Do you want to be a star?
I’m finding that this is the question of week one of PUB 201: Publication of the Professional Self. So what does it mean to have a professional self? I think I’ve always found this concept a little weird, mostly because the “professional” people I truly respect don’t go back and forth between personas. They are who they are. Sure, some people can make money off of just being themselves while others can’t, but that’s sort of how things go today.
Next up, we have the terminology to consider.
Professional Zero Waster. I definitely like the sound of that. I feel like anything that follows “professional” is going to sound pretty fancy.
But in all seriousness, what does the word “professional” mean in the context of my blog? Well I’m not an expert at cooking, I can tell you that much. Living zero waste is more of a lifestyle than anything, and I’m not really sure you can be a professional at “living life the way you want to”. I mean, I could slave away at marketing on several social media platforms, do what I can to turn myself into an icon, but truthfully, that doesn’t really sit well with me.
For this blog, and this writer, being a professional speaks to the integrity of my content, and the quality of my advocacy. You don’t adopt a professional persona by accident, and funny enough, you don’t happen to start living zero waste. Both of these things require intention and attention to detail.
In truth, I don’t want to become a professional blogger, or a professional cook. I want to become a professional at living intentionally, and I want to document and record the journey. I want to share what I find with others, and I want to add my voice to the conversation in the most positive, powerful way that I can. I want to connect with others who share my views, and if possible, I want to build a community for others to do the same. Community is so important to being zero waste.
So I guess, for me, developing a professional self is about living intentionally, leading by example, and ultimately providing something for the community I love.
And maybe I wouldn’t mind a bit of fame.
All the best,
The Dirt Mouth