Another big year. Read all the way through, you don't want to miss the special announcement... I honestly never thought it would last this long. When JobMob launched on March 21st, 2007, I never thought it would last this long. Back then, I wanted to learn about blogging while I was looking for a job, so it wasn't hard to think of blogging about my job search. I suppose the idea would have been to stop once I found a job, or when I didn't feel there was more to learn - or like most people who start blogging - when I'd simply had enough and couldn't find the time or effort to blog anymore. But that won't be happening anytime soon. There are still millions of people who are unnecessarily suffering through job searches, and millions more who aren't getting all (or even most) of the benefits of personal branding, so my work is cut out for me. And I'm still having too much fun to stop.
Hard to believe it's already been 5 years. It was a good year Highlights: The 5th Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest The best edition yet was full with 25 guest authors, 68% of whom won at least one prize for their articles, which were shared over 6000 times as over 250,000 people visited JobMob during the contest. Amazing. And there's a 6th edition this summer to look forward to. Quoted in the Media JobMob and/or I were mentioned or quoted on Lifehacker, Mashable, The Guardian, MSN.com, US News & World Report, Psychology Today and more. JobMob Accepted to the Stumblethru Program StumbleUpon's Stumblethru is limited to a select group of websites that are particularly popular on the Web and specifically on StumbleUpon itself such as Wired.com, TechCrunch, Billboard and more. By clicking the Stumblethru button appearing in the JobMob sidebar, you can visit the most popular JobMob articles courtesy of StumbleUpon.
Starting a 5th year and counting... Although JobMob's first blog article appeared back in December 2006, I waited until March 21st 2007 before officially launching the site with press releases and fanfare. Part of it was that I didn't really know much about blogging back then, and part of it was that I just wasn't sure in which direction JobMob would go. Of course with that name, it would be mostly about job search (although the first article wasn't) and I always felt it could appeal to a wide audience (although the first articles didn't), but it took some time for me to discover my blogging voice or rather, for me to really become comfortable with growing that voice in public, with its ups and downs while you, my kids, the Googlebot and just about anyone was watching. That must be why one of the first posts was a craptacular piece about making mistakes in public and coming out smelling like roses.
Today is JobMob's 3rd birthday.
When so many people are making us laugh with funny job wanted ads on Craigslist, let's take a moment to enjoy the lost art of newspaper job wanted ads.