Learn how an international development/aid blogger leveraged his online platform to land gigs and move his career in new directions.
[podcast]http://static.brazencareerist.com/brazenlife/2011/10/TomM.mp3[/podcast][podcast]http://static.brazencareerist.com/brazenlife/2011/10/TomM.mp3[/podcast]So there’s this awesome job, the sort of job you’d just die to land (and tell your friends about)! But the awesome job isn’t nearly like the job you have now. So how do you make it from current job to awesome job?
In our podcast series, we’re hoping to provide insights and answers to that very question. We talk to young people who have amazing jobs or are doing something really cool and interesting and ask them how they did it. So listen along for good information and some inspiration, too.
Here at Brazen, we’re all about using a blog to establish yourself as an authority in your field and networking your way to awesomeness. After all, that is how Brazen was founded.
As an international news junkie and a global health geek, I’m especially a sucker for a rising blogger like Tom Murphy. Tom started his blog, A View From The Cave, to document his year abroad in Kenya, and it has evolved into a must-read for anyone interested in humanitarian issues. He’s also a dynamic presence on Twitter, making connections all day, sharing important blog posts and news and live-tweeting the occasional event.
In the interview, Tom talks about how blogging helped him land his current gig as deputy editor for PSI Healthy Lives. Another recent blogging accomplishment: Tom was selected to participate in the 2011 United Nations Foundation Press Fellowship: Global Health, Global Challenges last month in New York.
These days, Tom is experimenting with being a solopreneur. He left his job and is working on a couple of different projects, including the DAWNS Digest, a daily roundup of news and opinion for individuals who work in the international humanitarian space. Tom co-founded the project with UN Dispatch editor Mark Goldberg with the goal of creating a platform to support journalism for the humanitarian community.
Blog visibility leads to opportunity
When it comes to getting your blogging noticed, especially as a younger person in your field, Tom is a huge advocate of consistency and volume.
“One of the beautiful things about blogging is you can write multiple posts in a day. It doesn’t have to be one every night. So being able to put a bunch of things down and to have content that you’re getting people to consistently read what it is that you have to offer — whether its a really long, in-depth piece or it’s a video with a quick comment — having content and being able to turn people on to different things has certainly been something that I’ve stumbled into and realized that works well,” he says.
I hope you enjoy this interview. Feel free to leave questions and feedback in the comments![podcast]http://static.brazencareerist.com/brazenlife/2011/10/TomM.mp3[/podcast]
Jaclyn Schiff is managing editor of Brazen Life. When she’s not Brazenly thinking about careers, she can often be found writing or tweeting about obscure diseases or media trends.