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Thanks, Internet #1 - The Blog Bloc

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Thanks, Internet #1 - The Blog Bloc


Here's the thing about the internet: it gets a bad rap. Sure, there are a lot of crazy things happening in this world and sometimes the web is complicit in that crazy, but there are also a ton of great things happening out there.

One of my favorite things about the internet is that it's allowed me to connect with so many incredible people in real life. Let me put it this way: without the internet, I would have never been introduced to the work of those I've interviewed on my podcast. And I certainly never would have been able to meet many of them in person when I took the show on the road in 2015

The thing is, there are so many cool things happening and I can't possibly interview everyone on Creating Your Own Path. All of those amazing people who are spearheading projects that bring people and acts of creativity together both on the web and in person? They deserve love too! (Edit: please note that a feature here does not preclude these people and projects from being featured on CYOP someday!

So, I'm starting a new monthly series dedicated to sharing really cool projects and ideas that are taking shape in both the digital and physical realms. Ready to get started with the first installment? Let's do it!


Thanks Internet // Volume 1 // The Blog Bloc

The Blog Bloc is a brand new organization for bloggers and content creators in the Sacramento region. It was launched in an effort to support content creators of all kinds — bloggers, podcasters, creative directors, etc. — through community-building and resource-sharing. The whole project is built on two primary values I can really appreciate:

  • There is room for all of us.
  • We all can learn from one another.

I also have to tell you that this new community is run by one of my favorite humans of all time: Kachet Jackson-Henderson of The Lipstick Giraffe. She's been sitting on this idea for a long time and was determined to make it happen! Since launching the project, she's held several community events that people are raving about.

While this is a Sacramento-based venture, I'm betting she has her heart set on expansion. There are so many people around the globe who could benefit from a community like this one. I've just signed up and can't wait to attend the next event!

Want to learn more? You can get the scoop here.


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CYOP #47 - Making DIY Approachable + Blogging for a Living with Rachel Smith of The Crafted Life

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CYOP #47 - Making DIY Approachable + Blogging for a Living with Rachel Smith of The Crafted Life

CYOP #47 - Making DIY Approachable + Blogging for a Living with Rachel Smith of The Crafted Life

Rachel Smith is our guest on today’s show and if you know anything about the world of craft and DIY blogging, you’ve probably come across Rachel’s incredible corner of the internet. She currently runs her blog, The Crafted Life, full time and—though I don’t consider myself to be super crafty—I was completely drawn in by both Rachel’s aesthetic and by the simplicity of the projects she shares. 

In the interview we chat about Rachel’s big leap to take her blog full time, how she makes a living as a blogger and some of the opportunities she’s seen come her way over the last few years. Even if you’re not super crafty or don’t really spend much time in the blog world, I think you’ll get a lot our of this interview. I know I did!

Enjoy!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Find something you're really passionate about, because you're going to do it all the time." - Rachel Smith, The Crafted Life. // Listen to the full episode at creatingyourownpath.com.

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Something Has Got to Give

"Something Has Got to Give" // jenniferesnyder.com/blog

In freelance life, there comes a point when you have to learn to streamline, to say yes to some opportunities and turn others down. I've also learned that scaling back on some passion projects to make space for more lucrative/exciting/fun opportunities is just part of the job.

Since transitioning my content from my former blog over to this space, I've noticed a shift in the way I prefer to approach my editorial schedule, how ideas percolate and what type of information I want to share. The transition also coincided with a pretty significant uptick in the amount of freelance work coming my way. "Grateful" does not even begin to describe how I feel about that development. Having access to multiple creative outlets is something I've been working toward for some time and I couldn't be happier with how it's all working out.

That said, there have been sacrifices. For example, one of the projects I've had to set aside is the photography print shop. Was it fun? You bet. Was it worth the time I was investing? No. I also stepped back from some non-paying contributing positions in an effort to transfer that time over to paid opportunities... 

...Which brings me to this space. I love it. I will always love it. I'm just beginning to realize that I need to slow it down and be here a little less. I've always looked at slow blogging as good blogging. The good stuff takes time. A lot of time. Time that could be spent on other writing and editing opportunities, taking better care of myself and focusing on quality time with my loved ones. 

So with a slower editorial pace in mind, there may be a few shifts happening over the next several months. Starting next week, I'll be focusing on creating solid content here once or twice a week and spreading my love for writing and editing to other projects (which I'll also share here, of course!). I'm also toying around with the idea of taking the summer off from sponsorships to remind myself how it feels to write in this space solely for us, rather than writing with the numbers in mind. 

What won't change? Many of my favorite features, the podcast (I'll have a new episode out on Wednesday!) and a continued focus on creativity, adventure and cool finds.

So you see, it won't be a huge shift. You'll just see a little less of me popping up in your feed readers and inboxes, which—let's face it—isn't the worst thing that could happen, right? ;)

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So tell me: have you ever hit a point in work or life (or both) where something just had to give? How did you handle it, my friends? I'm all ears.


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The End of People + Places + Things... sort of.

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Fear not, dear readers: this isn't really the end.

I'm actually writing today's post to give you all a heads up regarding the next step in the evolution of this creative adventure. You see, I started this blog in 2011 as a journal of my everyday musings, travels and more. It launched as a hodgepodge of content that has developed into a wonderful community of like-minded folks who share similar life goals and passions. It has also turned into an extension of what I do for a living.

As you know, I write, edit and create content for websites, mobile apps, publications, organizations and small businesses for a living. I'm also a huge fan of dabbling in other creative arenas including art, graphic design, photography, video creation and more. All of these things are slowly starting to develop here: jenniferesnyder.com.

Taking photos, processing photos and developing content for my blog doesn't differ that much from what I do for a living. So why would my blog live under a separate brand and website URL? I've asked myself this question (along with many others) as I've meandered this creative path and I've decided:  

It's time to consolidate, it's time to focus and it's high time to build one online presence for myself as a freelance content creator, occasional dabbler and advocate for all things inspiring.

So, in the coming weeks, I'll be transitioning this blog content over to jenniferesnyder.com and slowly letting go of the People + Places + Things website and brand. It won't be easy, but it just makes sense.

This is where you come in, my friends. This blog is nothing without you. You make up this community of like-minded people who share, discuss and provide feedback so readily. I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible for you.

Now, you may have a few questions and I'm going to do my best to answer a few I anticipate getting in the coming weeks.

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Q: Are you crazy?

A: Ha! Perhaps. Switching URL's can be challenging, frustrating and a little (read: a lot) messy. I have a huge job ahead of me as it is much easier to start from scratch with new content then it is to transfer content from one URL to another. That said, I want my content to carry over and I'll do what needs to be done to make that happen. If you think that's a little crazy, that's okay with me. ;)

Q: What will change for us?

A: Not much. The most noticeable difference for you will be the shift from this space to jenniferesnyder.com over the next few days and weeks. The blog will live in the "Journal" section of the site once the transition is complete. Much of the current content will remain intact, aside from a few posts that no longer fit the vision I have for this space.

Q: Will your content change along with your brand?

A: Not really. Moving forward, the content may go through a few minor changes, but the overall vibe will stay true to what I've been creating in this space for the last several years. 

Q: I subscribe via email. Will I still get posts emailed to me?

A: Yes. There may be a slight disruption in email updates while I transition the blog over to the new website. I'm also working to launch a new email newsletter with more features that will allow you to receive all sorts of inspiring goodness.

Q: I follow you via a feed reader. Will I be able to follow your posts in the future.

A: Definitely.  I'll be posting updates to this space in the coming weeks to make sure you have the latest information regarding the new blog feed. 

Q: I've been thinking about sponsoring your blog. Will I still be able to do that at the new site?

Yes! Sponsorships will transfer over along with the content. 

Q: What will happen to People + Places + Things? 

A: I'm hanging on to the People + Places + Things website for a bit to make sure I can keep you all posted on the transition. As for what happens after that, I'm not entirely sure. Rest assured, you'll be the first to know. 

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As always, thank you for sticking with me. Your thoughtful comments and words of encouragement are always just what I need to read. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask away in the comment section or get in touch with me here.

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Update: Since this blog post went live on People + Places + Things after I had already started transferring content over, the comments didn't make the trip. You can view them below. I'm so humbled by the support, my friends. Thank you.


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