Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ON BLOGGING ~ Loyalty Pays YOU...

2010-04-22

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I have worked for the same employer for 17 years.  I had a brief stint after college working for a large insurance company while I tried to figure out how to put my teaching degree to use.  And then I realized that wasn't going to happen.  So I moved and got a job working for a sales rep of the large insurance company I had been temping for.  We've been together ever since.

I started off at a lower salary than I wanted, with the agreement that after a trial period it would be increased to the level I expected.  This was to show loyalty, commitment and that we both liked working with each other.  I took a chance because I had moved without a job and had run out of rent money.  My gamble paid off.  I work for an incredible person who has rewarded me financially and with benefits every year.  He appreciates my loyalty.  I appreciate his appreciation.  After all of this time we are as good as family - supporting each other with no questions asked.

When I decided to reach out and ask the travel search engine UpTake if I could write for them, I was willing to take fairly meager pay in exchange for an opportunity to see if I could survive in the world of freelance writing.  To see if we liked each other.  They took a chance on me.  Just like my full-time employer did way back when.  And once again my loyalty has paid off.

After providing blog posts for UpTake's Attractions Blog for a year and a half, I was just hired to be the Editor for their Restaurants Blog.  I was hired in large part for my support of their company, my commitment to their developing projects and my ability to deliver.  I have been loyal to them and have been rewarded for it.

I was lucky to get my pinky toe in the door of both opportunities to begin with.  But it was all of my hard work and focus that led to advancement and improvement internally with each employer.

My boss, although he has been in the business for longer than I have been alive, never turns away a client.  Even those who don't have lots to invest just might, someday.  And they may appreciate his support during the lighter years.  Which leads to referrals.  Which leads to greater opportunities.  Loyalty is not always appreciated or rewarded, but it can give you that extra edge over someone else in line.

I have the ability to open a door for you now.  An opportunity to start your own journey in paid writing.  I make it available to you first because of loyalty.  You have been a loyal reader, follower, visitor or commenter.  If you would like to provide restaurant reviews twice a week for compensation to UpTake's Restaurant Blog, let me know.  It is a serious commitment with the same meager pay I began with.  But you never know where a chance will lead you.

11 comments:

jehara said...

loyalty definitely goes a long way in my book. this sounds like a really wonderful opportunity for an aspiring writer out there.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Yikes! My first instinct is to say YES YES! But then my husband would look at me like I had lost my mind. We often don't even eat out once a week. I did receive something from UpTake recently about something called Playlists, and offering compensation per article. Once I'm back in town, I'm going to research this and see if I could handle it. Might be a fun way to start anyway.

BTW, way to go Molly. You deserve this!

Kathleen said...

How wonderful of you to "pay it forward" now that your loyalty has paid off so handsomely for you!

Matty said...

Congratulations Molly. You deserve this. I'll keep the offer in mind.

ds said...

I believe you have just proven why your employers--and we lucky ones in Blogworld--have such faith in you. You are one very special person and writer, Molly. Congratulations!!!

Margot said...

Loyalty is an important quality in both friendships and on the job. It goes without saying that it's important in a family as well. I'm so glad you have that quality and that it has paid off for you. Congratulations on the editor's job. You will do fabulously in that position.

kaye said...

ditto Margot--congratulations.

Beth F said...

Way to go!!!!! How exciting. Congratulations!

stacybuckeye said...

Love your post. Loyalty is one of my very favorite qualities in a person. If I had the time I would do it, any excuse to eat out is a good one. I'll just have to make do by reading your posts.

Dave and Tami said...

Congratulations! Loyalty is a rare thing these days. Good for you! I would love to have a career in writing, but once I reviewed the local Subway and the pizza joint, I would be pretty much out of material. Oh, the joys of living in the Boonies. Can't wait to read your work.

Molly said...

Congratulations - and how inspiring!

I would love to do something like this - soon, but right now teaching and grading take up far too much of my time. Perhaps in a couple of years I can begin to take that step towards this dream....