Chelsea. “7 Lessons I learned while working at college fashion.” College Fashion. 26 June 2014. Web. 30 October 2014.
Blogging on a large blog with multiple writers and editors can be similar to a real job, and the skills learned are different from those when managing a blog. Working in a team is something that people need to do in any and every career. Teamwork is necessary for success, because one person can not launch something big on their own.
But, when you’re the newbie at a job, it’s often frightening that you don’t seem to understand the standard procedures and lingo that everyone else is using. In these cases, “fake it ’till you make it” is sadly a necessary slogan to remember. It can help your self confidence to pretend like you know what you’re doing (even if you have no clue) and pick up cues from surrounding people on the way. Yet, at the same time, you need to know when to ask for help before you’re drowning in your own confusion. How do you balance this conundrum? The only way to learn is by trying. This skill can be learned during an internship, but it can also be learned when working for an established group blog, like Chelsea, a former writer for college fashion, did. In many ways, the comfort of remote location provided by the online communication is a good way to become acquainted with work-world balances an dynamics. While this will most likely be a more relaxed setting than a real brick-and-mortar job, it’s a good segway into getting comfortable with different roles that people in corporations and other workplaces have.
Workplaces also have rude and occasionally hurtful people. It’s helpful to learn how to have thick skin and now allow the spiteful things that are said hurt you. What better place to learn this than the Internet, a land of Trolls. While self-started blogs may have trouble with gaining comments or readers, established group blogs have the opposite problem- popularity on the Internet comes with the expectancy of rude comments. People can be truly mean and spiteful from the anonymous safety provided by the screen. If your content is out there, you need to be ready for those comments while Chelsea said it was hard to deal with at first, she later became used to it and looked past the mean posts to see proper constructive criticism that helped her grow as a writer.