BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,
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Well, there you go ...

OK ... I'm still feeling rather cranky about that e-mail that I got from the section manager over on ChicagoNow last week ... for all the reasons that I previously noted, plus I discover that they've recently added some "name blogger" who's supposedly writing about "career guidance for young professionals" but most of his blog posts have been about the job search, admittedly from the other side of the table. I'm worried that they'll figure they don't need The Job Stalker with him on board. I've really been stewing over this ... it's like another example of how those who have solid, stable jobs (this guy is a partner in one of the big PR firms in town and is on a dozen major boards, etc., etc., etc.) have everything break their way, while others are struggling to feed the family ramen.

On a more technical level, I did take some of the commentary about my writing over there to heart, and greatly reduced my use of quotation marks in my latest post. I tend to write "verbally" and use quotes and italics to sort of carry inflection and emphasis the way I might say something, and am so used to that format that I probably "don't see it" as much as others do, but looking over the previous posts I could get how that might be distracting. Unfortunately, I also tend to use quotes when using a word or phrase that I might not be 100% connected with (for instance in my latest post, where I use "coached" ... where it implies a certain cynicism around the term ... or "elevator speech" where it might not be a recognized term).

I also "pulled out the big guns" with one of my biggest "hints" ... this being the finely-honed "networking cards" that I use. As pissed off as I was to be being berated about not spewing out everything in the first week of posting, this is one of my "signature items" and I hope it goes over well. I tried hard to not make it look like a commercial for VistaPrint (and I used their "generic" URL rather than anything "affiliated") but felt I needed to let folks know that they really ought to get onto the VP mailing list for sales (heck, this morning they had a mailing offering the premium cards "for free"!). One thing that the gal "suggested" was that I break my posts into smaller bits, so I didn't go into particular detail on stuff that I would have normally added, which means that I'm going to have to figure out how to effectively backtrack to something mentioned in this for follow-up. Bleh.

Won't somebody just HIRE ME and I won't have to mess with this stuff?

Anyway, today is also the last of the month, which means that I've successfully completed the NaBloPoMo ... which I assume means nothing other than I don't have think about that anymore.


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