I joined LinkedIn in November 2007, not long after I began this blog.
I was a Directory Assistance Operator for Verizon Wireless.
What did I do? Well, I guess this song I wrote might give you some idea, hee, hee!
At the end of Sept. 2010 I became unemployed; by December I was taking computer related classes with plans to return to job hunting the following summer.
I described myself, then, as
"looking for a new job that might have use of my skills, however I am also looking seriously into retraining for a new career entirely.
I am also looking for stories, connections, and opportunities, related to my blogs, and writing skills."
My listed objective started out simple, in 2007, but evolved over time, just as the direction my life did after breaking my ankle in Spring 2011...
"A position as a writer, or something administrative, in blogging, writing, book publishing, or editorial fields, allowing me to apply strong organizational, communication, management skills, & experience.
Or continue in customer service, in a retail environment, or another field, appropriate to my experience, that will allow me to apply strong organizational, communication, management skills, & experience."
My summary of my background eventually focused as much on my writing interests as my careers, and I listed my blogging right alongside my work history, in my "jobs" list.
New Journalist, Commentator, Cat Blogger, Bike Blogger, Poet, Storyteller, and Photographer since 2002, on 4 blogs...2 still active, and thriving.
Over the years the subjects have been varied, but one thing visitors can count on, in addition to tales of my everyday life, is being made to think.
So check your expectations at the door, and don't forget to pet the Cats, and give them a treat, on the way out the door, when you leave.
I have hopes of earning money from my writing efforts someday, and am quite proud of what I have accomplished so far.
I gave brief, colorful, descriptions of all my blogs.
I described the few publishing and guest post credits I have, and linked to my best video and a podcast appearance, as well.
Nothing much ever came of my being on the site; yes, my connections grew to 117, with the related thousands of 2nd & 3rd, etc. connections, and I was a member of several writing groups.
However, all I ever had time for was posting updates (links to my blog posts) and complimenting friends for their various skills.
Oh, and connecting with people I knew and accepting connection requests from many people I did not.
No job offers ever came my way. LinkedIn DID send lots of suggestions, though, none of which interested me, even if I somehow was even remotely qualified.
Maybe a dozen people a week read my status updates, and 4 people, every three months, glanced at my profile.
Like many who are members I could find no spare time to get deeply involved and could not afford to be a paying member.
So I decided to say so long to LinkedIn.