When I was originally pouring over the general topic of my newly created blog that encompasses my personal and professional being, I have to admit, I found it to be a terribly difficult task. I thought to myself how odd that fact was, but it really was not easy to put the essence of me in a bubble that fully showed what I am all about at a glance. Maybe this means I am complicated, or rather, complex, in that there are so many things that do make up who I am and that that is was made it so hard to sum it up in one short blog name and topic even. I eventually settled It’s Positively Social because I try to be a half-glass-full-kind-of-girl, and I would like to believe that I shine a light to others and generously help others when I can even when it means I have to sacrifice something. I know that sometimes I may get off track with that – especially when I’ve got a to-do list a million miles long – but I have resolved to make a renewed effort in this because I don’t want to look back on my life only to realize I could have shown this friend or that stranger compassion and love. Maybe in a future blog I will expound on this, so stay tuned :).
The truth is that we all are complicated in our own right, and that includes me. There are many, MANY facets to me and all the lovely and sometimes not-so-lovely pieces of me, including my personality traits, activities, interests, passions, thoughts, feelings, actions, and the list goes on and on….and…on :). In fact, I couldn’t even settle on just one kaleidoscope photo for this post – I had to pick three!
What’s great about this is that the digital world we live in is just as complicated as I am, and it has so many facets to it that can utilized to speak to as unique an audience as ever before. And the list of social media platforms continues to grow about every time check our email!
Applying my Kaleidoscope Theory Professionally
As for me in terms of thinking as a journalism professional – in whatever position I find myself – these complicated yet dynamic similarities in both me and in social media will only prove beneficial for me. Since before even deciding to go back to school for my master’s, I have wrestled with my thoughts (as I often tend to do). I have wondered if this extra schooling in this specialty will really help in securing and flourishing in future jobs. I not only want this new, fancy degree to look great in my portfolio, but I want it to be applicable as well. I also wondered if someone will hire someone like me who is not the spring chicken I once was but who is a chick who has gained tons of great experience in my early career years. When I graduated with my PR degree, I was immediately hired by a PR firm, which turned out to be nothing short of an amazing dream of a job. “Trial by fire” is the loving and daunting term I believe they called the professional life of a PR agency employee, which is that and then some! I am realizing that loving my job there was probably in part due to the kaleidoscope that is me. I very rarely really worked on just one project at a time. Some days, I probably touched eight or so projects and corresponded with at least a dozen clients. I loved every minute of it, and I feel like I gained at least 15 years’ worth of tremendous knowledge just in working with such wonderful, experienced, knowledgeable PR, advertising, creative and interactive professionals in my six years there. At this point, I must sound like a rather elderly individual J While I’ve often been called an ‘old soul’, it isn’t like I’m coming out of retirement to rejoin the workforce. And, under no circumstances am I going to reveal my age here or anything crazy like that :). But realistically speaking, there are plenty of young, talented, more recent graduates who may appear to be a better candidate than I may appear. Then, I realize that I, in fact, have a Franklin Covey tote crammed with benefits to offer an organization. I’m armed with my journalism-related experiences as well as non-journalism ones. I have my personal experiences, and my viewpoint on many topics that have developed over time. I have a sense of self that I may not have had when I was first out of college. I do have plenty to offer after all! So, this is the thought I continue to grapple with, and I think that with time, I will come into my own in this regard more.
In addition to these things that I have come to realize I can offer to others, I have – through my first New Media Studies graduate course – indirectly learned that I can apply all my experiences to these platforms in my professional life. In fact, I believe that having this kaleidoscope of things that make up me tremendously benefits me professionally in determining when and how to appropriately and most successfully maximize social media tools. AND…knowing that fact makes me a viable candidate for any future job position I could ever want. So, no more wondering or worrying about my viability…ready for new chapters, opportunities, and experiences! They all will be welcomed with open arms and will become part of the kaleidoscope that makes up me – every part of me. Just as the digital world is ever changing, so is the makeup of my own kaleidoscope pattern.
Discover Your Kaleidoscope
If you have stumbled upon this blog, I encourage you to take an inward look to find the essence of you and determine the makeup of your kaleidoscope. Simply reading the definition of it may inspire you: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaleidoscope. I hope you will comment below or share your thoughts via your favorite platform: Facebook, Twitter, or even this blog?! I would love to hear your thoughts.