I started blogging in January 2009. It all started after a heated discussion at work–how to incorporate social media into our marketing mix. After writing a sample article and receiving many kudos from my manager and co-workers, my blog was born.
To date, my blog has been all about discovery: what if I write about this subject; what if I link to this person’s blog; what if I open a Twitter account and link to my blog; what if I join Blogher; what if I use these tags; what if I ask a question on LinkedIn; the list goes on.
It has been a lot of fun catching up to and jumping on the blogging train and delving head first into the world of social media. In fact, I”ve had so much fun that I want a new job doing this stuff! I want to blog and manage an on-line community.
But wait. There’s a problem here. Unfortunately, my personal blog could become a liability when it comes to a serious job search.
Sure, I’ve been careful not to be too specific about who I’m writing about, but there is a definite “tone” that could be miscontrued as bitter.
I like sarcasm, but someone looking to hire me, may not. I also like talking about controversial things like religion and healthcare reform. And I on occassion discuss my chronic health condition. Not really the professional voice some may be looking for, right?
So, I’ve been thinking about starting a new personal/professional blog (now that I’m an old pro). I purchased my domain name/hosting (www.karenshaffer.com), started a new Twitter account, and am chewing on where to focus my content. I’m a writer, yeah, but I’m so much more than that. I’m a consumer advocate, a project manager, a data freak, an excellent maker of coffee….
I’m glad I took the time to experiment with a personal blog first before taking on a super-focused professional endeavor, but I’m thinking it’s time to move on and get serious.
Have advice for me? I’d love to hear from you.