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Blogging to stay creative and connected

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After 10 years as an admin, Jennifer Bennett felt she’d hit a plateau. Her day-to-day work at HMH, an ad agency in Charlotte, N.C., didn’t demand much creativity. She wasn’t learning new things at a brisk pace anymore, and her pay wasn’t, ahem, skyrocketing.

That’s when she launched her own blog, “Adventures in Admin” (http://jennbenn.squarespace.com/), where she currently keeps a public journal about her work and life.

“I feel like I’m getting something off my chest when I post, [and] it helps me, emotionally, to know there are other people out there who struggle with the same challenges that I do,” says Bennett.

She says blogging also keeps her sanity intact, so she can “take a deep breath when I’m asked to change a travel arrangement for the fifth time. Blogging is a completely self-serving task. It’s all about me. And nothing at work is about me. It’s all about making life, at work, easier for everybody else.”

Bennett’s tips for blogging:

Keep it light. She writes about being an admin, but “I keep it upbeat and I don’t complain too much, because it can get you in trouble,” she says. Example: In one post, she blogged about how her office, at the time, didn’t have trash service. “I joked, ‘I’ve been doing this job for 10 years, and I’m still taking the trash out!’ Making light of it helps a lot.”

Never name names. Co-workers are aware of Bennett’s blog, but even so, she never writes the name of her company, co-workers or (especially) her boss. She also never writes anything bad about co-workers. Note: Before journaling online, make sure your organization doesn’t have a “no blogging” rule.

Refresh content often. It takes Bennett anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes to write a posting on her site, which she set up using the tools at SquareSpace.com. When she doesn’t have time to write, she invites guest bloggers to take the lead.

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