I’m feeling some freelance nostalgia at the moment.
(Yes, I am just going to stumble back onto my blog as if nothing happened, despite only writing one post in the last three years).
I’ve been freelance since 2009, and recently I’ve found myself missing some of the aspects of my early freelance life. When I used Twitter daily, and for fun (rather than feeling like I have to have a marketing strategy). When I blogged regularly, enjoying the process of more long-form content.
Times have changed and moved on. Instagram, and to an extent TikTok, is king now. Fast moving content with business purpose. And there’s nothing wrong with that, I still enjoy both platforms, and will continue to use them. But I miss the chat without agenda. As a freelancer, it can feel particularly challenging at times that our social media should always have an underlying message of ‘hire me’ (even if the chat in DMs is often informal, personal and nothing to do with sales).
Additionally, I’ve been feeling like I’m so inundated by information and guides and courses and webinars, that I’ve forgotten how to listen to my own intuition. My brain is too busy to listen to my gut (and with my recent discovery that I have inattentive ADHD, it’s even more the case). I have a huge desire to slow down right now. To spend time crafting blog posts, and useful tips rather than soundbites and anything that claims to be the magical fix to everything. And if I were to put my coaching hat on, I’d remind myself to freelance in a way that gives me joy. So, that’s what I’m going to do.
Is it just me? Or do you feel an urge to hit the slow mo button?