The funny thing about being Internet friends with someone is that you can actually end up meeting them in person! I met Diane, in person, at the Portland International Quilt Market in May 2013.
I was at the Market for my job, and I hear, "Dirty Laundry?!?" (It's really funny hearing someone call you by your blog name out of the blue.) I turned around and there was Diane, the lady responsible for much of my blog-how-to knowledge.
When I told Diane's story, in January 2011, she was at the height of her online class and ebook career. Diane's focus on her business has changed since then. So let's see what she's up to today!
MAIN CRAFT: craft (Really, it is).
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LOCATION: Portland, Oregon
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Over a year ago Diane stepped away from publishing ebooks, doing online classes in crafty small-biz subjects and podcasting.
"These days, I'm focusing a great deal on English Paper Piecing and Plastic Canvas – two crafts I dearly love.
I'm kind of at a big re-set moment – which is something that happens periodically in a self-employed life. It's a bit of a scary time. So I'm on a bit of a climbing path: new audience to build, new offerings to design and launch, new marketing techniques to learn."
Diane has some big projects in store for 2014. But unfortunately she can't spill the beans just yet. However, Diane just turned in the manuscript for her third book, which will be out from Storey Publishing in Spring 2015. And she hopes to write another book later this year!
Being flexible and diversifying your income in the world on self-employment is something that Diane lives by.
"Back in 2011, I thought that what I was doing then for a living would be what I'd be doing forever. I've since learned that, in the online world, things evolve all the time, and you have to evolve along with them. And the great thing about self-employment is, you do have the flexibility to change directions when your heart tells you to. Not that this is easy, mind you, but it's a wonderful option to have.
Diversifying has saved my financial life on more than one occasion. I'm always looking for a good balance of streams. Book-writing, for example, pays irregularly. You can't build a living on that. You need another stream that delivers revenues more steadily, to fill in those big gaps."
One of Diane's tips that really pays off is, participating in your online and offline community.
"I spend time every single week reaching out to others in social media spaces. In 2013, I made a concerted effort to organize and participate in more collaborative blogging projects, and that was hugely rewarding. The internet has grown so crowded over the last few years, it's almost like the old days now - where you couldn't speak to a stranger until you'd been "properly introduced." It's not that strict anymore. So as bloggers/business owners, we can be introduced to so many more new people just by joining forces once in a while."
I think that we're all in some type of stage of reinventing ourselves. Diane says,
"You have to keep taking deep breaths, do the work, be clear about what you want, and trust the universe."
You can catch up with other inspirational stories like Diane's on Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean.