I’m not going to pretend that it’s OK for a company to get lazy about sharing content. IF you want to attract and retain customers, stay relevant, or work toward anything like a goal. But in my case, as the lone ranger of my consultancy, I’m perfectly OK with not developing my own content: blog articles, social media posts, etc. You know why? Because I am so busy developing content for my clients!
Does this excuse me from walking the walk? Probably not. I’m not interested in excuses. I can explain it a little, though. I’m doing what many other small business owners do: keeping so busy with my day to day operations that I’m not spending any time on marketing, despite my best intentions. And a sizable portion of my operations include taking care of two toddlers! If I have the choice between blogging for my website or taking my kids to the park…well, I think it’s pretty clear what takes priority.
While I may not be focusing on my own business development (through content marketing, that is), I’m helping my clients reach their goals. The companies I work with (and in the case of marketing agencies, their clients) have amazing marketing plans and they’re pursuing real-world content marketing strategies. I love being a part of their journey and seeing how their efforts come together to better serve their customers and prospective customers. These companies are basically taking me along for the ride–I’m learning a lot about marketing and what goes into making high-level business decisions.
This is really, really exciting to me, because this exposure will help me be a more experienced and informed marketing consultant, let alone writer/content developer. My “10 year plan” includes getting both kids into grade school and expanding my business. I’m not sure exactly what this means quite yet, but I do know that working as a freelance copywriter for a wide range of companies is giving me absolutely priceless experience. For now, that’s good enough for me, and I’m so grateful for every opportunity I have to work with a marketing team (internal or agency-based).
To prove my point, I’ll admit right now that I’m ignoring some client work I really need to do. I’m also ignoring my 2 year-old, who’s now in the other room, leaving me alone with Curious George. My little guy just said “uh-oh,” so with this, I’m signing off!