A Few Thoughts

One of the hardest things in blogging, at least for me, isn’t coming up with post ideas. Nope – I’ve got hundreds of those, actually.  For me, the trouble comes in putting those thoughts into words cohesive enough to be understood.  Most days, I’m able to make it work – in the few short hours before I have to put on a blazer and make my way into the office, procrastination pays off and I find myself writing something I’m proud of.  Today though that doesn’t seem to be happening, so instead, I’ve got some disjointed and incomplete thoughts.

// I’ve seen a few articles floating around the Internet about this Facebook group.  When I first read some of the posts on this page, I thought it was a parody “I don’t need feminism because the men in my life respect me.”  Like alright…I’m not sure I understand what point you’re trying to make.

I realized though that these women just don’t know what feminists actually stand for and are trying to accomplish.  Somehow, they got caught up in the idea of “man-hating, bra-burning” feminists, and never took the time to figure out what the movement was really about.  They found the Tea Party, but not the Republicans.

I don’t think I could put it better than my roommate, who said “I just don’t understand how you get a whole group together to fight against something, without any of you ever thinking to look into what that thing actually is.”

And if you ask me, a lot of them seem like they have some pretty feminist beliefs, if only they knew that’s what it was.

// While we’re on the subject, Marielle and I are planning a feminist-themed link-up that we’re super excited about!

What: The F-Word Link-Up: a link-up for all the feminist bloggers out there who want to connect and share their beliefs.  Each month, there will be an optional prompt, starting with “when did you realize you were a feminist?”
When: The first Thursday of each month, starting on August 7
Why: Because between the two of us, we’ve noticed a lack of feminist and related posts out there, at least that we’ve been able to find.  We know there’s got to be more of us out there, and really want to meet you and help you to meet each other

// I’ve been posing a lot of blogging-themed questions on Twitter lately, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let’s get a conversation started!

..What made you start blogging, and is that the same reason you still do?
..What are your opinions on making money from your blog?
..How do you come up with blog post ideas?
..How many hours a week would you say you spend on blogging and related activities?
// Even (especially) now that I’ve graduated, I’m always getting the question “you know there’s not really any money in that, right” when people learn that I majored in Communications and Journalism.
Like really?  Because somehow I spent four years learning about the publishing and newspaper industries without ever hearing that they’re not doing too great right now.
I’d like to write a more in-depth post about this when I have the time / energy, but suffice to say: I don’t want to wake up in 50 years and wonder what I spent all this time doing with my life.  
Let’s all just admit now that we’re going to be working well into our 80s, and I don’t want to spend 60 plus years of my life doing something I hate.  I want to come home from work feeling like what I do matters, and not dreading that I have to get up at 7am to go back again tomorrow.  If that means making $40,000 instead of $100,000 a year, then I guess I’ll take it because to me, happiness is worth more.  And math, medicine, or computer technology (among other things) never would have done that for me.  Not for all the money in the world.  
What about you – is your job just a way of making money, or do you want to do something you love, even if it means taking a pay cut? 
// Have you heard of reader’s ADD? Because I think I have it. I’m halfway through about six different books right now, and I can’t seem to settle on one long enough to finish reading it. Is this something anyone else deals with?
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03647863540091005703 Lindsay Ropella

    I can totally relate to the whole job thing. I graduated with a degree in elementary education, so of course once people heard what my major was I’d get cracks about having to live off welfare. But at the time I loved what I was studying, and so to me happiness has always been more important than money. And I’m with ya on the ADD thing lol. #thestruggle

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08272847682494279472 Camila

    I look forward to the F-word link up!
    Also I get that all the time because I graduated in English Lit and people always ask me ‘what that does’ and it’s like oh I can just write better than the average person and it makes me apt for content writing, editing, publishing, teaching, etc. etc. I’m totally with you on the whole I don’t want to wake up on my death bed and wonder what I could have done to be more happy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16883385967466334118 Nicola Masters

    My job is ‘just a way of making money’ in a way, because it might not be what I want to do forever, but I think I’m pretty lucky in that I actually enjoy it (this is the first time it’s ever happened!). I had a lot of anxiety about finding the right career path that would make me feel fulfilled and I ended up deciding that, for me, it’s the things I do outside of work that make me happiest. If you take out the hours spent working there can still be a lot of hours in the day :-)

    -Nicola
    http://www.andyetsofar.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04526288851432270960 Marielle Green

    Ugh, I got that too with majors in International Studies and Anthropology. I’d rather do what I want. . .though, honestly, if I could go back in time, I’d do one major for love and one for job searching ease. I’m currently still unemployed because I’m holding out for something I like and could do long term rather than something that’s just a job. Those people who say that Communications/Journalism will get you nowhere are silly, though. With your blogging/social media experience, you’re totally marketable.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15263331247319768989 Shybiker

    I fought in the feminist battles of the 1980’s and that activism taught me that the most important thing is how you live and treat people, not which label you apply to yourself and others. The word “feminist” has become like the word “liberal”, something to be ashamed of. That’s too bad.

  • http://modernnotebook.com/ modernnotebook.com

    I graduated in June with my bachelors degree in Communication and an emphasis in Journalism. Totally in the same boat! We can do it though. Our skills are totally marketable, as Marielle said. Also, I love the linkup idea! I’ll definitely be joining in next week. And, yes, I have reader ADD. I think it’s become worse from me reading Bloglovin’ and Twitter on my phone all the time. It needs to stop.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09385161105645416484 Stacia, Paper Swallow Events

    I totally have reader ADD. Usually one will win out because I’ll either get in a zone or get sucked in by a particular sentence or happening in the book, and then I’ll finish that one. But it’s rare that I only have one book that I’m working through.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09591906300285668242 Lauren @ Lot Forty Eight

    i am having the hardest time finishing books lately too