New-to-blogging tips from some pros

Somewhere along the line (six months or so ago), I stopped blogging. (Okay, wait. I checked and it was more like eight months ago—ugh!) And in that time, I also slowed down, way down, my reading of other blogs I follow (Heck, I wasn’t even faithfully checking my email to see what all of you fellow bloggers had been blogging about. My bad!)

I know why, or at least partly why. I was in a get-ready-for-considering-running-for-chapter-president mode. I was thinking about my work future, knowing in a few months my job on a project would come to an end. I just had things on my mind and unfortunately (for you, dear follower?), I quit blogging for a while.

I’m back now, thank you very much. And I’m going to try to be more consistent about blogging.

Consistency is one of the tips that other bloggers recommend.

Check out these 14 tips for new admin bloggers, co-authored by Christina Holzhauser and Layne Tinsley. It’s an oldie (a few months), but still a goodie.

So if you know of any bloggers (admin-types or otherwise), share that link with them, will you?

#SharingKnowledgeIsAGoodThing

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Confession #7: One of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make

This new job of mine is challenging. Invigorating. Interesting. Exciting. And very intense, in terms of no longer being able to focus on any of the extracurricular activities that I had been focusing on before taking on this new role.

Specifically, the volunteering I was doing for SDA (Society for Design Administration), and especially for the Seattle chapter. I knew I needed to do something.

So I slept on it. I talked things through with my husband. I had long, internal conversations with myself in which I played out various scenarios—should I do that; could I do that; what if I didn’t do that?

And it ultimately came down to this: I could not give SDA the best of me (even a half-hearted attempt of me) while doing my new, challenging day job. My paying job.

I needed to have a chat with the chapter’s President-elect.

I told her that it wasn’t fair to the chapter to have the President not be available during business hours. I told her about my new job and how challenging it was.

I told her of the very hard decision that I came to, which was that I needed to step down as chapter president, for the good of the chapter (and my sanity).

There, I said it. (And without any ugly crying, although I remember I did tear up just a bit at one time).

One of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make: Go back on the promise I made when I was installed as chapter president.

Crap.

On the bright side for me: The current chapter board members are awesome! Dedicated. Committed to their positions. Willing to take on additional duties (because I stepped down from the president’s position). I know things are going to be just fine with the chapter this year.

I still feel like a s**t for stepping down, instead of trying to ride things out. I did the right thing. Right?

New job; new tools

I changed jobs in August. Still working for the same company, just working on another large project now. And with my new position (assisting the client’s Program Administrator and her leadership team), I realize I’m going through office tools like you wouldn’t believe.

Thank goodness for those little Post-it flags. Without them, I’d be having to thumb through all the sheets of paper in my “Requested Meetings” folder to find the one I need at the time. (Incidentally, I inherited that blue folder from whomever held the position before me. That should have been a clue when I first started on the new project—that I’d be scheduling a lot of meetings. See that pic of the blue folder? Meetings I was responsible for scheduling—all within a couple of weeks of starting the new job.)

This post could start a whole ‘nother discussion on why I’m killing trees and printing out the meeting requests I get. I don’t print out every request. Just those that are a bit more complicated (e.g., they involve other project stakeholders outside of the in-house project team members). But it helps me keep track of the meeting requests and any changes (you just know there are bound to be changes given all the players and all the other meetings that are needed) that might happen. I can jot down notes much easier and quicker on paper than having to open up Calendar or Tasks or Notes on the computer.

Anyway, here I am on a new job (and also loving those colored, erasable pens—gotta have the right pens at work, for the right situations; right?). And that means new posts. Stay tuned.