A Blogiversary and Why Even Bad Jobs May Be Worthwhile

Time flies.

One year ago today, I hit publish on my very first post. Happy Blogiversary to me! To celebrate, I put together some photos of my favorite blog and museum-related moments from this first year. Moving clockwise starting in the upper lefthand corner: spaghetti at LACMA, the business card wall at Alt Summit NYC, interning with Mingei International Museum, inside the Rain Room at MoMA, the National Air and Space Museum in DC, Liza Lou's Color Field at MCASD, DVF exhibit at the Wilshire Building near to LAMCA, attending an Improv Workshop at the Hammer, James Turrell at LACMA, Isabelle de Borchgrave at Bellevue Arts Museum, enjoying the umbrellas out on the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park, and exploring FEAST at New's Children's Museum.

I've learned a lot over the past year about blogging and teaching and coding and composting and social media. And boy, do I have a long way to go! Probably the most important lesson, however, I discovered only recently. It was this: This little blog is proof that even not so great (or even bad) jobs may be worthwhile. Because even if a job turns out to be a dead-end, you will learn something during your time there. Now, some of these lessons or skills you glean will be more valuable to you than others. You may learn what to do or what not to do. You may learn that you hate that industry and decide to run in the other direction. But the point is that a meh, bad, or even a very disappointing job could open doors you never thought possible. At least that's what happened to me. And I have this space and all of you because of it.

Let me explain.

About a year and a half ago, we moved to a new city. I tried (and failed) to find a full-time teaching position, so I was forced to pursue another interest and find a different kind of job. Shortly after I started, I was asked to start contributing to the organization's blog. Now, I had been a blog reader for years. (This one was my favorite.) But it never occurred to me that I could write a blog until I started working there. Contributing to that blog soon became one of my favorite parts of my position. That job also enabled me to attend this conference, which helped me to decide that I wanted to intern here. Ultimately, the job wasn't right for me and I moved on. But my enthusiasm for blogging led me to start THE MUSEUM SCOUT. And that decision helped me get to this conference, which introduced me to a wonderful community of blogging folks. Then, frustration about my technological limitations motivated me to sign up to take a class on coding and another on Photoshop. (And another on knife skills, but that's another post.) So basically that one ill-fated job opened up a door that I had never considered before and because of it, I have had a year's worth of interesting (growth) opportunities. And so I am very grateful to that organization, to my boss for taking a chance on me, and to my co-workers for helping me figure everything out.

Of course I also have you, my friends, and my family to thank as well. So thank you thank you thank you thank you. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the past year. I could not and would not do this without you.

The next step for me is up in the air once again. But I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. And I have to remind myself (daily) that sooner or later everything will work itself out. In the meantime, I am enjoying some time in the California sunshine and all of the wonderful arts and cultural opportunities this area has to offer.

One year down, hopefully many more to go.

P.S. Given that this is (mostly) a museum blog, I just have to mention three exhibits closing this week: XTO+J-C at MCASD (a must see), Guitar at the Fleet (go if you're musically inclined), and James Turrell at LACMA (go if you can get a ticket).