In “big work shifts that the internet will probably never even realize, but I’m totally freaking out about” news: I’m going down to working part-time on the Offbeat Empire.
That idea is insane and terrifying to me. This means I’ll be making a fourth of what I made this time last year. Thankfully, I only need (just about exactly) that to live. Now that I live with Mike, and I only have to pay for myself, and turns out, I live really really cheaply.
After panicking for a month, I’m finally calm enough to see this is a good thing, and get excited about what my future holds.
I had to think back and remember that in 2008 — when the economy tanked, and I lost my social media optimizing job, and there weren’t many prospects out there for an un-tested college grad, and all seemed lost — I never expected that the un-paid internship I applied for would one day become the World’s Greatest Job and help support myself, at times my partner, and help me build up some savings.
Backing up even more…
I never ever thought that, when people asked the dreaded “what do you do?” that I would respond with “I’m a blogger.” Hell, that wasn’t even a thing, let alone a career, when I was growing up and wondering what I’d do for a living.
With all that in mind, I know that there are perfect, Empire-like opportunities and jobs out there for me that I may not even exist yet. And I believe that I am lucky enough to find ’em.
But it still means an end of an era in a way! I started working for Offbeat Bride when Ariel was pregnant with Tavi. I’ve watched that Little Bean grow up to be a Big Boy. Over those seven years, as Tavi grew and changed so did my job. In, oh, a MILLION AND A HALF different ways. Always with more and more responsibilities. And now, it’s changed again…
I’m basically going to be devoting the bulk of my part-time work to Offbeat Home, and just writing the two ads-per-week on Offbeat Bride. Which probably won’t feel ANY different to the Interwebs, but is a bit like giving up my baby.
Most excitingly though, this part-time arrangement will enable me to try and see if I can get my own websites to make some moneiez. Be ready for some changes on The Funk…
- You’ve probably already noticed the ads (not sure why I didn’t have them a million years ago.)
- I’m thinking a name change to a less-obscure reference (any suggestions???)
- Re-branding (or, actual branding)
- And less brain-barfy “this is a boring post” blog, and more insightful stuff, sprinkled with fun affiliate roundups, and my specialty — themed bathrooms (any requests???).