Writing on this blog is fun. I write how I want, when I want, and about what I want! Talk about the first amendment.
BUT. I also get to blog/edit for joonbug.com, a popular nightlife guide to clubs, bars and lounges in major US cities-but mainly the big ol’ Apple. The job is great! I get paid free dollars an hour, I have total health coverage until I’m 18, and I even get off on the weekends.
I’ll be honest- I’m lucky in that I am the editor and writer for their charity blog, so I’m writing about things close to my heart: philanthropy and charity events, fund-raisers, volunteer opportunities, etc. And the fun, yet challenging part is creating serious content that still appeals to a certain audience.
Part of my job is writing daily “green” tips, so I wrote an article about washing your clothes the eco-friendly way. The tag line? Dressing “green” doesn’t mean having to a wear a burlap sack while going shoeless. Just wash your clothes the eco-friendly way! I’m even allowed to “curse,” so I included: Modern washing machines are the $hit—you don’t need hot water anymore for a thorough clean!
Trying to stay geared towards 20-30 something female readers, I also wrote about eco-friendly beauty projects, with the subtitle don’t leave a carbon footprint on your face. I liked that one. Another favorite? Have you ever wanted to support a fundraiser where people paddle kayaks to raise money and awareness?….Of course you have!…..(right?)
Another reason I like the job is that I get to use a lot of ! ! ! in my articles. Exclamation points are frowned upon in most genres of writing, but I can totally get away with it. Cancer sucks! Run for a cure! Come out to an eco-friendly nightclub! Organic cocktails rock! I am so excited about everything! ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And then there are the charities. Oh the charities! (!!! !! ! !!!! ! ) It’s amazing what people can come up with to raise money; I’ve been researching hundreds of organzations that all fundraise for important and unique causes. There are, of course, hundreds that raise money for cancer and other diseases (including funding for prevention, cure, research, awareness, and treatment). There’s human trafficking, food and hunger, health, education opportunities, rainforest saving, homelessness, etc as well. But did you know there’s even a 5k coming up in Phili to raise money for a farm that uses equine-therapy for people with physical and mental disorders? And that you can go to a Yankees game for free if you go hang out with blind people and provide them with the play-by-play (are they in it just for the hot dogs?). And you can even get a tour of the playboy mansion to help raise money for children in the DRC! Go Hugh! It’s amazing what is out there for you to get involved with–so if you find yourself feelin’ philanthropic, know that there is probably some way you can volunteer your time. So, like I said in a joonbug article, aaand I paraphrase: How many hours do you spend on your iphone, trying to figure out how to tweet in less than 140 characters the mishaps of your previous night’s bar hopping on the Lower East Side? The answer? Probably many, many hours. So instead: go out and lend a hand. I think the Yankee game thing sounds the coolest.