Or, How one woman learned to do what she loves for a living: An Interview with Diane Whiddon
Diane founded Novel Website Design to help authors get their name out and shine online. The name is a nod to her beginnings as a romance novelist. “I quit law school to write romance novels. Seriously,” she said. Unfortunately though, she wasn’t finishing them.
Then, at a writer’s group she had joined to hone her craft, (and perhaps assist with those ever elusive novel endings), a girl came in showing off her brand new website. “Back then, it was a novelty for authors to have one.” (Side note…check out these 17 “ancient” websites that still work!) Diane said, “It definitely sparked my interest. But, I thought I could do better. So, I started playing around with different programs and eventually taught myself how to build websites. I built a couple sites for fellow authors, and then more authors started requesting me. After a while, a few writers’ organizations came to me, and eventually, I realized I was making more money building websites than writing unfinished novels. My journey began.”
As much as Diane had hoped, it wasn’t glitter and unicorns all the time (just most of the time, which is still great).
“Most of my a-ha moments have come from me, on my yoga mat, or in my meditation, or from screwing up in my business. It’s been dropping deadlines and picking myself up from that, or completely missing the point of what a client wanted or needed from their site design, or, quite honestly, realizing in the middle of client consult that I was actually talking about myself instead of talking to my client.”
How does she deal with being human?
“I just remember sometimes that everything, everything, everything that exists is made up of this powerful, beautiful energy that is really just love. It also reminds me that we’re all connected and that every time I look in someone’s eyes, I’m seeing a precious expression of divinity. That grounds me when I’m about to get up somewhere and talk about money and sales.”
Yes, you can sell your products in an authentic way while remaining true to your spiritual essence and Diane consciously shows you how. Diane is an acclaimed public speaker and self-proclaimed “website medicine woman.” Through Novel Website Design, she focuses on serving others in a heart-centered way and helping them live their passion to be self-sufficient.
“Being an entrepreneur is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s constantly challenging, but I love it. I’ve never had this kind of freedom or excitement working for someone else. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Diane wants all entrepreneurs (or soon to be entrepreneurs) to have this same feeling. Check out her series of heart-centered workshops to “Make Your Website Awesome” so you can also learn to master your own website and marketing.
Classes will be held at one of our favorite wellness community centers, the Holobeing in Boulder and are sponsored by the Boulder Women’s Wellness Group. View the schedule and sign up here. Topics include SEO, writing great content, sales 101, how to make passive income through your website, and more. All workshops are two hours and cost just $45 for one, $125 for 3, or $200 for all 6.
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