Two and a half years ago, I launched Puttylike. At the time, I had no idea whether this information would be of interest to anybody. I didn’t know any other multipotentialites in my life. That word didn’t even exist back then. The only words I knew that might refer to our type were things like “dilettante,” “dabbler,” and “quitter.” Things I didn’t want to be.
However, I figured that if this was something that I was struggling with, then there were probably others out there who were struggling too. What if, instead of trying to fight our curiosity and fit into specialist boxes, we stopped apologizing and learned to embrace and use it instead? Was that even possible? Would people care?
They did care.
You might be someone who comments regularly or sends me emails or tweets. You might be a member of the Puttytribe, a former coaching student, or someone who has read and applied the lessons in Renaissance Business. Or maybe you are someone who just silently reads the blog.
I know there are plenty of you out there, the “silent majority.” I see you in my website analytics, reading my work from far away places like India and Argentina, as well as nearby states and provinces. And I appreciate every single one of you, even though you may never reach out.
At this point, you may be getting worried. Why is Emilie talking like this? Is she about to shut down the site? Does she have a terminal illness? Does her multipotentialite nature mean that she’s finally BORED of us? What’s up?!
Don’t worry. It’s good news that I’m about to share.
First of all, you can rest assured that I am going nowhere. I will continue to publish my thoughts on the blog and send out my weekly personal emails. I’ll remain on Twitter, stay as active as ever in the Puttytribe, leading as many huddles as I can, and respond to every email I receive, as always.
However, over time I have gotten busy with other projects and blogging has become harder to fit in. Puttylabs and the Puttytribe are two such projects, but there are others. There’s the album I recorded and am in the process of mixing, there’s my blossoming interest in functional medicine and the biology course I’m about to start, there’s a huge seminar I’m putting on and preparing for that’s happening next January and the book on Multipotentialites that I want to write and see on bookshelves.
Because of all of these amazing projects on my plate, I had to cut back from two posts a week to one. This happened a few months back, and I hate that I had to do that.
Now for the big news…
Starting next Monday, June 10, Puttylike will go from being a solo act, to a multi-author blog. I have chosen three excellent, multipotentialite writers, each of whom has been very involved in the multipotentialite community and whose work I respect tremendously. I also chose writers with a range of different life experiences and perspectives, which I believe will add to the richness of the site.
I’ll introduce you to your new writers next week, but rest assured that I chose my writers very carefully. I’m being totally honest here. It’s very important to me to maintain an extremely high quality of writing on the site. Puttylike posts need to be personal, inspirational, practical, interesting and at times, challenging. These are the values that have made Puttylike what it is, and that’s not going to change.
Having more writers on board means that we’ll be able to go back to a 2 posts/week publishing schedule, which I’m thrilled about.
The faint whisper that a change is needed
It’s been weighing on me for a while. I’ve known that a big change had to happen for Puttylike to continue to provide amazing resources to multipotentialites, and for my own voice to stay fresh and inspired. But it’s so hard to change something that’s working well. I know that I’m a pretty decent writer because I’ve been doing it for so long. I know how to structure a blog post at this point, and how to engage people. The growth of Puttylike is largely due to my writing ability. Should I really mess with something that’s working so well?
I have to.
As a multipotentialite, I bet you can relate. I’ve been feeling this way for some time, and I never want to resent my work so I need to nip this in the bud now. I don’t want to abandon you or become bitter. That’s why I need to remove the pressure that I currently feel to publish my writing every single week. I have to write when I am moved to write or have an idea that needs to be express. Having a few other writers on staff will allow me to do this.
I will continue to blog at Puttylike, but my posts will be slightly less frequent. Only slightly. Out of the 8 blog posts we’ll be publishing per month, I will probably write 2-3 of them. Maybe more, maybe less, depending on how much I have to say. Also, as I mentioned earlier, I will continue to send out my weekly, personal emails. Those aren’t going anywhere.
I have this feeling that by removing the pressure to deliver each week and allowing myself to indulge more in some of my new projects, the writing that I do publish on the blog will be far stronger.
I know change is difficult. But I promise you that these changes will only make Puttylike a better, more interesting, and more helpful home for multipotentialites.
Thanks for your love, support, and understanding. Thank you for caring about my work. Thank you for embracing your multipotentialite nature and being who you are.
This is going to be awesome.
See you next week!
Your pal and fellow multipotentialite,