The Return of Summer

The return of summer has allowed me to have increased productivity and flexibility in a number of non-or-less-academic areas (and to return to blogging in a more frequent capacity).

Blueberry (and blackberry) season is in full swing for client Chautauqua Hills Farm, and will continue for another three weeks or so. I’m thrilled to finally have the opportunity to pick some blueberries myself there this week! I was able to taste the delicious berries last year, have not yet made it out to the farm in person.

I continue to work with Numana on social media and copy writing projects and also recently took on some online shopping cart research for a client with an electronics business. It’s very energizing to me to be able to pick up new projects and learn things that will be relevant to myself and other future clients, while taking work that others find less enjoyable off their hands.

I’ve also found time for more reading, both in my field of computer engineering and without. Titles in the former arena include The Soul of a New Machine, which I highly recommend as a well-written summary from a journalist’s perspective (Tracy Kidder) of some of the early years of Data General’s work to build computers in the late 70s and early 80s, and the classic The Mythical Man-Month, by Frederick Brooks, Jr., which I’ve not yet completed.

Titles outside this genre include titles I picked up on my last trip to the business & technology section of our local public library: The Chairs Are Where the People Sit, a sort of collection of random mini-essays about life and college and how things work or should work; The End of Country, which discusses the erosion of the rural landscape both literally and figuratively, using the specific example of oil & gas developers trying to buy out portions of a northeastern Pennsylvania area found to have a large underground store of natural gas; Great by Choice, Jim Collins’ latest tome on the intersection of great, lasting quality, in this case highlighted in the space of the small business start-up culture.

But while I’ve had the opportunity to do some additional reading, and take advantage of some enjoyable summer activities like picking blueberries and going sailing, I’ve also been hard at work, not just for my current clients, but in the work called job-hunting.

Because of my background in social media and marketing, writing/editing, and my interest in technology, I have applied for technical writing positions, public relations/marketing work, and am perhaps especially interested in positions that would utilize my computer engineering studies. It’s an interesting adventure to see what’s out there and show others how my skills fit their needs. I’m looking forward to seeing how some of my current leads develop.

I had professional photos taken recently and will soon be updating my social network profile pictures in places like LinkedIn and Twitter, which I’m also excited about as another step in personalizing and developing my website and business.

I was recently able to attend a Society of Women Engineers 30th anniversary banquet for our city’s chapter, which I enjoyed greatly – if you’re reading this and are someone I met there, I’d love to hear from you.

Last but not least, it’s very good to be back here and writing again. If you have insights or questions for me, feel free to contact me or say hello on Twitter: @journeyscript.

 



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