Joe Orozco's Blog

One day I will go into the office because I want to, and not because I need to. This is the story of my journey to that point, along with all the lessons I wish I could have told my younger self to get there a little faster. Comments and guest posts are always welcomed.

Word of Mouth

The next series of posts will concentrate on job application preparation: cover letters, résumés, interviews, etc. Kicking off the series is an article by Mary Fernandez--originally published in the Fall 2012 issue of the Student Slate, a publication of the National Association of Blind Students. She describes the culmination of hard work and how it paid off in landing a job without the aid of fancy technology.

Here, published in full with permission by the author, is Mary’s story:

How to Pick a College Major

To make the most of your college financial investment, pick a practical major that will enhance your future marketability. Doing so will ensure you are well-equipped to excel no matter what line of work you tackle after graduation.

Is Graduate School Worth It?

Why do you want to go to graduate school? You generally felt college was worth it. You got your bachelor's degree because you heard a college degree leads to a better salary. Maybe you feel grad school is the next logical step because you think the specialty of a Master's will make you more marketable. A doctoral degree? Outside of academia, I don't know that the degree will open up that many more doors than an undergraduate diploma.

Is College Worth It?

Does the thought of starting college make your stomach drop? Or, if you're already there, are you convinced college is a social experiment designed to shake you out of your money while smug professors watch you suffer?

Article Roundup: How to Manage Student Loans

How much debt will you own when you graduate? It's worth considering when you're torn between ordering a pizza or fixing something from your fridge, going to a happy hour or inviting friends over. These little decisions may seem irrelevant since student loans are only used for tuition, books, and fees, but really, who are we kidding?

Are You Living Someone Else's Dream?

Too many young people wind up in jobs they hate because they followed someone else's advice about how to use their talents. You would think that after a certain age we would be capable of making major choices independent of the influence of family, friends, or career guides, but too often we allow someone else's well-intentioned promptings to steer us in directions we would never have chosen for ourselves.

Advice for Writers: The Role of a Blog in Your Writing Career

Why is a blog such a big deal if what you want to do is write books? Everyone needs to find their own answer to the question, but in my case, I don't want my books to be isolated communications with my readers. My future books will be a mix of horror, fantasy, and suspense. Yet I hope that I have matured enough to use these genres as launching pads for discussion of more serious topics. I am by no means aiming for metaphors and moral lessons behind every page.

Put Your Blog on an Automatic Schedule

Professional bloggers talk about the importance about posting on a consistent schedule to keep subscribers interested. When I read advice like this, I turn to the most reliable focus group I know: me, myself, and I. We may not be a fair sampling of the rest of the population, but unless your visitors subscribe to your blog or bookmark the page, I don't think people really care if you post on a Monday followed by a Thursday since they'll probably never visit your website again. That sounds cold, but it’s the reality I have to remind myself of when I put out these posts.

Your Potential, Your Privilege

I spent part of this weekend doing more soul-searching about what it is I want to do with my time away from the office. It’s a balancing act dividing my spare productive energy between running a freelance business and building a platform for my future books. Then I sat down to prepare my lesson for Sunday’s young men’s lesson at church.

Sunday’s lesson happens to be about talents and gifts and using them for His Glory. Coincidence? I'm not so sure. I don’t spend enough time asking myself what I can do to spread the gospel. My own greed about the things I want tends to get in the way.

The First Step to Taking Control of Your Blog

What New Year's resolutions did you set for your blog? Maybe you've taken an oath to post more frequently, to socialize more diligently, or respond to Comments more consistently. Yeah, sign me up for all of the above, including a course on eliminating the use of adverbs, surely, but the biggest blogging goal n my plate in 2013 is to control my blog instead of allowing it to control me.