It’s been some time since my last post. There are more than one reason for that but a lot of things have happened during the past weeks. For example I have bought an iPhone. I have had it for a week today and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever bought. I have also had my last days at Tredje Statsmakten and Mentor. My last internship week were very hectic but I enjoyed my time anyway.
The Christmas holiday has been hard times for my family. That’s why I haven’t written until now. We haven’t prioritized things like blogs or Christmas gifts this year. I haven’t even sent as many Christmas greetings as I would’ve wanted to. Not even in my blog. At least I feel that I should’ve wished my blog readers a merry Christmas. I am sorry for that.
But as the topic says I would now like to thank you. Thank you all for the Christmas greetings, the Christmas gifts and the kind words. Thanks for all the warm greetings to the family. Thanks to all my tweeps for caring even though you don’t know my family. I love you all.
With that cocky title, I would like to tell you that I won the competition at Skyltat.se.
A lot of things have happened during the contest. My entry went up in the lead pretty fast after it was published. After a few days it got so many visitors that Skyltat was brought down by their web hosting provider. Later on, my classmate Lorraine and I realized that we were ranked as number one and two in the contest. We fought hard to get our friends to vote for our entries which was a really fun part of the contest. Although, the latest week I have been the number one by far but then some days ago a new opponent showed up and came closer.
The night before the competition was going to end my top entry got voted down from 8,9 to 7,4 just over the night. I understood that someone was using methods that weren’t allowed and I was about to give up. Then I saw that the precursor of the outvoted entry had suddenly made it to the second place so I posted the link to it on Facebook and Twitter and told my friends and followers that I was a victim of cheating. People was sympathizing with me and even though it was really close I passed the leader a few hours before the contest was over.
I would now like to thank you all for voting in this competition. I am soon a proud owner of a Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and what is gonna happen with that phone is still a little secret.
If my cute neighbours for some reason would happen to read this I would also like to thank them, without their love story I would never have been a part of this contest.
My entry - the love story about my neighbours.
As I have written before I am currently doing my internship at Tredje Statsmakten who are producing Medierna in Swedish Radio P1 and at the fashion industry magazine Habit. Two different companies which are both working with journalism. But I am no journalist and sometimes I ask myself what I am doing at these places but the more I think of it the more it makes sense.
At Tredje Statsmakten, I work mostly with managing their social media feeds, helping them to develop interaction on their webpages and writing texts for the Web. Although I am not doing much journalistic work there, I am a part of their journalism and I do like it. I like to listen to their discussions and I like to be a part of the interesting programs they produce every week. I’m among really great and inspiring journalists and I really enjoy it.
At Habit I am working as a journalist. I am writing a few fairly (at least for me) big articles and even though I did my first internship there, it feels like a challenge, mostly because I haven’t written that much in my life, but also because I know that my co-workers at Habit are much more skilled and experienced than me. But I really like to be there as well. I enjoy the work I am doing and I like my co-workers who are good role models as well as good and inspiring writers.
Since Tredje Statsmakten and Habit have two very different editorial staffs it sometimes feels like I am living in two different worlds of journalism. But I must say that I love it. I like both places very much and it gives me a good balance to write about media criticism one day and about fashion the day after. I also get a healthy distance to both of these worlds.
So, why do I hang around with all these journalists?
For a while I thought I had lost myself a bit when I had driven my boat so much against the journalistic direction, because journalist has never been my final goal. But if I rewind the tape almost two years back to when I applied for my current education, I had one thing in mind. I wanted to become a better writer. I had applied for a lot of web editor jobs and been to a lot of interviews, but every time I was asked if I was a good writer I had no proof which showed that I could write. I thought that I was an OK writer but since I never ever had got my own texts critically reviewed, I knew that my words were not so heavily weighed. So, working with journalism now when I have the chance feels like the right thing to do. While I am gathering evidence for the future, I develop my writing and get useful experience. If I will work as a journalist in the future is yet to see but I think that I am about to eliminate the risks of being rejected as a not good enough writer for any other type of job. I mean, if I have got my texts published in a magazine, I shouldn’t suck anyway.
It’s just about 24 hours left until the kompetition at Skyltat.se is over. I am still in the lead but I am not superior so if you haven’t, please vote 10 stars for me.