Extremely good news, ladies and gentlemen!
I have landed a part-time gig as a Search Engine Optimization Specialist. The words are capitalized because that’s the official title. I’ll give plenty of detail, I’m sure, on the company itself and all the amazing goings on that occur on a daily basis just as soon as full-time work is written in stone with these folks. We’re expecting sometime in the spring. But for now, I’ll just let the world know I’ve got up to eight hours a week of SEO work, and that is what I’ve been after.
To become really good at something (such as SEO), one needs not only theory but also practice and mentorship. With Sharkblog, I’ve been giving myself a very small amount of practice, and there has been no mentorship. This SEO gig should cover all three areas, and I aim to improve my skills dramatically in a short time. The more SEO work I produce, the more powerful I shall become.
It’ll be rough until I can do it full-time. In the meantime, I’ll still be working at Edmunds.com in Santa Monica, a 50-mile commute each way from my place in Oxnard. So this new work will be on top of that.
But it will be worth it, because if I can prove I don’t suck at life and actually get hired on with this company, I will transition from working 50 miles away to working at home. My commute will be upstairs.
Even better than the non-commute, however, will be the work itself. I’ve got no particular complaints with being an account manager for an automotive advertising & lead company, but account-managing has never been a passion of mine. And the life-after-account-management career path is both vague and uninteresting. The places I can go after being an SEO peon are way more attractive to a personality like mine.
What’s more, there’ll be more time at home to spend with my super-awesome baby girl Aliena. I can’t even describe what a relief that is for the Parenting Department. I can’t. Even. Describe. (See: Harry Chapin – Cat’s in the Cradle)
I’m also anticipating a slight increase in productivity as far as personal writing projects goes. In my current situation, I have very little time and even less energy to devote to the pile of StuffIAmWorkingOn. By telecommuting, I open up about three hours each day. And by not wearing myself down with driving those three hours, my brain, I expect, will be more useful. So maybe I can finally complete 1) the adaptation of a play I’ve written into a screenplay, 2) a short story I started that gets longer and longer the more I write it, 3) a refresh of the novel I completed a draft for last year, 4) that book of poetry with those sketches I’ve been drawing, and 5) everything else that I’ve been planning to start but haven’t because of the previous four.
And the wonderful thing here, the truly wonderful thing here, is that I’ll be happy with my day job. It won’t be just a day job. It’ll be a day career. It’ll actually be an inspiration to the personal projects instead of a hindrance. I’ll be happy to do the work, I’ll aspire to go further, I’ll be proud to describe what I do. More on this topic later. As I write this, I’m actually at the office in Santa Monica. I should get back to work.
Have a lovely long weekend!