You may have already heard this if you follow me on Twitter or on the forum: As of next Monday I will be going back into the workforce. I accepted the position of Lifestyles Digital Content Manager with The Cincinnati Enquirer.
I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to have landed in this role, which seems to be an ideal fit for me. I’ll be helping to create and build content and communities for the Cincinnati.com Living site, which includes Moms, Home & Garden, Fashion, Relationships, Health & Fitness and savings so far.
I have been so impressed with the progressive spirit The Enquirer’s editors and publisher have shown with this site. Instead of thinking of local bloggers as the competition, they’ve built partnerships with them and brought them on as contributors. And part of my new role will include managing these relationships, spotting talented local bloggers and bringing them onboard.
So I guess I’m not unleashed any more, technically speaking. But you know, I’m a free spirit and will always be unleashed at heart. I’m absolutely committed to keeping this site going because I love the community we’ve built here. I’ll continue to closely follow my passion for books and publishing and offer you tips, advice and reports. And one cool benefit of going back to work in the media biz is that I’ll be better able to offer first-hand advice on writing, journalism and social media trends right from the front lines.
It’s been a wild year for me. Besides running this site, I’ve taken on new challenges in book editing, corporate and technical writing, book reviewing and writing for trade magazines. I’ve learned an awful lot about what it really takes to make it as a freelancer—it’s tough! I’ll write more on that topic next week.
Through it all though, I remained devoted to this site. And I’m so glad I did even while many around me were questioning why I was devoting so much time and energy into blogging and the forum and social media when it had no apparent benefit. This site has opened opportunities I couldn’t have even imagined a year ago.
This is the new reality for writers my friends. Cover a subject intensely, build a community and the world will open up to you. Opportunities will come your way.
Thanks so much for your readership, your comments, your participation in the forum and the contests here. Building this site and getting to have conversations about subjects I’m passionate about has been pure joy for me. I wish the same for each of you.