Despite our instant, live, clickable, 30-second bites of life we now consume on the regular, one longer form model has stood the test of time: blogging.
It’s a little like a zombie. Every time someone proclaims it dead, it surges back in popularity with a vengeance.
You might be thinking that they’re right, that blogging is boring, uncool, or irrelevant, but I’m here to tell you: blogging can actually open a lot of doors in your social impact career.
Done right, a quality blog can help you find new opportunities, create meaningful connections with others in your field, and help you become a thought leader, educator, or other distinction in your field.
Often times, the only thing getting in your way is yourself.
Let’s look at five of the most common excuses people use to avoid starting a blog, and how you can be one of the smart cookies who overcomes them.
Coming soon, to a job description near you:
Wanted: Candidate must be creative, autonomous, and entrepreneurial.
It’s one of the latest professional buzzwords. No one wants to be an employee anymore, following orders and answering to the man. They want to be independent, innovative entrepreneurs –– making new things from thin air.
Except, a lot of times they still want the security of working for someone else without all the risk, headaches, and failures of an entrepreneur.
Seems like a bit of a conundrum, when you consider that one of the main tenets of being an entrepreneur are those exact things: willingness to take risk, on-the-go evolution, and high openness to creativity (and its frequent byproduct, failure).
By nature, entrepreneurs also tend to highly value autonomy and creativity, with a touch of anti-establishment and adrenaline rushes thrown in.
As with any job, not everyone in the world is cut out to be an entrepreneur. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be entrepreneurial.
The New York Times has reported that AmeriCorps is among the list of organizations and programs on the chopping block under the new Republican administration; what follows is why we cannot allow its funding to be cut.
“When I grow up, I want to be a public servant.”
— Me, age 26
If you asked me what I wanted to do with my life and career, up until recently, I wouldn’t have had a direct answer for you.
From the time that I was a child, dreaming of becoming a famous author, until today, I’ve ping-ponged across many possible career paths and fields, from journalist, to professor, to entrepreneur, to lawyer, to politician, to professional nomad. (Let me dream, dammit!)
So, how did I get to this point, where I now aim to dedicate my life to public service?
One main reason: AmeriCorps.
To celebrate AmeriCorps Week, and do my part to ensure this program stays intact, what follows one little piece of my own #StoryofService, and why we must ensure that AmeriCorps opportunities continue on into the future.
Let's change the world.
Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.