As a writer, I am usually behind the scenes. I don’t draw a lot of attention to myself, and I don’t try to be seen as the face of anything. It’s not because I don’t like my face–I have an OK face for the most part. Most of the features are in the right places, and some would even say it’s a nice face. But now I digress. I have taken on a lot of different types of writing projects over the years. Most of them are behind the scenes, ghostwriting for other people. That’s totally fine by me. As long as I get to write, I won’t complain. I don’t look to be credited for what I’ve written. I simply surmise satisfaction from a job well done knowing that I have reached the targeted audience. That’s more than enough for me!
From There to Here
It’s actually funny how I came to be the blogger for the business. You see, this year is the first time in almost 13 years that I didn’t have a child at home with me all day, every day. My oldest son is now in middle school, and my youngest is in Kindergarten. It left me with a little bit of time on my hands and started me yearning to go back out into the “real world” again. It’s amazing how sheltered a person can become after spending most of her free time in the company of tiny humans. Don’t get me wrong–I wouldn’t trade my time as a mother for anything in the world. However, once I started recognizing which episode of Bubble Guppies was playing (and also deciding I had already seen the episode and didn’t like it) I realized that perhaps it was time for me to get my feet wet in the big world again. I began looking for jobs that were flexible, and when I saw an ad for an assistant at a family-operated tax preparation business, I applied immediately. Within a few hours, I had received an email from Jan wanting to schedule an interview. From his email I was able to gather a few things: he was friendly, sincere, and professional. I liked him immediately.
Writer Behind the Blog
Prior to the phone interview with Jan and Jennie, I was extremely nervous. It had been a very long time since I had interviewed for anything (besides by a poll taker outside of King Soopers, once, but that’s completely unrelated). Immediately, I was put at ease by Jan and Jennie. I didn’t know a whole lot about tax preparation, but I was willing and eager to learn. I WANTED to learn. More than anything, I wanted to be a part of the Gagliano Associates team because it felt right. It felt like family. It felt like home. Unfortunately, my availability wasn’t really suited to what they needed for their busy season. Surprisingly, though, I received a call from Jennie the next day asking me if I would be interested in writing the blog. The rest is history!
The Makings of a Great Writing Team
In terms of actually being the writer behind the blog, Jennie sends me ideas, links, and articles that she finds interesting. We correspond almost daily, and brainstorm the best blog at the best time. She is the exact type of client a writer like me wants–she knows what she is looking for, yet still allows me the creative freedom I need to put together good material each and every week. And the best part of all? As a freelance writer, I am still able to be at home with my kids every day. I still get to be a mom first and foremost while doing something else that makes me feel challenged and also gives me the opportunity to correspond with other grown ups. Really, it’s a win-win.
I’ve contributed to other blogs in the past including Mile High Mamas, but I am devoting most of my time to Gagliano Associates for the time being. It works beautifully for my family, and it works well for Jan and Jennie, too. In the meantime, I want to thank everybody personally who takes the time to read what I’ve written. I couldn’t do what I do without all of you.