People might think you want it from them.
Here’s a reaction to Blog No. 1 of Diary of Time in the Corridor from an email sent me by a 12-step fellowship person whom I know from, well, 12-step fellowships:
I enjoyed your blog. It seems like it’s about selling your product as well as sharing your process. I guess that’s what blogs are meant for.
Was I affected by the above reaction? Oh, yeah. It was my worst fear: If I talk about my business, people will think I am trying to sell them something (either the products themselves or the possibility of investing in it).
— serendipitously, one that spreads the message: “Don’t give up five minutes before the miracle.” I was illustrating an anecdote about its order. By the way — order delivered and customer very happy!I cannot deny that I love the idea of people learning about what I do. But, I’m aiming for wholesale, not individual retail customers, and am building the infrastructure to do that. (Full disclosure: I have an etsy site but it’s mainly for display. It’s http://www.happy-notes.com.)
Do I need an investor to do wholesale? Yes. Would I cringe if a blog-reader sought to investigate cashing in on my little seedling of a company? No.
However, I have a meeting coming up on March 4 that may result in Happy Notes having a real sponsor — possibly being an imprint of a large company.
The whole point of this blog is to serve as a witness to a time of transition in my life, from:
a) scraping for money and having some good ideas, to:
b) having the bleepin’ courage to create something that works and lasts and provides prosperity for me and others.
Can’t say I haven’t been somewhat gleefully encouraged by this little factoid:
I want you along for the ride as I make dumb mistakes and smart choices and watch my life change, somehow.
It’s my assurance that things are about to change for the better that may have sounded like a sales ploy to that 12-step person.
I get it, I do. Or it may have sounded like whistling in the dark.
Here’s the spiritual rub: While I believe it is very likely that Happy Notes will make it, I know that I don’t know everything, that I am not the Master of the Universe. I know that a loving G-d has taken me places I never would have chosen, and for the best.
So, I don’t actually know what’s good for me or the planet. I just have a feeling about Happy Notes. And I’m inviting you along for the ride. We’ve already seen one of my worst fears realized — being misunderstood — and here we are, continuing on!!
Have a great week. The blogger friend whose blog inspired this one writes a post a week. I’d like to aim for that. Catch you soon. Blessings to all — may you have a wonderful week in which you discover something about you or the world that lights you up. Do it.