Back to School for the Summer

bench monday {back-to-school edition}

Bench Monday
(Photo by Melissa Deakin)

As the summer days begin to give way to the fall daze, it is time to reflect on the age-old question . . . what did I do on my summer vacation? I wish I could tell you about a spiritual journey in an exotic land or an adventurous road trip reminiscent of a National Lampoon’s vacation. That would be far from the truth. I spent my summer vacation going back to school. Well, being a summer intern to be exact.

Why I Wanted To Be A Summer Intern

Please hold the name calling (geek, goody two-shoes, etc.) until the end of the presentation. I need to paint you a picture first. I work full-time in a good position. The problem is: I want to be a writer. I have wanted this for a long time. In fact, my parents called me Lois Lane from the time I was in middle school. Rather than sit by and dream, I decided to take action in pursuing my goals.

I have been taking courses in editing and publishing off and on for a few years. I do not currently write for a living, but I have always had a passion for it. I often imagined myself with a career in writing. As I have progressed in the program, the idea of internships was intriguing. I wanted to gain current professional experience that involved more than making copies and collating meeting agendas. Finding a position that would allow me to balance family, work, and school was a challenge. But, Everlasting Footprint gave me the opportunity to work with them by writing content for their website.

Project 365 Janruary 4th, 2011 Back to School

Writing Instruments
(Photo by Kristin)

I was able to write on a variety of topics from family recipes, to the transgender community, and weddings. I also had a great deal of fun window shopping online, looking for products to highlight in other blogs.

Having Fun Learning Something New

One of the highlights of my experience was being introduced to the world of SEO (search engine optimization.) This was something that was completely new to me and truly fascinating. It was amazing to read about the amount of crafting that can go into writing a seemingly simple blog post. It gave me a new perspective on online writing.

I knew that I would continue to write long after the internship had ended, but I did not expect to find an entirely new area of interest in learning SEO. There is a true art to ensuring that an article is well balanced and contains an appropriate number of keywords and synonyms to those keywords to generate as much online traffic as possible. The trick is to not make the writing sound like an endless list of keywords. There needs to be purpose and meaning behind the writing.

Summer is About Following Dreams

This has been such a wonderful opportunity for me. It has allowed me to put the drive back into my passion. I no longer have to lament the turns I have taken which lead me further from writing. I can use them to steer myself in a more satisfying direction. I wanted something more than a summer job and that is precisely the experience I had with Everlasting Footprint

I invite you to check out my blog entries on the site. Now that my summer reflection is coming to end (and before the name calling commences) I challenge you to follow your true passion. Please share your dreams with us.

About Kimberly Knowles

Kimberly Knowles has a BS in Communication and post graduate education in event management, editing, and publishing. She enjoys writing, reading, and scrapbooking, believing that preserving photos and mementos is a great way to share memories. She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida.

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