This has been a long time coming.
Remember a couple or so years ago, when I asked if you would put your blog on your resume?
Well, I made the decision to do it, as I’ve gained quite a few marketable skills thanks to blogging.
But, here’s the thing…
I don’t want this to be my work anymore.
Yep, I am officially resigning from ‘professional lifestyle blogging’ on this blog. Lol
It’s been an exciting, crazy and cool path to follow, but honestly…
I miss how it used to be. I really miss personal blogging!
I miss the leisure, uniqueness, ease and homeyness of it all. I miss posting casually, plainly, and in the moment; versus planning editorial calendars, posting ‘evergreen content‘, spellchecking, editing and making certain to have a great picture with every post. I miss saying “This is how it went – or how it’s going – for me”, and asking “How’s it going for you?”; versus instructing “This is how you do XYZ.” I miss exchanging thoughts and ideas, and experiences.
It’s really the feel of things that I want to change around here rather than any specific topic.
I just want to blog for the sake of blogging. I enjoy it most that way.
I’m still growing as a person and I want to get back to being a person – more importantly, being an individual – and sharing how I feel sometimes, without holding back and feeling the need to follow a list of unspoken rules and guidelines on how to do this thing. It’s odd but, I felt that way under the (self-proclaimed) title of Lifestyle Blogger.
If you continue to read my blog, minus less updates, you may not even notice a real difference here (as the plethora of topics I post on will pretty much be the same) but, I just needed to say this.
While growing a blog and taking on a more professional approach had it’s merits, it also took something away. Something special.
I am looking forward to getting it back.
Will you join me on the journey? ‘Cause I can’t do it without you, and I don’t want to.
If you don’t already know, Linkedin is a professional social media website. People use it for different reasons. Networking. Business opportunities. Job-hunting. Entrepreneurship, etc.
How do you navigate and use Linkedin?
Since I’ve joined, I’ve wondered whom I should connect with.
Do I only connect with people I know and have met offline? Do I connect with people I don’t know?
Then, there’s this funny debate on whether or not a person should be able to “snoop” (anonymously view someone’s profile). Initially, I was completely in the camp of ‘Why hide on a professional site?’ (There are settings where you can elect to view someone’s profile as yourself/under your name and title, semi-anonymous/just your industry & title, or completely anonymous/nada will show up about you.) I’m a curious person. It doesn’t keep me up at night. I’m just inherently curious to know who’s looking and why. Lol My husband was on the flip side; ‘Why should it matter (who’s looking at your profile)?‘ If you’re posting something online, you should expect anyone and everyone to see it. True. I get it. But, I’m still curious. Lol
I loved some of the comments here. One hilarious commenter equated the person “snooping” on Linkedin to a potential shopper, standing outside the glass window of a shop. And, the shop owner (the person whose profile is being “snooped” upon) sees the window-shopper, exits the store and chases him down the street, demanding that he identify himself immediately. Hahahaha…ahhh!
I don’t know. Are you curious to know who’s looking at your professional profile?
I’ve gotten different answers on the question of whom to connect with.
I went to a networking event that held a 101 session on Linkedin. A professional advisor there said to connect with everyone, whether you know them or not. Her reasoning was that you never know who knows someone, who knows someone who could potentially help you out professionally. Or, maybe you could help them. Either way, it’s good networking.
There was one guy on the panel of advisors. I think he was a lawyer. He admitted that he only connected to people he knew, and he didn’t seem like he cared to change his approach.
I’ve flip-flopped. When I first joined I pretty much just posted my resume with work experience prior to this blog. I was open to connecting to people I knew, and people I didn’t know (on account of blogging, blogging made the idea of connecting with people through social media commonplace, even though I’d never actually met more than a few offline). After awhile I thought, ‘How can I really help people I don’t know and how can they help me professionally?’ They don’t know my work ethic, history and skills first-hand and I have no clue as to theirs. We just haven’t worked together. So…are we solely connected to potentially be of use to each other somewhere down the line when a 1st or 2nd Linkedin connection is needed? Ehhh…I didn’t like the sound of that, so I stopped accepting unknown Linkedin invitations for awhile. Then I thought, ‘Don’t be silly, be open. You never know…you just never know.’ You won’t grow your professional network unless you connect with and get to know people you don’t know. So, that’s where I’m at right now. Trying to be open to the unknown.
I’ve recently signed up for the premium service on Linkedin and I’ve been focusing on connecting with people I’ve lost touch with over the years. In life and through the blogosphere. Linkedin has served me well as being a convenient place to house my resume. It’s easier than keeping up with jump drives, and having to locate the actual files on my hard drive to make quick resume updates.
Now that I’ve listed MerelyMarie on my resume, I have a favor to ask you…
If you’re on Linkedin and have followed my blog for awhile, will you connect with me there and endorse me? Send me an invitation. I’d love to hear from you! If we’ve already connected but haven’t made contact since the original invite, please message me on Linkedin and let me know that you know me through MerelyMarie. If you’re not on Linkedin and would like to be, go here.
No one knows my blog and blog related skills better than you do, and I’d really appreciate your support. Please endorse and feel free to suggest any skills that you feel I may have from building and running this blog. If you feel so inclined to write a recommendation, I couldn’t thank you enough.
Okay, that’s all I got for now.
See you in the next ‘personal’ post. 😉
Before I go, this video absolutely, positively made my day!