I got this email today:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the comment you posted on my
NewOK story and for tweeting out my success. Being published on the
largest local forum meant a great deal to me, and I give much credit to
you for helping me achieve it (You don't know how my inner dialogue
screams 'Verbs! Verbs!' at me whenever I write!).
So, again, thank you.
I also wanted to share something interesting with you, that maybe you can pass on to to future blogging classes.
Like I'm sure many people wonder while taking a class based around
blogging, one of the biggest questions I had was 'How can this skill
actually help me make money?' I got my answer by accident, actually,
when I was looking to get my foot in the door at The Oklahoman and
stumbled upon the job I now have.
"Content Marketing," the ad read. I thought I'd give it a shot, hoping to meet the right people that could get me into news.
When I interviewed for the position, I was a little freaked by how much
of my online history had been analyzed (a good lesson in how important
Facebook and Twitter etiquette can be). Old blog posts, website
contributions and a bunch of other online traces of me were brought up.
The good thing, though, was that because I'd done so much of that (in a
clean manner), the interview was more like a recruiting session -- they
felt they had to have me more than I needed them.
Now, my job mainly consists of blogging -- blogging for clients,
blogging to build lesser-known websites, blogging for myself even. And
I'm nowhere near alone in this. The department I work in employs about
10 people like myself, as well as four or five specialty bloggers. To
put it lightly: blogging is huge.
So, I wanted to share this with you in case that cliched "When am I
going to use this in the real world?" question ever came up. You can
tell them 'em that, odds are, they'll use it a lot.
Thanks again -- for everything.