When I started this blog in January 2008 I was like a first-time mother. I devoted all my time to it because there wasn’t anything else clammering for my attention.
Today as another project I’ve been working on for months launches, it feels like having baby No 2. I’m excited but nervous I won’t have enough time and love to go around.
Being the mother of not two but three, I know that’s a crazy way to think. Of course you can love two or three kids – or in this case blogs – just as much as you can love one. But that doesn’t stop you from wondering how the heck you’re going to make it all work.
And now I’ll stop with the motherhood analogies.
First the part I’m excited about. I’m happy to announce the launch of SecondAct.com, an online magazine for people over 40 from Entrepreneur Media, the publisher of Entrepreneur Magazine. Cynics will call SecondAct a magazine for boomers. But really it’s not. It’s a publication that celebrates people who may have gotten older but haven’t stopped discovering new things, about the world and themselves.
At SecondAct.com, I’ll be reporting on the same things I’ve covered most of my career: business, workplace issues, technology and careers. You can see some of the first stories I’ve done now, one on bridge jobs, and another on people who start a company for the first time in their 40s and 50s.
I’ll also be contributing to SecondAct’s group blog, called PrimeTime. That’s exciting in and of itself. But it also represents my first paid blogging gig, something I consider to be a pretty major career milestone. I wouldn’t have landed it if it wasn’t for this blog, which showed SecondAct’s editor Donna Wares that I could do it (at least that’s what she’s told me). My first couple posts are up too, one on using LinkedIn, and another on why when it comes to the world of work, older really can be better.
Which brings me to the part that’s making me nervous. How will I adjust to blogging here three times a week – or more during the blogathon that starts next month – and stick to my SecondAct two-times-a-week blogging schedule? I’m not the world’s fastest blogger; even posts like this that sort of write themselves, take time because of the tags, links, pictures, etc., etc., you need to add after the writing’s done.
I’m giving it my best shot. But if my posts here seem suspiciously short or if I start running lots of best of lists, you’ll know why.
If you’re reading this and you write for multiple blogs I’d love to know how you manage to juggle it all.
Wish me luck.