Content Curator: 100% Virtual

Happy New Year! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and I figured now is as good a time as any to update. Since late November I’ve been working with a client that I found on Elance. 

My official title? Content Curator. I’m responsible for finding content, submitting what I find to the person who chooses what will be posted, and then writing the copy for whatever was selected for the day. 

What’s interesting about this position is that I’m prohibited from disclosing the client’s name. I worked at companies in the past where I had to sign an NDA that prohibited me from talking about any of their secret products they were developing, but I was never told not to mention the company’s name. 

So, as I was updating my resume and portfolio, I thought what an interesting dilemma this is. What do hiring managers think when they see work listed on a potential candidate’s resume where they are unable to say who the client is?

Well, I had to go ahead and update my stuff despite my concerns. If someone is interested in hiring me, I will cross that bridge when I get there. 

In the meantime, the learning experience on this project has been fascinating. All of the people I work with, I know only through the communication platform known as, Slack. It’s like a glorified chat room. To make it even more fascinating, some of my collaborators are in another country. One person is in Romania, and another in Paris. The rest of us are scattered across the United States and Canada. 

I have to say that my experience working for them has been really awesome. The only part that’s a bit challenging is the work hours. I’m required to be on-line by 7 am, three days a week. I never have been a morning person, and being alert that early has been the only real challenge.

Well, I’m off to pick up my search for an additional remote position. Working virtually is awesome. I love that I can be anywhere with an Internet connection and get paid to work from home.

UPDATE: I was able to use the Company name they originally provided when I landed the job through Elance a few months ago! 


Social Media Curator

To me, a Social Media Curator does the following:

Combining third party content with their own original thinking to create something bigger.”

This video is exciting stuff, folks. Short, but sweet, simple and to the point. Hearing them talk about what I love to do is awesome. For me, searching for content to post is like going on an easter egg hunt. I savor the sweet reward of finding something juicy to share.

It’s true what they say in the beginning of the video, how did I go from googling a vegetable to reading about an abstract painting?

The next thing you know, my browser looks like this:

I also have 2 different feed readers in which I can hardly keep up with all of what’s there. But, one of the things I love about my reader is that it acts as a library. There have been many times when I couldn’t find what I wanted, and instead opted to search through my reader. Voila! Like magic, I now have a reference point from which to begin again.

One of my biggest challenges is, aside from keeping up with everything, making the time to sit down and write for myself. My personal writing seems to ebb and flow. Rather than force myself to come up with something to post on my blog, I find my thoughts are much fuller when I wait til the mood strikes.

On this note, I have officially started my own Pintrest boards. I have to say, it was pretty exciting to watch other people pin away a photo I posted today 19 times!!

Here’s the photo of the day:

Click on image to see more from this artist. Source: My Modern Met

Funny enough, I realize that this post was completely inspired by one of the blogs I follow curated by some dude named Neil Perkin. So, thanks for your post Neil!

Happy curating everyone!