When I first started writing, it was for the pure joy of it.

I wrote a whole series of stories about a Victorian chimney sweep. I wrote pages and pages about a family of monsters. I wrote “poetry” about pink and purple pandas, eating piles and piles of processed peas.

It was this fundamental love of writing that led me to blogging, and by extension, this business. But on the other side of that coin,

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I’m seeing a world of two extremes in the online space.

The first is a superficially friendly, nicey-nice, insipid, beige outlook. Those so concerned with neutrality and rose gold filters that they never quite voice a true, fully-formed opinion.

Then there’s the others, from the far side of the spectrum. Those who stomp around in knock-off New Rocks “calling bullshit” on anything that stands still for long enough.

Don’t get me wrong,

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I think we can all agree that I’m from the “let’s call bullshit” school of thought. I like to think I’m fairly no-nonsense, and I’m certainly not afraid to get controversial.

Unfortunately, in this online world we live, those qualities have become synonymous with being a dick. And today I’d like to call bullshit on THAT.

I have another value, which I cherish just as much as my brutal honesty. KINDNESS.

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Do you want to hear something equal parts weird and exciting?

1 year ago today was my first official day working for myself.

Yep. 365 days since Operation #freedaire was declared an almighty success.

If I’m honest, I kind of thought I’d be back on the hunt for a day job around the 3 month mark, but hey, everyone’s wrong (very, very) occasionally.

Without a doubt, this has been a year filled with trials,

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When you run your own business, it tends to be all-consuming. We tend to spend a lot of our “free” time working. Drafting blog posts. Checking emails. Filing documents. Chatting with clients and colleagues. Doing biz-related e-courses.

 

We justify it by saying we find those things fun. We enjoy our work, so it counts as a hobby, right?

 

Wrong. You need that time to really switch off from your work day and do other things you enjoy.
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If you’re in the “online business” sphere you will no doubt have come across someone (or many someones) that does exactly what you do.

How do you deal with this competition in business? Do you block them on every channel? Start the cyber-stalking? Prime your posse to attack at the slightest slight?

I feel like in our little biz world, we’re conditioned to view these rivals with suspicion. I’ve done it myself on occasion.

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