Whenever Friday comes around, everyone asks each other what their plans are, and they take it to social media to celebrate: It’s Friday! YAY weekend! Time to turn up!
Before I get started, can I just say… I hate that “turn up” and “turn down for what” shit. Don’t ever say that around me. I’ll punch you in the forehead.
When people ask me what I’m doing this weekend, my response is staying home, relaxing, working, occasionally I’ll go to an event (emphasis on occasionally) or go out to dinner with a friend and catch up. It’s never anything more than that, and it’s exactly what I do on weekdays when I get home from work. There’s no difference between my weekdays and weekends.
Most would find that sad or depressing – staying home and keeping to myself, but that’s been my lifestyle for so long, it’s who I am, and I feel weird if I do something outside of that. Why am I like that? Because there’s too much I want to accomplish – and since I’m not in the office and typically don’t schedule anything on the weekends, this is when I have the most free time.
So to answer your question, what is it exactly that I’m working on when I’m not in the office?
To start with, my blog that you’re reading right now. In February I was ranked top 600,000 sites in the U.S., and 2 million globally. The numbers dropped because I went out-of-town, and still have trouble being consistent. I’m annoyed it dropped that much. My goal is to be in the top 500,000 in the U.S. and under 1 million globally by summer.
How do I get there? By coming up with different blog topics, erasing old posts and trying to make my layout perfect. Right now, I’m looking at different templates, still need to fix the gallery, going to start having guest posts with people in the industry, the list goes on. I’ve had my blog since 2009, and it’s still not where I want it to be.
Next, YouTube. My problem with YouTube is also consistency. I’ve come up with so many video ideas and have been working on scripts for them – BUT, I’m not going to let myself start those until I get a new reel up. The one I have right now, is all my work I did in Chicago. One, I look like I’m 12, and two, I haven’t included ANYTHING I’ve done with HotNewHipHop and SkeeTV.
Take a guess at what I did Friday night? I spent 3 hours watching my old interviews, picking clips and have a document of everything I did wrong from having an ugly ass background, saying “okay” and “mhmm” too much, not sitting up straight to not having an upbeat voice. I have yet to have a perfect one. (Don’t worry, I’ll blog about everything I did wrong lol – I have pages on pages of notes). Anyway, I’m not updating my reel to get a job, I just want it to be updated and it will be the last reel I have. Shoutout to Terrence for helping me with it! And you can watch my old reel at the bottom of this post.
Finally, when I’m not working on my personal brand, I’m working on myself. I’m reading articles that can help me grow as a person, watching sermon’s from One Church LA and currently reading “Purpose Awakening” from Toure Roberts.
Do I have a life outside of work? Yes, I do. But, as mentioned, it’s nothing more than going out to a dinner – I’ll maybe hit the beach and uhhh that’s about it lol.
So… to anyone who has asked me to go out, don’t take it personally when I say no. I’ll take my down time when I cross off some of the things on my list – until then, this is my life.
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