What Time Management and Customer Support Skills Do I Have?

(Note: This is based on one of the questions asked in Ron Elsdon’s book How to Build a Nontraditional Career Path: Embracing Economic Disruption.) As important as I thought both time management and customer support skills were when I was full-time in agency life, they’ve proven to be even more so since entering the world … Continue reading What Time Management and Customer Support Skills Do I Have?

Breadth vs. Depth

I recently hit something of a personal milestone: I read my 5,000th “Better to Be An Expert In One Thing” self-help blog post. It was quite an achievement and I’m very proud. These sorts of posts - this sort of thinking - is all over the web. The thinking goes that by gaining deep knowledge … Continue reading Breadth vs. Depth

Should Freelancers Work for Startup Equity?

Last week Ben Schiller wrote about a new app (because of course it’s an app) that wants to facilitate a different sort of connection between freelancers and those who are looking for help and support. Loom allows startup founders to make a pitch to freelancers that offers equity shares instead of pay along with a … Continue reading Should Freelancers Work for Startup Equity?

Live Event Coverage Examples

Following up on my recent post, I’m sharing here some examples of the many events I’ve attended, either as myself or as the on-the-ground correspondent managing a client’s social media program, over the years. All of what’s below has included live blogging and in-the-moment social media publishing that’s pushed my thinking and capabilities about what … Continue reading Live Event Coverage Examples

My History of Live Event Blogging and Social Media Coverage

The other day I had a conversation with someone who was interested in hiring me for a freelance gig. He’d reached out and we’d traded a few messages when he asked something along the lines of the following: So, do you have any experience with live-blogging? Yeah...you could say that. “Live-blogging,” for those of you … Continue reading My History of Live Event Blogging and Social Media Coverage

What Excites Me About The Work?

(Note: This is based on one of the questions asked in Ron Elsdon’s book How to Build a Nontraditional Career Path: Embracing Economic Disruption.) Over the course of my career I’ve had the opportunity to write about a lot of topics, industries and products. I’m sure I’m leaving more than one thing off, but the … Continue reading What Excites Me About The Work?

What Experience Could I Gain to Improve My Value?

(Note: This is based on one of the questions asked in Ron Elsdon’s book How to Build a Nontraditional Career Path: Embracing Economic Disruption.) “What can’t I do?” is a question I’ve asked myself fairly often over the last 18 months or so. Since being laid off, as I’ve searched for full-time jobs and worked … Continue reading What Experience Could I Gain to Improve My Value?

Everyone Has a Story

I’ll admit to a character flaw I think many of us fall victim to: I’m fairly judgmental. Anything that seems “odd” or “out of the ordinary” or “not what I would do” gets a shake of the head from me, the representation of a feeling that someone is making an unusual or inconceivable choice. Over … Continue reading Everyone Has a Story

What I Learned In 2017

There’s been... a lot...that’s happened in 2017. Even more so than 2016, when I was let go from my last full-time job and began what might generously be called an “unexpected” career path, this year has been one of learnings, new beginnings, shedding of old notions and much more. I don’t want to overstate things. … Continue reading What I Learned In 2017

Marking One Year of Retail

Today is an auspicious day for me. It marks one year since I began working a part-time retail customer service job for the first time in 10 years. When I first started the job we kept saying “It’s only until…” with a date that kept being moved out. I never thought it would be a … Continue reading Marking One Year of Retail