My Return to Blogging and Resolve to Use Time and Social Media Efficiently
For instance, I too wish to discover some way, within my own capabilities, to avoid trading time for money. know more
During my hiatus, I reassessed my endeavors. One of the joys of maturing involves reconciling lofty dreams that drive you with life’s realities. Dreams keep life from seeming bleak and boring though awareness of time passing by compels you to estimate your chances of achieving them. For instance, I too wish to discover some way, within my own capabilities, to avoid trading time for money. However, realizing I might be wasting time thinking about this, I settled on hope that perhaps someday I’ll have an epiphany (and then I’d share it with you).
However, there are practical steps I can take to decrease wasted time. I thought about what good, realistically, could come of efforts to present myself as a professional online. Like many issues in life, potential results depend on many variables. Some tips follow.
If you’re an internet entrepreneur, blogging is vital! According to Tung Tran’s 11 Lessons Learned from 2.5 Years of Being an Unsuccessful Internet Entrepreneur, blogging can:
Help you target potential clients.
Establish you as an industry expert.
Create a community that support your business.
Give you a valuable person-to-person connection.
With regard to job seekers however, opinions are mixed. In What Employers Want from the Long-Term Unemployed, Brent Rasmussen reports, “Fewer employers felt that the ambitious task of starting your own business (28 percent) or writing a professional blog (11 percent) were good ways to improve your marketability, but if those activities showcase your potential value, they certainly can’t hurt.”
In 5 Things That Will INSTANTLY Make You More Employable, Ariella Coombs states, “Writing about things that matter in your field can help you establish yourself as an expert in your industry.
So, when recruiters Google you and they see that you’ve been actively writing about your industry, you’ll score brownie points because you’re taking steps to be a thought leader in your field. (And most employers dig thought leaders.)”
One recommendation that people seem to agree on, though, is don’t spread yourself thin when it comes to the number of blogs and social media sites you promote yourself on. It’s helpful to maintain a consistent presence. See recommendations from J.T. O’Donnell, Marcus Huntington, and Cheryl Palmer.
Working Remotely – Jack’s Journey Out of the Office
For those who’ve missed my posts on working remotely, this attractive infographic sums up the downsides of working in a traditional office and upsides of working in a location independent manner. Several interesting facts are strewn throughout this story.
For instance, “80 million (50% of the workforce) U.S. employees hold a job that is compatible with working remotely at least part time” and “80-90% of U.S. workers say they would like to work from home at least part of the time.”
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