Projects!

by Nicole Lee

I’m working on a few personal projects right now, and I thought I’d let you know what they were. Some are in their infancy, and I need to figure out how to work on them.

1) I’m planning on seriously launching a freelance writing career, but I realize this means accumulating clips and some sort of credibility. This presents a curious case of Catch 22 — I need to be well-known in order to be well-known. I’m a little stumped with this, but hoping I can reach out to enough people for help.

2) I’m planning on starting two separate blogs. One is tentatively titled KeyPress Media, and the other is Nerd By Day. Nerd By Day is simply a sort of tech-related linkblog, with some commentary mixed in. It’s more of a daily mental exercise that forces me to stay informed. I’m not sure if I should go with Tumblr or WordPress with this one.

KeyPress Media is a more ambitious project. I’ve been fascinated with media issues for a long time, especially in the age of “citizen journalism” and “content curation.” My initial idea with the site was to host a podcast, where I invite various members of the media to talk about their career path, their thoughts on the state of the industry, etc. Inspirations for the podcast include NPR’s On The Media, Bullseye (formerly The Sound of Young America), and WTF with Marc Maron. Now I’m thinking I could try to build the site into more of a destination for online journalists. Not sure how I’m going to do this, as my HTML and CSS-fu is weak.

3) I’m hoping to put all my foodie and crafty type posts into a separate blog. I started a site called Noodles and Needles a long time ago that I should probably go back to. Maybe I can use this blog as a place to put drafts and simple ideas, and I can post a more polished version on the other site. I’m not sure how to do this yet either.

4) Also, I actually want to make at least a little bit of money from some of these endeavors. That’s why I was thinking of doing a self-hosted WordPress blog for a couple of them, since WordPress.com doesn’t allow ads. I think Tumblr does. Self-hosting three WordPress blogs is going to drive me insane though. As you can see, I’m still figuring this out.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll iron the details out sooner or later. If someone can offer any advice, that would be much appreciated.