Just what I need ... another place to express myself. Against my better judgement, I'm adding another blog to my social media repertoire, and ta-dah! Here it is (fabulous, no?). Besides, I think the time I have to sleep is far too extensive, so I need to start cutting back a bit in that regard. ;)
Much to the chagrin of my husband, I have been actively involved with social media and sharing my ideas about things through venues like Facebook, Twitter, discussion boards and more recently, my "Mom Blog," http://www.incidentaldomestic.com. My personal information has always been available online which, in today's day and age and the craziness in the world, may not be the wisest plan, but it really just fits in nicely with my personality and my approach to life in general.
I have been actively involved with ecommerce for about to 16 years now, with my first 12 years or so being on the web development side of things. I also ran a creative firm for a number of years helping businesses and organizations develop their web presence and brand. I think it's fair to say I have waaaaay to much random information about marketing and web technologies floating around in my head, but every now and then, when I pull something from the dark recesses and am able to help another seller with an issue they are having with their site or even help myself grow my business in some way, I am thankful for all the tidbits of business joy I have under my belt.
For me, now, e-commerce sales through sites like Addoway, Ebay and Amazon provide a way for me to stay home with my kids and work on my writing, which is usually about my kids, or my struggle to gain domestic prowess footing in my household. I am constantly challenged with my juggling of parental duties, wifely duties, business duties, household duties and the myriad of other duties for roles I may need to play at any given time, and it can be pretty intense at times.
Working from home is easily the most difficult job I have ever had ... even working 60-80 hours per week in an office can't even begin to shine a light on this situation. But alongside that, I have also experienced some immense personal growth, which I believe makes me a better parent, wife, business owner, and (choke, choke, gag) even housekeeper (quick, get me the Listerine, I need to wash out my mouth); working from home is easily the most rewarding "job" I have ever held, no doubt.
From the time I put on my ecommerce baby shoes, I have always been "all about" transparency. When I was running my creative firm, I was careful to add details about my personality that some might consider "TMI" for a company website. In fact, my partners went around and around with me about this issue, because there are many who feel that business is "business" and personal life is "personal" and ne'er the twain shall meet. While I feel, in fact, that there is no real way to fully separate the two. As much as I would want to be "professional" about my business dealings, I am still me and I feel "Me" and my "Business" are inextricably tied together because my business IS me. Without me, there is no DVDGuaranteed. Without me, there is no Incidental Domestic. Without me, my businesses don't exist.
So, in that sense, the whole concept of this Addoway thing really appeals to me, because it runs along the lines of who I am naturally. Core elements of my personality revolve around my transparency, emotional or otherwise. I am probably more open than most about personal things (my filter is broken, it's kind of a genetic flaw), but it seems with social media and the constant sharing of information online and through other technologies, it really seems like THIS may be the future of business and maybe I'm just waiting for most of the business world to catch up to ME. (Well. It's a nice thought, anyway.)
At this point, I kind of hope so, because it definitely fits in with my personality and my belief that I am the SAME person, whether I am sitting with my friends at Starbucks, in bed with my husband at home, at the playground with my kids, or answering a customer service email for my business. Pretty much what you see is what you get. Not perfect by any means, but REAL nonetheless.
And for now, REAL works for me.
Shop on, friends, shop on.