Just got off the phone after a long, interesting conversation with a fellow blogger/consultant/entrepreneur. He had some tips and suggestions and some opportunities to discuss and it made me think.
It’s been a while since I started down this path and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned so many new things that now I’m looking at opportunities that are a direct result of blogging rather than of my financial and professional services background.
That, to me, is pretty amazing.
I’ve become an evangelist for blogging as a tool to establish yourself in the mix, whatever, wherever that is. There are risks. Someone might criticize or question your credibility. Someone might attack you personally. Someone might remind everyone what a geek you were in 8th grade…
But I digress.
I’ve added my sister’s blog to my blogroll. She’s a real estate agent (and the south suburban walk manager for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation) here in Chicago, in the historic neighborhood of Beverly/Morgan Park where we grew up. She saw what I was doing and said, “Hey! I can do that too.” And she did. With a job, a family and all the other pressures modern families are under, she’s doing it – writing about the community we love and the people we know.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to put your stuff out there, tell your story, be judged on what you know, not what box you may have found yourself in…
Just do it. It’s not hard. It’s pretty forgiving. It’s neat.
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Thanks Sis!I am still trying to pronounce it properly. Here on the Southside they call it a “blahhhg.” It’s still a work in progress as is everything in life. Thanks for your help, inspiration and you know all the rest! Love ya! M.A.
And to everyone, do tollow the @retheauditors on Twitter. I started a month or two ago and I wish I’d done it before. I can’t read everything (wish I had the bandwidth) but it is a superb filter on news and trends. I get pretty much my whole financial worldview in just @retheauditors, @yvessmith and @FTAlphaville — just those three. Saves ages wading through the MSM (and you’d still miss what’s really important). They’re all slightly different of course. But without @retheauditors a huge chunk of important stuff wouldn’t get noticed. That’s before I even start on your origional content Francine.
Going back the main point of the post, even if you don’t feel up to actually blogging, get out and participate on a Discussion Forum. I can guarentee there’s one on a subject close to your heart. I moderate and participate in one on a specialist medical condition. Believe me, you get back what you put in with interest.
This post is still as relevant as when you first posted it. I am often surprised by people that I meet that want to be know for their intellectual property, but do very little to demonstrate their ability. With today;s tools, it is easy for anyone get published and get visibility.
Participating in Discussion forums or becoming a regular commenter on specific blogs is also very useful if you want to get noticed for your interests and aptitude, subject matter expertise. With regard to regular commenting, I would make a few suggestions:
1) Pick select blogs that consistently write about things you are interested in and have complementary expertise.
2) Be selective with your comments. Make people start to anticipate your comments based on your selectivity and choosiness.
3) Be brief. If you want to write more than a few words, start your own blog or ask to do a guest post!
4) Put your name on it. Being anonymous allows you to be cheeky. To be valued and recognized, however, people need to see your remarks in context.
I decided to go to grad school for accounting after obtaining a BS in anthropology because I was drawn to the regulatory and ethical aspects of the profession, as well as the impact to which accounting can impact society, plus I have always loved math (unfortunately accounting seems to suck all the fun out of math for me now). I finished my degree as the economy collapsed, and started my career in advisory at GT as the country plunged into recession (moved to a regional firm after three years).
I have a lot of concerns about our ability to regulate accounting/control practices, the effects of the difficult political climate, and even the accounting profession itself, which have left me with a lot of pent up desire to engage in some writing and substantive discusion, but I haven’t really been sure how to go about it. I recently joined Twitter, and it has only exacerbated that desire – my thoughts do not translate to 140 words very well at all.
I’d appreciate any recommendations you might have on any good accounting/policy forums/blogs. I also really enjoy following you on Twitter, by the way.
Francine McKenna (@retheauditors on Twitter) is a CPA, writer, speaker and subject matter expert with more than twenty-five years of experience in consulting and professional services including tenure at two Big 4 firms, both in the US and abroad. She is a two-time Gerald Loeb Award finalist and a frequently quoted freelance journalist. For more info, click the "About" link at the bottom of this page.