Who Am I?
I’ve been tasked with the first assignment handed down from the awesome Blogging 101 course available for free from Blogging University at The Daily Post. This is an interesting assignment, as on this site my focus is business and serving clients, so it’s a question I’m more often asking others than answering myself, beyond describing my professional skills and services. If you really want to know that stuff too, you can start by checking out my About Page. But for this assignment post, I’m going to get a little more personal.
I Love My Furbabies
See pic at top. At time of this writing I have 2 dogs and a cat, and there is a lizard that lives in my home too, though she’s not mine. The funny thing is I never thought I’d be a dog person, I’ve been a cat mom for most of my life. But in the past two years not one but TWO dogs landed on my doorstep, almost literally.
My sweetest darling and babygirl, Tots, pictured on right above, was found crying under a bush in the desert when she was less than 2 pounds and fit in the palm of my hand. Strider, the big doofus on the left in the inset, was discovered crying underneath my window when he was a puppy too. But he’s big. He’s still a puppy, at almost 8 months old and almost 50 pounds. I can’t wait till he’s out of puppyhood.
Cat was a rescue too, someone asked me to take her because they knew I had lost my two darling kitty children Silver and Sundance a couple years prior, and was still heartbroken over them. In fact, I believe Tots was sent to me by the universe to heal my battered heart and let me love again. Cat was hard to place because she, unlike my prior cats who were total love bugs, is not really what you’d call friendly, and is not affectionate at all. She was born on the streets, her first interactions with humans was to be captured, caged, poked and prodded, and operated on (spayed). Thus she will always be a bit of a wild child who doesn’t fully trust humans. She was pretty high up on the “kill shelter going to die soon” list and that’s how the person connived me into taking her. I couldn’t bear the thought of her being killed just for being scared and wild. Her name is Elithiliel, which is Tolkien Elvish for “Star Moon Daugher.” El-ithil-iel. She goes by Ellie for short.
I’m A Fangirl
Yep, I said it, and I wear the label without shame! I looove science fiction and fantasy. I sometimes claim I was born with a scifi book in one hand and a fantasy novel in the other. These days I need a third hand for coffee, but that’s another post, lol. “Meilani, what is a Fangirl?” you say? OOOh come to think of it, since I’m getting a late start on Blogging 101 and Writing 101, I’m going to use this post for Writing 101 Day 2, Make a List! Woohoo! So without further ado, here’s some ways you can spot a Fangirl:
- Over exuberant love for things in their favorite fandom.
Fandom is whatever it is the fangirls and fanboys are fans of. And you’ll know them when you see them. They’ll be the ones dressed up as their favorite characters at various cons, like Comic Con or Harry Potter Con. Yes, that’s me, dressed up in hooded cloak at a Harry Potter convention. There’s just nothing quite so fun as that!
- Won’t go out on a Friday night because that’s when Doctor Who is on.
Woohoo Doctor Who!! I acquired the love for Doctor Who as a child, during the Tom Baker (Doctor #4) years. I even had a Doctor Who scarf when I was a kid, and wore it happily despite the fact that the other kids didn’t know why I would wear a ridiculously long, striped scarf, and just thought I was weird. Ahhh, the childhood of a geek, before geeks were cool.
- May Squee at any moment.
A Squee is that high pitched, ultra excited sound fangirls and yes, even fanboys, make when there is some momentous happening within their favorite fandom. For example, they just scored those coveted and hard to get tickets to the limited attendance Firefly panel at Comic Con, or their favorite Companion just got killed off on Doctor Who, or they watched an awesome video clip promoting some upcoming event.
- You don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.
That’s right we Fangirls and Fanboys love to use words and phrases that our fave characters used, or talk about things that only fellow fans would know. This is why I always have my trusty towel with me, keep a babel fish in my ear at all times, and enjoy traveling in the TARDIS to shiny shindigs where I know the mei-meis will understand when and why I aim to misbehave.
And there you have it my friends, a short list of Fangirl telltales.
Why Am I Here?
There are two answers to this question.
Why Am I Here? Answer #1:
For this first answer, by “here” I mean this web site, this presence online, in specific, my business blogs. These blogs are here to, hopefully, attract the kinds of folks who might be in need of my business services. For the most part these are small business owners, new business owners, solopreneurs and others who want to learn how to build a strong brand identity and reputation, use social media effectively to market their business and blogs, and identify, connect with, and build a targeted online audience of folks who are interested in their goods and services. I provide training in these areas, and/or provide those services as a contracted outsource provider for clients who find they just don’t enjoy the social media outreach or blog writing tasks. A lot of small business owners and solopreneurs find they just don’t have time to do it all themselves when they are running a business, and would rather outsource such tasks.
Why Am I Here? Answer #2:
I am here, enrolled in Blogging 101 and Writing 101, because I’ve somewhat lost my passion for my own business. I love to do those social outreach tasks for clients, and I’m good at it – I’ve successfully built up a good reputation and online audience – but it’s really weird, lately I’m not enjoying doing those things for my own business as much as I should, or even as much as I enjoy doing them for other businesses and clients.
I think it’s because for my own business, the parts I enjoy are the parts where I’m serving others. I love hosting workshops and training people. I love doing the work for other people. I don’t enjoy a lot of the other stuff that comes with running my own business – invoicing, keeping track of finances, marketing my own stuff all the time. That’s resulted in my losing interest in my own business blogging and social media outreach efforts. I signed up for Blogging 101 and Writing 101 because I think they will help me get my business mojo back.
My goal is to take the assignments and turn them into posts that are suitable for my business blog. I think this will be a challenge, and that that challenge will provide creative sparks, new perspectives and self discoveries that will reignite my interest in my own business blogs. This intro post may not sound very business-y, but it has resulted in a bit of introspection and a statement of a few goals that will benefit my business and also, I think, make me a better service provider to my customers. So to me, it’s still business-y.
Thank You and Let’s Enjoy That Shared Journey!
Thanks for reading this loooong post, and for embarking with me as we take a shared journey on Cruise Ship Blogging 101! Please do leave a comment if you can, constructive critiques and comments are welcome, or just say Hi and leave a link to your Writing 101 Day 1 post. Here’s to the Cruise! 🙂
About the Author, Meilani MacDonald
Meilani MacDonald is a brand identity and outreach strategy consultant who runs Meilani’s Blooming Business Club, through which she brings monthly workshops and “Consultant is IN” Hangout sessions to club members, at a price that’s right for savvy solopreneurs and small business owners on a budget!
Meilani specializes in teaching her clients how to market their business online and build a strong brand identity using social media on purpose, with purpose.
Would you like to learn how to use social media effectively, to promote your business and build a strong brand identity?
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