Yes, another blog about my future

I think I have learn more about myself and what I want to do in the future in this PR class than I have about Public Relations. I have gone from not knowing what I want to do career-wise to an interest in PR to being set on PR to thinking maybe PR isn’t my thing to being pretty sure I don’t want to do PR (at least a typical PR job) all in 1 semester. I do love and appreciate the PR world and career path, but I don’t believe it is the right path for me. So here is another update on what I am thinking and what plans I am making that will probably change more than a few times.

Plans/goals for the end of 2011:

1) Land an internship with Make-A-Wish Foundation for spring 2012.  (I had my first big kid interview today with them, and I am praying I get the internship in their Wish Department. This is the type of career I am leaning towards in the future: an organization and mission I believe in and a job that will allow me to use my strengths in and passions for organization, finding silver linings, and serving others more than myself.)

2) Contact representatives regarding with two potential summer internships opportunities

3) Actually make something I found on Pinterest

Plans/goals for the end of my junior year:

1) Complete an internship and have experience in non-profit work.

2) Acquire a new skill in photography, design, or technology

3) Try not to freak out about the car payment I am supposed to be paying with all the money I’ve been making in my unpaid internship.

Plans/goals for after college:

1) Find a job that I look forward to going to everyday

2) Be willing and able to adapt to all my plans changing

I’ve been bitten by a bug and why PR pros should care

The social media bug, that is. Six years ago, the sneaky little fella’ got me. Once it bites you it becomes a part of you. Sometimes you don’t notice you have it until you are cut off from social media whether though lack of internet service or a Lenten fast. I didn’t realize I had it until I began to feel there wasn’t enough time in my day to get everything done. The problem was not only having 24 hours; it was how I used them. I would estimate literally half of my day is spent using some type of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Words with Friends, YouTube, blogs, and countless more. Needless to say, I am a believer in social media.

So, why does this bug matter for Public Relations?

Because Public Relations wants two things: eyes and  positive feedback. If I spend half of my day using social media, that means for half of my day, PR pros have an idea of where my eyes and voice are. It would be stupid for an organization to not take advantage of this.

Before taking a class on Public Relations, I had never really analyzed the importance of social media in PR because it just seemed obvious to me. What I have learned is that there are right and wrong ways to use social media and PR, and a strategy must be developed in order to effectively use social media.

Teach me how to blog

I remember the first time I discovered blogs. My sister had a xanga and a livejournal in high school. As a middle schooler, I didn’t really get it. Yes, it was a cool idea being able to publish your thoughts online, but who cared about what my sister thought? What on earth would she be telling total strangers? As blogging caught on over the next few years, I began to realize what an asset it was for everyday people to have a way to be heard. Over the past few years, I have come to love blogging. Unfortunately, I do not have enough time to devout to it, and I have never had a good focus that would attract any readers.

I would love to blog more, but what is the point if no one is going to read it? How do I write an effective blog? Can it cover random topics, or should it be focused?

If my sister’s best friend can be featured on CBS News’ “25 genious Tumblrs you should follow” with her blog Emotions with Jon Hamm, (started when she was stress out with school and Jon Hamm’s facial expressions made her laugh), why can’t I at least get a few followers other than my mom, dad, and grandmother?

http://emotionswithjonhamm.tumblr.com/

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