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Progging was easier when I was a student

preach.jpgWhen I was a student I found it easy to preach blog prog. So, maybe progging won’t be a new word in 2006. But, not only did I have a little more flexibility in my schedule, but I was full of grounded theory, hypothetical situations, and self-righteous indignency. However, 5.5 months into my professional agency career and I’m a little more hesitant to jump up on my soapbox.

Maybe it has something to do with fewer minutes in the day to write about what’s on my mind. Maybe it has something to do with fewer minutes in the day to read up on the blogosphere that used to get me all charged up. Maybe it has something to do with fewer things to say without giving too much away. For instance, I’m super keen on transparency, but I also don’t need to be dragging my clients or co-workers into the blogofray. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’m not as pompous about public relations as I used to be. It’s that ivory tower syndrome, where it’s easy to sit and pass judgements on the folks out in the trenches doing the work. Not that I think I was ever that harsh about the flacks in the field, it was just easier to see black and white from my academic point of view.

And as much as I don’t want to quote CC, he’s got a very good point about “managing the gray,” because there are no black-and-white lines in this business and you do have to learn to manage the subtleties therein.

So blogging is harder. I’m not angry about anything, so that eliminates that.

I guess the wind has been taken out of my sails. So just give me time to get all riled up again about something.

Besides, it won’t be long before Youngie is in the neighborhood and all hell breaks loose.

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6 Responses

  1. Yes, this “real life” work thing kinda gets into the way of blogging, doesn’t it? 🙂

  2. It seems to happen with a lot of young PR bloggers, as we take our first steps in the real world and realize just how much we don’t know.

    I’ll be doing my best to stir you up, Armo ;-).

  3. Constantin: What?! Nobody prepped me for this?! I’m outraged, I’m incensed! Wait, could that be my ire gearing me up to blog more…?

    Paull: too right. Looking forward to the stirring. Wait, does that sound dirty?

  4. Happens to the old guys too. All you can do is keep trying to find that 25th hour in the day.

  5. Chris,
    That’s good information to have, that elusive 25th hour is going to make someone incredibly rich one day.

  6. I get constantly reminded of how young and inexperienced I am every day. Especially in the nuts and bolts of media relations.

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