#Weekend Coffee Share 5/15/16

Coffee Sharing sayingIf we were having coffee, I’d talk about how changing a career (at least in my chosen profession) seems to be such a challenge. I read a blog post by another former journalist, Conway Fraser, talking about a book written by a different former journalist:

I just finished reading the Dan Lyons book “Disrupted: My Misadventures In The Start-Up Bubble”. In a nutshell, Lyons is a former journalist who lost his job at 51-years-old and needed a job fast to provide for his family. So, like many former scribes, he jumped on the bandwagon and got into the tech community as a ‘content marketer’ with a company called HubSpot — a company I had heard of but admittedly knew very little about before reading the book. What ensued can politely described as a marriage made in Hell — and a colossal clash of cultures.”
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A season of change

holidays1Sometimes, change just happens. Other times, it’s suddenly in front of you and you have to go along for the ride.

I’d have to say this year has been the later for yours truly. I always figured I’d have to leave the friendly community of Rifle, Colo. sometime. A combination of professional and personal situations led me to quit a job I really liked (until things changed, naturally…), sell my little house, pack up and move across the state to the familiar – but also changed – Front Range of Colorado.

For the last several months of the year, my time has been consumed by job hunting and trying to make contacts in a place where nearly everyone I knew long ago is in a different place. Geographically or otherwise. So it’s almost been like starting a second life, on a personal and a career level. Continue reading “A season of change”

A sequel in the offing for Denver’s newspaper readers? Probably not

rmnAll us old school journalists felt our hearts skip a beat at the recent news that Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz may want to resurrect the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver daily newspaper that ceased operation in 2009 after nearly 150 years of publication.

Another Rocky II?

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A nice start, I think…

I suppose as new endeavors go, my foray into the blogosphere (is that term still used?) went OK. My first blog drew a few likes, so at least a few people read it. It’s encouraging to get any kind of positive feedback. Or feedback of any kind, since I can use it to hopefully create more interesting blog posts, attract more readers and get my messages out to the masses.

Or something like that. Like I said, blogging is new to me and I hope to combine it with other social media outlets to promote my professional skills and abilities, as well as highlight ongoing projects and tell interesting stories.

The journey continues, as they say….

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First steps, next steps

A couple of months ago, I decided it was time I made some changes in my career and life. Two of the most time-consuming, sleep-losing, life-changing things any one goes through.

Part of those changes was learning some new skills, which is where this blog comes in. I’m taking an online college class on social media and how to use them to promote yourself and others. As a longtime, admitted “old school” journalist for some time, it’s taking time getting used to this new world, this new approach to telling stories and promoting my skills.

Story telling 8So here we are. I’m trying to develop things like branding, content management, the use of images and which networks – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. – can help get the word out on what I can do to help me make a living. It’s been good to be learning something again.

In time, hopefully soon, you’ll start to see what I’m talking about and I’ll be able to take these new skills and new outlets, combine them with what I’ve gained over my career so far, and see where I end up.

As they say, life is a journey. This is another part of my adventure.