Well, end of another month and time for some random blog / life related thoughts from me. Ironically I would have thought these would be the least read, but they actually do pretty well, so I keep doing them. Not that I have any better ideas most of the time.
Time to rip off the bandaid: If you don’t know I’ve been on the job hunt for the last little while. I’m enjoying the conversations and the prospect of new opportunities is always exciting. There are just a few things that have been worrying me lately.
Snap It could be one of the highlights of my application (depending on the job), but I also have a little anxiety about how it could have a negative effect. Even while interviewing for my last job the completely fair question of “Do you plan on quitting once your business becomes big enough?” was asked.
While I don’t really see that happening, it can be hard to concisely explain, and that’s assuming I get an interview. Seeing that someone has an ownership stake of business on a resume may be a discounting factor. It’s hard to get the time and energy commitment from a few paragraphs.
The second, possibly more glaring worry, is this blog. While I don’t think that I write about anything too controversial (stem-cell research and Iran’s new ability to refine nuclear materials come to mind), this blog is still opinion based and much to my horror, not everyone always shares my opinion.
I’ve had more than one situation where someone has spoken to me about something they didn’t agree with or ow they took something personal. While I love the discussion, I don’t want to be alienating people. Taking a stance on anything will mean that there will be people on the opposite side, which isn’t always an easy thing.
So is it in my best interest to keep writing?
Being a stubborn person, I’m going to say yes. What I’ve been saying in this blog has been true to me and if there is anyone who chooses to discount me as a person based on it, the relationship was likely to be short-lived regardless.
While I love to have my opinions and defending them, what I love more is the conversation that comes from opposing views. Some of the people I would consider my closest friends and I have extremely combative relationships, but I’m weird that way. If I go for a drink with you and we end up arguing the entire time about something meaningful I would consider that a pretty good night out. What can I say? I had an exciting upbringing.
That isn’t to say that I don’t have restraint. I know there’s a time and place for debate and a time to get on board. Some disagreements aren’t worth having and it may be best just to move on and I can usually do that very well, too. The good thing about my style is that as long as the discussion stays academic I won’t be taking any of it personally and there is no strain on the relationship.
So I guess I should say sorry to anyone that I’ve ruffled the feathers of in a post or two. I still love you.