Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Up To Date at Mayden's Voyage
The Carpel Tunnel: My surgery is on November 22nd. Life with one arm (for a few weeks) will be interesting, but I always like a challenge. I will absolutely enjoy and take advantage of the "down time"...even though I can only sit still for so long :) I will NOT have to cook or participate in any of the Thanksgiving madness that typically swirls around me during this time of the year. This holiday will ACTUALLY be a holiday for me...a break, a time out. However, not being able to write will be hardship for me. I enjoy the process. I imagine I will give my left hand a shot at putting words to page, and I wouldn't be surprised if I mastered it.
The Job: About 2 years ago, via my best friend, I met a friend of hers who owned a vehicle graphics company. When he asked me, "What do you do?" and I said, "I'm a writer"- he was curious. I sent him to Mayden's Voyage as well as my Coraspondence blog, and told him of my work as the Public Relations rep for a child who needed a transplant- and I handled all press and media material for her campaign- as well as articles I've written, newsletters I've published (big and small), curriculum material for pre-school, and even an obituary. Over time he went and read my stuff. He liked it.
This Spring he approached me about writing web and blog content for his company web site. I was nervous to accept at first, mostly because I knew NOTHING about vehicle wraps, but I was curious- and I was a good enough friend to be comfortable going with him to visit job sites and LEARN about what his company does. Thus my "getting paid to write" era began- and as of yesterday I have written 28 blog posts about Capital Wraps ( www.capitalwraps.com) look for the blog. I'm also working on a blog for my brothers law firm in California, but would like to add other companies to my writing list and perhaps turn this into a career. Several years ago Blogs were seen as (and can be) places where people vent or keep an online journal. However, for a company, a blog on a business website is the VOICE of your company. It's cheap and informative advertising. The company already owns the website, why not give customers a place to read and get a feel for what the company does?
While I am definitely not able to pay the mortgage with my part time writing jobs and my bee keeping skills, I am earning a little to put aside for me. Not to mention the validation I get from doing something I love- and someone in the world actually paying me to do it. (and it being legal- lol!)
I've been kept from my personal blogs for a number of reasons. I've discovered being away from this community is a detriment to myself, and I love it when I'm here. This place is home. The friends I've made here have a significance and value that can not be replaced. Upon re-discovering a printed email (written in 2006) from a blog friend last week, and him being in so many of my thoughts- I realized I was missing out on something important. I want to return to this community with the same passion I had early on. I'm tired of facebook, tired of reading the endless dribble from people who have "friended" me because we went to the same high school. I should delete my facebook page and start one called "Mayden America" and just use it as a marketing tool for my honey and home-made items. I like the way FB keeps me in contact with distant family, but there is something kind of creepy about the social networking sites in general. FaceBook is the fast/frozen food version of a BLOG. Give me the real deal...the grilled steak and baked potato, or the stuffed turkey and all the veggies...keep the hamburger and fries. Yes, I see where and how there is a place for both, but just as with eating out, it should be the exception and not the rule. Same with blogging. If you have something worth saying- sit down and pound it out. Otherwise, I'm not really interested in anyone's laundry and To-Do lists. My time is a little more valuable than all that.
Hugs and more soon. I'm itching to write about our local prison and judicial system, which I've seen a bit of here lately due to the arrest of a childhood friend. Prior to 2 weeks ago I had never been inside the front doors of our local correction center. It's been an eye opener to say the least!