Personal reflections, Uncategorized

Preparing for Spring 20017

Are you ready for Spring? The reason I ask this question, is because I just wrote an article about preparing your garden for Spring planting Located at . This got me to thinking about the sounds and smells of Spring. The weather warms up, the birds start to sing, the rain falls, and the flowers bloom, filling the air with pollen.
After reading the article I have linked to in this post, please leave comments about your Spring thoughts, what you do to prepare for Spring, and what aspects of the season you enjoy the most. I’d love to start a lively discussion.
Blessings to everyone.

Personal reflections, Uncategorized

Is It Necessary to Attend a University to be an Expert in Your Field of Work?

In today’s job market, many employers want employees to have several years of experience, and a bachelor’s degree in a certain field of study, so they can do the job efficiently. In many cases, this may hold true, but there are some cases, where the experience you get on the job, conforms to real life situations, instead of what a textbook tells you to do.
In order to be an engineer, a nurse, a computer programmer, a psychologist/therapist/doctor, or even a college professor, having a Bachelor’s, masters, or even a Doctorate degree is essential. However, as a professional writer, I have found many jobs where the employee required a bachelor’s degree, in the field of communications, or journalism, but I still felt that I was qualified to do the job, based on my experience. I have a friend with a Master’s degree in English, but in order to get a job as an Adjunct professor, she has to have so many years of experience. I also read an article in Reader’s Digest, a couple of years ago, that talked about the lack of jobs for military veterans, who have the skills to qualified for high profile jobs, but the employers want these veterans to get a degree in the skills, for which they received training, during their tour of duty.
To further try to answer this question, let’s take a look at what a well know expert has to say on the subject. According to George D. Kuh, working while in college, is a viable way to gain required work experience in your chosen field of study, so that you will have the education and qualifications necessary to apply for and land the job you want, while making money along the way. However, another real world answer to this question, is that a degree that you earned in a field such as technology or engineering, 20 years ago, won’t qualify you for the jobs in those fields, by today’s standards, because these fields have changed drastically in that length of time. You must work in these fields and educate yourself as to the new trends, to remain qualified in your chosen line of work.
I make these statements, to say that the answer to this question, is six in one hand, and half a dozen in the other. This simply means, that in some cases, it’s necessary to have a degree, but if you don’t have experience in your chosen line of work, you won’t get the job you’ve always wanted. However, it’s hard to gain work experience, if a company won’t hire you, due to your lack of experience. So the question that I asked a lot of people is this, how can a person fresh out of college, get a job in today’s economy?


#WritingTips, Uncategorized

Tips for finding freelance writing gigs

As an author, I’ve been looking for freelance writing gigs, to suppliment my income. However, finding writing and blogging gigs isn’t as easy as you might think, but here are a few tips I follow when I’m looking for new gigs. I actually found my new web developer client by using this formula.

Use social media to find job boards and gigs.

When I started surfing the web for freelance writing gigs, I read a recent blog post that advised beginning freelance writers to search for #FreelanceWritingJobs, Freelance writing gigs, #WritingOps, freelance blogging jobs, freelance blogging gigs, write for us, and other such hash tags and search strings to find writing and blogging jobs. By searching for these search strings, I found newsletters that i get in my inbox that are full of writing jobs, some of which I have applied for, and others that don’t fit my experience. However, if a job doesn’t fit my writing experience, I send it to a friend that can possibly apply for it, so share jobs with other writers you know, you just might help someone land a gig.

Don’t put your eggs in one basket

When looking for a writing job, don’t just email one company, or type of company and expect to land your dream job. I emailed all three Athens Georgia newspapers, and only one has responded and told me they didn’t need anyone at the moment. A lot of companies won’t respond, so it’s best to keep looking elsewhere. Sites like,, and are just a few of the sites that post jobs on a daily basis. Back to social media, look for writing gigs on LinkedIn and Indeed. These are also great places to look for jobs.

Network network network

As I suggested earlier, share jobs with your friends, and ask friends and other professionals if they know of any writing jobs available. Even though the Flag Pole magazine didn’t have any jobs available, I did ask if they knew of any other publications looking for writers. Although the answer was negative, it doesn’t hurt to ask. One final thought, when looking for writing jobs on social media, read the blog posts that people tweet, because you may find some solid advice, and a few links to writing gems that will eventually land you a gig.
I hope these suggestions have helped you in your quest to find freelance writing jobs. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.