So in the midst of all the last minute wedding planning craziness, I’m of course still working on my business and coming up with a plan to help it grow and be successful. But I’m at a point where I’m stuck now, and I could really use the advice of people who know me through my blog, since it is somewhat web-related.
A little background on my situation: I graduated college in 2007 with my BFA in Graphic Design. After college, I worked at corporate for American Greetings card company, then at corporate for a supermarket chain in the upper northeast. I designed cards at AG and food packaging at the supermarket. I loved both these jobs, and I love what I chose to do with my career. Design is my favorite thing ever.
When Joshua returned home from Afghanistan, I left my job and started my own freelance graphic design business, Graphic Grace Design. Work has been steady but slow, but I was recently informed that my biggest client will no longer be hiring freelancers. In one way, this is a good thing— it forces me to put myself and the company out there more to get more clients, and pursue the type of work I really want. On the other hand, I’m scared shitless. This company has been my primary source of income for almost a year now, and I’m nervous and anxious about what comes next.
The question is now, what to do? I have this blog, Hard Corps Love, which is my personal blog that started as a deployment journal when Joshua was away. It is mostly military, wedding, and relationship focused. But then, I want to blog about my business and share my design projects and ideas, templates, giveaways, tutorials, etc.
Do I start sharing those things here, or do I start a new blog that is strictly business? Do I keep my personal & professional blogs separate, or do I combine the two? I’ve seen several successful bloggers who do combine the two, and their reader loyalty also helps their business.
But then, I don’t want my blog to be all business.
And then again, I don’t want to have so many different blogs, profiles, and websites to have to manage and keep up all the time.
As it is, I currently have this blog, my GraphicGrace website, our wedding/personal website (joshuandanielle.com), my personal Facebook page, a GraphicGrace Faebook page, a GraphicGrace Twitter page, and my blog Twitter page.
So I feel like the Facebook pages and Twitter pages are, whatever. Those are small things that are easier to manage, and not a big deal to me. But the blog/website issue is a huge deal.
What would you do?
I’ve thought about moving this blog to joshuandanielle.com, keeping all of our personal life together. Then I’d create a separate business-related blog for GraphicGrace and the website. But can I still make that personal? And if I move this blog to joshuandanielle.com, do I keep the name, Hard Corps Love, or do I change it?