Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should – A Personal Struggle

All over the internet there are marketers talking about new products, techniques, and strategies. It can get overwhelming but as you get more experienced you also get better at tuning them out. It’s very rare that I hear about a new product and decide I need it. My business is going smoothly and I (mostly) know what I’m doing with my methods.

What I do instead is I follow bloggers that are using similar methods, share the same dedication to ethics, and people I trust. This is where it can get tricky.

If a blogger I follow were to start talking about some new mobile marketing guide, I’d skip over it. I don’t do mobile marketing and I don’t really want to start. It doesn’t fit in with my vision for my business. In fact, I thought I was getting really good at resisting temptations! Here’s where I’m having an issue. A blogger I respect who is involved in many of the same business models I am started talking about something I’ve considered many times in the past.

Tiffany Dow is reviewing a product about podcasting. I’ve looked into it but generally decided it wasn’t something I want to add right now. Down the road when I’ve mastered other things I’m working on I might be interested. I clicked and read her review anyways because I knew that if she was reviewing the product she would be doing podcasts and I was going to want to hear them. Her podcast was great but it got me thinking about my audience. They enjoyed my vlogs. Would they also enjoy podcasts? Could I reach MORE people with podcasts?

STOP! Danger! Danger!

STOP! Danger! Danger!

I’ve already got a lot on my plate and while this is something that could work really well within my business, now is not the time to be adding more on to what I’m already doing. I need to get a handle on what’s already on my plate. Just because I can add podcasting and it could be really beneficial, it doesn’t mean I should – at least not yet.

An important part of running your own business is knowing when to say no, even when you don’t want to. Saying yes could help my business grow but it could also put so much on my plate that things start getting skipped over or rushed which could hold my business back.

How do you deal with situations like this? Are you good at knowing when to say no?

I will say that podcasting IS in my future, but not until everything else is more in order. I’ve always been interested in podcasting and I have a great mic for it already.

P.S. Who else is joining in on the “Freaking Fantastic Blog and List Building Challenge“? I’ve got some great freebies lined up for my list for during the challenge. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

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  1. I agree with you – don’t spread yourself too thin. I think the most successful podcasters do it very regularly and stay on schedule as much as possible. Otherwise it’d be difficult to build an audience. Also, a podcast needs to be meaty or I won’t bother listening to it. I think it needs to bring something different to the table too. Of course that’s just my opinion.

    But I think with 3 blogs you probably have a lot to do anyway. And I’m still waiting for another post in your $1k in 45 days series. 😉

  2. Hi, Amanda!
    I am finally starting to get better at figuring out what I need to do to move forwards in my business, and what I don’t need to do right now. It can be tempting to do and buy all the new things that come your way, but you’re right in that you need to figure out where your time needs to be spent NOW. Like you said, you can always do other things in the future once you’ve got a good handle on things you’re doing now, and once it’s the right time to add something to what you’re already doing.
    Kim Phoenix recently posted..Body Detox PLRMy Profile

    • Podcasting seems like it could really work for me, but it comes down to “how is my time best spent?” I could learn podcasting, but will that time take away from something that is MORE important?

  3. Hey Amanda

    I am joining the Freaking Fantastic Challenge with my dog blog (my main niche). Looking forward to it too.

    I have been trying to streamline the projects I do and stay on a plan. There are so many cool things that interest me – I have to keep reminding myself to stay focused.

    I would like to do some podcasting – but for now I am going to do video until I get things going very smoothly. Step-bystep….

    Mary Kathan recently posted..Plant a Seed to Grow Your Business HarvestMy Profile

    • I love doing video. I want to do more. I do think podcasting might be easier than video for me but it’s an entire new thing to learn when I’m still working on organizing my business to be how I want it to be.

  4. Good, sensible direction, Amanda. I don’t have a handle on the blogging and list building yet, why would I add to the chaos by adding mobile?

    I did get Fantastico to install a WordPress blog on a new domain today. That’s what I plan to use for the challenges. I say plan because every time I “plan” something, life gives me a different path to walk.

    I have many things on my hard drive that need to be used and I think a new domain, with my implementation of said challenges (I still haven’t gotten to Zujava) will be a good way to utilize the gold I already have. I haven’t forgotten Zujava, I simply signed on for too much at once.

    I’m soaking up the cumulative knowledge and wisdom that Tiff’s challenge is bringing out in all of you. Thanks.
    Ruth Clark recently posted..What Are You Afraid Of?My Profile

    • I know that feeling of having too many things you want to do. The best thing you can do is pick one and go all in. I highly suggest blogging because once you start writing for Zujava you can also blog about your experiences with it. I actually tell a lot of newbies it’s worth starting a blog to talk about your online marketing experiences as you go because it helps you learn how to blog and allows you to connect with other bloggers.

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