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Someone’s actually reading my blog

Last week, The writer, the reviser, the visualizer commented on one of my posts chose me to receive the Versatile Blogger Award. http://versatilebloggeraward.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/versatileblogger113.png

I must admit that I was a bit shocked to be receiving such an award, having only written a handful of posts. I think I was more shocked (thrilled!) that someone was reading what I wrote. This award will definitely inspire and motivate to keep writing, so that I can truly deserve such recognition. Thank you for that!

The rules of this nomination are as follows:

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 others.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

I’m slowly contacting the blogs that I have selected. I am an RSS feed addict, so I have amassed quite a few over the past several years. Two of them are not actually blogs, but they are wiki-based newsletters that I rely on for information and inspiration (Full disclosure: I was the Managing Editor for these newsletters in days gone by, but they have grown and excelled way beyond what I did at the helm). I present them in three categories:

So, what 7 things can I tell you about myself? I think there are at least 7 things about myself in the following bulleted list:

  • I started my career as a technical writer, but suffered from major burnout after about 7 years. During career counseling, the tests showed that I should be a dictionary editor. Instead, I went on to be a development editor at a computer book publisher. (That is still my favorite job in my career.) I then became a technical editor at all subsequent jobs. I’m a really good technical editor, because I love what I do.
  • I took a week-long course about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, based on Stephen Covey’s book of the same name. I took this early in my career, and it changed my life. I no longer work overtime on a regular basis (rarely ever, actually). I have a personal mission statement, which over the years has been boiled down to an acronym: PEP (passion, enthusiasm, persistence).
  • I really want to go back to school for a PhD. I loved school as a child, and as an adult (getting my Masters in technical communication one class at a time at night while working full time). I am pondering the idea of a PhD in Linguistics instead of Technical Communication.
  • I prefer working at large companies to small companies. I also prefer being an employee of said company, instead of a contractor. I like the “security” of a regular paychecks and excellent benefits. I know that I could do more of the work I love as a freelancer, but I don’t have the stomach (or sales mindset) for it. I’m lucky to have found my way to my ideal job in IBM, so I get the best of both worlds.
  • I love being a mentor and a teacher. I was voted “Most likely to be an English teacher” in my senior year of high school, and my BA is in English. (I love writing poetry, and now traditional Japanese-form haiku.). I will “retire” into my second career of being a college professor one day. Until then, I will continue to teach an online certificate course for STC on technical editing fundamentals with the uber-amazing Linda Oestreich.
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