Monday, July 27, 2009

Taking my Curtsey

I began this blog shortly being laid off in December of last year.

Since that first post 7 months ago:
-I've been interviewed by 5 media outlets and had my name and this blog referenced in countless others.
-Google results for "funemployment" went from less than a page to several pages.
I'm told that's at least partly thanks to me. Please, no applause.
-Funemployment Blog has enjoyed close to 9,000 page impressions.
Goodness that's a lot of eyeballs! Does this template make my butt look fat?
-Google results with my name has increased 5 fold.
Which has meant that the men I go out with on first dates are all that much more informed. Making them at once endearing and creepy.
-Since March, I have sent out over 200 cover letters and resumes.
No joke. I have the Excel spreadsheet to prove it.
-This is the 62nd Funemployment Blog post.

And now, finally, I have a job.

Oh dear Lord, here come the dry heaves.

Whew... I'm okay now.

Fun Fact: I've been out of work now for 8 months. That's the same amount of time that I was employed at my first San Francisco job.

Beginning August 10 I'll be working in marketing for an academic coaching company. I am, needless to say, stoked.
I will admit that marketing was not where I thought I'd end this job hunt. However, if these last 8 months have taught me anything, it's that you never know what will happen next, and you'd be surprised where the joy in your life can come from.

And although this blog has been a hoot, this will be the final post.

I've made the decision to put a fork in it. I don't want to jump the shark. I don't want to do this longer than it's relevant for me or try to hold your attention past 3:00pm on the Friday before Homecoming.

I hope that your tears don't last to long, and to help you heal your wounded heart, here are some fun things to look at:
Sound of Music
Because you can't resist the Music.
Piano at 90
Because you're never to old for a tushie grab!
HardTimes :: Art Hour
Because getting tounge tied is always funny and you should totally know Ze.
Where the Hell is Matt?
Because there's something really beautiful about this, and the first time I saw it, it made me cry.
Because you never knew how amazing post-it notes could be.
Evolution of Dance
Because the Running Man is always funny.
How to Start a Dance Party
Because it's always best to just be yourself.
Free Hugs Campaign
Because hugs are simply the best.
The Wheel
Because my Dad LOVED this song.

Because true gratitude is a beautiful thing, and I am truly thankful for all of you.

This has been an amazing, transformative time in my life and you, darling reader, have been a part of that. I hope that you had even 10% the amount of fun reading this blog as I have had writing it.
Thank you to all of you who posted comments, wrote me emails, and even those of you who just watched it all unfold.

I'll miss you. I'll always love you and I hope that you'll stay Funemployed!


Miranda said...

Sorry to see you leave the funemployed ranks, but very excited for your new gig! When I eventually end up in SF again and am forced to make some cash, maybe we can grab a drink or something. Thanks again for the great posts and words of encouragement. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

You certainly inherited your father's gift of writing. I read and I am vaklempt. You are a joy, my joy.
I'll miss this, but not you.

Anonymous said...

Walter and I hope you bring tap shoes to your new gig! They are lucky to have you. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

congratulations on the new job! I had lots of fun reading ur blog! xx Cherry

diva68 said...

Congrats from Hamburg, Germany, too!
This is the fifth month of funemployment for me and your blog inspired me in many cases.
Good luck and have fun in this next period of your life!

Lottie said...

Congrats on the new job! I have recently become funemployed myself.
I started a blog myself to give me something to do besides waiting by my phone and incessantly checking my email.

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Bang Up Job said...

Just found this blog and its described pretty much what I'm already doing. Glad my only other funemployed friend and I aren't alone in the emphasis of "fun".

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