Today an international professional magazine printed an article I submitted under my professional pen-name
Writing the blog has helped improve my professional writing. As you may have guessed, essentially I’m a geeky heavily qualified (PhD) academic working in the business world. Blogging has helped me learn to express myself in a different voice, less constructed to fit into conceptions of ‘expert’. It was tough trying to write a magazine article engaging an intelligent, novice, audience. Odd that it should still be so tough, but it was
I’ve had my name on academic and magazine articles before, but other people wrote and coordinated the publication. Contributing original thought and effort meant that I was one name on a list of authors. I wrote this article myself and dealt directly with the managing editor and sub-editor. They were extremely helpful. Professional editors provide such high quality constructive feedback. The sub-editor said he generally found the articles he reviewed rather dull but he enjoyed reading my piece. That praise alone made my day!
In the same week an old friend, an academic, explained why he didn’t use his Facebook account:
… one of my nightmare students (had really serious issues) wanted to friend me. I didn’t feel I could say no (she really had problems) but from that moment on I realised I could never use my account…
Reminiscent of times in my work-life where I’d consulted Personnel, Human Resources, services to advise on dealing with challenging situations, why I use an unprofessional pen-name for my blog
Personnel and Editorial professionals ROCK!