)

YOUR HOMEWORK

In the comments below, tell me:

What do YOU want to know about this summer o’ crazy? 

Remember (as mentioned on my home page), I’m down to share stories, tips, and mutual inspiration on life, business, and all things communication. That intentionally gives us a LOT of wiggle room over here…so let’s mix it up!

Truly – ask me anything – and I’ll use your comments as an idea bank for all the videos I’ll create in the weeks and months to come.

Deal? Deal.

Feels SO good to be “home” with you again, friend.

Let’s do this!

To moving right along,

nik

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LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.

  1. Tania

    I don’t even know where to start asking you questions, but what came up when you spoke was – how do you manage to keep this amazing community going, and stay in touch with so many people? Any tips and insights about running a FB group/community are sooo welcome.

    I probably have so much more, but that seems like a good start :-)

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Great idea, Tania! And you’re not the first to ask about this. Plenty of lessons to share from the customer group side AND now the free (temporary) group side!

  2. Phoebe Hook (Soulful Warrior)

    Hey Nikki,

    Watching you act on your hunches from the moment you opened up your Facebook Summer School to launching and closing ACAC and Prep School has been wonderful. I have learned so much from just sitting back and seeing you take your next step.

    My question is what rituals or processes or prayers do you have that you use to get out of your own way, put yourself out there and be open to receiving everything you deserve? I feel like I bump up against resistance and fear based beliefs all too often, and at times it can be paralyzing and I would really love to come into alignment so I can leave all of that behind.

    Look forward to seeing your video on this.

    Big love and HUGE congratulations on your success,

    Phoebe xx

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      It has taken a LOT of imperfect effort, Phoebe, and it will always be something I have to consciously work on! Thank you for asking this and confirming my hunch that this piece would be valuable to share :) #onit

  3. Claire

    Hi Nikki,

    Welcome back : ) So happy to see you in my inbox this week.

    Love your honesty, so inspiring!

    Congratulations on an amazing couple of months!

    My question is how do you balance being a mum, wife, daughter and sister with your super successful business? Love to hear your thoughts on this.

    Claire : )

    P.S Hope my coat is still on that chair for when you open up the course again ; )

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Totally ready for some Claire B. up in here ;)

      and YES such a great topic! I definitely don’t have “the” answer – but I’m happy to share my process and how I’m trying to reconcile that (lack of) balance without feeling like a total scumbag :P

      On the list!

  4. Anne Ferguson

    Nikki,

    This is SO exciting! Amazeballs. Way to go! Doing a happy dance in the light of your success. My biggest question around hearing your voice just now is HOW you get through those limiting beliefs?

    I’m at the way early stage of starting a (very local) business focused around mamas and self-care and yoga here where I live, and I want to open it up online as well so that I have that oh-so-saught-after passive income so I can BE with my family.

    I am constantly getting stuck on how others are doing such an AMAZING job and how they know SO MUCH more than I do, and why would anyone ever want to hear from me and… well, you know the deal.

    Any wisdom on that would be awesome. Because you make it look so effortless (and I know you’re efforting your buns off over there) and natural and most of all joyous. And I’d love to find my way there too.

    Thank you and big hugs and happy smiles from Geneva, Switzerland!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      HA! Thank you for recognizing I have totally been efforting my buns off over here, Anne ;) That’s amazing.

      And two seriously great points.

      To the “why would they wanna hear it from me” part – check this one out: http://nikkielledgebrown.com/how-to-overcome-the-everythings-been-said-factor/

      To the making it look easy part, here’s a goodie: http://nikkielledgebrown.com/how-running-a-business-is-like-breastfeeding/

      Both could definitely use 2.0 updates now that I’ve been through this year. Thanks for bringing ’em up!

      1. Anne Ferguson

        Hi, and thanks so much for your response!

        I just watched your video and LOVED it. What struck me most was your sincerity and frankness. Love both.

        I especially chuckled at your breastfeeding analogy. Totally natural, totally needed 17 pillows and cushions and THE RIGHT CHAIR and not too much sun and… well, you get the picture. But that was the first time. With my second it was like popping a letter in the post. Magic. So I guess we all learn.

        And finally your message about unique perspective is timely. So thanks for that. I’m so happy that I’ve stumbled across you and hope to work with you someday soon!

        Best,

        Anne

        1. Nikki Elledge Brown

          Glad you liked it, Anne! Also happy to hear about your second little one nursing like a pro :) Team work makes the dream work!

  5. Kimberly

    Welcome back. It’s so awesome to see you and hear your success and how you’ve learned along the way and share it all with us.

    I have a ton of questions. I guess the biggest of the big is “how did you learn to do it all and which to do first?” I guess that’s 2 questions.

    get your list. create a program. Facebook marketing? (sleep?) how to build a website to host your program. How to do it all…step by step.

    How did you figure it out?

    Thank you for being so inspirational.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thanks, Kimberly!

      If you haven’t had a chance to check out my Press page yet, I recommend plugging in some earbuds while doing errands or taking a walk and starting there! I’ve answered a lot of these Qs in those babies:

      http://nikkielledgebrown.com/press/

      These posts will help too!

      http://nikkielledgebrown.com/my-first-year-in-business/
      http://nikkielledgebrown.com/my-first-1000-subscribers/
      http://nikkielledgebrown.com/27-simple-ways-to-avoid-burnout/

      When you’ve gone through those, lemme know what other Qs pop up. Idea bank city over here!

      1. Nikki Elledge Brown

        P.S. I’m figuring all of this out as I go. Every step. One foot in front of the other. (Often barefoot.) ;) We’ve all got our own trails to blaze!

  6. Stefan

    Hi Nik, congratulations for all these intense months. I also send you my compassion because I know this hard experience. You are adorable so feel free to share whatever you want, I am shure it will be interesting and passionate.

  7. Rochel

    I always adore your videos! You are so gorgeously transparent about your life and business. Your journey is truly inspirational. Down to the nitty gritty questions:
    I am a novelist and my next novel is about teen suicide. I realized early on that this novel was meant to be more than words on a page and I decided to develop a suicide prevention project that encompassed various forms of creativity as tools for hope. I will be doing speaking tours. Any videos directly related to fundraising, communication for nonprofits, speaking would be incredibly helpful. We hear a lot online about business branding, but as I dive into this new venture I would love to hear about ways to appeal to volunteers, contributors, etc. Thank you!!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thanks so much, Rochel!

      I think you will LOVE this book, The Promise of a Pencil (by Pencils of Promise founder Adam Braun: http://amzn.to/NBnKbg

      Did a whole blog post on it as part of his launch earlier this year: http://nikkielledgebrown.com/promise-of-a-pencil-adam-braun/

      The main shift is thinking of a non-profit as a *for-purpose.* Adam’s taken a fresh, entrepreneurial approach to POP, and I love it!

      I’ll be sure to add this idea to my list too :)

  8. Michele

    Of course it’s good to write regular blog posts but if you’re putting out content on social and your presence is FELT which I think it has been, taking a needed break is so fine. Netflix rules.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Exactly, Michele!

      Posting on FB was an easy way to still feel connected even when I wasn’t posting here.

      That said – my gears have ALSO been turning on social media presence…i.e. do we REALLY need to post as much as we do? Are we just adding noise? Creatures of habit? Is that time better spent unplugging and getting back to pre-FB life? Posting + scheduling out of genuine desire to connect and share vs. posting + scheduling just to say “hey don’t forget about me – look! here I am adding value!”?

      Obviously there are no “right” answers here, but I think these Qs are worth exploring so we can be sure we’re using these tools intentionally. Thanks for reminding me of that one :)

  9. connie curtis

    I dont know where to start to ask questions. I am just starting and getting stuff up and looking at how to drive people to my opt in and get an email list and build trust. I am going to do video like you so I am planning on starting that in oct.

    How do you respond to your fb comments and keep that all going? How did you get all these people to know about you. How did you start your marketing to get an email list and get your self out there so you could help so many people. I want to help people and yes make money.. plus travel. I really see myself as traveling and combining gluten intolerance and food allergies together.

    My service is coaching someone newly diagnosed with food allergies , celiac or gluten intolerance move through their roadblocks, and go from surviving, to thriving, effortlessly.

    Your tips and coaching helped me write that and get clear on other things..I know I am already making a difference before I started my business. I am passionate about this and the environment and that is what keeps me moving forward to have a life that I love and help others.. :)

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Go Connie go!

      As for FB, I have no real strategy for interaction. I post and reply when I make time to :) One day that may change, but for now it’s what feels best!

      As for list-building, my biz buddy Jenny Shih has a great program called Get 1000 Subscribers – super-actionable guidance for folks who aren’t sure how or where to start to get that momentum going.

      She’s got the free training here: http://bit.ly/XQMgKR

      And here’s my link to the actual program page: http://bit.ly/1uOV93l

      I used some of her tips to finish off my first-ever opt-in freebie, which helped me finish my first 1000 in a jiffy ;) I recommend it often!

  10. Ashley Wilhite

    Thank you for being so transparent about your process and what you’ve been going through over these past few months. It’s so refreshing. :)

    I’m curious to know what your support system looked like leading up to (and during) the launch. Who was working behind-the-scenes with you? Did you invest in a coach or mentor? How did you keep all those pieces together without dropping the ball? Because you seriously did an amazing job!

    Can’t wait for more videos! xo

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thanks, Ash :)

      I didn’t have a launch coach or mentor, but I definitely had the RIGHT support where I needed it most. Will totally do a dream team roll call and share a breakdown of who helped with what!

  11. Siedah Mitchum Designs

    Congrats on your success! I am where you were before you created your first course. I would love to know the steps to building momentum via your email list and on Facebook that allows you to build a community and make sales. I think the hardest part is how to deliver content in a way that turns someone who signed up on your email list to a paid client. Behind the scenes is great!

    Looking forward to your videos!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thanks, Siedah!

      When it came to ACAC, building the list was all about having a great freebie, opt-in offer, lead magnet, GIFT..whatEVER you wanna call it. That has been my #1 list-builder by FAR. (My list has grown from about 1,200 in Jan to over 6,000 this year!)

      And the heart of EVERYTHING – anywhere – free stuff, blog, FB, wherever, is about showing who you are so people can know, like, and trust you to provide something of value that they want or need.

      Happy to expand on that in a post!

      1. Nikki Elledge Brown

        Also – check out those links I just shared with Connie above :)

  12. Marina Darlow

    I’m just watching you rise, and that in and of itself is an inspiration and a learning experience.
    No specific questions yet, but I trust you to provide super valuable insights as you run this blog, and the wonderful, fun, and supportive community you’ve created.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Well that’s just beautiful, Marina :) Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  13. Tracey

    You’re so natural on video! How do you do it? That’s what I’d like to know :-)

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      GREAT one, Tracey – can’t wait to talk more about connecting via video!

      In the meantime, know that I seriously look at that tiny camera lens like it’s YOU. A real person sitting with me at my kitchen table. (Or standing on top of my tripod in my bedroom…I mean studio.)

      Practice and prep and knowing the structure of what you want to say is KEY.

      Can’t wait to share more on that!

  14. Carol

    I’ve been poking the online business experience for a few years (yes, my toe is sore) and recently dove in (gulp) and have a tiny new business. I’d like conversations about connecting with people, building the momentum, and ways to recognize those, “there”, “right there” moments where the connection happens so that I can do more of THAT.

    Thank you for being your adorable self and standing out as a true business role model.

    Groovy Blessings!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      So much goodness to dig into on each of those topic, Carol! Juicy as fresh pineapple.

      CONGRATS on diving in. At this point I’ve gotta say: Sometimes the less you listen, learn, and read, the better! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and stuck before you really start if you’re tuning in to everrrrybody’s best practices.

      That said: You WILL figure it all out as you go, and I’ll be happy to help share lessons along the way. Would love to share more on following hunches and intuition in business!

  15. Leanne Chesser

    Congrats, Nikki! I want things to click like this for me. You followed the guidance you received. You shared your gifts and knowledge. And it clicked. It exploded, actually! You’re living your purpose, helping so many people, using your gifts and making a difference in the world . . . and making a ton of money as a result. I feel like I’ve done the same thing in terms of following my guidance, sharing my gifts and living my purpose . . . but stuff’s not clicking for me. Something is missing or messed up. I wanna know how you did it. I know you’ve shared your journey all along and I’ve followed it, so I don’t know what you could share in addition to that . . . but I need help, dude :).

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Ha! Thank you, Leanne :) Check out the link to Jenny Shih’s free training I shared up there with Connie. Think you’ll enjoy it!

  16. Rev. Kerti

    Love ya, Nikki!

    My biggest question is about balance. How do you do it? Quite frankly, I’m pretty cool with whatever you want to teach. I love the info you’ve given so far and I’m excited about where it’s going!

    xoxo
    EA

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Ha! Thanks, EA. I certainly haven’t figured that one out yet, but I’m happy to share how I’m learning to manage the imbalance without going totally crazy ;)

      1. Rev. Kerti

        Haha, I’ll put that in the “good enough” category.

  17. Linda

    I so appreciate your transparency. It is a gift…thank you.
    Your journey is fascinating and inspiring. One of the pieces that I think would be great to hear about is delegating and finding the right type of support. How did you find VA’s – assuming you use them! What does your team look like and how does it work for you/them.
    Thanks!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      You’re reading my mind, Linda!

      I’ve definitely had support this year, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned about delegation 101 – what to delegate, to whom, and how. May be a mini-series!

  18. Karen Taggart

    “Crash test smartie” – Love it!

    You’re such an inspiration Nikki, I can’t wait to see what you’re up to next. You’re so warm and genuine that I find myself smiling as I watch your videos. Maybe that sounds weird. Oh well, it’s the truth. :)

    As a fellow mom/wife/entrepreneur I would love to hear how you manage your time while keeping your family as top priority. It’s so hard, but so worth it!

    Thanks!!!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      And I found myself smiling reading your comment, Karen! Thank you :)

      This is a great one. An interesting answer just popped into my brain – but I don’t want to spoil it. Definitely adding this to the list!

  19. Desha Peacock

    Hi Nikki, I’m a fellow B-Schooler and have been following your rise to fame since before you launched your first website (I remember “Social Suzi” telling me about you, b/c she designed my site, too!). What I’d like to know is your advice for beginners on how to kick start the business into full speed, especially around profit. What kind of support did you have? A mentor? A coach? A group of tight buds? I find that in my own business I’ve spent maybe a little too much time building social media and getting distracted with always learning more (well, plus I just published my first book)… but now I’m so ready to focus on profit- but there’s a little voice saying that there’s something I’m missing… like I need a mentor to hold my hand and coach me through that process. So, that’s what is on my mind and what I feel you could teach me. Congrats on all your accomplishments- I think it is fantastic. Big love, Desha

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thank you, Desha – and GREAT Q!

      I’ll definitely talk about this in a vid. In the meantime – Cliff’s Notes…via the world’s longest comment:

      It’s about focusing on what you want to offer AND people want to pay for. Forget ALL the rest for now.

      When I started I didn’t have a business coach or a mentor (still don’t, really!), but my business was profitable pretty much right away because I LITERALLY just focused on these three steps (that I cover in that first training video from http://www.acourseaboutcopy.com):

      1. Know your value.
      2. Know who needs it.
      3. Communicate your value with the folks who need it in a smart, authentic way.

      Once I realized I could help entrepreneurs with communication, I started connecting with potential dream clients and building credibility (via FB groups, then email). I put an offer out there and just kept doing that work.

      You may know I didn’t have a site beyond the splash page or a FB page when I started – just skills, an offer, and a real focus on genuine connection. The momentum grew organically from that!

      I survived 2013 thanks to my dear friend Brie (met her when she was one of my first clients!)…we joked that we were our own “two-woman mastermind.” Mutual inspiration society.

      This year I’ve added a handful of biz buddies to my brilliant inner circle (slash advisory board). It’s invaluable to have friends I trust to help me process when I’m feeling stuck or crazy :)

      Could talk about this one forever and will totally share more details as needed/requested – but in the meantime: Create that offer that can make you *profit* and focus on sharing it!

      If you need accountability to get there and don’t have the biz buddies yet, absolutely get support via a coach or mentor.

      You’ve GOT this!

  20. ReBecca Shotton

    Dang girl! Just reading your blog comments and responses is tiring!

    HUGE Congrats on busting your ass and reaping the rewards AND choosing to share your lessons with the rest of us too. Karma’s going to work in your favor ;)

    Here are my questions….

    1-Where were the biggest 1-3 things that you did to reach a worldwide audience Advertising your course on FB and Twitter? I’m fearful that I could do both of those and I’d just hear crickets….

    2-Where did you find an amazing MasterMind group? I’ve been trying to find one (I’m willing to create one, but haven’t found people so far that I think share the same vision of what it would be)

    3-What would you do DIFFERENTLY, or advise us to try to avoid (I’m guessing BURN OUT- LOL!)

    Again, THANKS A MILLION for paying it forward!!! You’re a Entrepreneuress ROCKSTAR!!

    ReBecca Shotton
    http://www.SmallBusinessSpecialties.com

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Ha! Thank you, ReBecca :)

      More great Qs!

      1- My email list was already full of international folks, and that’s where it all started for ACAC! David Siteman Garland’s Create Awesome Online Courses gave me a great starting point on how I set up my first launch. You can get his cheat sheet through my link here: http://bit.ly/1tvKaf7

      2 – Check out my note to Desha above. Most of my biz buddies started off as my clients – so that all ties back to the smart, authentic communication piece! Showing up as you really are and making genuine connections with folks.

      3 – YES! Exactly :)

      Adding each of these to my idea bank!

  21. Rebecca Dempster

    Hi Nikki,

    Congrats on the huge success! It is so well deserved. You are the definition of smart, authentic communication!

    I’d love to hear more about how you put ACAC together – sort of a step by step, from the first version to what you have now. How did you tackle the whole big project? And of course, the communication side of it – how to write for your videos, course name, the amazing amazing workbook, etc! I’m working on my first online course and finding ACAC incredibly helpful for it as well as the website but I’d love more detail on the behind the scenes.

    Rebecca

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thanks so much, Rebecca. So glad you’re loving ACAC :)

      And YEP – I’ve been thinking about how I can share + document all that while it’s still fresh. Seriously think it could be a course in itself.

      Adding these to the list!

      1. Rebecca Dempster

        Yes, it could definitely be a course! I was hoping you’d say that!

  22. Susan

    It was almost breathtaking to watch you pull that whole thing off!!! Big congrats & enjoy!

    My question is copy-related:

    How and on what reasons did you decide to call your course “A COURSE ABOUT COPY”? Did it take long, did you have other title-candidates, where you sure or just ready to go…?

    I think titles are huge and with all that knowledge about “it has to be fun, easy, clear and you have to convey the benefits ‘n stuff”, it can be pretty hard to find and decide the name for a product…

    Would love to hear your thoughts on that :-)
    Thanks so much!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Got it, Susan! Happy to share that.

      (I’m pretty sure I wrote a FB status the night I came up with it, too…will have to dig and find a screenshot for this post ;))

      Happy weekend!

  23. Sarah Cooper

    Hi Nikki,

    I LOVED following your launch. Your videos and your speaking – so real and able to relate to.

    I would love to hear tips about how to replicate the SIZE of your launch. I am in the process of getting ready to launch my online bootcamp for transforming frustrated musicians into trailblazing musicians – teaching them how to monetize their passions and match their business skills with their technical skills!

    I know that this course has the potential to be a global HIT, (and it is SO needed) and I need tips on HOW to make it this the success I want it to be!

    So – any info regarding these topics would be fantastic!

    With much appreciation!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thanks, Sarah – and congrats on the upcoming launch!!

      To clarify – what do you mean by replicating the size of the launch? Like the size of the Summer School group or the number of folks who became customers?

      Either way, the answer boils down to building a community and a list of folks who know, like, and trust you.

      I can certainly help with that piece in ACAC – and the links to Jenny Shih’s training I shared with Connie above will also be super-helpful!

      Let me know if that’s not what you meant. Adding to this point to the list!

  24. Elise

    Delegating. As an alchemist, I know my blessing is with the natural world and formulating pure organic skin care. I adhere to organic, sustainable practices that support women’s cooperatives and family farms world wide. Recently, for the first time, I’ve found associates to do the tech work I’m not gifted in (work that melts my brain / I become dysfunctional)so “delegating” is important to me. Advice on delegating is always appreciated. With grace as my business continues to grow I’ll be able to delegate tasks I’m not adept in and focus on what I have to bring forward. You continue to rock my world Nikkie … you are an unstoppable inspiration and I look forward to the day that I too can “tithe” to organizations I admire. Thank you / blessings your way
    Elise

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      You got it, Elise! Delegation is definitely on the list.

      And for the giving back part – YES! – please read this post I wrote last year:
      http://nikkielledgebrown.com/how-to-change-the-world-with-your-business/

      We committed to giving before I even made my first $1. And honestly – it inspires me to think bigger – knowing that as my percent grows, the gifts grow right along with it!

      I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to be making six (or seven) figures to have “enough” to give. Whether it’s time, resources, or even prayers – you’ve already got enough to give.

      It’s just a matter of choosing to :)

  25. Denise Duffield-Thomas (the Lucky Bitch)

    Yup – serious resistance and success “aftermath” is a REAL thing – especially after an epic Best Month Ever (you totally deserve it by the way)!

    Now, I realise that you have to book in some “aftermath” time. You have to expect that a new level and new BME is INEVITABLE and you have to plan for that – both in some down time afterwards – and planning content for when you want to retreat into a cave and not do ANYTHING for a while!

    I remember my first big BME – afterwards I just wanted to sit on the couch for six weeks and play Candy Crush!

    Congrats on putting yourself out there – remember, “I serve, I deserve!”

    xxx Denise DT

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      HA! Yeesssss, Denise. And thanks so much for commenting, lady.

      You inspire me in so many ways – setting (and modeling) healthy boundaries, busting through limiting beliefs, AND batching content on great hair days.

      I am on a mission to batch like a madwoman in the weeks and months to come so that by Jan. 1 my business (and blog) is BME-proof, storm-proof, and hypothetical 2nd babyproofed.

      I like being able to play hookie and still know that I’m serving my dreamies just as well ;)

  26. Weekend Cowgirl

    I think the “blog silence” happens to all of us. Although mine are mostly photos I must have new photos to show and sometimes life just gets in the way. I just try to hop back on as nothing has happened! I also had to lower my expectations about them being every day and just hoping for once a week!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Yes, Bunny!

      That reminds me of why I never wrote my “Stories from a Screensaver” blog in chronological order – so many hobby bloggers would start off that way, skip some time, then feel obsessive about playing catch-up (and subsequently stop altogether).

      Slightly different model for a business blog, but that “have to” vibe still doesn’t feel fun to me!

  27. Sean

    You are AWESOME!

  28. Shannon Elhart

    Could not be a more perfect time – seriously Divine… Thank you! Last week, someone pointed out my absence blog.wise. I know I’ve been MIA, and I know why – but I don’t know how to share it. This post inspires me even though yours was due to success overload, and mine was quite different.

    I’m diving back into ACAC – which is an amazing course, and I know that will guide me. I’d like to know more about writing copy for the launch process, and I’d love some practices on how to really free your voice in writing newsletters.

    I appreciate all you do, Nikki :)

  29. Nadia Hosko

    Hi Nikki!

    I’ve for some Q’s!! (Thank you for asking!)

    I sometimes find myself feeling unsure on how to grab my ideal client’s attention when thinking about my homepage. I’ve learned the basic guidelines – let your client know she’s in the right place / classic statement: I help (insert ideal client) (insert problem) by (insert service) so that you can (insert result) …

    My issue is that I’m still figuring out what I offer! I know my why’s and who I want to help and my services are evolving as I test and pivot. I’m working on launching a new website and shoot, I’m not sure what to put. I don’t want to sound generic, I know how I want her to feel – I want to help empower business owners who are on a mission to change the world…. I’m still figuring out how I will support her (many things I want to offer) … But I want my message to sound unique and not too general (and to move beyond the basic statement I used above so it feels more like me) and … inspire her to work with me.

    Boiled down Q: How to craft your message when you are finding your sweet spot.
    How to find a name for what you do when it’s not generic (life coach, leadership mentor), without confusing people with an unclear name (love: The communication stylist).
    How to sound like yourself and inspire her in a succinct, heart centred way without sounding generic, how to let her know you understand her without it sounding like a list of pain points. (!!!)

    Okay, that was a lot of Q’s! ;)

    Thank you Nikki!! <3

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