If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been MIA.
I’m sure you’ve missed my beautiful face in your comment sections, or my witty repartee on Twitter. Or maybe you haven’t, and that’s OK too. To those of you who have commented on my absense, I’ve promised “I’ll be back soon, pinky swear! I’m just busy at work!”
And while I have very much used the “I’m busy at work” excuse when I’m really not, this time it was a real live true story.
Remember a few months ago when I was all like WAAAHHH, things are changing at work and it’s scary and I’m ANGRY! And then I laid down on my blog and threw a toddler sized fit over it? It turns out that change is one of the best things to ever happen to me, career-wise.
Monday, June 4, me and the rest of the team of web developers and SEO geeks and a mild-mannered web trainer gave birth to a baby. A web baby. Meet ufandshands.org. I love it. I think it looks just like me.
The developers on this team built an infrastructure for this website that would cost an organization a half million dollars, I bet, and they did it all in-house. Any feature the content people asked for, they could give us. It was the right people coming together at the right time.
I was part of that. It’s one of the biggest projects I’ve ever worked on.
You know, I rarely blog about work. I don’t know, I mean, I’d gladly tell you in stunning detail everything in my underwear drawer, but I’m wary of talking about my job. Maybe it’s because the underwear drawer can’t fire me (and also doesn’t pay my mortgage.) But today I feel like talking about it.
I’m amazed and humbled how a single decision can turn into something hugely amazing. In 1997, I signed up for a dual credit class through my (future) alma matter and my high school. It was web design. I got my first email address and learned basic HTML.
I spun my love of HTML into a web journalism class in college, where I fine tuned my passion for information architecture and well-written content.
I got a job in newspaper advertising, where I explored the potential of Internet advertising.
My next boss was a client at the newspaper, and hired me for his web design company, where I learned how to develop websites and manage content.
All this brought me to my job at Shands doing what I love: writing for the web, marketing the website and eventually social media. Life brought me to my current position…or maybe it was fate. Whatever it was, I’m thankful. Eternally thankful.
My experience, knowledge and passion rolled together, gained momentum, pushed me further in my career, like a tiny snowball starting an avalanche. There’s no end to this ride in sight. I am truly blessed to love my job. It’s amazing and inspiring and uplifting and just plain cool. The pixels of individual decisions are coming together, slowly, steadily, to give me an increasingly clear picture of what I want to do.
It all started with that one class.
So, that’s where I’ve been….the past few weeks and then the long version you wished you never knew. Where I’m going? That’s still being decided, but I’m excited to find out.
Where is your path taking you?