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If we spend 33% of our lives sleeping, then we probably spend 75% of our lives thinking about or conducting business. This week we have the privilege to present a unique blogger, J.T. O’Donnell. Her niche is very particular and highly pertinent in today’s professional environment. On her website, Work it Daily, O’Donnell provides career coaching through a number of different effective methods. Whether through video tutorials, email coaching, webinars, a private Facebook community, or corporate document templates, J.T. contributes to professional development through a variety of avenues.
Q: How would you describe your blog to a person that has never visited it before?
J.T. People with career problems use our courses, coaching and community to solve them. We make “work” something to look forward to.
Q: What made you decide to create a blog?
J.T. In 2008, I saw the coming of the great recession and knew a lot of people would need career advice. Blogging was just getting popular and I thought it would make the ideal platform to provide advice at scale.
Q: Was there a moment when you thought, “I could do this professionally”? If so, what triggered that desire/realization?
J.T. Within the first few months of blogging we got a lot of traction and I knew we could built it into something powerful.
Q: What fuels your passion for creating content?
J.T. I am a career geek. I love helping people with their professional challenges. There is never a shortage of content ideas when you are passionate about solving a problem as wide-spread as career dissatisfaction.
Q: Are there any blogs or publications that you follow closely? What makes them successful in your opinion?
Q: What has been the biggest challenge in maintaining a successful blog?
J.T. Display advertising used to pay the bills, but it no longer does. Figuring out ways to make money so you can keep blogging is very difficult.
Q: What is your favorite post that you created? Why?
J.T. 10 Things Recruiters Won’t Tell You (But, I Will) – I wrote it quickly and it became an instant favorite due to it’s blunt honesty.
Q: How much does social media influence your writing? This might be a commentary on the posts you read or the way that you tailor your posts for those channels.
J.T. It helps me look for trends and ideas for posts. It doesn’t influence me a lot, but it does provide insight to help me decide what I want to write about from time to time.
Q: What is your favorite social media channel? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, other? Why?
J.T. Instagram is my favorite because it’s so easy to scroll through and the pictures tell the story.
Q: Do you have any last piece of advice for aspiring bloggers?
J.T. Work at it every. Single. Day. 99% will quit. If you stick with it, you’ll win.
Q: Lastly, what is something that you could share with us that we wouldn’t learn from reading your blog?
J.T. I love top 40 music and I teach a dance class just so I can bust-a-move each week.
Around the Corner
Having worked with such prominent organizations such as The New York Times, Inc., MSNBC, and Mashable, J.T. has the credentials to support the advice she expertly doles out. Finding a new career or being satisfied in your current career can be a stressful enterprise. Don’t go it alone. Seek out help from professionals like J.T. that can help make life-changing transitions painless, seamless, and productive.
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