let’s cut right to the chase, and i will explain to you my dilemma. i am really feeling quite…
here is the situation:
late last week, i was presented with a professional blogging job offer. i’m pretty incredulous. it seems that the kikiproject blog has managed to catch the attention of the *right* people at the city of waterloo. it appears that blog posts such as my first visit to stitch n kitsch, the review of thrive juice bar, and trying outdoor yoga were eye-catching and of general interest. the powers that be like how the blog has featured everything from the outdoor skate park to the buskers festival to coffee shops. i never stopped to think how extensively i have covered various neighbourhood spaces ‘n’ places in the last 2.25 years!.
here’s the deal: the uptown business association has received funding to use within the realm of social media. with the current popularity of blogs/twitter/facebook, and the desire to increase their online presence, the city of waterloo has decided to hire a full-time blogger to promote uptown waterloo. this person (me?!) will have free range to blog on any variety of topics:
store openings and retail ventures…
…i can even interview people gathered in the outdoor square…
anyway, i am completely floored to have been offered this position!
thanks to the funding grant, the proposed salary is very generous (plus, the deal includes an expense account, a clothing allowance, and a new DSLR camera!). more importantly, i am thrilled about being able to choose what i want to write about in my beloved neighbourhood (i predict lots of coffee shop writing sessions!).
here is where i need your help, though, as there are a couple of concerns that are holding me back from saying YESYESYES!!! right away:
~ the contract is for one year only AND requires a full-time commitment (they want me to post seven times per week for fifty-two weeks – good thing i had practice blogging daily last year!).
~ i will be required to attend as many events and functions as possible – it’ll be a very full social schedule of long days – plus run around and source stories on my own.
~ there is no guarantee of having the job extend past twelve months – do i give up my current job security to take this “limited time offer?”
~ reading between the lines, i sense there will be considerable blogging pressure: i will need to consider word count limits, deadlines, a more complex blogging platform than my current wordpress account, ensuring blog hits increase as time goes on…how FUN will this be?
i just don’t know how to respond! i’ll be doing some deep thinking (sitting and pondering!)…but, in the meantime, please let me know asap:
what would you do??