This summer was super busy for me for many reasons, not the least of which was due to my summer internship with 5 Minutes for Mom. I learned a lot, met some great bloggers, and walked away with many things that I want to do for this blog to help all of you become better bloggers too. Here is what I did this summer as an intern.
A Week in the life of an Intern
A typical week consisted of a video meeting twice a week with an optional Google hangout in between. During each meeting we learned an aspect of blogging and left with assigned homework. In the beginning of the summer we did a few basic training sessions on coding and editing posts and images. Later in the summer we focused more on some the aspects of blogging that we wanted to learn more about, other sessions were all Q&A.
My weeks were busy to say the least. With a meeting on Mondays and Fridays, an optional meeting on Wednesdays, my preschooler home 3 days a week, homework, running this blog, and summer activities there was a lot to do.
An Intern Team Turned Tribe
One thing that I had been craving going into the internship was to find a group of bloggers that I could connect with on a personal and professional level. I was searching for my tribe. I did not expect to find it this summer, but I am so glad that I did! This was my favorite part of the internship.
To be perfectly honest, blogging can be a lonely world and it’s hard to organically find a group of bloggers that you can mesh with. By applying myself to this internship, it was like my tribe was chosen for me. The group of bloggers that were selected for the summer program came from all over the country and all have different blogging experience. The one thing we all had in common was a love for what we do and drive to be the best at it. That was all the connection we needed and we hit it off splendidly.
Because our weekly trainings didn’t leave much room for interaction among us interns, I proposed we start optional hangouts to talk about anything and everything intern and blog related. In these hangouts we got to know each other, ask questions about homework, and collaborate on best practices for each other’s blogs. If you don’t have a tribe of bloggers you can turn to, go get one immediately!
Lessons Learned this Summer
This summer was packed with lots of good things and I’m glad that I was able to take part in the program, meet great new friends and find the support that I had been craving. A few things stood out for me that I learned every blogger, no matter how experienced, struggles with.
- Every blogger struggles with organization and planning.
- There aren’t enough hours in the day to do what you want to get done.
- Even seasoned bloggers struggle with the business side of blogging.
- Blog conferences are essential to exposure with brands.
- You have to find your balance of being politically correct and having some nerve.
- Always be true to who you are.
- Be a student of your craft.
- Having a blog tribe opens up a whole new world for a blogger.
- Branding is more important than you think.
- If you can gain the skills required to be a Virtual Assistant, you’ll have job security for a long time.
Would I do it again? For what I learned and who I met this summer, if I had a choice, I think I would do it again. I don’t think I would apply for another internship, but I’m glad to say that I have done it once. Is there something that you know would better your blogging? Are you timid to go out and get it? Don’t be! Putting yourself out there is kind of what this blogging gig is all about right? Be an active participant in the blogosphere and it will better your work, your blog and your readers.
Would you ever consider doing an internship for a blogger? What kind of things would you want to gain more knowledge about? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
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