Content Writing interview at an SAAS this week and my plans for improvement

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This Monday I interviewed for a content-writer position at an up-and-coming SAAS company. 

I spent four days researching the company website and Googling the hell out of the team members. I soon discovered my interviewer was responsible for a local viral post [insert onslaught of terrified excitement].

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During the four days leading up to the interview, I researched the site, created a corpus of their highest ranking keywords, and started writing non-stop with only breaks for food, mate or for those brief moments—sleeping.

My wife got jealous a couple of times, so I had to make time to give her a hug, now-and-then again.

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Over the last couple days of writing, I contacted a few writer colleagues from my publishing job and a writer friend that I knew from undergrad. My friend didn’t comment much on problem areas, but the time he took to listen to me talk out my writing process was a great calmer and confidence booster. 

And after all the work, the writing sample felt good.

The interview went well: when I needed time to think about a hypothetical situation, I took my time and responded. In some cases he interjected with agreements or supplemented ideas that they had put into practice.

Everything was good, everything EXCEPT my lack of applicable experience with SEO.

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I emphasized my enthusiasm to learn and write for a new genre, which seemed to leave a somewhat positive impression. But, as an experienced recruiter, you want someone to fill the role that can take ownership of their role ASAP. 

Otherwise, a new candidate ends up becoming a liability.

I don’t want to be that ‘guy,’ so regardless of whether I get the position or not,  I am back at the drawing table–planning out my study and writing plans. So far, it’s a checkerboard of genre-writing research and full-on writing days.

The goal is to write one piece each week with the goal of having showcase samples ready for my website in five weeks’ time.



Enter the Twitter

In my pursuit of developing a social media mindset, I began Twittering. It wasn’t part of the plan when making this blog, but the more I go along this path that I’ve set for myself, I feel it is a natural step.

So what I’ve done in this vain is two-fold:

I admit a custom domain would be nicer, but USD$100 is a bit outside the budget. No way to convince my significant other that it’s one of the things we need to spend money on… Not even gonna try that with 5 followers on my blog and 12 on my Twitter feed… I value my life.

So the Twitter feed is active. And I’ve already met a few really cool people already. Looking forward to really getting a deeper understanding of how to utilize the blog and Twitter together.

prackticaI’m currently using Tweetdeck to manage my Twitter as it updates in realtime and it allows you to customize what you see in the columns. If there’s something better let me know in the comments.

Onward to Coding,

Social J


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Baby Steps on the Path of Social Media Zen

So, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve started the path of studying coding–HTML to start. Now on the other footing, I’ve begun working with this app, WordPress. It’s not that I’ve never had a WordPress account, but this is the first time that I’m going to try to develop an understanding of the Social Media apps that I’m working with.

So what’s happened so far is that I’ve written my first post earlier and I had some difficulty already using Chrome to add images. Apparently there is more love for Safari than Chrome while using WordPress on a Mac. The other thing that took me forever to deal with were the text widgets.


Seriously, I’m going to have to say FML.  This was beyond annoying to get rid of. If you still find it popping up on my site, please let me know. I do believe I’ve killed them, but they keep coming back like those insatiable zombies in every single horror 3PS.

As you can imagine, it’s the barest of challenges in terms of technological paradoxes, but here I’m stumbling on the cookie crumbs. I’m going to stay optimistic and believe that I can push that past into a memory. Only to be a remembrance captured here in my initial baby steps.

Social J, Coding Neophyte Extrodinaire, embarks on the Coding Adventure

This blog is designed with a few purposes in mind for you (the percusory audience) and for me–This blog is an entry into my goal of developing three things:

  • Ability to code from ground up–starting with HTML 5 and CSS.
  • Learning how to use Social Media beyond just posting on FB or Twitter for the purpose of making it part of my work life.
  • Exploring how to write about my adventure and hopefully make some fellow adventurers along the way.

As such, today, I’ve enrolled in three classes on edX:

  1. HTML5 Introduction
  2. HTML5 Part 1: HTML5 Coding Essentials and Best Practices
  3. HTML5 Part 2: Advanced Techniques for Designing HTML5 Apps

Now, before we go any further, I want to say that I’m not starting off completely ignorant of HTML. I studied HTML before going to college, but that was years ago and was way before HTML 5. I think that doesn’t quite make me a Front End Web Dev or anything though. It really just makes me one of those Free Website kiddies that put up poorly crafted Microsoft Paint images with a few lines of HTML that if clicked on, read, “New Content Coming soon!!!” That is until they took down the servers and then it became all but a memory.

In the following posts, I will track my progress as I develop my HTML coding skills as well as insights into the world of Social Media development. If you are on a similar path, chime in and lets see how we can learn from each other.

Till next time,

Social J

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