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Meet Cecily Kellogg aka @CecilyK

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What type of work do you do? Describe some aspects of your typical day! cecily

Answer: I’m a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom. I write my blog, of course, plus I write for the Philly Moms Blog, and I just finished working for Savvy Source (for Philadelphia) and a blogging project with 23andMe. I also write web content for commercial sites, ranging from educational to car insurance to industrial real estate. I use SEO (search engine optimization) techniques in my writing, and I’m very good at it. I get to work with great people too.

My daughter is home most of the day, although she does go to “playschool” three mornings a week now that she’s old enough to demand full scale entertainment for most of her day. My husband also works from home, so we’re a pretty tight knit family.

How long have you been doing it and what got you started?

Answer: I’ve been in Marketing and Public Relations since 1996, and there has always been a writing element to my work, and I’ve always been a creative writer. I was working at a wonderful job full-time that only required part-time effort (this is how I managed to start blogging) when I gave birth to my daughter. I went back to this job when she was eight week old, and it nearly killed me. My spark for the work was gone, because all my creative energies were going to my daughter.

I spent about six months trying to find some freelance work, and trying to decide if we could really survive as a house of ALL freelancers, with no steady paycheck or health benefits. I blogged about the search, a husband of a friend needed a long-term contact writer, and a new career was born. I’ve now expanded my client base significantly in the two years I’ve been doing this and I fully believe that my writing will evolve as needs change so that I never have to work in an office again. I would like to live a life free of budget reports and staff meetings, if possible.

Did you have a mentor starting out?

What words of wisdom and encouragement did they have for you?

 Answer: What a great question. When I was first writing, my very first mentor was my seventh grade teacher who told me I was a great poet. I wrote poetry exclusively as my creative work until I began blogging in 2004. But in the middle there was the amazing Rachel Simon, author of “Riding the Bus with My Sister” and her newest book, “Building a Home With My Husband.” She was working for a book store chain as an events coordinator, and called me up to see if I was interested in doing the same thing at another store. She called me when I had only two months sober from drugs and alcohol, and she believed in me and recommended me for the job.

The job entailed merely scheduling events (I was familiar with that thanks to my long history of hosting poetry readings and concerts), but writing the copy for the calender TERRIFIED me. I was so raw back then, so scared to learn how to live without drugs and alcohol, and she never judged me, and went through my copy line-by-line and helped teach me how to write good marketing copy. I cannot emphasize enough how her gentle support and encouragement then made my life possible today. She never once wavered in her belief in me and my talent. It was miraculous.

Once I started blogging, I had a bunch of people that inspired me. Getupgrrl, who wrote Chez Miscarriage before she vanished (sadly), Julie of A Little Pregnant, and of course Heather Armstrong of Dooce. They showed me that writing about daily struggles could be sharp, funny, and honest. Then others joined us in our little infertility blogging circle; Julia of Uncommon Misconception, Karen of Naked Ovary, Tertia of So Close. They have all been my heroes, my compatriots, and my companions as we all struggled to build our families. While I am not as close to all of them now as I was in 2004 and 2005, I still have such gratitude and strong feelings for them all. I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without them.

What is the most important thing you like to keep in mind? What are your future plans or goals?

Answer: The most important thing for me is to be honest. I have made the decision to be ME, across the board. That means my professional contacts see me swear on twitter, read my super liberal political blog entries, and might read about my sex life or my PMS. I am not going to hide any part of myself from any other part of myself anymore. I’m too fucking old, and tired, and if I lose readers or clients from that, well, so be it.

My future plans? I have a book in me I want to write. Finding time to do it is challenging (I need to win the lottery so I don’t have to do other work first. Heh.). I would love it if my blog earned enough to allow me to stop doing commercial writing.

I also love public speaking, and I’m pretty good at it, so I am really looking forward to appearing at the Type-A Mom Conference and I hope I get to speak at other conferences as well in the future. I love the blogging and social media community; I have never been a member of such an exciting, diverse, energetic group of people. It makes every day worth getting up for.

Follow Cecily on Twitter, her personal blog, or check out her professional commercial writing website.

4 Responses to “Meet Cecily Kellogg aka @CecilyK”

  1. Amy says:

    Great article on an amazingly real and likeable person. I have been reading her for years!

  2. liz says:

    Lovely to see Cecily profiled here!

  3. nancy says:

    a book in her? i can’t wait to see the movie! great feature
    xo

  4. Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) says:

    It is so great to hear about your journey — what an incredible mentor you had in Rachel.

    I am looking forward to meeting you!

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