Friday, August 1, 2008

Haiku Friday: the take-that-job-and-shove-it edition *edited*

Haiku Friday

Print journalism
is deader than a doornail.
I need a new job.

Short and sweet this week,
but the sentiment is real.
Need ideas, please.

Oh, to be able
to make a living blogging.
It gives me pleasure.

Writing has become
key to unlocking my heart.
If only it paid ...

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Edited to add the following public service announcement:



So I wrote my haiku and went to A Mommy Story to link it up. And had it not been so poignant and right on for me, I would have laughed.

Because Mommy Story's Christina had haiku'd about jobs and hard times as well -- but she linked back to a BRILLIANT idea by Kristen of Motherhood Uncensored.

The premise is simple enough. July has sucked for many people. There are people who have lost jobs, have health problems, are in a bad way.

Me? I still have my job, but under circumstances that become more demoralizing every day, and I am now on the hunt for something new, if not better. It's tough for a 55-year-old woman to get out there in the job market after almost 28 years in one place and fight the young whippersnappers for lower paying positions.

Anyway, to help boost ad revenue for bloggers in need, Kristen proposes that we do the following for Blog the Recession Month:

If you read blogs, then for the month of August, make the "pledge" to click through from your feed reader. No obligation to leave a hilarious comment or send a long stalkerish email (although both, within reason, are always lovely). Just click through and if you're feeling generous, click around.

Just those extra page views can make a big difference for bloggers who could really use the help ...
So click away, my friends. I intend to do the same for you.

35 comments:

Joyce said...

Janet, I hope some wonderful on-line writing opportunity surfaces for you. I just don't know where one would begin looking . . .

monica @ transplanting me said...

hope you find something you love to do. i know the whole searching thing can be very frustrating.

MommyWizdom said...

Hmn, Believe it or not, I've found some interesting work through Craigslist. Although you must be careful, as scammers prowl there too. Good luck.

secretagentmama said...

I wish I could make money writing my blog (or anything), too.

Good luck, Janet. I hope "the perfect thing" develops for you!

The Laundress said...

Interesting...
I will click away...

Can't you go to an internet publication?

LceeL said...

Yes, Janet, it's tough out there and going to get tougher. And good for you to pass the word like that. Good for you.

nikki said...

I'm still trying to figure out how to put ads up on my blog. I hate that I need the $$.

missus.mint said...

Good luck! Have a wonderful HF!

Kaytabug said...

Uhhh so how do I get ads on my blog?

I told you my job idea on plurk, told you I would help teach you how too!

Melissa said...

I was just lamenting to spouse last night about that....sigh....

Off to click you!

Lisa said...

I feel your pain on the job situation. Except you still have one LOL I've been hunting since June 1 and nothing.

Keeping fingers crossed for you. I would also look at Craig's List. I've found a few freelance jobs there in the past month or so, they worked out.

Good luck!

Condo Blues said...

I hear you sister-friend. I enjoy writing for the non-paying blogging gig much better than the pro writing gig sometimes too. But I have to wonder if I could turn my blog into my paying gig would I think of it as "I gotta do this because it's work writing" than the "I'm blogging this because it's my fun writing."

melissa said...

i'm searching for ideas myself!! making 12.50 and hour, data entering for my dad...on a very part time basis...NOT cutting it!!!
xoxo

maggies mind said...

Yikes, yep, things are tough right now for a lot of us, and I hope you find the perfect job or at least something almost perfect but ridiculously stable. If so, please let me know what it is. ;)

Janet said...

Good idea! Too bad I don't have ads...the clicks only fuel my self-esteem, not my bank account. :)

Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children said...

I hope your job situation improves. I'll definitely be helping out with the ad clicking all over the blogosphere!

Rachael said...

I will clicky away all month!

I hope that you find something. It can be so hard to try and make a change, but I think you are brilliant. Good luck looking for something new!

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

Great idea! I usually do click through, but I admit I've been reading more in my reader lately just to save 5 seconds. (Doesn't really make sense now that I type that out.)

Immoral Matriarch said...

That is a great idea! I always click through anyhow, but I'll do it a few extra times for you. :)

Mom24 said...

Good luck. I feel your pain. I am so tired of money problems. *sigh*

Burfica said...

I will click away!!!

oh and to the post below. hahahahahaha hehehehehehehe hohohohoohohoh uh uh uh uh

I have a boy, no girlie hormones here. I know I'm in for it though. There is stomping and door slamming already.

Pamela said...

it just pays in pleasure

Pamela said...

I'm feeling just like you --
I feel like nobody wants me because of my age...

Even where I already work I don't feel as though I am of any worth.

I've thought about opening my own business and be my own boss for a change. My first thought was "Rent a Gramma"

Just think about all the young families that don't have "grandma" around

Just for stupid things like "Hey, I forgot I was supposed to take cupcakes to juniors school today"

I know what to do. Call Rent a Gramma. ha ha ha.

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

I know of people who do freelance writing, but it's nothing steady. I hope you find something that suits you.

Tara R. said...

I know how it is... I went back to work after taking off 12 years to be a SAHM. I was 20 years younger than my boss... *sigh* Now she's gone and I'm the boss. *smile*

tata said...

I found you through Kristin's site and before posting about it, I thought I'd go through and comment on all the blogs she listed, as well as those who left comments! So I'm in!!!

Janet said...

That's a nice idea. I don't do a feed, but I'll click on everyone I can find. (I don't bother with ads - not enough people know about me).
I've been trying to find some editing work. That's what I do best. But so far no takers.

TheAngelForever said...

I just joined the Blog the Recession. Such a great idea and fun as well. Another fun perk is finding great new blogs to frequent :)

Burgh Baby said...

Y'know, I ALWAYS click through, even if I'm not going to comment. For some reason, I don't feel like I'm really reading and getting a post unless I'm in their "house."

Heather B. said...

Just dropping a "hello" In honor of the blog recession!

Caroline said...

I am here to say hello and to blog the recession! I love your blog and design.

Julie said...

I just found this site today, wish I had found it earlier... I too struggled with the job search. After many moons I landed a job in financial services.

Good Luck to you, I really believe the perfect job is out there for all of us.... it is just a matter of waiting for it.

Daisy said...

I hope your job situation improves. This recession is real; govt., do you hear me?

carma said...

just getting in some more clicks. I'm a recession-blogger too :)

carma said...

Just getting in some more clicks. I'm a recession-blogger, too. Nice site :)

 
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