Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Day 13: Shopping! And Blogging

Problogger ChallengeToday I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a book called Eat, Pray, Love for my NEPA Chick Lit Book Group (there will be a review when I’m finished reading it, which proves Nolie’s point that every experience can lead to a post).  And while I was there, I decided to do a bit of people watching and marketing homework per today’s assignment for the SITS Problogger Challenge.  Actually, the assignment was to go to the mall but, um, yeah, I hate our mall.  It’s incredibly small and not my idea of a good time but Barnes and Noble…  Oh my gosh, every time I walk in there, it’s like the mother ship has called me home.  Truth be told, I feel that way about Pier 1 too.

The first thing I noticed when I walked into Barnes and Noble was that all of the new books and best sellers are right up front, so you can’t miss them as you enter the store.  Hmmmm….in thinking about my blog, my newest post is the one that pops up first when you first access my blog.  However, I like how some bloggers have their blogs set up like store fronts.  For example, when you go to Jennifer’s blog, Eighty MPH Mom, the first thing you see is a rotating “featured content” section that highlights not just her newest content but giveaways that she’s hosting or other posts she might feel to be important.  This allows the reader to pick what they want to read or follow Jennifer’s guidance and read what she wants thinks is important.  Just like in a store, you don’t think the candy bars are by the cash register by accident, do you?

The next thing I noticed was how people shopped in the bookstore:  women browsed the shelves while men headed directly for whatever they were looking for.  OK, I’m making generalizations here, but you’ve all seen men and women in stores.  We shop differently.  The lesson for blogging is that you have to appeal to the sexes.  Women, for the most part, want to know why you do something and men want to to know how you do something.  I think a good blog provides a nice mix of the two.  Krystal Grant’s Guide to Life offers practical advice for dealing with both the hows and whys of a situation.

Last but not least, there’s the smell of the store.  Barnes and Noble smells like Starbucks.  And lemme tell ya, coffee is probably one of the sweetest smells around and when I figure out how to scent my blog, you will be the first to know.

This post was written as part of the 31 Day Problogger Challenge that is being sponsored by SITS.


One Year Later…

I’ve been trying to figure out why I’ve been so bleh for the last few days and it just occurred to me that it was a year ago this week that I walked away from everything that meant something to me.  Well, maybe not everything, but at least everything when it came to my career.  I resigned from my position as a reference librarian and university archivist to follow my husband to a new job and, due to circumstances beyond our control, the new position didn’t happen and I was left unemployed.

I thought by now that I’d have a job, maybe not doing what I was doing before but I thought I’d be doing something.  But here I sit, a year later, and I’m still unemployed.  I’ve tried to blame the economy, the job market in this area, etc but now I have to think the problem is me.  It’s hard not to look around and say OK, what the heck is wrong with me?  And, quite honestly, it’s embarrassing to admit that I’m unemployed.  I have a Master’s Degree in History and Library Science and I can’t get a job.  What the heck?

To say my self~esteem has dipped lower than economy, would be an understatement.  A friend of mine, who I want to believe was trying to be helpful and supportive, said that I should stop being a snob and accept any job that comes my way.  Once I got past the stinging comment, I tried to explain that it isn’t a matter of me being an occupational snob, it’s a matter of me being in a catch 22.  Let’s see, I could lie about my education and then during the background check get found out and not get the job or I can put my degrees on the application and get rejected because I’m overqualified.  So what do I do?

I keep on smiling while inside a piece of me crumbles inside.


Day 12: Scheduled Blogging and Social Media Checks

Writing last night’s post made me realize that I really do need a blogging calendar, not just for setting up a blogging schedule but for regulating my social media time.

Here’s a picture of my blogging/social media schedule.  It’s subject to change as needed.

Blogging/Social Media Calendar

I think I’ll probably start adding specific topics as needed but for right now, this set up works for me.

Do you have a blogging schedule, if so, what do you use it for?  Do you think it’s helpful or just another thing to add to your to do list?

This post was written as part of the 31 Day Problogger Challenge that is being sponsored by SITS.

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