Monday, March 21, 2011

Take Your Blogger to Work Day!

The wonderful Gina of Hiya Luv had this amazing idea for a blog party of sorts... Take Your Blogger to Work Day, where all of us bloggers can "get together" and share what it is we do for a living (and were blogging may fit into that mix).

My "job" is not a traditional one. I have what my parents like to call "a pieced-together career." I don't have one 9-5 job, but rather a bunch of little things: contracts, freelance gigs, temporary jobs, part-time work-from-home jobs, and my very own business. When people ask what I do or where I work, I usually say I'm a freelancer or a writer, but it's really hard to fit everything I do under one title like that. I think I need to come up with something really unique and crazy. Any ideas?

This wasn't my original intent for my life. When I was a little girl I wanted to be an artist, which basically meant I wanted to be a painter/photographer/fashion designer/screenwriter/novelist/anything else creative. Except for one year (right after Jurassic Park came out) when I wanted to be a Paleontologist. When I think about it now, I actually use a lot of different creative skills in my work, so it's pretty much perfect, but it's still something I sort of fell into.

I graduated from college a little over a year ago and had every intention of joining the ranks of the 9-5ers. My degree is in journalism and marketing, and I spent quite awhile job hunting, interning, working temporary jobs, and finding out what didn't work for me. What I didn't realize is that I was actually finding out what did work for me.

I love absolutely every part about my job right now. Sure, I have off days, but I would not change it for anything. It's untraditional, flexible, creative, fun, and so perfect for me. Here's a run-down of some of my regular gigs (in no particular order):

  • Running this blog
  • Running my Etsy shop
  • Blog design
  • Writing business profile stories for a local newspaper
  • Writing ads and special sections for newspapers
  • Teaching a knitting class at a local middle school
  • Freelancing for various blogs (usually in the design/tech field)

I have a mile-long to-do list every single day, but I usually get to make my own schedule and I have the satisfaction of being my own boss. I knew it was perfect for me when I realized I actually look forward to Mondays now!

In the future, I'd like to continue doing this "job," but I'd like it to evolve. Right now, I have some contracts that I don't necessarily enjoy, but they give me a better income than the things I do. It's not that any of my tasks are bad or difficult, but one day I'd like to be stable enough from Etsy, my blog, and blog designing to be a little more picky about the extra contracts I take on.

Tomorrow, I'm sharing a "photo an hour" post, where I document what my typical day is like through photos. So if you're curious about how a work-from-home writer/designer/freelancer spends her day, come back and see!

Thanks everyone, for letting me share this with you, and thanks so much to Gina for putting this together!! You're fantastic!


  1. Wow your a busy lady. And boy do I wish I learned how to knit when my Grandmother was alive. She made sweaters with matching mittens for me when I was young. She was also a sewer and could create or alter anything. I guess that's where my crafty side came from. Your hats are darling!!

    Nontraditional flexible is good!!

    I joined the hop too I'm #1 "My Toy Store" on Gina's blog.

  2. nontraditional sounds glorious to meeeeee!!! can we trade? :)gina

  3. love this - i totally related with you since it is also my current job :)

    looking forward to your posts of a picture per hr. that'll be fun!

  4. You have my dream job, ish.

    I wish my job had ANYTHING to do with being creative, but it really doesn't.

    Hopefully in the future though.

    And I'm excited for your photo per hour post. I love those!

  5. It sounds like you have a fun job/jobs!! I'd love to have that kind of flexibility in a day :)

  6. Sounds like you have a lot of fun! I bet no 2 days are ever the same. I also love that you teach knitting! I just took a class for the first time and I'm in love with it!

  7. I used to have a pieced together job myself...I told people I was Jana of all Trades.

  8. Oh I wish I could help you out with a job title but all your jobs sound like a lot of fun!

  9. You are one busy gal but you also sounds like one happy gal who knows exactly what you want. You are such a role model to those of us who want what we love to be our "9-5"


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