If it's Friday, I'm probably here, in front of my computer. Actually, I'm here every day. Saturday and Sunday, too.
Don't feel bad for me. I like being in front of my computer. It means I work from home (great cartoon depiction of working from home here). I get to pause and look out the sliding glass doors into the backyard when the dogs are frolicking about. Or, barking at their neighbor dogs. I get to watch CNN or Dr. Phil, and Rachael Rae (yes, I probably spelled her name wrong, sorry!), and I get to have unlimited coffee right around the corner. Mind you, two cups is my limit but some days - I drink the whole pot!
A few months ago when I was visiting daughter #2, to spend time with granddaughter #2, she said to me, "Mom, my friend [let's call him Joe because I can't remember his real name] thinks you have the best job in the world."
"Really?" I replied, stopping to babble at the baby, who was thoroughly charmed by my funny faces. Seriously, aren't babies the best? "What did you tell him I do?"
"I told him you're a blogger," she answered, in her most matter-of-fact 'what do you think I told him?' voice.
"No, you're a blogger," she said. "I know - you have a business but it's blogging. He's fascinated by that. He'd love to get paid to blog."
And there you have it. "He'd love to get paid to blog."
I don't get paid to blog. I did get paid "to blog" sort of - when my petblog was sponsored by Purina. But, the truth is - I get paid to provide a service. This blog and BlogPaws and my other work is more than the words I type in a blog post. My 'work' is connecting people, it's sharing valuable information, it's studying, learning and understanding what people want in various areas - one is the pet world, another is women who are in business. The tools I use are formed from technology - social 'media' is a strong foundation for me.
When folks gush about what I do, "You're a blogger? Wow! They pay you to do that?" I just smile and nod, and if they really want to know, I explain it to them. I'm a writer. I'm a business professional. I'm a media maven - my purpose is to keep you informed, reader. It's to bring you together with brands that want to sell to you. It's to stay on the leading edge of what's new - in technology and in marketing. It's hard work.
I didn't go into that much detail for my daughter. Let her friend think I blog and get paid for blogging. I hear some people actually do.