New Beginnings: 3 Essential Principles for Bloggers Looking for Full-Time Editorial Positions

Writing, Blogging, Writer, Career

Hello and happy 2016! It has been six months since I posted on Eat Drink Savor Life! This period of silence has been necessary due to many big changes in my life. My affinity for words and love affair with blogging directly led to a new full-time career in the wonderful world of magazine publishing. Many months ago, I started working in an editorial role at a media company. It is strange and insanely rewarding to share that my passion for writing and social media helped me to land a role position at two major national food magazines. Honestly, I love the creative work I do every single day with an amazing team of supportive people. It is a continual challenge and an endless learning experience. This post is dedicated to anyone interested in turning side projects into a full-time role.

3 Essential Principles for Bloggers Looking for Full-Time Editorial Positions

  1. Never Give Up – It is so easy to say that I cannot or I am not worthy rather than encouraging yourself to strive past where you presently are in life. Things get tough but you must have the courage to move forward. It is a delicate dance to balance personal struggles and a hunger for positive change.  Despite the weight, it is important to never give up! Sometimes you just have to find alternative routes that differ from your original plan. It is okay to change the road plan if it gets you to the correct place.
  2. Never Become Complacent – There were many times I simply thought writing and working in the media field would be nothing more than a dream. I have a political science degree, spent a bit of time in law school, and primarily worked in the education and nonprofit sector. I never worked in media. Blogging was the only thing on my application that came close to it. You can imagine I believed landing a full-time editorial job at national food publication seemed like a long shot. I figured I would simply blog on the side to fulfill my passion for writing. Thankfully, I kept the door open for opportunity by staying encouraged and connected to people in the writing industry.
  3. Keep Growing – This is another important area many people forget about if they are stuck with self-doubt. Over the last three years, I learned about a variety of things on my own time and dime. I spent my money and time to grow my skill set to learn about improving my writing, operating WordPress, basic coding, understanding SEO, managing business social media accounts, attending workshops and conferences focused on skill development, and so much more. This is the best advice I received in recent years. It came from a phenomenal woman who is a breathing testament to the importance of investing in yourself – Javacia Harris Bowser of See Jane Write. Thank you, Javacia, if you happen to read this post. You should check out the See Jane Write website for helpful advice about blogging, business, and learn about the benefits of becoming a member.

All of this growth and self-investment directly led to my current role and I am thankful to God for this blessing. Blogging and the skills I acquired from investing in myself are a huge part of why my current company hired me. Please choose to invest in yourself because it will make a huge difference! This message is not a farewell. It is acknowledgment of a period of time where I had to take a break from my beloved website to fully submerge myself in a new role and to return better than ever to Eat Drink Savor Life! Here’s to the future!

Until the Next Post,

Janece

Wanderlust in Bham: 7/21/15-8/4/15 Edition


This week’s Weekly Wanderlust in Bham spotlights a multitude of events that offers an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community, support a local cause or business, engage with the fabulous citizens of our city, or enjoy an evening of fun. The Weekly Wanderlust in Bham feature is dedicated to sharing information about exciting, creative, and innovative happenings in the Greater Birmingham, Alabama community. This week, I am featuring the following events:

  • The See Jane Write Bloganista Mixer presented by Collage Designer Consignment – 7/23/15
  • SNL’s Sasheer Zamata with Special Guest Liza Treyer – 7/27/15
  • Secret Stages 2015 – 7/31/15-8/1/15
  • The 2015 See Jane Write Bloganista Mini-Con – 8/1/15
  • SchaefferCityFest – 8/1/15

The Bloganista Mixer presented by Collage Designer Consignment – 7/23/15

Are you interested in meeting Birmingham area bloggers and writers or thinking about attending the See Jane Write Bloganista Mini-Con? Join local bloggers, writers, and some of the See Jane Write Bloganista Mini-Con conference speakers at the Bloganista Mixer presented by Collage Designer Consignment. It will be a fashionable evening of mixing, mingling, shopping, and delectable hors d’oeuvres. The event is free event but registration is required. Register at bloganistamixer2015.eventbrite.com


SNL’s Sasheer Zamata with Special Guest Liza Treyer – 7/27/15

Birmingham area Goulash Comedy Presents Sasheer Zamata Whiskey on the Rock Tour at The Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, AL on Monday, July 27th, 2015 for a special evening of comedy with special guest, Liza Treygor! Sasheer is currently featured in the Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast. Sasheer Zamata is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Drama and started her career in New York’s improv and sketch Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She is also the creative force behind highly praised web series “Pursuit of Sexiness”.  This will be an intimate show with limited tickets available. Tickets can be ordered at https://www.facebook.com/TheSyndicateLoungeBham/app_154926464573917


 Secret Stages – 7/31/15 – 8/1/15

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Secret Stages is a unique annual two-day walking music festival that is hosted in downtown Birmingham, Alabama every first weekend of August over a two-block area near local restaurants, bars, shops, and parks.  Festival attendees embark a musical discovery journey that includes over 60 up-and-coming bands and artists from various genres of music (including everything from acoustic, alt. country, alt rock, Americana, blues, folk, folk rock, funk, hip hop, indie, jazz, metal, pop, punk, rock, singer/songwriter, southern rock, and much more) gracing the stages of local Birmingham spots. Secret Stage is must see event that every music enthusiast should make plans to attend. This year’s line-up is comprised of artists from all across the nation, southern region, and within Alabama! Past artists who have graced the stage at the event include the following: St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Shovels & Rope, G-Side, Robert Ellis, Jacuzzi Boys, Banditos, Fly Golden Eagle, Lambchop, Hiss Golden Messenger, Futurebirds, Belle Adair, Barton Carroll, Pujol, Ponychase, Shonna Tucker and Ear Candy and many more. Visit http://www.secretstages.net  for more information and http://www.secretstages.net/tickets/ to purchase advance tickets.

  • When: Friday, July 31 at 3 PM – Saturday, August 1 at 11:45 PM
  • Where: Morris Ave., 1st and 2nd Ave. North, between 22nd and 24th St., Birmingham, Alabama 35203
  • Cost: VIP Passes are $50 in advance ($75 at event gates) and Weekend Passes are $25 in advance ($35 at event gates). Tickets will be available for pick up at the festival Will Call starting Friday, July 31st.
  • Website: www.secretstages.net/tickets

The 2015 Bloganista Mini-Con – 8/1/15

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Are you a blogger, writer or simply an aspiring one? Make plans to join the women of See Jane Write for the 2nd Annual Bloganista Mini-Con presented by Laura Vincent Printing & Design. The one-day blogging conference is billed as a game changer for any writer looking to start a blog, grow their audience, launch a writing business, or learn more about blogging. This year’s conference will cover the following topics:
  1. How to build a better blog
  2. How to increase your blog traffic
  3. How to turn your blog into a business
  4. How to create and promote your personal brand
  5. How to best use social media to promote your blog and your brand
  6. How to write for your favorite magazine
  7. How to get featured in your favorite magazine
  8. How to start a magazine of your own
  9. How to handle the not-so-glamourous side of fashion blogging

Each tickets covers breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon sweet treat! The event will feature coffee from Church Street Coffee and Books, free chair massages by LightWorks Chair Massage, Insomnia Cookies, Full Moon Bar-B-Que, and an opportunity to talk with panelists and speakers. Confirmed speakers and panelists include:

Order tickets online at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bloganista-mini-con-presented-by-laura-vincent-printing-design-tickets-17350767613


SchaefferCityFest – 8/1/15

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The Schaeffer Eye Center CityFest returns this year on Saturday, August 1 at Railroad Park and features an eclectic music lineup including the Grammy Award winning hip hop band, The Roots, hip hop artist, actor, and poet, Common, and Alabama’s own, Taylor Hicks, will return to perform that evening. The Schaeffer Eye Center CityFest is presented with  Birmingham Mayor, William Bell, and the Birmingham City Council. The free event will begin at 3 p.m. and features local music, food trucks, an AlaBev Beer Garden, cultural, art and family activities. Visit www.schaeffercityfest.com for more details.

  • When: Saturday, August 1 from 3 PM until the close of the event
  • Where: 1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.schaeffercityfest.com

Until the Next Post,
Janece