Jacquelynne Steves

Something’s Gotta Give… Part II

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Jacquelynne Steves Roses

The other day, I was talking about my realization that

Something’s Gotta Give.

There are so many things that I enjoy doing, and I really  want to do everything. But I know that I can’t. I have come to the point where I know that something’s gotta go in order to make room for some new stuff.

Here is what I know-

*I will keep designing fabric as long as people keep buying it. It’s a fun process that I enjoy.

*I LOVE the process of book writing- I love developing the projects, making the project samples, drawing and painting illustrations for the book. This is something which I really would like to do more of, but I have let other things that I thought were important get in the way.

*I would like more time to spend on my artwork and developing it into other products (like the note card line which I launched on Etsy recently.)

*I also enjoy doing the e-magazine. I haven’t done nearly as many issues as I’d like. I’d like to get back to a quarterly (every 3 months) schedule. But I can’t do that with some of the other things that are on my plate.

*Plus I have lots and lots of ideas for new products, venues, etc. that I would love to explore.

Something else I’m learning is that I need to get much better at DELEGATION. Yep, letting go of some stuff.

*My husband has always helped me quite a bit, but lately he’s been doing quite a bit more, which I so appreciate. It takes such a burden off of my shoulders to know that if I just ask him to do something (why is the asking so hard sometimes??), I can count on him to get it done. (And this is AFTER he does his regular 7 am- 5 pm job.) Thank you, Honey!!

*I’ve contracted a recent art school graduate from my church to help me with some of the graphic work that I no longer have time to do (much as I’d like to.)

*I have someone who will be helping me with some design work, and someone else who has graciously offered to give me some marketing help.

 

Letting go is hard, but it has to be done if I have any hope of getting the “big things” that I want to accomplish done.

I also would like to get back to having some hobbies and more “down” time, not feeling chained to my computer every free moment of my weekends and evenings (this is extremely difficult when you work from home.)

Now…. Some other things which may have to go…

On the social media front, I really need to maximize my time. There are so many social media types/platforms now. I need to pick which one(s) will give me the most “bang for my buck”, you know??

*I really don’t know what to do with Facebook. After spending countless hours and lots of money on promoted posts and advertising there, I haven’t seen much return on that investment. AND now Facebook will only show fan page posts to about 3% of their followers UNLESS YOU PAY THEM TO SHARE YOUR POSTS. So, this may very well be bye-bye Facebook.
*The big thing is how Twitter is growing really fast, but it’s not very visual, so I don’t know if this is a good option for me (I do have a Twitter account, I just don’t use it very much.)
*Because Pinterest IS a visual platform, I would like to use it more. It’s just a matter of making it fit in my schedule.
*Google+ is also supposed to be growing quickly, but honestly, I don’t know a thing about it.

Which social media platforms do you like best, and why??

The third and final part of this topic will be posted on Friday.

Feather

 

19 Comments

  • Posted January 8, 2014 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I have stayed away from the social media, but recently have tapped into Instagram. My daughter put it on my phone when she traveled to Australia last year. In the process, I have found many quilters and designers that are posting on Instagram more than their blogs. It’s a nice little snapshot of what they are doing, and I can also keep up with those who live in distant lands :-)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      Instagram is fun. I like that you can share your photos on Facebook and Twitter at the same time. I love that it’s a visual platform- it’s relaxing to just scroll through and look at the photos without having to read much!

  • Lisa McGriff
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Bloglovin is my go to for post updates. Facebook is my #2 for keeping up with all the happenings of the blogs and people I follow closely. Instagram is second but I don’t like it.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

      I have Bloglovin’ too. I don’t read my updates everyday, mostly I do it on weekends when I have a little free time. I like Facebook also for keeping up with friends and family.

  • Posted January 8, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Jacquelynne, Personally I like Instagram. I am like you I don’t have time for all the social media. So here is how I use mine. When I do a blog post (which is not very often lately) I link a photo on to my IG and through IG my Twitter account and Flicker. Instagram allows you to post to several different accounts at the same time which I like. I do check bloglovin that is how I see your posts. But I am selective about reading on there I go by title to see if I want to read it. (photos do play a small part if I read it or not as well) But I agree with you on cutting by on social media.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 8:01 am | Permalink

      My problem with Instagram is that you can’t put web links in your captions/descriptions, so I haven’t found it to be very useful for business. But as I mentioned above, I do find it relaxing to just look at the photos.

  • Diane
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Like you Facebook tries to do too much. It is a way to stay up to date with friends and family, a place to connect with people, a place to advertise, play games, find products, keep up with news, etc. etc. And Facebook wants to make money. More and more I’m liking Facebook less and less. It is overloading me with things I don’t want and not letting me use it the way I do want. It does not do enough to let me personalize my feeds, instead it keeps changing to suit its own needs. More and more it wastes my time. I don’t feel it does enough to protect my info either. I have a Twitter account but almost never use it. I do Love Pinterest but I’m not sure it will do what you need. Bloglovin takes up a lot of my time because I keep adding blogs to follow without getting rid of ones that aren’t me. That’s my fault, not Bloglovin’s. Don’t forget Craftsy. Are there ways you can use it more effectively?

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      I agree with you about Facebook 100%- it seems that they are only thinking about how to increase their revenues and do what they think is “cool”, with absolutely no regard to what the USERS would actually LIKE or be able to use.
      I do have a Craftsy page, and I get a few sales from it. So far, I’m very happy with the folks at Craftsy- they are very responsive to questions and suggestions (unlike Facebook!!!!!!)

  • Posted January 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    have never figured out facebook! not user friendly! I love instagram! picture a few words and that’s perfect!! and in your profile people can connect right to your blog!! Simple, Straight forward!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      Yes, well you know Facebook has bought Instagram, so we’ll see how long it takes for them to ruin Instagram, too!!! ha ha.

  • Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    It is so nice that you have your husband helping you that can be a stress relief in itself. You seem to have lots of decisions to make but it is good that you are able to put it all down on paper and weigh things out. Good luck and much success in the future.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 9, 2014 at 8:05 am | Permalink

      thanks, Barb. It’s a huge relief to have a support system, I don’t know how people do it all on their own. I am learning more and more to lean on others.

  • Jennifer
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Doesn’t it seem like that although technology is supposed to help us in doing our job better and more efficiently, that it actually adds more work to do? There are so many choices with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, blogs, etc – and each of them can bog you down if you don’t know how to set the right priorities….Like others I like the visual aspect of Instagram and I am getting annoyed with Facebook, but there are so many others out there….

    I admire your ability to think through these things and put them down on paper (or a computer screen!) – a good way to try and work through the priorities and to try and come to an understanding of the best way to move forward without getting too overwhelmed. And as you have said delegation can be a huge help if you have the people to help you.

    Of course, the other thing to consider is the pace at which technology is changing and you need to keep in mind that your priorities may have to change in the future with whatever “new” comes down the pike….

  • Snoodles
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Jennifer above….seems like each new thing that comes along adds to our load, instead of relieving it! You’ve got some good suggestions there….I especially like the Craftsy idea. I know you already make use of it – I think a lot of people love it.

  • Judy
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    I use bloglovin and like that it sends the updates to my e-mail. I am not much of a social media person so am not on facebook and since I use google chrome I did apparently sign myslf up unintentionally for Google+ but don’t use it yet. I also have a flickr account that I have open so anyone can view it but have not added any pictures for quite a while. I love Craftsy and have bought patterns and a free motion quilting class. I like that the patterns I buy are in my account instantly and they will always be there. That is pretty much it for me although my daughter tells me she can’t believe that I don’t use pinterest so I may have to check that out.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 10, 2014 at 7:37 am | Permalink

      Judy, beware: Pinterest is an amazing and wonderful place where you will get lost and may never find your way out!!

  • Jacquelynne
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Excellent point about technology. It is helpful when used properly, but it can be so distracting. I came upon this interesting article the other day about how finding new bits of information through social media, etc. actually triggers something in our brain, making us want more! It’s almost like a drug!! http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2009/08/seeking.html

  • Mary
    Posted January 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I enjoy just getting the blog post in my email, I can connect to the blog and read whatever I want. I do not use ANY other source. Many blogs and quilt sites won’t even let you comment if you do not have some form of media connect like googleplus… I can eliminate those sites and it keeps my time limits manageable since I cannot connect, then I don’t.

    I am even considering actually only connecting with quilting/quilters in person at quilt shops.. novel idea!! Too much computer time makes you stiff necked, neglecting human contact and not getting outside enough!!
    Less is more!!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      Mary, we are, dare I say, OVER-BLESSED with so many technologies and ways to connect in our culture. I think the hard thing is striking a balance through all of those things. While I enjoy meeting up with my friends in person, blogging has allowed me to ‘meet’ people that I may never actually meet in person, but they have enriched my life greatly. Finding that balance can be tricky though, when there are so many options! It can get overwhelming.

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