10.10.2012

STATE OF THE MEG // Blog & Business Evolution


Lately I've been in mega-organization / business mode. Working away at all hours (you may see me on social media at crazy hours) redesigning my site, creating content for the blog, collaborating with amazing people and brands, working with consulting clients and growing my consulting business, planning and marketing my seminars, and continuing to be creative and innovative in the blogging/creative/social media/online marketing industries.


I want to share with you a little about the transformation going on for my new website. I will get to it in further depth in other posts, but I thought I'd give you some quick thoughts. Not only is it time for an update on MIMI+MEG, but it's time to expand, grow, and change. Many of you have said to me via social media and emails that you like my current site and can't imagine what an update will look like. I really appreciate your comments. When I designed what is the current logo and layout I always hoped that it was modern and classic enough to not become old. But now it is definitely time for new.

I left my position as a senior designer at Hallmark Cards over a year and a half ago to move out to DC with my husband. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that over two years ago my husband was in a bad car accident that changed the course of our lives (he is fine now). And even though we have both gone down a different path because of it, it ended up taking us to where we both wanted to be faster than I think we would have gotten there otherwise. I don't know if I believe in the saying everything happens for a reason because that gets into deeper spiritual-type of issues that I won't discuss now, but because of what did happen it brought us to where we are now, and I like where it's going.

To be completely honest, when I first left my job I was so excited. I had dreamed of my last day at my corporate job for years. I have wanted to go out on my own for as long as I can remember and I just felt free. I had so many ideas. I had this blog that had been growing since 2007. I was ready. Until a few months later when I realized that I wasn't actually ready. I really didn't know exactly what I wanted to do. I tested out multiple different business ideas that I'd had building up in my head for years. I would actually research them, write business plans for them, design the websites, get the twitter handles (plural — I did this with multiple different ideas), etc. I spent a lot of time flushing out business plans, marketing plans, and designing products and websites, to then realize each of those businesses wasn't what how I really wanted to spend my time. Right now at least.

I never want to do anything half-assed, but being a creative person, we tend to get a little distracted by shiny ideas we have. We get really excited and follow them around for a while until we get bored. All of the ideas I had, and even flushed out, I emailed to friends and family (who were all so nice to humor me with their support), and I still think they are actually good business ideas — I just can't do them all. Or do them now. Or do them ever. As much as I'd love to see all of them through at some point, I'm only one person, and I had to learn how to focus. Focus and decide what it was that I wanted to really do. 

That was 2011. A long long year where I ran around in circles (in my head, although outside probably would have been a lot better for my health) figuring out myself and my business. It was hard and very stressful, but I think I learned some amazing lessons that I'm still learning and putting into practice now. Sometimes you have to try things to learn. Sometimes you have to go through crazy times to have pivotal realizations. Maybe this will all make for a better story some day (ahem publishing companies).

2012 has been a wonderful time of productivity for me. I definitely can't look back at this year so far and feel like I didn't spend the majority of my time working on my career — which makes me happy and proud of myself. I'm always looking onward and forward, but my close friends and family have to remind me to celebrate the good things. I'll do my best, but I can't promise anything... I'm just driven to reach my goals.

My new website will be a professional site to house my consulting business and other things I have going on — seminars, art, etc. The blog will still remain intact, but better. I am adding contributors for a few reasons. One being again that I am just one person. I am not talented at everything, nor do I have time to be, but I'd love share the expertise of other amazing people in this space. Together we will be bringing you similar content to what I have now — fashion, interiors, art, and GSD — but I will be expanding into categories that I wish I was more talented in — food, florals, legit interior design, and travel to name a few. I have chosen contributors carefully, and will still be editing and collaborating with them on the content, so it will not feel like a departure from my aesthetic. However, I've lined up some talented people that I think you will love!

Now that I'm done spilling my business beans (did you make it this far?) I want to ask you for your thoughts on what types of content you'd like to see moving forward. Please write your thoughts in the comments below. 

Photo by Casie Mace

26 comments:

Nikki Rappaport said...

Oh I'm so excited for you. I remember a conversation we had almost a year ago and I can tell how much more focused you are now. I can't wait to see what you do with the new site.

One of the things you do best is bring people and ideas together so please keep up the GSD and My City features. I think what you've done there has been great and I look forward to more.

Keep up the great/hard work girl! xo

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Good for you Girl. You are so kick ass, its an inspiration for me to get my business-minded side more together.

Phoebe said...

I actually really love the way the blog is now. I feel like it's one of the most thoughtful blogs I read, even when the posts are short! Food is actually something that doesn't interest me, simply because I think about it all day at my job, ha. But the other categories you suggested all sound wonderful. I won't lie, the top two reasons I read your blog are for 1. Fashion and 2. Interiors. GSD is probably 3rd. But the reason why I keep coming back is because I can relate to and appreciate your taste. I don't know if this comment was helpful, but I just wanted to chime in and let you know that I already love the blog as it is.

Breahn said...

First of all, I just want you to know how PROUD I am of you! Second, I am all for aesthetic updates (generally), but I think the content of your blog is really really good. A great mix of things. I can't think of anything I would change.

Georgine said...

Wow, what a mature way to approach the business of blogging (when your blog-ness gets scary big). I think this is blazing a new trail for women who stress about handling it all- I look forward to admiring your work to come!!! Congratulations XO

Megan - Style Me Swanky said...

I love LOVE your GSD feature. Trying to find a balance between work and personal life is a juggling act for us all. It's nice to see how other ladies get it done.

Samantha Green said...

it sounds like there are some very exciting thigs on their way and i look forward to seeing what you have been working hard on.

i really wanted to apply to be a contributor but then realised that i already have a lot on my plate -- maybe next time :) xx

Anne Living Life said...

I enjoy the GSD series.

Samantha said...

I can't wait to see what happens next. I love seeing bloggers take the plunge and make their dreams a reality. I love seeing the behind the scenes coverage of other bloggers, as well as your interviews of people around DC. I would love to see more contributors show their favorite spots around their own cities. Anything mixing art, interiors, and fashion is a big favorite. But I would say I would love to see some videos available online for those who can’t make it to your seminars, I know I would be more than willing to pay 

Lexi said...

This is a fantastic post! I totally understand the feeling of wanting to do it all, and sometimes, that's just not practical, or feasible, or healthy. :)

thrillofthechaise.com said...

You're a star, Meg. Thanks so much for sharing all of this and I am really looking forward to seeing what you do as you grow both personally and professionally :)

Kate

www.thrillofthechaise.com

Lulu and Georgia said...

Meg, this sounds amazing. Things may not seem old, but you're right, they need to be new. We're so excited to see what you unveil. Posts like these are just one of the reasons why you're bookmarked! :)

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

I am so very excited for you, Meg! I cannot wait for the new site - it is going to be amazing.

pattern society said...

Thanks for sharing the business side of blogging. I love when people share the 'behind the scenes' of their careers so that others can learn from them. Your blog is great but who is to say it couldn't be better? You have to go with your gut and what feels right to you.

Lindsay said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with, Meg! I know it will be thoughtfully done and inspirational as always! xx

Brighton said...

loved reading this post. and yes! I read every single word :) I know for a fact that what you have come up with for the rebranding and redesign of your site and all that comes along with it will be amazing. I can't wait to see how it all comes together!

Azrakun said...

I think some blogs get so 'professional,' they almost somehow loose their personal touch.

I love your art posts and fashion (i am a new follower).

Good luck; it all seems so exciting...

www.azrakunworld.com

Megan Gilger said...

So excited for you! It was awesome chatting today. Keep rocking it sister.

xoxo

Alison Dulaney said...

I can't wait to see what happens next!

xo
Alison

Crystal said...

I love to hear your story because I can relate to it a lot especially right now in my life!! We have a lot of the same thoughts that's been going through my mind as well,!! It's awesome to hear that I'm not the only pers on :)

Michelle Baron said...

Meg, this was a fabulous post and I'm so happy you shared your feelings on moving forward and changing! I'm really excited to see how it all changes and the new image!

Little Paper Trees said...

So excited for the new layout and direction. Love the GSD posts!

Unknown said...

Congratulations, you inspire me. To answer your question: business organization, GSD, how to's etc. Love to read about the business related ups and downs of what you do.
Dayamis

Sarah said...

Yay, so exciting and thank you for sharing this with us. I love your GSD. The ladies you choose are interesting and inspirational to me (including yourself). I'm currently in the process of setting up my own business so these kinds of topics I love. Plus all the content you also currently do.
Can't wait to see your next steps xx

How2home said...

Its so interesting to learn about other's people's career choices and life style. I think you're doing a really fantastic job, keep up the great work! Cant wait to see your next steps :)

Hannah Maple said...

SO proud of you, and MORE than excited for you. And oh how I've been in that very same boat, fighting so hard to find something that can be a sustaining business, but also allow me to utilize my talents and passions. So it's incredibly nice and refreshing to hear the same from someone I admire and respect :) Best of luck! You're bound to be a great success. And I may very well need those consulting skills you've honed so well.

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