General Update: May 2022

General Update: May 2022

The time has come to hit the road again. My landlord recently sold the house in Abbotsford. And I have until May 31 to leave the premises.

So, I started reflecting on my next move. Should I go and find an apartment or condo or another suit? And I’ve already put some time and energy towards that.

One of the challenges is that I’m in a very intensive yearlong leadership program, so I haven’t had a lot of time to look. I’ve still gone out to see a couple of places, I’ve contacted with a few landlords. And I’ve done quite a bit of looking online, but nothing has really come of it.

Going on Vacation

So, at this point, I was thinking, “yeah, I could go and rush myself into an apartment that I don’t even like,” or I can live nomadically for a while.

Now at first, the idea of living nomadically again, didn’t exactly appeal to me. But then when I stopped and thought about it, I realized that the first thing I wanted to do after completing this leadership program – and it just so happens that I’m completing the first week of June – is to take a two-week vacation.

And when is the best time to take a vacation? Well, as far as I’m concerned, it’s when you don’t have rent to pay. I’ve already been living rent free in May, which has been a big blessing. It hasn’t necessarily set me ahead in a big way. But it certainly hasn’t set me back. If I can go and take two weeks off, it’s really going to be the equivalent of paying rent for a month around this part of the world anyway.

Living Nomadically Again

So, all my other thoughts have started orienting around this idea that I’m going to be living nomadically for a while. And I can’t imagine that I’m going to be traveling too far out of BC. I might make a trip or two to Alberta.

And I still think Fraser Valley and the greater Vancouver area are going to be my jumping off points for most travels. But does mean that I can be a little bit freer with where I go and where I spend my time.

The Logistics

I will need to find a storage space. And I’ll probably need to find a P.O. box as well. But aside from that, I can’t think of too many things holding me back from getting back out on the road.

I’ve certainly thought about the cost of Airbnbs and hotels and crashing on couches and sleeping in the basement of churches, whatever ends up working out. And what I realized is that rent around here costs about $1,100 a month all the way up to $3,000 a month if not more than that. So, the cost of living would average out while I’m on the road so far as I can offset the costs.

And one of the ways I’ve been thinking about offsetting that cost is by playing gigs. Assuming I’m thinking ahead and planning all of this out, if I know where I’m going to be going next, I can research that town, book gigs in advance or at least find the venues, and create those opportunities for myself wherever I go.

What’s Next?

At this point, I’m already clear that my next destination is Chilliwack and Cultus Lake, because that’s where I want to take my vacation. It’s not in some far off distant tropical land, but I will enjoy myself, nonetheless. And I will be able to get some sun and lay on the beach and I think there’ll be the opportunity to connect with a few people as well. No one that’s necessarily within my immediate circle, but within my extended network.

After my two weeks in Chilliwack, I’m excited about the idea of continuing with my travels. And living nomadically for a while, at least until I find a place that’s going to work for me.

Streamlining

And now that I know that I’m going to be out on the road, and I’m not necessarily going to have a home, I’ve also started orienting my thinking around the logistics of everything.

That’s going to look like streamlining my business and simplifying my life. While on the road, I’m not going to have a lot of gear with me, just whatever is going to fit in my car. And even then, I’m going to do it safely because theft is a concern.

I am in fact developing a new method of publishing that’s going to help me create more content in less time without sacrificing quality. It just requires a little more upfront planning and strategizing and research to get to that point.

And as much as possible, I want my business activity to be rallying around a singular offer. And this doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be multiple offers. We’ve created many through the years, whether it’s eBooks, physical books, courses, or coaching programs. But I want to make it something efficient, easy to process, make it clear where people should go when they want the next thing. So that’s where my time and energy is starting to go.

New Publishing Schedule

I’ve started figuring out what I’m going to do with my publishing efforts as well. I’m going to be creating seven pieces of content per week for Music Entrepreneur HQ. So, my daily publishing efforts are already covered in a manner of speaking. I’m going to be creating one video, one podcast episode, and five blog posts per week using my new publishing method.

That does mean I’m probably not going to be publishing as frequently on DavidAndrewWiebe.com anymore. I may even turn it into my artist website for now given that I’m probably going to start looking for gigs again.

And in terms of publishing to Medium and Tealfeed… I think my best bet is probably just to syndicate the content I’m creating week to week, maybe even stuff like this.

I don’t think it’s going to be like the last two or three weeks where I’ve created three unique pieces of content for Medium. I enjoyed doing that. And I do make about $40 per month with Medium right now, which is nothing to sneeze at, but I do need to create greater sources of income. If I want to offset the cost of travel.

Cost Savings

And I do say that but there actually are certain cost savings with traveling, I’m starting to realize. I’m not going to need a Netflix subscription for one. Pretty much everywhere I go, there’s going to be cable TV, Netflix, and in some cases, other subscription services, whether it’s Amazon Prime, or Hulu or whatever.

I’m not going to need cable internet, because it’s pretty much everywhere you go nowadays. At Airbnbs and hotels, there’s internet. And if worst comes to worst, I can head over to Starbucks.

So, there are some cost savings.

Adapting to a New Lifestyle

I’m recognizing that I will need to streamline to adapt to this new lifestyle. I don’t necessarily anticipate having less time to work. But I do understand the realities of travel. That sometimes you’re going to be driving all day from one place to another. Sometimes you’re just going to be tired and want to crash in bed. And you’re going to have days where you’re going to go sightseeing or you’re going to be connecting with people and those days are going to be less productive overall in terms of getting work done.

But overall, I’m very excited about the prospect of getting back on the road.

Progress Update: June 28, 2021

Progress Update: June 28, 2021

It’s Monday, and increasingly, I’m finding it the perfect time to plan for the week, make to-do lists, get organized, and outline content I’ll be completing later in the week.

I used to do this type of work on Sundays, of course. But because of recent changes to my schedule (mainly due to the yearlong leadership and management program I’ve taken on), it’s the only full day I can realistically take off. So, it doesn’t make sense to force the issue anymore, especially if I’m feeling exhausted.

That also means, though, that Mondays need to be especially effective. And I would qualify today as “effective,” given that I didn’t quite get the sleep I needed to be at full energy.

I still haven’t processed as many emails as I’d like, but I got around to a few. I think I should be able to get through more this week.

The theme of the day has been “balance,” and that means not overdoing it. If I pushed myself, I could probably have done more, but that would not be “balance” in any sense of the word. I will be ending the day on a high note (I feel more energetic than when I started the day), so that seems like the perfect space to cause completion in.

Here’s an overview of what I got up to today…

What I Accomplished Today:

  • I was on five calls and meetings (of various persuasions)
  • I made my to-do list for the week
  • I scheduled a few tweets
  • I went grocery shopping
  • I started researching what will become my next News Break post
  • I submitted my first post to Steemit – you can read it here
  • I reviewed some logo designs
  • I invoiced a client (and got paid)
  • I outlined three guides as part of my staff writing duties
  • I worked on a bit of music (looks like I have some composing work to do)
  • I prepared for a podcast interview
  • I scheduled a meeting for my team
  • I processed a few emails (still not keeping up but I think I’ve set myself up to make a solid dent in this tomorrow – thanks for your patience)

Final Thoughts

Thanks for reading. Hope you had an excellent day, champ!

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Progress Update: April 26, 2021

Progress Update: April 26, 2021

Monday is designated Music Entrepreneur HQ Day, where I work exclusively on Music Entrepreneur HQ related tasks.

I have been doing this since last Monday, and so far, I’ve been getting quite a bit of mileage out of it.

Here I will share what I accomplished today and what’s next.

What I Accomplished Today:

  • Worked on an epic blog post (2,700 words in – still a way to go)
  • Processed some emails
  • Handled broken links
  • Prepared guest posts for publishing
  • Started writing a guest post
  • Added a transcript to episode 231 of the podcast and scheduled a tweet about it
  • Updated a contributor bio
  • Syndicated episode 233 of the podcast to YouTube

What’s Next for Music Entrepreneur HQ:

Most of this carried over from last week.

Some items were deleted because they were completed, or because I thought better of them.

  • Find a video editor
  • Put together a new authority homepage
  • Continue my content audit to completion
  • Reach out to guests I want to be on my podcast
  • Reach out to podcasts I’d like to be a guest on
  • Move all email marketing activity from Mailchimp to ConvertKit
  • Create a resource guide for my latest podcast series (in progress)
  • Write Life Updates for January, February, and March
  • Add The Music Entrepreneur Code video to the sidebar
  • Add Fiverr, The Indie Bible, and ConvertKit to the recommended tools list
  • Start new autoresponder series
  • Create a Medium publication for musicians
  • Finish guest post

Concluding Thoughts

For better or for worse, I felt a little tired, and a little scattered today.

So, I didn’t manage to pull off what I did last Monday, but altogether, it still felt like an effective day.

I’m hoping to write more articles (rather than just progress updates) this week, but it’s going to be a heavy writing week regardless, so I’ll be playing that by ear.

Thanks for joining me. See you again tomorrow.

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