Happy 100th Post To Me

This is my 100th post on My Orange Chair (yay achievement!). I thought that this might be one of the most relevant times to talk a bit about my experience with MOC, the good and the bad (though really mostly good).

My Orange Chair started out as a way to keep my mind active through the slog of the job search. Let me tell you, trolling for jobs is zero fun and more than that, it’s hard, mentally – it’s so easy to feel defeated. This blog really helped me to vent about these challenges and also reach out to some fellow job-searches and share the tips I was finding. Since I first started I have gotten comments from acquaintances of yore and new internet friends. How cool is that? Anyone who tells you that blogging will help you expand your network is RIGHT, like me, because I’m right, especially about this. Also, I used the fact that I’d started and kept with MOC in a cover letter…and actually got called for an interview ! Clearly it was because of the Chair.

What is also so cool is how MOC has transformed, not only in content, but in followers.  Most of my readers now have jobs so job-search posts are far less relevant. But career development, and money – well these are pretty much always relevant. So now I have this great medium to talk about the career challenges (like relating across generations, communicating with co-workers, finding new work, staying sane) and the money challenges (student loans, credit cards, balancing fun with savings) that so many of us face.

There was a brief time (in between job #1 and #2) where I felt I couldn’t or maybe just didn’t want to share what was going on. It was a pretty stressful time and frankly I wasn’t interested in talking about jobs or job searches. My Orange Chair has helped me realize that it can be tricky and dangerous to share too much of yourself online, especially if you’re going to talk about JOBS (because we seem to live in a culture that still isn’t okay talking about $$, professional development for youth, and transitions). But I think, given the new turn of events, that I can say I’m back on the blogging horse for the foreseeable future.

This is an exciting time to say that I have invited a few people to share their own career stories and advice on My Orange Chair. Starting pretty soon, our first guest will share her stories so please be supportive and leave comments and get in touch if you want to write too (ehem…Big Sister, #1 Son …)

Thank you for all of your support and smart alec-y comments.

And may there be 100 more posts on My Orange Chair!

 

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The Results Are In!

First I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the survey & poll (which is still open by the way, just look to the left and respond if you haven’t yet!!). I love writing My Orange Chair and I am definitely interested to find out what you readers enjoy.

So here’s what you had to say:

 

When I first started writing My Orange Chair it was to help me stay sane while job searching. A lot of my posts were kind of for my own benefit…you know…how to get a job posts! But it looks like now that’s a little less relevant to you and me so I’m glad we line up there. In fact, 67% of you said you could do without those.

The comments on this question were WAY more helpful than I ever expected. One respondent wrote:

I love your posts about learning and growing in the workplace. I think so many times we get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of our jobs, so it’s nice to be reminded to think about things like long term goals, how young people are perceived in the workplace, and making oneself stand out amongst an ever-growing sea of young professionals. I love a lot of things about the company I work for, but don’t quite love the position I am in, and I find myself thinking a lot of how I can move into a position that better serves my company and makes better use of my talents and skills.

What the What!? I completely relate to where you’re coming from (urr…or you related to me first? chicken or the egg?)  Thank you awesome anonymous survey responder.

Someone else had this to say:

This isn’t helpful at all, but I really love that you cover all of these topics. I like that the blog isn’t a one-topic pony

First of all, that is helpful. I love that I cover all of these topics too. Before I was able to start My Orange Chair I kept trying to figure out which niche a blog of mine could fit into. Would it be foodie-world? fashion? finance? BLECH! I just didn’t want to be pigeon-holed (or pony-holed) into one topic and one type of readership.

I’m also very excited that so many people were interested in guest blogging. If you gave me your email, I will be in touch!

So thank you for taking some time to respond to my survey. And you should absolutely take some more time and vote over in the side bar to convince my sister to start writing again!!

Right now, 66.66% of you agree with me and 33.33% of you are poopheads.