If you're reading this, then you're more than likely to have been following developments in my freelance career on LinkedIn. As in previous posts, I feel I'm finding my niche within the industry - but not too much of a niche, because I don't want to pigeon-hole myself.
I've had lots of discussions on LinkedIn recently especially about materials, gaining reach and increasing my audience - thank you to all of you who have commented, given advice, listened and supported. I feel that the ELT industry is a close-knit community but it's also an open and welcoming one - and one that is happy to give advice when asked.
My website is changing - you may notice that the home page has changed slightly. I wanted to give more of an impression of what I have to offer. I also wanted to use the colours I've chosen to represent me and feel that it is bright and inviting. It's Fresh :)
You'll also see that the resources page is now Inclusive resources, which I feel describes it better. Seeing as this page is getting more and more hits, I wanted to make it more accessible and easy to navigate. I also needed to find out how many times each resource is downloaded, so with trial and error, I've been able to update the code to do that. Shame I've missed out on the early downloads, but better late than never. I've also added my rationale for making these resources. The Just from my tagline.
Thanks to advice given, I've decided to try and grow my email list in the hope of starting a newsletter in the future. This is something I still need to research and learn, but I'm willing to do it. There'll be a sign up pop up on the resources page.
I've also added a new Facebook page - wouldn't say no to more likes.
The other thing I'm considering is starting a shop on the website. Not only for future resources (which I'm still mulling over) but also for my photo cards, which currently sell (or not) on Etsy.
Freelancing will be quite busy in the next month or so and I'll be dabbling in training - another potential avenue but we'll see how it goes. I have a good training partner in Lottie Galpin. This may mean that the rate of new resources may slow for a time, but I have so many ideas that I don't think I'll run out any time soon.
Thanks for reading this far - it's only a short post, but it's an important one. People may wonder why I'm sharing so much of my professional journey. I think it's nice to see how a career progresses and flourishes (hopefully) - and it ties in well with my tagline - Principled. If people can't see where you've come from, how do they know where you're likely to go?