It’s not precisely a question of yes or no, but more of a question of balance. As with all things, at all times, in all places. Balance is key.
Planning, in any format or instance, seems like a good thing. You set limitations. You provide boundaries to lead you along a set path.
What bogs me down with planning is perhaps too much of it. Overwhelming my brain with branches and branches of plans to take in the future. And don’t get me wrong, I love a good daydream into the possibilities of the future, but without a concrete road to plant my feet on while in the process of a project, I just feel like I’m falling.
So, what is the balance?
How much is too much planning?
As I begin my serials and wonder about publishing versus free content, I’m finding myself pulling toward publishing my work rather than creating free work. Simply because the path forward is a lot clearer. I’ve done it before. I don’t have to plan the how as much, and getting the message out will be a lot easier with a sales page rather than a random blog post.
Simpler feels better, and I’m a Feeler through and through.
What also bogs down my brain is the little details, the smaller plans within the bigger plans. Wanting to create free content, to bring in readers, to create an email list, to send them newsletters, to connect slowly, then offer more stories but published this time. Bit more convoluted.
Should I have a blog schedule? Probably. But do I want to force my writing? Not at all.
Should I have a direct line of communication with my tribe? Definitely, but I’m not sure my blog is that place. I want it to be, but it isn’t yet.
Should I give up Twitter and Tumblr as communication platforms? Yes, but I know them better than other platforms.
I’m always teetering back and forth.
I need to decide. But my brain is wired for weighing choices back and forth for eternity. The curse of being the literal scales of the astrology signs.
So, how do I find balance in the tiny details and big picture?
What I’ve landed on for now is doing what is simple and fun. Don’t get lost in the world of marketing until you have a product to work with. Share content all the time, even if it feels silly to do so. Keep vlogging even if you feel like you’re saying nothing.
There are many other issues intertwined with this idea — like self doubt and creative inertia — but this is a start, a small starting path to help balance everything else out.
Going to take a lifetime I think. But that’s okay. It’s all about the journey rather than the destination, right?
Hope all your journeys are going well, and have a good morning, afternoon, evening, and/or night.