Hey fellow Grokkers! There’s some news afoot that I’m excited to share with all of you.
Grokkery began as a place for me to share the journey of conscious personal development. It has been a safe haven where I can share the lessons I learn along the way, and perhaps inspire others to become active in their own conscious development. Lately though… the line has been quiet on my end, and you deserve an explanation.
Where It All Began
Last year, I achieved my dream of becoming a professional animator. The success was not without it’s ups and downs, and in truth, has been a fulfilling experience.
Having a steady gig, gave me something I hadn’t had in awhile: free time. My evenings were no longer absorbed in animation and professional development. A few months in, the entrepreneurial itch was begging to be scratched. I gave in, letting my mind ponder new possibilities for the future.
One idea in particular stuck out, and began to percolate over the next four or five months while I worked on a series of freelance jobs.
In July, I found myself without any ongoing work for not the first time. By now, I was pretty comfortable with my ability to scrap together client work doing web development, animation, or any other digital media work I came across. Instead of freaking out that there was no ongoing work on the horizon, I took a deep breath and looked at the full pot of entrepreneurial enthusiasm that had brewed over the course of the last year, and decided to commit to pursuing a freedom-based lifestyle of location independence.
I began working in earnest to transform my blossoming idea into full fledged reality. I reached out to friend and fellow blogger, Sam Spurlin from The Simpler Life, for feedback. This feedback loop turned into a partnership as the project began to take shape.
After two months of on and off work (I had to make sure I made enough money to eat), the project was set to launch.
The Birth of By Bloggers
At the beginning of last week, Sam and I flipped the switch, officially launching our entrepreneurial venture: By Bloggers. The site is dedicated to sharing our experience in product creation and to helping bloggers create more professional-looking products. In a crowded market, a product becomes a blogger’s calling card – we want to help bloggers deliver the best product that they can.
A few days after the launch, Sam and I spent a weekend in Chicago with our friend Glenn planning for the future. There are a ton of ideas coming down the pipe, many of them fresh and exciting. I’m incredibly eager to continue to develop this project and partnership. In many ways, it is the culmination of the journey I have been on in the last year: by dedicating my energy to a freedom-based lifestyle, I am taking full responsibility for every aspect of my life, including my livelihood (instead of being secure in a regular paycheck).
The Future of Grokkery
Grokkery has undergone a few directional pivots in the past, and there will be at least one more in the near future. Look for a post in the next few days that will describe the changes that are about to happen here.
I won’t let you go on without a small teaser at least: a new look, less preaching, and more doing.
Please take some time to check out By Bloggers, especially if you’re a blogger who has been contemplating offering a product to your readers. Make sure you’re subscribed for the upcoming news on the changes coming to Grokkery. It’s going to be a whole lot more personal, and a whole lot more transformative.