This is one of a series of posts about jobs I’ve had during my time on this planet. You can read more posts by clicking the “jobs i’ve had” tag, and read a lengthier intro to the series in the first post.
So, 13,000 words and 28 single-spaced at Times News Roman 12pt pages later, that’s every job I’ve had before my current job. Well, almost. There were a few that didn’t get their own posts:
Working for my mom’s office
Most everything there is to say about this experience I already wrote in my history of my time on the Internet post.
Internship with Kinetic Design
Same for this one.
Web developer for The Volunteer Channel, the University of Tennessee’s student television station
1) This wasn’t a “job” in the sense of getting paid, and 2) there isn’t a whole lot to say about it. I was in the communications school at UT, and The Volunteer Channel was looking for, um, volunteers to do things. I signed up, and it ended up they needed someone to make a website. So I did, and that’s about all there is to the story. The site you see there now is not the one I made, but the logo is the same as it was, and the content and basic structure of the site isn’t much different. They have some videos there, which they didn’t have when I was there.
News writer and columnist for The Daily Beacon, the University of Tennessee’s student newspaper
Like The Volunteer Channel, writing for The Daily Beacon wasn’t a paid job. Spring semester of my second senior year, I started out there and wrote two news stories which were not very good. Then I wrote a weekly column during my last summer in Knoxville and was on the “editorial board.”
We got to meet John Shumaker, who was president of the university at the time, after we wrote something critical of what he did. I don’t remember much from the meeting, but I remember thinking even then he must be a pretty insecure dude if he cares what a student newspaper says during the summer when no one is reading. Not long after I graduated, he was caught in a shitstorm with more charges than are worth recounting here and resigned.
Some of my columns were okay, some of them were awful. I made no effort to write about UT events, instead just choosing random national topics. I learned writing a column is hard, and you have to practice to get better at it. The first two or three I wrote, I sat around staring at my monitor for hours before I thought of a topic and got much of anything down.
My favorite column I wrote was about decriminalizing marijuana. A copy editor who also happened to be a stoner was very happy when it came across his desk and practically hugged me when I came in for an editorial board meeting.
If there are any jobs I forgot about, I’ll just tack them onto this post later rather than writing a whole new one.
Enough people have hopped on board the meme train since my last post that they’re going to get an unordered list instead of Oxford commas: