Hi, I am Shailaja V from Bangalore, India. I am a full-time blogger plus a content & productivity coach who helps creators grow an organic and engaged audience for their work, while tapping into the passion that drives their business.
I’ve been blogging since 2007 and running my solopreneur business since 2018.
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Ever found yourself starting a new habit or a new line of thinking with a lot of energy and then notice that you lose steam somewhere down the line? This could be anything from a new fitness routine to an innovative marketing strategy for Instagram. The principle is the same.
Why does this happen?
The first challenge is that so many of us expect miraculous changes in the short term and when that doesn’t happen, we get frustrated and give up.
Another challenge? We’re scared of trying something new for fear of ridicule. Being different takes courage and all of…
I’ve used Pinterest as a content creator since late 2017. In that time, I’ve studied a number of courses on how to use Pinterest to drive traffic back to your website, increase page views, create catchy pin images, and learned to pay attention to the right way to add pin descriptions, among other things.
Heck, I even went ahead and launched a course of my own in April 2020 — The 12-week Pinterest Roadmap. It was a rather popular course but I retired it from circulation in August 2021.
Instead, I had a bit of an epiphany when it came…
Is it possible to run a business, in the online space, while practising minimalism? Before I answer that, let me clarify that I am still learning to consciously apply the principles of minimalism in different areas of my life. It’s an idea that has fascinated me for the longest time.
Coming to minimalism in business, I believe this is a combination of practical wisdom and the right mindset when it comes to each business. The more I explore this domain, the more I am convinced that there are broad guidelines that can work for all of us.
I like it here, inside my comfort zone. It’s a warm, pleasant cocoon of gentle growth, as I muse and germinate, stretch and evolve, play to my strengths while I listen to my body, mind and soul. And suddenly, just like that, I know that this is meant to be.
This comfort zone is beautiful because I’ve always known it to represent exactly who I am.
It’s the comfort zone that taught me I could survive, nay thrive, without social media when I quit it for 60 whole days.
It was there when I decided to stop using hashtags on…
In 2013, when I started sharing my blog posts on social media, I recall the absolute thrill when I would receive a comment. It was a gentle message that people were reading my content and I was so grateful for that connection.
Similarly, when I would comment on an established blogger’s post, I would feel this warm glow of happiness every time someone would respond to my comment on a blog.
Something about that exchange stuck with me. So much so, that when I started building a social media presence, I vowed to always respond to every single comment or…
Ever considered that the reason you feel so stressed and time-poor is because you take on way too many things at once?
Today, I want to discuss the 5 Stages of Gentle Productivity and how they can apply to your life.
We will move from the bottom upwards, as shown in the attached diagram.
This is that stage so many people are familiar with- you never have enough time to do all of the things you want/ you have a never-ending to-do list/ you feel overworked all the time and pulled in several directions.
I came across this quote yesterday and it was so powerful that I just had to share it with everyone who reads my content.
Ever felt like the Universe is listening to you and sending you messages in unexpected ways? That’s what I feel like, every single day.
A business owner that I trust and respect said this to me once and I’ve never forgotten it. She said:
Most businesses will only start to see the needle move in their 3rd or 4th year. …
On July 30, 2021, after 18 months of using display advertising as a source of revenue, I went ahead and deleted ads from my website. What started as a goal in early 2019 and was realized in early 2020 finally saw its natural exit by the middle of this year.
A few of my readers have asked me for the reasoning behind this decision, especially since I was generating a steady income from this business model. …
Jodi tor daak sune keu naa aashe, tabe ekla cholo re…
This line, from the song Ekla Cholo Re means:
If nobody responds or comes forward to your call, then you proceed alone…move alone….march forward alone…
Have you heard of this song, penned by the famous poet, writer, playwright, composer and philosopher, Tagore? This song has been ringing in my head these last couple of days.
For one thing, it reinforces the belief that just because we’re different, it doesn’t mean we are wrong. …