I'm so excited that Penelope and I are doing this blogging seminar together that I asked her to write part of the post to include with the one I wrote the other day. Then, after she sent it over, I called her and said "How do I marry them together?"
"They don't really go together", she said. "Okay, I'll post yours after mine." I told her.
Here's Penelope's post:
Maria and I spend hours talking on the phone about blogging. At some point in one of our conversations I thought to myself, 'We should charge to listen to us'.
But I never did anything about it. Well, I did other things. I moved to a farm and called Maria and had to have her to convince my husband to paint the woodwork white. "Oh, this happens all the time!" she said. "Men are so attached to wood!"
Then she picked my paint colors and made my house look amazing.
Maria Killam & Penelope Trunk
So I invited her to my house. Well, actually, come to think of it, I did not invite her. She invited herself. I was so excited to march her through my house making each room a little better.
That happened. But here's what else happened:
I had a fight with my husband and I threw a wine bottle at the wall. Don't tell me about violence being bad, okay? Duh. I know throwing stuff at the wall is ridiculous. I want to also add that my husband was practicing avoidance and giving me the silent treatment without admitting it. But it would be immature of me to tell you that throwing the bottle was justified.
So I'll just tell you that it created an opportunity to choose a new paint color, so thank goodness Maria was there. I asked her if we should choose a more muted blue than the one we originally had. She said "Oh! No! Bright colors are the trend, you should not go muted now. It's too late for that."
She was right.
She was also right that I needed to give my husband emotional space so that he could find some emotions to share with me.
Maria was right about a lot of things. Which is why we're doing this seminar together. Together, we are maybe right all the time, and definitely spunky even if we are not right.
Actually, we will cover that exact topic in the blogging seminar: it's more important to have an opinion and explain how you got there than it is to be right. And honestly, we are not right all the time anyway. But being right all the time is a sign of being boring because it means you're not taking any risks.
Maria will want me to tell you that I have launched four investor-backed startups and my most recent is Quistic, where this webinar will take place. And that I make over $200,000 a year from my blog and it's not from banner ads, okay?
We are not going to talk about banner ads in this seminar. We are going to talk about using a blog to create a business you love. And using a blog to make friendships that can withstand a bottle of wine exploding on the wall.
Some of my favourite Penelope posts:
Blogging Essential for a Good Career
Is it Time to Quit your Job?
How to Build a Career as an Artist
To make sure the undertones in your home are right, get some large samples!