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  1. Sandy says:

    My name is Sandy and I am Laurie’s younger sister. I have been on the job hunt for almost 5 months now. Such as yourself, I am looking for the right job, not just any job and it has been pretty difficult. Unlike you, I am looking for a Marketing job. I went to school for International Business and Marketing at San Diego State.
    I am emailing you because I enjoyed reading your tips on finding a new job. I tend to follow most of the tips listed. However I don’t have a mentor, except friends who have no idea what they are talking about because they are my age, and trying to make it just like the rest of us. Laurie would be a great mentor for me, but with 2 kids and living in OC, it is a stretch. I wanted to ask you where you made your blog? WordPress? I like that your blog has tabs for About-SQL Twitter Hashtags- Ect. I would have a tab for About- Comments- DIY- Literature. I am a writer at heart and since I’m in the process of searching for a job where I can build on my writing, I want to give employers a place to view my work. I figure the blog is a great way to start and set my self apart.
    Is there any advice or places you would suggest to start creating this blog? I want to create this for employers, but also for myself to learn how to make a website.
    I would love it if you would indulge me with any information that could help me jumpstart this project.

    Congrats on the new job… I can only hope mine is on the way.

    Thank you.
    Sandy B.

    • SQLMickey says:

      hi Sandy,

      I’m happy to provide some information on creating a blog.

      Yes, I do use WordPress. There are two different ways to create a WordPress blog. One way is to have it hosted at a hosting company with your own URL. This is done using the WordPress code from You would be responsible for making sure the underlying WordPress code is always kept up to date. You are also responsible for hosting fees, but you have the most flexibility with your blog site. This is what I have since I use to be a web developer, and I wanted full control of all features. The second way is to host your blog at It’s free to create a blog on There is a yearly fee if you want to use your own URL like

      If you’ve never created a website before, then I suggest creating your blog on It’s quick and easy. The hard part is selecting the theme. The theme is what sets the look and feel of your blog. If you like someone’s WordPress blog, you can look at the very bottom of one of the pages to see the Theme name. There is usually a link to the theme page as well. You can also look at the list of available themes, here.

      I would highly recommend reading a blog post by Brent Ozar (b|t) called How to Start a Blog. It’s a little overwhelming, but it has some great information to have BEFORE you create your blog. I would also suggest re-reading it a couple of months after you have started blogging as well. He also has some great tips here.

      One of the best pieces of advice I was given about blogging, is to blog at least twice a month. You want to maintain interest. The admin tools that come with the WordPress code base has charts and statistics to help you keep track of how many people see your site. I will tell you it will take a while to get a following, but you need to start somewhere.

      As for a mentor, I would suggest seeking out a professional association for marketing, or for the area of marketing that you’re interested in. This will help you develop some contacts in the industry and hopefully you can develop a relationship with someone there who would like to mentor you. If you don’t know how to find one, I would suggest contacting the alumni association of your college. They may even be able to help find a mentor for you.

      Good luck on creating your first blog and on finding a job!


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