The case of the evolving career

Three years ago, if you would have told me that I’d be splitting my time between a fulltime job working from home for a nonprofit organization (and not as their graphic designer) and pro-blogging, I would have laughed at you. But here I am. It feels like I was designing brochures and simple websites a million years ago.

So now I take yet another step away from my former life. Today, I began my new responsibilities as Editor of Web Work Daily. Anne Zelenka wanted to concentrate her energies on a wider variety of writing and consulting projects without having to deal with the oversight of a single multi-author site. She’s still writing regularly for WWD. I wouldn’t have it any other way…we can’t afford to lose her. As I have a fulltime job and do WWD as my only side-job, my head is in a different place. I’ll let you in on a little secret…WWD has strong bloggers who know the content so well, the site practically edits itself. Mostly my job is about making sure all the gears are moving, which is rather close to what I do at my day job. I think part of the challenge of being an Editor (or a Director of Operations) is surrounding yourself with really great people and then knowing when to have the good sense to get the heck out of the way.

I’m learning that if you follow the bouncing ball of what makes you look forward to getting out of bed in the morning…and you play nice, the opportunities seems to flow naturally from there. 20 years ago, I switched my college major from chemistry to graphic design, flushing nearly two years of credits down the drain. I never for a single second regretted that choice. And now, my ship has made another turn. And again, I haven’t looked back. If colorectal cancer were cured tomorrow (which is the only way I’d leave this job), I’m more interested in staying in the nonprofit sector than I am in going back to a design or studio career.


5 responses to “The case of the evolving career”

  1. Congrats! I guess I’m going to have to subscribe to WWD again if I’m going to keep up with your blogging.

    Hey, doesn’t that mean you should be attending Gnomedex? I’ll let you buy me dinner. 🙂

  2. Thanks!

    @Jack, I’m trying to keep up with blogging here as much as I blog there, but it isn’t easy. Gnomedex? Ha, right now I’m just looking to survive August (Eric is traveling again).

    @Eric, you know…when I think back to when this all started, you’re absolutely right. It was in the newsgroups. Back before every website had a forum, and there weren’t a lot of places to go for that kind of stuff. I’m laughing because in addition to the comp.sys.mac.* groups I spent a lot of time in newsgroups for women who were or were trying to get pregnant…and look how that turned out too? 🙂