And part of it may have been you attempted to diversify TOO drastically.
For example, I’m a full-time freelance writer and editor, and when I first started, I didn’t try to limit myself. My version of diversifying included offering editing services, ghostwriting, copywriting, comic book writing, and more. I started by offering blogs and articles and quickly moved into other writing-specific but different options, too. Nowadays, my business focuses on four main pillars: weekly blogging on monthly retainer, book editing, ghostwriting books, and what I call book coaching.
But jumping from writing to photography to video editing when you aren’t particularly experienced in those other areas don’t make sense — and you found that out relatively quickly.
Good on you, for being able and willing to adapt and pull back to the thing you are good at and enjoy! Are you making a living off of writing?
Great post, thanks.