I started blogging in 2008, mostly to save my sanity. I had just become an unwilling member of the sandwich generation, and it pushed me into a deep depression. I was a stay-at-home mom with 2 young kids and a chronically ill elderly mother, and blogging helped me remember that there was more to life than caregiving.
I jumped into social media to promote my blog posts, and stayed because it was fun. Today I’m more active in social media than on my blog, but I do still post from time to time.
My mom died in April 2011, and with my kids in school all day, I had some room to breathe. I volunteered to help a local charity set up their blog & social media. I put together an About.me page. Within a few months, I was hired by a former employer as a social media consultant in the nonprofit arts education sector.
Proof that luck is where preparation meets opportunity!
The job is perfect for me at the moment. It’s part time, and I can do it from home with a very flexible schedule. I have a passion for arts education. I’m on social media every chance I get anyway; it’s about time I got paid for it! It was a revelation to me that not everyone knew the ins, outs and best practices of social media, and that not everyone could string together sentences the way I can. It’s definitely a marketable skill at the moment.
For me, it was 320 blog posts that changed my career. And I’m grateful.