For many years, I did my level best to keep my blog completely separate from my professional life. Unfortunately, choices made a decade ago around online profiles means that now I can’t choose how I appear on WordPress vs. how I appear on, say, the rest of Google, which controls everything online.
So I’m embracing it. The good, the bad, the mediocre. And if I’m being completely honest, my writing almost a decade and a half ago when this blog started (on a completely different blog platform) was often, mediocre. And to be fair, I’m a very different person than who I was when I started blogging. Then, we had just started a family and I was very often stressed beyond my comfort level and frankly, out of my league.
At that time, I was also not in marcom. I was an engineer. Trained in the Air Force, I then spent the better part of a decade training others how to use the equipment the military introduced the telecom industry to here in the U.S. Then the dot.com crash happened, and I went in a different direction professionally.
Now, creeping up on 50, I have 16 years of parenting three kids behind me, along with 20 years of marriage to an amazing person. I’m more secure in who I am professionally, at least partially because I have a degree now, and I’ve accepted that not everyone is going to like me (and that’s, OK).
Personally, my priorities are: 1. God 2. Family & Close Friends 3. Career.
On the Briggs-Myer scale, I’m an ISFJ. Which means I’m analytical, meticulous, hard-working, and have introversion tendencies. On the flipside, I can “turn it on” when needed. I also tend to be quiet around new people and in new situations, but once I’ve connected with someone, we’re friends for life.
I work in marketing communications, currently in the Atlanta suburbs. I have worked in tech all my life–first as an engineer and then gradually turning to marketing communications. My professional passion is writing, editing, and strategizing about writing and editing (Content Marketing), but I have also built up and/or managed just about every role in a traditional corporate communications or marketing communications organization.
I try and throw no stones because my house is made of complete glass. Seriously, I’m the most flawed person I know.