Susan, refresh my memory. What brought you to the vast and varied world of online content creation?
I started a personal blog five years ago; I got into blogging because being home with small children can be isolating and frustrating, and that community of other mom and dad bloggers was often my only adult contact. Two years after I started my personal blog, I applied to write for both Blogging Baby (now ParentDish) and BlogHer.com, and was hired by both on the same day. I write and edit full-time now, for a variety of places, all online. I get to cover a range of interesting stories and work with really engaging people. It's a terrific job.
What did you do in your former life before creating online content? Were you always a writer?
I taught English literature and theory for 10 years; when my first child was born, I left teaching to stay home with him. Ironically, I never wanted to be a writer; blogging -- and the various related forms of social media that came into vogue at the same time -- offered a way to connect with other parents, and to engage in conversations that weren't just about the characters on Sesame Street. I used to imagine writing as an isolated (and isolating) form of work, but I ultimately came to writing as a career because it was a road to community.