I guess I kind of lied when I said my blog was back.
Judging by the two posts I’ve written in eight weeks of school, I haven’t been writing as prolifically as I’d hoped I would this semester.
I’ve been thinking a lot about why I’m not writing, and I’ve realized that I have imposed a weird self-censorship this fall.
This summer, I didn’t blog because I was interning at an advertising agency with a huge digital component. We were expected to be fluent in social media, and as a result, we were not discouraged from checking Facebook and Twitter (and blogs) at work. I had lots of thoughts and opinions and anecdotes to share from my first grown-up internship, but because this blog is public, I had no way of knowing who might see my musings. I definitely didn’t want to get in trouble with the company’s social media policy for inadvertently revealing classified agency or client information, so I kept my trap shut.
Now, I’m a Resident Assistant at Notre Dame. I supervise 37 women – 12 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 10 juniors, and five seniors. I love being an RA, and the experience has given me great fodder for the blog, but I don’t know quite how confidential I should be. I’ve come across a lot of great stories in the dorm, but a lot of them aren’t really mine to tell.
I had been restricting my blogging because of my career search, but that’s about to change. I was nervous to generate new content because in the past, my commentary has been of a fairly personal nature. I didn’t want to seem unprofessional. But let’s face it – I’m not a professional (yet). I’m a college student. And since I’m not taking the old blog posts down, I might as well keep the content on my home page current and fresh.
Interview season is gearing up, and I think my blog is actually a huge asset when it comes to differentiating myself from other students seeking employment since I have a repository of writing samples (some better than others) ready to share. Frankly, the blog is a really fun conversation piece and it makes a great interview answer about the power of social media – remember the time I had 24,000 hits in a day?
So I’m going to reboot the blog for the semester. Now it’s really back.