Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

The Creative Career One Year Later

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
Romulus and the computer A year ago today, I picked up my old podcast, Path to Adland (which, to my surprise, continues to get 400 downloads per month despite the fact that I haven't updated it in a year), and moved it on over to The Creative Career. I've been telling young people about the benefits of publishing a blog ever since. It takes a lot of time and work, but it's well worth the effort. How has blogging changed my life? Let me count the ways...
  1. It has made me a more confident writer. Anyone who takes the time to practice a skill on a regular basis is bound to get more comfortable with it. This can be applied to other forms of writing in my job as well.
  2. It has introduced me to some amazing people. A few months after I started blogging, I got involved with Brazen Careerist and 20 Something Bloggers. I've met a number of people from these groups in person, and even started a book club with some fellow 20 somethings. I've also been incredibly inspired by the people I've met during my podcast interviews.
  3. It has led me to a job that I love. When the folks at Edelman heard the podcast and read the blog, they reached out and asked if I would be interested chatting about a potential position in their digital integration team. I'm now developing online courses to integrate digital thinking and social media across the company. I would never be in this position if not for the blog and podcast (and a bit of luck).
  4. I love hearing from you! I'm still so excited by every email and comment that I get from students and young professionals. I always love to hear your thoughts and stories, and to help in any way that I can.
If you've been thinking about starting a blog, but keep putting it off, what are you waiting for? Jump right in! Hat tip to Meg Roberts for reminding me of my "Blogoversary."

Blog Your Way into a New Career

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
It's amazing where blogging can lead you. My colleague, Amanda Mooney , and I recently found ourselves in new jobs, largely credited to our participation in the blogosphere and other social platforms. Your resume won't give you a voice. The first thing you should have on your resume under contact information is a link to your blog or website. Sometimes I feel like having a blog is my little secret to opening doors to opportunities that once seemed unattainable. And the more I discuss this with other bloggers, the more I begin to see that I am not the only one experiencing it. Yes, maintaining a blog and building relationships with other bloggers takes time and commitment, but the rewards, from the first realization that someone is actually listening to the possibility of life-changing opportunities, are well worth it.