December 31, 2007
Since I started blogging at the beginning of this year, I’ve been amazed to watch the community here at Little Red Suit grow. The relationships I’ve built have inspired me creatively, empowered me in my career, and opened doors to opportunities I never could have imagined. It’s been a great ride, and I’ve closed the year by being named one of world’s the top career blogs and launching a new blog. I just wanted to say thanks to my readers for cheering me on, and as the year closes, I thought I’d share some of my favorite and most popular posts here at Little Red Suit. Personal Favorites
Your blog, your name, your brand, your risk. – This post was a part of my blogging beginnings when I was questioning the various issues of blogging, transparency, authenticity, and personal safety. The conversation this post spurred really kicked my blogging into high gear, and for me, blogging under my real byline has been a great choice.
Ambition and the Tale of One Generation Y Woman – My official self-introduction to the blogosphere. This post highlights my background, perspective, career and ambition.
Is Your Boss Reading Your Blog? – I’ve gotten a lot of mixed responses to this post, but one thing I’ve found in blogging is that my in-person network is very much a fan of my online work. This advice may not be for everyone (i.e. if your anonymous blog is about how much you hate your boss) , but if you’re blogging about a professional topic, there’s no reason to keep it from the people who are fans of you in “real” life.
The Power of Now: What Sets Gen Y Apart – Looking at the cultural and historical influences on Gen Y in our formative years, this controversial post defines Gen Y from the inside, the good, the bad and the ugly.
A Generation Teetering Off Balance: Workaholism or a New Way of Thinking? – Like most young workers I know, I struggle constantly with the issue of work life balance. But for Gen Y, with so much connectivity of all parts of our livess, are we simply redefining work or are we falling into the trap of workaholism as our parents did?
The Power of Personal PR – The introduction of my new blog to my readers. The concept of Personal PR is something I am so passionate about, I’m so thrilled to have a place to dedicate to exploring and defining it for our generation.
Great Reads, Great Traffic
Forget Multitasking (If You Can) – Five Tips for Getting Stuff Done – This post received a ton of traffic and inbound links. I wrote it as a tie in to my post on multitasking at Employee Evolution – still one of the site’s most popular articles. Productivity is such an important subject, still one of my favorites to write about. Enjoy!
Grad School 101 – This series on grad school generated a lot of organic Google traffic. Seems like there are a lot of professionals and recent grads who are asking themselves questions about the merits of a master’s degree. It discussed the merits and pitfalls of going to grad school straight out of college and offered insight into how professionals can best leverage higher education.
Two Tools to Discover Your Brand Equity and Three Tips to Improve It – Vanity searches are on the rise, and it looks like a lot of people are wanting to see just how “popular” they are online. This post was a very popular place for people to learn just how to discover their online worth and how to enhance it.
About Little Red Suit – Not a post, but a page, this is one of the most popular and most valuable pieces of my blog. I’ve received a lot of feedback that what I’ve written here really helped generate loyal fans, because it explains the site, the metaphor behind it, and my purpose in writing. It’s a great example of why very blog needs a well written about page.
Does your boss know what you do? – Could be because research shows that the reason most people leave their jobs is that they hate their boss, but any post of mine containing this keyword has really taken off in popularity. I’m fortunate to have a great boss who is really supportive of my life and endeavors both in and outside of work, but that’s not the way it is for everyone. Regardless, it’s important for your career advancement for your boss to understand the actual work you do, unless of course you’re situation where all you do is sit around and draw pictures of them as the devil.
December 11, 2007
Writing this post has to be one of the most difficult things I’ve done. Secondary to making the decision I’m about to announce, that is. So, I’ve decided to just come out and tell you. Because the truth is, I’m both excited and terrified at the same time.
I’m launching a new blog! There, it’s out.
To be honest, there are many reasons I’ve made this decision, and I can’t wait to share them with you. In the next few months, I’ll be posting about the process of launching a new blog, the ins and outs, the good, the bad and the ugly. I’ll also be blogging about other things, namely, how you can use the power of Personal PR to transform your career and build invaluable relationships.
What is Personal PR?
First, it’s the title of my new blog. Second, it’s a concept that I’ll be blogging about there. I’ll be covering most of the topics you’ve read here and adding a few new ones as well.
Where is Personal PR?
It’s actually located at tiffanymonhollon.com/blog. You can subscribe to my new RSS feed to get regular updates. If you happen to have a link to my site right now, it would really help me out if you could change it to the new URL to help get other people pointed there too!
What about Little Red Suit?
Building, writing and promoting this site has taught me so much about blogging, relationship-building and defining my niche. It’s also inspired me to pursue new research in the area of Personal PR and to make this incredible transition, and that’s because of the relationships I’ve built with each of you.
Thank You! The conversations, comments and ideas I’ve shared with readers and visitors like you have already transformed my life, my career and my plans. I hope you’ll follow me on this journey and continue sharing in the conversation with me.
I’m looking forward to it like you wouldn’t believe.
December 8, 2007
What a great way to end the week! Little Red Suit premiered at 37 on the Career100, a list of the top career bloggers, and has now risen to the 26th spot. It’s compiled by RiseSmart, an online job search tool for senior-level professionals.
Among my company on the list are Penelope Trunk at Brazen Careerist, currently holding down the No. 1 slot, and Tom Peters, Chief Happiness Officer and Escape from Cubicle Nation, are all in the Top 10.
A special thanks to my readers and blog friends for your support! This has been a truly fantastic year.