My “Day Jobs”

Okay. This blog, it’s a hobby. Which means that, when duty calls, it gets shelved, at least partially. I don’t have to like it, but sometimes time is difficult to find to keep this baby as alive and exciting as I’d like.

Agriculture may be a passion, but right now, it’s only a part of of my various activities. My summer “day job” is currently working in media and communications. I’m an in-house employee for a an e-commerce department. What that equates to, is that I work hard to generate and edit the text, video, audio, and pictures that convince you to buy a product. I also help keep our current and former customers engaged in our “community.” That’s technically a full-time job.  (The picture of me is showing me running a camera at one of the big video shoots we’ve done over my three years here.  I love the shoots, partially because it’s a great experience and fun, but also because dress code is more in my realm of comfort.  Hats and t-shirts, yay!)

I’m an intern hero around here. I’ve been told I’m good for office morale, at times. I’m shameless and goofy, so I’m willing to do what it takes to make this job even more fun than what it already is. I once ate several spoonfuls of loose oat bran powder. (I sneezed oat dust for weeks.) I’ve overdosed on fiber supplements, partially out of curiosity, partially on a dare, and even a little bit because we were in the mood for testing. I’ve used exercise bands to shoot stress balls across the hallway at co-workers. (Granted, it was a Friday, it was their last day, and the entire office was in a fairly slap-happy mood.) What it comes down to is that, I make my job as enjoyable as I can. Friday is my last day of the summer, and depending on where the winds take me, I may not be coming back.  There have been a lot of good memories here.  And while I’ll miss some of the people, and the amazing mentor I’ve found here, it’s also time to start pursuing my dreams.

So, the title says “dayjobs.”  Plural.  I mean, this is my “full-time” job, but it’s not the only thing that clogs up my time and puts Midwestern Gold on the back burner.  (It doesn’t help that August is the busiest month of the year for me.)

I do social media work on the side.  I’m on staff for a great health and well-being blog, where I fill in the cracks in my schedule with here-and-there Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress work.  I love it, because it goes hand-in-hand with the nutrition and agriculture work I’ve done in the past.  It’s not a big job, but it’s fun, and has been a wonderful learning experience.

The last “dayjob” isn’t a job at all.  It’s preparation for the big AgChat Foundation Conference coming up next week.  There is so much work to do, and I’m not even one of the planning members!  I’m producing a video to be shown at the conference, and even the social planning has become pretty intense.  With all the excitement around, it seems like my schedule is filling up quickly.  One of the things I’m most excited about is my place at the conference as the first ever AgChat Foundation intern!  I’ll be working on communications stuff, and will have some overflow after the conference to catch-up and finalize some stuff.

After that, it’s back to school, and back to “normal” life.  I’m thrilled to go back, and I never thought my summer vacation would be more stressful and cram-packed that the school year.  I’ll have time to blog again.  I’ll have a social life once more.  And while I’ll miss the country and my home and the open sky and the sunsets, I always have the reassurance that rural Illinois will always be waiting for me, just outside of the Chicago metro.


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