What I want to be when I grow up.

The other day, while waiting for our daughter to finish gymnastics practice, I was thinking about what I want to be when I grow up. I kept thinking about Malcolm Gladwell’s definition of a Maven:

  • Mavens are “information specialists”, or “people we rely upon to connect us with new information.” They accumulate knowledge….and know how to share it with others. …… a prototypical Maven is “almost pathologically helpful” …. “Mavens are really information brokers, sharing and trading what they know”.

Unlike the traditional definition of a Maven, which is an expert or connoisseur, Gladwell’s definition of a Maven focuses on the information gathering aspect. And anyone who knows me, knows that I love seeking out information… that’s why my business name is Ask Joanne. 🙂

Then I started playing around with ideas for the answer to the ubiquitous question “What do you do?” and discovered that I believe the coolest thing I could say would be something like “I’m a blogger. I write a business blog, a personal blog and several other special interest blogs.” So, I popped over to GoDaddy on my phone and started buying up domain names in my areas of interest…

Maven Blogs

In an interesting confluence, after I finished buying up a bunch of “maven” related domain names, I clicked over to the online Scrabble game I was playing with my sister and found the word that she had just played.

MavenCan I make a living as a blogger? Don’t know yet… In the meantime, I still love being “Ask Joanne” for my business clients and sharing all I know about Internet Marketing Made Easy, but someday, I will answer the “What do you do?” question by saying “I’m a blogger and a Maven.” 🙂

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