I thought it was time to check in on my 90 day product creation challenge. And I have to admit that I’m not doing particularly well. I started with full enthusiasm, decided what I wanted to create, did my market research, product research and created an outline. Then I started on my first draft.
By this time I was behind on Bonnie’s daily updates and started floundering. I’d lost my enthusiasm for what I was creating. I was torn as I really wanted to go in a completely different direction.
My first thought on creating a product to sell was to do with images but put it on the back-burner as I didn’t have the required Photoshop knowledge.
Now it’s no secret that I love to learn and have wanted to go further with Photoshop than just scratching the surface as I’ve been doing. So I purchased some tutorial type magazines. One of the drawbacks of living in a small town is only having one newsagent and limited choice in magazines. Suffice it to say that while I completed all the exercises in the first magazine and made notes, the information was poor (to put it mildly). Some of the exercises didn’t work (and yes I followed all the instructions multiple times) and the spelling and grammar mistakes were atrocious.
When I got to the second magazine, the advanced one, I tried two exercises and couldn’t understand the instructions. They didn’t explain things clearly. Perhaps it was my fault, they expected a level of knowledge that I just didn’t have. I have to admit that I’m not up to creating images like this one, yet. But I will be.
So I went to forums and asked for recommendations of good Photoshop tutorials to purchase. Everyone said YouTube, they are there for free. All I can say is WOW! I have learned more in the past few days than I did in six weeks of following those magazines.
So now I am back to my first choice of a product to sell. With all the recent talk about ‘borrowing’ images from Google and Bing Images and the trouble we can land in, I’m now starting to create my own to sell. And I feel much happier within myself.
I’ll still create my other product, when my brain and heart tell me it’s the right time. I’m still passionate about that niche (and no, I won’t tell you what it is) but right now is not its time.
I feel like a sponge, just soaking up this information, making notes and practicing new techniques. I still have to catch up on Bonnie’s daily posts as they have been invaluable. I also need to write more to get my poor old PLR store up and running. And finish the website for the local group, and go to the gym three times each week and do a multitude of other things.
Unfortunately I’m past working 18-20 hour days like Tiffany Lambert does. I’ve tried it and my body rebels. So I try to maximize the time I have every day. I’ve just finished redoing my daily calandar and there’s not much free space in it. I have allowed an hour each day for catchup. I need that because life has a habit of …. I’m loving it.
How are you going with your own product creation if you are doing this 90 day product creation challenge. Please let us know in the comments section below so we can all encourage each other. If you aren’t doing this challenge, are you still creating your own product to sell? I waited far too long before doing this!