I have a niece that is a wonderful person. She has overcome some very challenging things in her short live. Chrons disease, helping with an autistic brother, going to college… some normal things, some not so normal. I have to admit that I am a little frustrated with her right now. She went to a wonderful college in California, Loyola Marymount, graduated with high marks in business. Struggled like most graduates during the recession to find a job. Got a few internships, wrote some great marketing pieces for a company called GROH, from Total Nutraceutical Solutions, KPTV where she did some writing and editing, and Portland Monthly Magazine, again doing writing, fact checking and interviews. I believe she developed a love for journalism because she decided to go back to college and get a masters in Journalism from Columbia University. For all of you that don’t know Columbia is in NEW YORK… Woo Hoo New York City, what a place to go. The city that never sleeps, the big apple, the capital of the world, I would give my left… well you know to go there to live, let alone go to Columbia. I am sure by now that you are all wondering why I would be frustrated with this outstanding and beautiful (she is) young lady??? Read on my friends…
I will admit that I am one of those adults that freely give advice to young people whether they ask for it or not. I see an opportunity or perhaps an issue and jump in with both feet handing out words of wisdom and sage advice. When I found out that my niece (Teresa) was moving to New York, I said to her that she should start a blog on what it is like moving from the west coast to the east coast. The cultural differences and the differences in life style. How she felt about this and what changes she would have to make in her life as a struggling student going to Columbia. Plus how she was living in New York, what it was like, how it was different from where she is now, etc.
I thought that this would be a good idea to start before she left because it would take a while to attract readership and better to start before she left instead of when she got there. You know, build up some excitement about the trip, what she was feeling, excitement or trepidation, then when she got there she would have a built-in readership that would be interested in her day-to-day happenings. I also thought that this would be a good project for her college experience. Up and coming journalist already has a blog – hire me for your show or paper. I also thought that, as she is an interesting young woman that she may have the opportunity to open multiple blogs and make a mint off of the different ways that you can monetize a blog.
Old Fuddy Duddy
I know that I can be a stick in the mud old fuddy duddy. I know that I sometimes can be like a child that isn’t getting his way and stomp and cry. This time I have been very patient, I have only mentioned it a couple of time, I have not pushed like a life coach would. I have tried to be zen-like in my push to get her to do this. Unfortunately that has not worked.
I really don’t know if she will read this. I hope so… Teresa if you read this, I know that you said you would start after you got there, but I feel that you are missing out on a golden opportunity to build excitement and readership. The building up to the move, I think, would be something that people would want to hear about. I know that it is putting yourself out there; however, isn’t that what people in your new profession do???
So dear readers tell me what you think??? Am I being too much like an ass and should leave her to her own devices??? Should I try to be more of a life coach for her and point out the possibilities available??? Remember I do not have children of my own so I have not experienced first hand how to deal with things like this. Most of the people who I act as life coach for are face to face so that I can see their emotion and tailor my approach. Doing it long distance is a new experience for me…
One last question — Should I just mind my own business letting her make her own decisions?