As sad as I am to say this, this will be my last post for the SALT™ Blog. Due to my new job and some unfortunate family circumstances, I am finding it hard to balance everything in my life. Since I do not wish to quit my job or my family, I must regretfully stop blogging.
I remember when I first started writing here about a year and a half ago; I really had no idea what I was doing. Through more writing (practice makes perfect, or at least close to it!), I came into my own, had an amazing experience, and learned the following three lessons, which I will forever be thankful for.
1. Mentors Matter
I want to say a huge and loving “thank you” to my editor, Ryan. I started here as just a young, ambitious college student who only wanted to write. And Ryan, with his incredible heart of gold and great editing skills, taught me so much about being a blogger and writing for the Internet.
No matter your career goals, find mentors who can help you achieve them. In this instance, Ryan reached out to me, but that kind of opportunity can be rare. Instead, be proactive in looking for people whose wisdom and skills you can benefit from. They might even already be in your life (family members, professors, etc.). Remember: If you’re excited to learn, they’ll be happy to teach you.
2. Put Yourself Out There
I also want to express my love and appreciation for all of the staff and writers for SALT. I read your posts and articles, and they taught me so much throughout college—and even afterward. We haven’t always interacted, but your occasional comments provided me another lesson: the importance of feedback.
Hearing from other professionals on the SALT team was always valuable, as it provided me with the confidence that I was doing something right. If you’re interested in writing (or anything else, for that matter!), gain some experience and elicit feedback from your peers, whether they’re more experience than you or not. You’ll never improve if you don’t!
3. Listen To Your Audience
Last, but most certainly not least, I want to say “thank you” to all of you guys—my readers! I truly would not be where I am without you. Without knowing it, you all touched my life and helped me improve as a writer.
Of course, this is not a lesson just for writers. By knowing your audience, you’ll learn what you’re doing wrong and what you’re doing right—whether that “audience” is your manager, someone you’re selling something to, or anyone else. These people won’t let you know what they’re thinking in a comments section, like on a blog, so listen closely to them. That way, you can figure out their wants and needs and the best way to reach them.
This has truly been an amazing friendship, and I am sad to break it. Hopefully it’s not a complete “good bye,” though! I do want to continue to write blogs and help others, but for now, I need to step back and work through some things. I wish you all of the best in the future! Never give up on your dreams no matter how hard life gets.
Love you all!
Check out Brigit’s archive to follow her journey from the very beginning.