Career Development, Community

From Blogger to Brazen: Following The Threads

It’s been a bit over a year since this blog first debuted — a year of ups and downs, highs and lows, tears and laughter. I have changed, I have grown, I have learned. Along the way, I’ve met some incredible people who are traveling this leg of the journey with me — as other young professionals, as other twenty-somethings.

I’ve said before that I believe things are connected — I believe that there are events in your life that make other events possible. I once likened it to a game of connect the dots, but I think that there is more than one puzzle here, all of it connecting to form a much larger picture. So maybe it’s more like a quilt, with each thread forming a patch, and each patch making up the whole of the quilt.

Over the past year, I’ve followed a lot of threads. Some I thought were wrong and I wanted to go back and take out the stitching, to completely redo it. But even mistakes can be beautiful, I’ve come to understand; mistakes mean that you have the chance to learn, grow, and meet people who might have otherwise passed your way, unnoticed…

When I resigned from my job in communications and decided to work as a temporary employee until I found another job, I didn’t expect the places it would lead me. The stress of the job hunt, the desire to express myself and rediscover a passion (and myself), led to the creation of this blog as an outlet. And this blog led to a community of bloggers on Brazen Careerist.

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That network on Brazen Careerist led to a community where I could share my own experiences and learn from others, valuing their perspectives, their insights, and even their friendship. It connected me with other young professionals and career strategists who showed me the importance of managing my own career; it was a blend of ideas coming from all angles. It was more than a place to explain your past experience, more than a place to paste your resume and look for a job — it was a place for community and conversation, learning and debate as you began to build your own career and showcase your potential.

Brazen Careerist has expanded upon these ideas, along with the foundation of community, with the launch of their new site. The site implements groups that furthers connections and encourages discussion based on interests and locations, while profiles illustrate your potential by highlighting your ideas and experience. The new homepage features the “Fan Feed,” similar to other social networking sites, which streams ideas and blog posts from other members you choose to follow — your chosen community — and if you’re looking to meet new bloggers and expand those connections, the Featured Posts section is still available on the sidebar.

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So many of my own recent threads are all inter-connected, making up the whole of the past two years and experiences I once may have only dreamed of, culminating to bring me to where I am now, all linking back to the starting point of the blog and the people that Brazen Careerist has brought into my life. For me, it goes beyond readers, beyond the blog. It’s a community of professionals that has the ability to turn personal and become such a positive force. Like a neighborhood where people with similar goals but a wide spectrum of interests step onto their porch and share bits of wisdom gained from experience, pieces of their lives that they’re open enough to share so that others may learn and grow as well.

My threads have led me here, making up this community patch in the quilt that might represent my life. Where have your threads led you?

6 thoughts on “From Blogger to Brazen: Following The Threads”

  1. I saw this site through a link you posted a while back, but I’ll have to look into it again. It even got a mention on Lifehacker! Thanks Susan. πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m so happy that Brazen inspired you to return to your passion and write this blog, because without that we would be without posts like this. Such a great metaphor and I have to say I’m honored to be on a thread-path to you. One of my favorite connections so far in the world of Brazen/Twitter. πŸ™‚

  4. Tom: I’m actually surprised that you hadn’t signed up before! Definitely look into it — I think you’ll find it useful not only as a tool but as a place for discussion with other bloggers — there’s a lot to learn and it’s a great community; let me know what you think!

    Dani: I did a little investigating because you always have such positive (no pun intended) things to say. I love your site! It’s exactly what we need more of and I can’t wait to check back often! Thanks for your comment and definitely check out BC — you already know Amanda’s site, Look Far — another positive-focused blog I adore — which I found through Brazen. Who knows where that thread might take you… πŸ™‚

    Kris: When I say “ditto,” I mean absolutely, positively, 100-percent agreed. You’ve become a terrific friend and I’m so glad it has all led here.

    Elisa: I’m going to echo what I’ve said to Kris above — a great big ditto. πŸ™‚ I’m so grateful for this blog, not only for the outlet and chance for reflection it’s afforded on this sometimes crazy journey, but for the chance to meet warm, friendly, amazing people such as yourself. Believe me when I say that the honor is all mine! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the comment!

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