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Apr06

Student Excuses for being late

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Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with students in the capacity of a School Director, Director of Career Services and CEO of CreativeInterns.com. These positions often required students to either arrive on time for an appointment, interview or class and therefore enabled me to hear numerous reasons why students were late or just didn’t show up.

Over the past couple years, I started taking note of some of the more unique and often used excuses, truths and sometimes absurd flat-out lies that were told to me. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if these excuses were given in truth or to create empathy, shock or exemption from discipline for being late or not showing up. Enjoy!

Excuse #1

A homeless guy punched me because I was wearing a red hat.

Excuse #2

There was a really long line at the coffee shop.

Excuse #3

My shoe untied and I fell up the steps.

Excuse #4

There was fog and the ferry was delayed.

Excuse #5

My best friend was sick. (Note: can replace “best friend” with any living thing)

Excuse #6

I got my period.

Excuse #7

My train was delayed.

Excuse #8

I got lost.

Excuse #9

My alarm didn’t go off.

Excuse #10

I don’t know why I am late.

 

Written by: Marc Scoleri

Aug27

7 Must Read Books for Young Creatives

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If you’re anything like me, you always have a good book in your hand. As fall approaches, I wanted to put out a list of some great industry reads based on my personal library and what other young creatives are reading.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip & Dan Heath

I read this book for a graduate Integrated Marketing course and I never felt like I was reading those mundane required textbooks. Published by two brothers, Made to Stick draws on psychological studies with regards to creating unforgettable ideas. The book draws on memorable stories and the six key principles that allow them to spread globally.

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom and David Kelley 

Now this is the book for the those who think only some people on this planet are meant to be creative. Again, two brothers join forces in an entertaining narrative to build the creative confidence that may be hidden in some of us.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Mmm, Ed Catmull. I’ve heard his name before. Yes, he is the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios. This creative genius writes a book about creativity in business, providing an inside look into Pixar and how to establish a company, and its culture, based on creativity.

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry

Being a young creative can require you to think on your feet often. In The Accidental Creative, Todd Henry provides ways to continue to think on your feet and integrate creative ideas into your daily life. 

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn Glei

While Todd Henry is providing ways to integrate ideas into your daily life, Jocelyn Glei shows you how to manage such ideas to sharpen your creative mind. Thinking about reading both books back to back? Genius idea!

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business by Eric Ries

So you’re the young creative that is looking to take your talents and create a full-fledge business. This is the book for you! Eric Ries shows you how to test your vision throughout the building process, all while adjusting and adapting.

Woe is I: The Grammarphobes Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O’Conner

Ok, every book list for young creatives should have a book that perfects writing style. Woe is I does just that. While it may not be an exciting read like the other books on this list, it really does hone in on your grammar and writing capabilities. If you’re a young creative thinking about publishing your own book or blog, you certainly want to get your hand on Woe is I. 

What are some of your creative books to read? Add them in the comments below!

Mar07

Intern Spotlight: Bernadette Mahoney, Research Assistant at the Paley Center for Media

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Bernadette Mahoney is a lover of music, pop culture and television. She dubs herself an “old soul” since she is so in-tuned with 80s and 90s culture. We had the opportunity to speak with Bernadette about her internship experience at The Paley Center for Media and how it aligns with her passion.

What are the steps you took to land your internship at the Paley Center for Media?

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, I researched any internship that pertained to media and entertainment. After thorough research, I connected with the head of the internship program at the Paley Center, Robert Eng, who connected me with Jane Klaine. I interviewed with Jane for the research assistant position and landed the internship.

As a research assistant, what is an average day like?

As a research assistant, my day is focused on knowing the big stories in pop culture and clipping news articles pertaining to television and new media to keep our research archives updated. For example, with the death of Phillip Hoffman, I had to gather all information surrounding the movies and television shows he starred in and the day and cause of his death. Any developing information needed to be included in the archives as soon as possible. The role of a research assistant is key in keeping the Paley Center up-to-date on everything in the media.

What specifically motivated you to go this direction in your career?

I have always been fascinated by pop culture. You would always find me watching award shows, countdown specials and the like. I am fascinated by how television and pop culture has a major impact on the lives of so many people.

What tips would you offer a young talent interested in getting into the media industry?

My biggest tip would be to never give up. The media and entertainment industry is a very difficult industry to break into and you have to learn to never give up, gain confidence and learn to take it as a journey. I would also tell young talent to get very involved. In high school, I was apart of The TORCH program, a program that exposes high school students to careers in communications and the arts. The program continued to develop my love for pop culture. By the time I entered college, I joined my college’s audio visual department. I never gave up, and I stayed involved with different programs and organizations that fueled my passion.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a television producer. Again, pop culture is so important to our society and I want to be able to influence it in that role. My internship at the Paley Center for Media has really helped me towards my dream job, because I have been able to look at media in different perspectives.

Are you an emerging talent, interested in media and pop culture? Connect with Bernadette Mahoney on LinkedIn and follow the Paley Center for Media on Twitter: @paleycenter

Feb24

Social Media Week 2014: Off-Campus Learning

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Although the official Social Media Week NYC campus was at the Highline Stages, there were lots of individually organized events that also took advantage of the SMW excitement. Here’s a quick recap of some of the things we learned from throughout the city.

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Where: AOL Headquarters

An impressive panel of industry experts came together at the AOL HQ, including Stacy Martinet of Mashable, James Bennet of The Atlantic, Heidi Moore of The Guardian, and Abigail Cusick of Bravo TV.  The panel was moderated by Tim McDonald of The Huffington Post, who kicked off a discussion revolving around the question: Is Social Killing Storytelling?

The unanimous answer: no.

“Being able to tell a great story isn’t tied to a specific length or medium,” says Stacy Martinet. The influx of social media has opened a lot of doors for the art of storytelling and it’s helping the media industry to get their content—long or short—seen by a wider audience.

And a tip for budding journalists: become a Twitter rock star. Heidi Moore of The Guardian spoke about how she uses Twitter and other social media platforms as an additional test during the hiring process. “You can tell the quality of a writer by their tweets,” says Moore. “ It’s a hiring tool.”

IMG_8930Calling All Journalists: How to Rebrand Yourself as a Content Marketing & Social Expert

Where: Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC

A powerhouse panel of industry insiders gave insight into the world of branded content. The panel consisted of Liz Miersch of Equinox, Anne Chertoff of Anne Chertoff Media, Jason Kaufman of Weber Shandwick and Nathan Lump of Condé Nast. The event was hosted by Masthead Media’s co-founders Amanda Pressner and Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, who led the discussion on why journalists are becoming the key players when it comes to producing branded content.

All of the panelists had traditional editorial experience, but made the jump over to creating content for brands. For many companies, this is a completely new form of marketing, therefore opening a door of opportunities for individuals who know how to utilize social media and maximize money-making capabilities through branded content.

For Liz Miersch, her role as editor-in-chief of Q, an online magazine within the Equinox brand, didn’t exist before, so it’s been a learning experience. “You don’t have to be an expert before entering this space,” she says, “you enter this space and then become the expert.”

Journalists are the ones who are being looked to for knowledge and skills in the social and digital space. They know how to engage, interact and write compelling content. “Journalists know how to put soul into stories,” says Jason Kaufman.

DSC_0811Revolt TV: Watch, Engage, Invent

Where: The Dumbo Loft

Revolt TV and Huge held a special event focusing on social engagement and content programming. Joe McCaffrey of Huge carried a conversation with Jake Katz, VP of Audience Insight & Strategy at Revolt TV about the rise and fall of music television and Revolt TV’s vision for the future of the industry.

Revolt is a multi-platform TV network that was recently launched this past October by Sean Combs. It aims to be “the go-to source for music content, like ESPN is for sports,” explains Jake Katz.

An interesting point that came up was the importance of knowing your audience and how to strengthen your social media presence. Katz adds, “You can create a real meaningful experience on one platform” rather than stretch across as many as possible.

Although Social Media Week has come to an end, keep the conversation going. Tweet @CreativeInterns and let us know about your #SMWNYC experience!

Feb17

Seven Degrees of Stacy Hanas: Social Media Intern Spotlight

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Social Media Week 2014 is upon us. “The Future of Now” theme focuses on the paradigm shift of communications, how we currently interact with technology and the impact of this “always on, always connected” world. We wanted to kick off our efforts for social media week by highlighting Stacy Hanas, a stellar social media intern at Seven Degrees Communications.

Creative Interns: What are the steps you took to secure your internship at Seven Degrees Communications?

Stacy Hanas: My journey to Seven Degrees Communications came as a result of a sequence of unique opportunities. As Vice President of Stockton’s Public Relations Student Society (PRSSA), I discovered the importance of professionalism – a skill that transcended to the social media community. My opportunity with John Wiley & Sons as a Public Relations and Branding intern shaped my writing skills. Each stage taught me an exceptional skill set that President and Chief Connector, Jessica Levin, found to be of strength to her company.

CI: Tell us about your experience at Seven Degrees Communications. What is a normal day or week life for a social media intern/coordinator?

SH: Seven Degrees Communications’ ultimate mission is to help clients build relationships in both online and offline communities. My main responsibility is to enhance the company’s online presence as well as the amount of leads for each client. With that said, my day consists of utilizing strategy in preparation, planning and posting for clients’ social media outlets.

The preparation process includes analytical skills to disclose information pertaining to viewership. Planning includes multiple steps in order to secure an influx of followers and leads for clients. For example, I often search Forbes, The UnderCover Recruiter, and The Society of Human Resources for our human resources client. To achieve leads, I search through streams like #SHRM, #HR, #nextchat, #HRCI and #Tchat. From the aforementioned websites, I post intriguing content, and with these streams, I engage and retweet industry professionals.

The posting process includes discovering the most frequent times viewers engage in posts and scheduling posts around those times via Hootsuite. Analytics also shows which posts receives the most engagement so I know what type of content to post and how to concentrate on the wording of the post.

CI: What specifically motivated you to go this direction in your career?

SH: My interest for the field of public relations was piqued while working in my former position as Promotions Director at Blue Colt Radio. The opportunity allowed me to fine tune skills in exceptional patience, detail, and marketing. However, it wasn’t until Jessica Levin trained me in Hootsuite social media-marketing platform that I was able to unlock my true enthusiasm for the marketing sphere. While to most it might seem like light-hearted fun to tweet for a living, to me it is much more. It takes analytic skills to determine the best time to release tweets for optimal viewership, strategic skills to expand small amounts to stronger players in the field, and critical thinking skills to find the most relevant articles for my audience.

Social media strategy is a great marketing tactic that positively enhances a company’s online presence and their amount of leads. Ultimately, I find myself developing creative tweets and following industry professionals in my spare time for fun.

CI: What blogs, websites and feeds do you read to stay up to date on new digital and social trends?

SH: I find mobile applications and Twitter to be my most prominent form of news. My most frequently viewed mobile applications include Newsify, Flipboard, CNN and ABC News. Whereas Forbes and New York Times have been my two most commonly viewed Twitter accounts for news related issues. Newsify is an application designed to inform users on current news from their preferred media outlets. I stay informed on industry and social trends by following Inside Facebook, Hootsuite and CNN.com on Newsify. 

CI: Social Media Week is finally here. What do you hope to learn from this year’s “The Future of Now” theme in order to accelerate your career?

SH: “The Future of Now” strongly represents our society today. Innovations such as Google Glass, the Fitbit and other examples of wearable technology allow consumers to remain persistently connected to data. As an attendee at Social Media Week 2014, I hope to walk away with greater understanding of Big Data and how it impacts a marketer’s decision. I also hope to gain a better understanding of how to utilize big data to develop a stronger social media strategy.

Furthermore, I am hoping to attend The Art & Science of Storytelling presented by the New York Times. This session description states, “brands are publishers and publishers are platforms,” which indicates the importance of publishing creative content to attract consumers. I am interested to discover consumer’s interests and how I can develop ingenious content that would apply to consumers of today.

To stay up-to-date with all that Stacy Hanas is doing, follow her on Twitter!

To stay up-to-date with our live event coverage and post even recaps for Social Media Week, follow us on Twitter and like us Facebook!

Feb14

Houston Gunn: Teenage Success Story

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“In life you need to ask what you want and take chances, take risks. Do not be afraid to speak up: you just might get what you want.” – Houston Gunn

It is not every day you get a chance to meet a teenage author, entrepreneur, real estate investor and musician. Most teenagers are out just leading high school sports teams and writing college essays. But Houston Gunn is quite different. Houston is the author of Schooled for Success: How I Plan to Graduate from High School a Millionaire and we had the opportunity to speak with Houston about his journey and the advice he could provide to our young creative readers.

Creative Interns: Why did you write Schooled for Success: How I Plan to Graduate from High School a Millionaire? How long did the book writing process take?

Houston Gunn: I actually job shadowed Lee Arnold, Chief Executive Officer of Private Money Exchange, a private money lending company. With the job shadowing, I had to conduct an interview with Arnold and during that interview he challenged me to write a book bout my experiences. And so, Schooled for Success was born.

I set a goal to finish the book when I was 16 years old, so the writing process took about 14 months.

CI: To our talent who are interested in the publishing process, what advice can you give?

HG: With my book, I did self-publishing so I could keep the rights of my book. However, my advice would be to explore both options of self-publishing and traditional publishing. You should see which option fits you best.

CI: You are both an entrepreneur and high school student. How would you summarize an average day for you?

HG: It’s hard to say what an average day is like. The days that I am at school, I spend the days doing schoolwork and occasionally I will have to leave for appointments, meetings or an interview (Houston sat and spoke with us in his car in his high school parking lot).

When I am not in school, I am working on my business – doing social media, promoting the book through events and book signings – and also working on my music.

CI: At the age of 14, you were able to speak with Donald Trump about entrepreneurship. What tips could you take from that conversation that would transcend to our young creative readers?

HG: It was unique to see how Donald Trump measured his success and how he thinks. The best part of the interview was when I asked him if he could go back to 14 years old and what he would do differently. His response… “maybe learn to comb my hair!” One of the best branding messages I’ve heard, as he is known for his hair (It showed how he always thought about his brand and personal marketing).

My conversation with Donald Trump, as well as other successful entrepreneurs, transcends to finding your passion. Know what you love to do and how you can make money from that. You don’t necessarily have to go out to college and then get a job working for someone else. My conversations also led to me defining, three key points of success:

  • Never be afraid to ask. Ask for what you want because being told no is better than not knowing at all.
  • Take action
  • Set goals and be held accountable for your goals. If you don’t reach your goals, don’t give up. Analyze your goals, see what you can do better and reset your goals.

CI: As a young teenage entrepreneur, what are some of the things you would attribute much of your success to?

HG: My biggest impact is coming from a family of entrepreneurs. I grew up really seeing what it was like to be an entrepreneur. My mom opened her first dance studio at 17 years old. During her dance recitals, she would make a deal with me where I could sell the concessions and merchandise. After everything was all paid off, I could keep the profit. That put me in the mindset of an entrepreneur and pushed me to work hard. I am grateful for these experiences.

Having these experiences, led me to include in my book that entrepreneurship should be more encouraged in the school system. There’s always the one-sided lesson of go to college and get a job, which is great, but it may not be for everyone. Schools should teach and push entrepreneurship so more people would become entrepreneurs, helping to stimulate the economy.

CI: Who has inspired you through your journey?

HG: Mentors like Lee Arnold truly have inspired me. Arnold has mentored me within the real estate world and has been a major influence on me becoming an entrepreneur. Also, on the music side, I have had great mentors who helped to push me and to excel in the world of music. Music mentors like Deanie Richardson, challenged my fiddle tunes and allowed me to meet others (like Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins) who have inspired me and are mentioned in my book. One thing I really learned is that when you’re a musician, you really are an entrepreneur. They go hand in hand with each other.

If our interview with Houston didn’t inspire you enough, let us leave you with this video:

Houston shared with us an opportunity for our creative talent who may be interested in co-authoring. You can send an email to Houston at houston@houstongunn.com with the subject line “Honor Roll.” Include in the email five talking points you plan to share, your headshot, bio, online profiles and contact information. The book will focus on success stories and will be the next part to the Schooled for Success series.

Connect with Houston further on Twitter: @HoustonGunn

Nov27

Happy Thanksgiving

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As Thanksgiving approaches in T-minus 11 hrs, we want you to remember the spirit and season of the holiday. Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, gratitude, looking to the future and paying it forward for others. We at Creative Interns, are extremely grateful for you – our community, employers and our talent.

Tomorrow as you sit with family and friends over the dinner table, reflect on the journey you’ve taken in 2013 and give thanks for what your journey has taught you. Celebrate life on this day (and always) and continue to live to inspire.

 

Nov26

Get Involved On Campus

Amongst the hours you spend in classrooms listening to lectures and in the library buried in books, there is so much going on around campus that you might not be aware of. If you don’t take the time to see what’s out there, you could be missing out on some very cool and exciting opportunities. This goes for interning as well. In addition to searching for off-campus internships, getting involved on campus can be incredibly beneficial. Not only do you get to meet and collaborate with people who share your interests, but you also get the chance to learn valuable skills that you can take with you even after you graduate. We found a few students who are making the most of their time on campus. They shared their experiences with us and gave insight into what they’re learning along the way.

 

1394877_10200916929759878_601871716_nAndreia McLean, Wilfred Laurier University

“I am very actively involved in my campus’s Greek Life. Specifically in my own sorority, Alpha Phi, I serve on our executive board as the Panhellenic Delegate, bringing news from other sororities. I also oversee the recruitment process for all of the sororities on my campus.  I also serve on my campus’s Greek Council; a council of the Fraternities and Sororities on campus that cooperate to put on events to benefit different philanthropic initiatives, as well as socials to help unify us as a collective.

I’ve served in many different positions throughout my four years at Laurier, mostly in the recruitment or event planning departments, but this year has been my most involved. The skills I have learned in each of these roles are invaluable in the real working world. Recruitment has taught me how to sell anything from a product, to a group of people, to a lifestyle. And planning socials for the entire Greek Life community on my campus has taught me how to organize on a large scale, work with many different people, and plan and execute a successful large scale event. The skills I have learned through my leadership roles in Alpha Phi, Panhellenic, and Greek Council will be a great assist in finding, maintaining, and thriving in a working position after university.”

 

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“At SFU, I am heavily involved with Enactus SFU. Enactus is a student-run organization that creates several entrepreneurial-driven projects to tackle various social issues within the community. In particular, I project manage a financial literacy program called “Count on Me”, which instills basic financial literacy skills to youth at-risk to inspire them to build a more sustainable future.

As a Project Manager, I learned a lot about managing a team and to hold every single member accountable. Another key take-away from my experience being a project lead is that time is your worst enemy. Hence, it’s pertinent to set S.M.A.R.T. goals to ensure you accomplish tasks in a timely fashion.”

 

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“I’m involved in the Ted Rogers Management Conference (TRMC), Ryerson University Finance Society (RUFS) and the Ryerson Speech & Debate Association (RSDA). This year I’ve really gotten involved in the business community at Ryerson, especially with student groups. I’ve learned so much about marketing, management, team building and strategy from working on these teams. These are all skills you can’t just learn from reading a textbook. It’s much more effective to put them into practice.

There are so many other areas and industries I can take my journalism degree, besides just being a reporter. My interest ultimately lies in business and so being a part of these groups is not only allowing me to pick up useful business skills I can put on my resume, but an opportunity to explore all different industries to see what I’m passionate about.”

Oct08

Success Story: Landing The Job

I’m sure all of you have goals of getting hired after completing an internship. For many students in such a competitive industry, it’s hard to do. But this passionate and hardworking graduate managed to go from a Style Guru intern to Social Media Director at CollegeFashionista. Meet Sammy Luterbach and find out how she did it.

 

Sammy1Tell us a bit about yourself.

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to move to New York City and work in fashion. To skip over a lot of blood, sweat and tears and make a long story short, I did just that. Along the way, I discovered my love for cats, leopard print, and legal pads.

How did you first land your internship with CollegeFashionista?

Before I started school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I made a day trip to the city with friends to try to find a job. A boutique I wanted to work at wasn’t hiring, but one of the employees there wrote for CollegeFashionista. She asked to take my friend’s photo for the site, and I was immediately intrigued. I asked her about CollegeFashionista and checked it out the second I was near a computer (pre-iPhone; yikes!).

After finding out this was an online internship I could be a part of, I emailed Amy Levin, founder of CollegeFashionista, directly asking how I could get involved. We set up a phone interview, and the rest is history. I became a Style Guru one month after the site was launched four years ago.

What attracted you to this company?

I love fashion, and I love writing, so the fact that CollegeFashionista combined both initially attracted me to the company. The longer I worked and the more CollegeFashionista expanded though, I loved that I didn’t have to be in New York City to feel connected to the industry. By interning for CollegeFashionista, I could be in college in the middle of Wisconsin, work from my apartment and be a part of a fashion movement with other people like me.

What skills did you learn during your internship?

I always like writing, but CollegeFashionista helped me explore more of a journalistic approach. Although I’m not a strong photographer, I definitely learned more about photography and became better throughout the years. Most importantly for me, I learned all about social media. I specifically remember the conversation years ago where Amy convinced me to sign up for Twitter! On top of that, I improved my leadership skills, developed more of a business mind and even did some event planning. Through everything I did with CollegeFashionista, I gained confidence and a voice.

How long did you intern with CollegeFashionista?

Almost four years! I began in September of 2009 as a Style Guru and worked continuously until I moved to New York and started working for the company this past July.

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What was the most valuable thing you took from your internship experience?

Be genuine. There are so many people who will be catty, competitive and show-offy to fight to the top, but that will only get them so far. Hard work and passion will get you to where you need to be. Also, never expect that you think you know it all. Before CollegeFashionista, I thought I wanted to be a designer! This internship helped me learn otherwise.

How did you turn your internship into a job?

Turning my internship into a job at CollegeFashionista wasn’t something I planned for, although I definitely dreamed about it! I was the first employee to be hired by the Levin family, so I didn’t have anyone to emulate. I just fully dedicated myself to CollegeFashionista and always asked for more work. I tried to go above and beyond what was asked of me. I became an important part of the team through my work and passion for the company.

What role do you have within the company now?

I am the Social Media Director and Editorial Assistant. I manage all of CollegeFashionista’s social media platforms, operate the newsletter, help with special features on the website and work with the Head Style Gurus to spread the word about CollegeFashionista on campuses all over. Plus, there are always extra projects that come up on a daily basis depending on what’s happening in the office and on the site!

Give us one word to describe your workplace environment.

Dynamic. Everyday is different in the office, but it’s always fast-paced and full of energy. We work extremely hard but also manage to find the time for candy breaks and fun music.

What advice do you have for other interns?

Be genuine, work really hard and always say yes – you’ll figure out how to get it all done.

Sep24

Get Blogging

Blogging-TipsIf you’re hoping to break into a creative industry and are constantly trying to get your foot in the door, the first step to gain exposure is to start by branding yourself. I’m sure you’ve heard that a thousand times, but it’s really something that is necessary when you’re trying to establish a career for yourself. One of the most beneficial methods of doing that is to take your online presence to the next level. Sure, you have Facebook and Twitter, but a great way to get noticed is by having your own blog. Blogging can get you published on your own terms and to share your work with the world, whether you are a writer, videographer, photographer, or whatever field you may be in. Take initiative to get a blog up and running as a way to showcase your talent. You can build up your portfolio and direct potential employers to a URL in addition to a standard resume.

Blogging can also bring about tons of unique opportunities. You never know when a company might be looking for someone with your tone of writing and your perspective. It’s a tool that wasn’t accessible to people back in the day, so take advantage of what is available to you now. It’s simple and free, so why not? Here are some tips to help get the blog roll going.

Find your niche.

Decide what type of content your blog will consist of. Are you a sports fanatic? A movie buff? A fashionista? A tech wiz? Or even a combination. There are so many different topics that you can focus on, so find what suits your interests and let your creative juices flow. You could be as specific or as general as you’d like, just be true to yourself. Let your passion show through the content you create and people will take notice.

Choose your platform.

Next, you might be wondering which blogging platform is right for you. From Blogger to WordPress to Tumblr, the list goes on. All of them have their pros and cons, but it really depends on your personal preferences. I’ve used multiple platforms and have found the one that is most comfortable for my style. I chose Blogger, but WordPress and Tumblr are both great options as well. Give them all a test run and it’ll be much easier to find one that works best for you. The great thing about having your own blog is that you have complete creative control and freedom to take it in whatever direction you want—you can play around with layouts, fonts, colors, the works.

Share, share, share.

Spread the content that you’ve worked so hard on producing! Share on all your social networks and get it out there. You can always use your different accounts to connect your work. Write a blog post, tweet about it, post it on Facebook, the more the merrier. You’ll gain more exposure and bring in a wider audience. Although, you must keep in mind that people like unique content, not spam. Show your readers the value of your content.

Collaborate and connect.

With so many people now online, it’s so easy to find others with similar interests and connect with them over the web. Having a blog instantly makes you a part of a blogging community, which is great for meeting new people and engaging in interesting conversations, all while building up your own brand. Join different groups and take part in Twitter chats to find other bloggers who you could potentially collaborate with in the future. You really never know who you might meet and where these connections could lead.

Be consistent.

Once you’ve got your blog up and running, stay committed. You’re building up an audience now, who want to follow what you have to say, so be actively posting. You have this awesome voice and perspective, so put in the effort to make your blog as great as it can possibly be. Keep it up-to-date and always post fresh content to keep your readers coming back. Soon enough, you’ll gain an audience that is eager to see what you post next.

I hope this has inspired you to start up your own blog. Don’t worry if it’s just your friends and family reading in the beginning—you’ve got to start somewhere! It’s definitely worth it, so get on it. Happy blogging!