8 thoughts on “Good Stuff I’ve Learned In A Year Of Real World Research

  • January 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I am glad I found this page on FB. I read some things by a therapist on FB and that is how I found it. I have been in therapy and this is the next best thing.

  • January 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    So glad you found us! Glad to have you here.

  • January 7, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Thanks for writing, I look forward to where your research takes us this year.

  • January 7, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I am envious–writing about new, fascinating and relevant information is the best job I can imagine! (Throw me in the briar patch!) Glad I ran into your blog (and if you have any tips for those of us trying to get into the business…?)

  • January 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Michelle C., you’re right. It’s a swell job and sometimes I have to pinch myself. And it was a long time coming.

    The short story, and perhaps you will find something useful in it: I worked at a newspaper, and left that job to start freelancing in ’94. I limped along at that but did not exactly set the world on fire. And as the publishing industry changed, getting by got even tougher.

    I went to college for a psych degree in my 40s. (undergraduate–I’m a late bloomer), planning to change careers, but then decided I didn’t want to be paying off student loans until I was 130, or be an intern. Too old and set in my ways. Plus that pesky mortgage.

    I blogged for no money on my own blog for years, which helped me understand the medium. I took a job blogging for another publication on the understanding that I might not earn a cent doing it because it was a per-click deal. In other words, if nobody read me, I wouldn’t earn anything. But John Grohol, who founded this site found, me there and asked me to write for Psych Central. I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

    This all happened over the course of about a decade. All that working for free is only now paying off, although this blog doesn’t even begin to pay my bills; while I am elated to be in that rare subset of a paid blogger, it’s more for love than money. I do a lot of other writing and editing as well, in order to almost make ends meet.

    I am now working on a book, The Introvert’s Way, which is a spin-off from my other blog. I hope you will look for it in the fall.

    My advice to you: Start writing about what interests you in the way only you can write it. My career improved when I started following my own interests and writing in my own voice rather than trying to please other people. That sounds hokey, but it’s absolutely true.

  • January 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    This is an inspirational post and great blog. I’m glad I follow you. Keep up the awesome work!


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