Yesterday I received congratulations on LinkedIn from a classmate from middle school.
“Happy 6 year work anniversary!”
What? Has it seriously been 6 years? In Internet years, that’s almost a lifetime.
I thought about my work anniversary the entire day. I was surprised to discover that freelance writing had been my longest running gig, beating out promotional modeling by one year. It happened so quickly- one day I was working for pennies writing articles about everything under the sun, and now I was running an agency of online writers looking to build their own careers.
It’s hard to imagine how I was able to maintain and grow through years of self-doubt, other careers, and ignorance, but what small business owner doesn’t have those moments?
I still remember when a colleague (during my modeling years) laughed at my idea and said there was no money in writing online. I am so happy to have proven her wrong.
For me, writing has always been my preferred means of communication, and at first, the Internet thrived on written content. When I discovered the Internet, it was like showing up in a candy store- there I was in a world full of people looking to read what I had to say.
In the past 20 years, the number of people coming to my ‘candy store’ grew, and I found it harder to reach the gummy bears. But, I stuck around, convinced that this is where I belonged, continuing to find job after job from the Internet until I could eventually make it my home.
I’m telling you, there’s some durn good candy here.
So my six year anniversary is less of an indicator of how long I’ve been online, and more about how long I’ve had a business online.
I feel like I am an Internet Ambassador. I mean, I’ve been here long enough, haven’t I? Is there a special group for people who’ve added content to the World Wide Web prior to 2000?
Can I get a badge that says: “Netspeak Early Adopter?”
Anything to give me some clout in this crazy world that is growing online. ….
In the meanwhile, if you are looking for an online guide for your business contact me; I know my way around these parts.