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7 Quick Takes Friday: Job Hunting, Blogging, and Asparagus!

Friday, June 17, 2011

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7 Quick Takes Friday: Job Hunting, Blogging, and Asparagus! | Faith Permeating Life

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Mike started a part-time nanny position yesterday for a little boy. I think he will be awesome at it :) He also was recommended for an assistant manager position at a restaurant and has made it to the second step of the interview process. He was going to turn it down because he'd already taken this nanny position for the summer, but with some encouragement he decided to just ask if his prior commitment would be a problem, and they said if he gets the job they could work around his schedule until the summer's over.

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When I was prepping Mike for his interview, he made a comment about how I was clearly excited to be doing a mock interview with him. It reminded me how much I love providing job-hunting advice and help, and I decided to go back to volunteermatch.org to see if any new opportunities had been added. I found one place looking for a job coach that didn't list specific times, but they got back to me and said they only do job coaching during the week, in the daytime. I can't understand why everyone only offers opportunities to be a job coach when most employed people are working. I mean, the people job-seeking shouldn't have a strict schedule of when they can come in, right? I haven't given up hope yet, though -- I really want to do this kind of work!

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I feel like some of my posts recently have been kind of defensive, aimed at those occasional Catholic bloggers who wander by here and want to attack me for being a bad Catholic. I'm going to try to step back from that perspective and just put my thoughts out there without trying to preempt any possible objections. People who want to accuse me of being a bad Catholic generally don't want to listen to logical arguments in the first place, so what's the point?

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On a related note, I'm having a bit of an identity crisis with what I want to do with this blog. Part of me really wants to spiff it up, maybe switch to Wordpress, write my own design instead of using a template, and possibly buy a URL. The other part of me just wants to keep focusing on my writing, to put it out there and not worry about looking "professional." If I'm being honest, it comes down to a fight between two unpleasant qualities: greed for more readers and laziness. If you have any thoughts that can break the stalemate, let me know!

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I keep forgetting to mention that I've done a handful of guest posts recently. I will also have a few more elsewhere soon. I'm considering opening my own blog up to guest posts for the week I'm on vacation later this summer, but I want to figure out a good focus -- I've found it's really difficult to guest post when you’re asked to write about "anything." Suggestions welcome!

Anyway, check these out and leave a comment if you feel so inclined, so I don’t look like the loser with no friends :)

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Quarterlife Crisis Series

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One of my good friends from high school got married last weekend. It was a blast! It was the first wedding we've been to since I got over mono, so I made the most of it by being out on the dance floor most of the night. Spending time with this group of friends, many of whom I've known since middle school, is always a mixed blessing: It's an amazing thing to have people who have known you for 10+ years and share history with you, but they also have the ability to dredge up painful memories that you've otherwise managed to let go of. Anyone else have this experience?

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I have always hated asparagus, but I'd heard that locally, organically grown asparagus was far more delicious. I had my first chance to test this theory out for myself when our CSA gave us asparagus last week. And the verdict is... it's delicious! Mike cooked it with onions and garlic, and it was soft and meaty, not thin and tough and bitter-tasting like asparagus I've had before. I am totally sold on buying locally grown organic veggies!

How was your week? What are your weekend plans?


  1. I hear you...there are certain topics that I won't even address on my own blog because I don't want to be alienated or called out by others for being a bad Catholic. Already, I feel as if I have to justify myself for certain things (esp. not having kids yet), and I don't want it to increase.

    I also hear you on the blogger identity crisis. I don't have many public followers (who knows how many anonymous ones?). I know it's NOT a popularity contest, but I would like to feel as if my writing is being read. I enjoy writing, so I already get much satisfaction out of what I'm doing--which is wonderful! But...I also would love to know that people like reading what I write.

    Also, I don't have a main theme or focus of my blog. At first, it started out for me to keep track of what we were doing around the house, then it turned into what we were doing in other areas, then religion has popped up, and life stuff, and yeah...it's just a cornucopia of randomness, lol.

    I'd be more than happy to guest post for you, if you'd like--you can even give me a topic! (one that I have some familiarity with, I mean)

  2. @Rabbit
    The thing that's so interesting to me is that the kind of blogs I like most are the blogs like yours that cover lots of different areas of life, and yet every article on blogging will tell you that you need a narrow niche to succeed. It's actually really hard for me to find new blogs to read because there's not really a name/category for "blogs that share thoughts on life and general advice." :)

    I am still thinking up a good topic for guest posts... what is something I write about that you'd like to hear a few different people's perspectives on?

  3. I really enjoy your blog. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks like this.

    As for whether or not to make the move to Wordpress, the thing about laziness is that you can always put it off a little longer if you don't feel ready yet. Once you do it (I don't know much about blogging), you may have to keep it up. Are you ready for that? Is there any reason you should do it right now?

  4. @Tracy
    Thanks, Tracy! I'd love to hear your thoughts on posts that particularly struck a chord with you. Comments (agreeing or not) are always welcome!

    You are definitely right that if/once I decide to make the switch to a self-hosted Wordpress blog, it's going to force me to commit to a complete redesign and learning an entirely new system. And I don't think I'm quite ready for that yet, much as I would love the benefits. But maybe I could launch another, more focused blog (which I've been considering doing anyway) in Wordpress. Then I could get a feel for it and see if I'd rather switch this one over.

    For the moment, I'm happy just tweaking this blog (I just added a menu bar with post categories!) a little bit at a time.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment!


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