When I first started this blog I was emailed by a local blogger advising me that I should consider disclosing on this blog that at the time I happened to work for an organization whose responsibility it is to promote Cleveland…so, I did. (Please note, I am not responsible for writing copy for the organization, so excuse any grammatical errors I may make). I think it was good advice coming from this person, and thank them for making the effort to contact me. More specifically however, I am going to disclose the following details as well, that I shared in my response. I believe it informs as to my motivation behind starting a blog, behind trying to remain even remotely anonymous and the degree to which my work influenced my blog.
I initially did have on my About Me page that I worked for X company, then I chose to remove it because, I didn’t want anyone to feel as though anything I said was representative of the organization I work for. It was also an attempt at remaining somewhat anonymous until I really knew what direction I wanted to take the blog. Also, the blog was initially a test run to try out the world of blogging, look at what ideas seemed to work, and be able to apply my experience to work, as I believe the best way to become an expert at your job is to dive in and try. Likewise with the Twitter account as well as being registered on BlogHer. But I suppose that in this world and in this business it is difficult to remain anonymous especially when I sign off using my own first name. 🙂
Anyhow, I am not paid for doing the Cleveland Mom blog, nor I am paid for anything I write on the blog. Everything I post or the places I go are places I choose to go and I pay my own way and everything I write I have a personal interest in. As an ongoing thing personally, I wanted to do it as a way to stay connected in the world of the web as I am sure that someday I may decide to leave work and focus more on raising a family/serving at church/venturing out on my own because we never do know what the future holds for us.
The links in my sidebar are just random places I’ve stumbled across as I was starting my blog, and chose to link to them because I felt they related to the topic of being a Cleveland mom.
As it relates to my work, the greatest influence my work may have on what I write is that one of the objectives of my work is to be informed of what great things there are to do around Cleveland. Many full-time moms and full-time workers and those who do both full-time don’t have time to find something fun to do or think of somewhere different to eat. As a part of my work, I’m signed up for updates of plenty to do around town, have press releases streaming through my inbox and have the luxury of updating a website whose purpose is to promote these kinds of things, so I have a constant stream of new ideas coming in.
That was the gist of my response. My work did not ask me to start this blog, though I did inform my boss that I was going to start one of my own personal interest and education in the world of blogging and the boss supported my decision. And now, I enjoy writing about and disseminating information that I think might be helpful to those navigating the waters of being a mom, or a Clevelander, a woman, an employee or all of the above! Above all, I try not to take myself too seriously, so I hope that anyone reading this doesn’t take me too seriously either, because life’s really too short. 🙂
*Note: A few months after writing this page, I have resigned from the cubicle life and am now a SAHM, though I may periodically do a guest blog here and there.