Here’s my new resume. As a Baby Boomer, I’ve done many things, but I’ve decided on the roles where I’m at now;
Webmaster, Writer, Editor & Networker –
I’m patient with Baby Boomers; Wanna work online with me?
I taught myself website building skills in 1999 when I researched self-publishing online, and learned that I would need to promote my own book, and the best way was to have a website about it. I tried a few free sub-domain sites first to get the hang of it. Then I was asked to build one for a mission in Saskatoon, and because I’m a responsible person who takes assignments very seriously, I got that one finished before I got my book website up.
That came in 2001 when my novel, Ruthe’s Secret Roses was published through Booklocker.com. So I set up Ruthes-SecretRoses.com. I tried out many new things on it, including affiliate marketing. That site needs a complete overhaul to make it compatible with responsive design, but I haven’t had time to do that yet.
You see, as I made internet friends I ended up building websites for their ministries and missions around the globe. In almost each case, I ended up being the maintainer of their sites too. That means I have a stable of over 20 sites that I look after, and only 8 of them are mine.
The plot for a novel came to me when about 12, but I didn’t start writing on it in earnest until after high school, when working shifts at the telephone office. I lived with that story in my head for about 30 years and re-wrote it about that many times too. Or more! I finally published it in 2001 with Booklocker.
I published a couple of family histories before the novel came out, and I was freelancing articles for various magazines about that time too. So, although I have not made huge incomes or gained fame as a writer, I have been a professional writer for many decades. That is definitely part of my new resume.
It was only after I began a daily life on the internet, and learning the importance of blogging, and creating websites around topics that I know fairly well, and of course, daily email correspondence with my growing circle of contacts that I finally felt I was writing fluently, frequently, even effectively!
The internet is a writer’s paradise. Words are needed everywhere! And often, those who can’t write are willing to pay me to do it for them. I notice though, that those not so good a writing are thriving at using videos to get their messages across. There’s room for more of us on the Net!
(Can you put writer on your new resume too?)
All those years of polishing my novel taught me to watch for ways to improve my spelling, grammar, punctuation and the sense of a sentence.Those habits have made me an editor, and I enjoyed several years as the acting editor/writer for The Mission, and now as the official, paid editor for The Historian published three times a year by the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan (MHSS). I rather enjoy this kind of work! So this is on my new resume as well.
By the way, in my case that included the layout work for publication. Sometimes that is seen as a separate kind of work.
Another role and career I’ve been slowly adding to my resume over the last couple of decades is to be a business woman who networks and sells the products of others. When the sales work is mainly done by placing ads and banners on websites, it is known as Affiliate marketing.That has become sort of automatic for me.
In the last year or so I’ve discovered the potential in recruiting others to sell under my coaching and help, and I’ve learned about Attraction Marketing. I’m giving a couple of hours every afternoon to ease into this in a bigger way, while I am still finishing a book-writing project for the mission’s 75th anniversary, and I continue to work for my MHSS client one night a week. When the book is finished I hope to shift into networking with the new techniques I’m learning.
The MLSP community is a tremendous help in learning this, and the enthusiasm is quite infectious. I notice that most of them are of a younger generation. But hey, I’m convinced there are many of my own generation that are quite capable of learning to do this, but they may need a understanding tutor or mentor to help them get rolling in this kind of work. It’s all possible from your computer and/or cell phone.
You see, I’m not the only one who has come a long way by teaching myself. You may have done amazing things in your lifetime as well, so learning and conquering another skill is not beyond you at all. There is no mandatory retirement on the internet! We can ace this too, and maybe help out some younger people as well!
Most of my teaching happens on my several blogs and I will be investing more time in a free mailing LIST you can join that is called, eAction. Not everyone may be interested in all this here, but on the eAction LIST, I will talk freely of the things we need to learn and do to attract others to ourselves and to sell them things that will bless and help them to succeed as well.
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If you think you’d like to join the MLSP community (what am I saying? Of course you would!) You can do that from my favourite link here: BizBuilderMastery.