State of the Blog: March 2020

Keeping up to date with my blog posts here has been a minor ordeal to say the least. I’m sure every parent out there can relate to trying to juggle parenting with work and/or study and their hobbies. On top of that, I caught my son’s chest infection, which hasn’t been pleasant. At least I’ve been starting drafts, even if they’re taking time to finish.

A lot of what’s been taking me so long is finishing my essay on GM ceasing the Holden brand. I finally finished that today, and got it fact checked by my parents. It’s the first essay I’ve intended for wider consumption that I’ve written in a very long time. I’m quite proud of it.

With that out of the way, I can finally go back to editing my post-class blog posts and get them up (complete with backdating!). I’m also hoping I can get a couple of my tabs clear by posting links to some articles on marketing that I’ve been meaning to post.

Other plans for the blog this month include finding a WordPress theme that I like, and trying out some SEO techniques.


Back to school means a new blog

My New Year’s resolution was to make a career change. My personal life was making it a lot harder to work the last minute odd hours that comes with events, and I was starting to dread working shifts. I also wanted to go back to having events work as an incredibly weird and highly satisfying hobby, not what I do for a living.

Scrolling through my options for evening study on TAFE NSW’s website, I found myself repeatedly looking at marketing. It turns out that a lot of the job descriptions for marketing jobs on Seek have a lot of overlap with my skill sets in web design and events. And the information night that I attended sealed the deal, with an emphasis on digital, clear study progression options should I decide to go further, and flexibility to work around work.

I start my Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication tomorrow night at Ultimo. I’m excited, but very nervous – I haven’t undertaken any formal study for about five years, and my only real exposure to marketing has been through watching Gruen.

But with a very busy schedule even before study, I need a way to keep myself accountable. If I force myself to blog the reading, watching and research I should be doing to supplement my course. It also gives me a practical way to demonstrate my skills (hello, potential future employers!).

So here we are: a new blog to match my new course. I’ll be posting at least a couple of times per week to quickly jot down what I can remember very soon after class, then go back and edit to fill in gaps in my posts after I revise my notes. I’ll also be sharing resources that I find useful, as well as books, articles and videos that I take a look at while I’m studying.