My decision to start blogging for Babble probably ranks to many right behind my decision to become a telemarketer. It’s no secret to those who know me, I’m a quiet person. I prefer quiet places, only speak when spoken to, and avoid crowds. When I first told my parents when I was a freshman in college that I had been hired by a local telemarketing company to sell telephone service, my mom said something along the lines of, “What? You’ll get fired!”
Eight months later when it was time to leave on my Mormon mission, I had not been fired by that telemarketing company. Even though most of what I learned from that job was that being a telemarketer sucked–people are mean to telemarketers–I also learned that forcing myself to use my voice could be a good thing.
I expected to hear similar concerns when people learned that I decided to start blogging for Babble. I am pretty sure my wife thought I was joking when I told her I would consider the possibility. When I told her I would do “that blog thing,” I had to say it three or four times before she realized I was serious.
Here I am doing what I never thought I would do and here are some of the reasons why I decided to take the blogging plunge.
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