Just a quick note to say thanks for the warm welcome, the submissions, and the questions.
To answer a question that’s come up a lot: No, the President isn’t the one writing this Tumblr. He’s got a fair number of non-Tumblr things to do on any given day, we wager. We’re 2012 staffers working…
I was trying to come up with a fancy way to say “you’re awesome, Jocelyn” but I can’t seem to come up with anything better. So… you’re awesome, Jocelyn.
Even if you feel like what you’re doing right now isn’t particularly rewarding or getting you closer to your dream, have faith that it is. All of this adds up to something big, so just live in the moment and enjoy the ride.
"Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans." - John Lennon
Sit back and stop, why are you rushing? Why are you worrying? Why are you stressing? Stop, stop what you are doing and drop what your holding, walk away, keep walking, walk out the door, walk down the street, walk away from your troubles and all your worries, smile at all those fools who believe money and success will make them a better person, will make their small lives have meaning. Look up to the sky and feel the sun on your face. This is what true happiness feels like. - d-a-y-d-r-e-a-m
"Smile at all those fools who believe money and success will make them a better person, will make their small lives have meaning."
I’ll smile at them until they get so uncomfortable that they want to laugh at themselves.
Over the past two months at work, I have leaped, title wise, from a feature writer to a journalist/social media specialist/Youtube channel host. It all looks great from the surface. I’m sure I am like a rising star to many of my acquaintances on Facebook.
Yet, by the end of the day, after I remove my make up and get into my pajamas, sitting here all by myself, I am damn aware of where I’m at is not where I should feel satisfied.
I know those are all fames and nothing is solid. Staffs at the managerial level at work love to think that having a big name equals to being a successful newspaper. They tell people, “We are venturing from a newspaper to a PR company and our newspaper is just one of the platforms.”
They look at newspaper like a stage, but I, think otherwise.
I remember sitting here at the same spot about half a year ago, explaining my passion of being a journalist to one of my closest friends. Part of me wants to be a reporter of National Geographic, and that’s the more well-known part.
As for another part, I am a digger for personal stories that will build a strong sense of unity within communities. I believe it is stories capturing the essence of life that will become the motivation of many.
Looking at what I’ve been doing lately, I don’t see how I’m getting closer to my dream.
I have once given up a man’s lifelong promise for this dream I’m chasing. So I should always remember that I’m not settling for less.
"It’s all meaningless fame," I remind myself on a day-to-day basis.
There are lots of reasons we’re excited to be launching the Obama 2012 campaign’s new Tumblr today. But mostly it’s because we’re looking at this as an opportunity to create something that’s not just ours, but yours, too.
We’d like this Tumblr to be a huge collaborative storytelling effort—a place for people across the country to share what’s going on in our respective corners of it and how we’re getting involved in this campaign to keep making it better.
You can send us a few paragraphs about how your latest phonebanking gig went or why you’re in for 2012. Share the latest chart you saw that made you go “woah.” Ask a question. Upload a photo of 2012 t-shirts or signs you see out in the wild. Pass along jokes, particularly if they’re funny. And if you’re among the Tumbl-inclined, send us posts you’ve published on your own Tumblr that we should look at re-blogging.
There will be trolls among you: this we know. We ask only that you remember that we’re people—fairly nice ones—and that your mother would want you to be polite.
Thanks, Tumblr. We’re looking forward to getting to know you.
This better turns out to be something good, if not at least reasonable
So I sent an e-mail to my boss, hoping to sit down and have a conversation with him about my work contract and salary.
It’s near the end of the month which means my probation will be up soon. I am hoping to figure out our potential contract, salary and benefits etc by the end of this week so I can figure out my future financial plans asap.
Moreover, since I have been mostly working and reporting my duties to you, I would like to talk with you about my expectations before we have an official meeting with ____.
Let me know when will be a good time.
and here is the part I did not include in my e-mail, which will also be the highlight of this negotiation:
I very much believe my skills, talent and hard work deserve what I am asking for. Do know that I’m not willing to settle for less. If you and your company fails to offer me reasonable terms, I do not care to stay. In fact, all the drama I have been putting up with is quite tiring and I don’t mind getting back on the job hunt while taking a break.
Let’s see if you need me more than I need you. (Yes, it’s Monday, it’s the arrogant bitchy day.)