I have been a Content Creator and EIC for Odyssey for the past few months, and it has honestly changed my life. I have been empowered by Odyssey's mission of revolutionizing social media and democratizing the creation and discovering of digital content.
Odyssey is recreating the face of journalism and giving millennials, like you and me, a role in deciding what is relevant and what should be talked about. They are literally changing the Internet, scratch that — world through thousands of articles a week and I get to be a part of that. No big deal.
If I haven't convinced you already just how incredible being a Content Creator for Odyssey is, then here are a few more reasons why it just might be the best decision I, and anyone, could ever make:
It gives you a voice.
Arguably the best part about being a Content Creator for Odyssey would be the fact that it gives you a voice. YOU decide what you write about. YOU create your content. YOU share your articles.
No one else tells you what to write about or filters what you say. No one tells you what should be important. You decide what is important to you, you write about it, and it is published. You then share it on several social media platforms in a way that you choose. For example, one week I wrote about terrorism, a few weeks lateran open letter to my ex best friend, (that legitimately went VIRAL) and the next I wrote an article literally on dog gifs.
I share my articles on my personal Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and StumbleUpon accounts. This is what makes Odyssey so unique — you are truly the creator. It takes journalism and social media to a whole other level and it empowers you, the Content Creator, in the process. One word: amazing.
It gives you a community.
Whether it’s your University or your geographical area, as a Content Creator you are writing for a community. You are immediately a part of a “team” of other Content Creators and although you typically create your own content individually, you work together as a team to encourage your community to thrive.
It is a lot like a sports team, but replace the running and sweating with GroupMe messages and social media shares. Within a few weeks of joining Odyssey, I had gotten to know dozens of people from my campus I never would have gotten to know on this level. I now have an Odyssey “family” that I can relate with artistically, professionally and personally.
One of my closest friends now was a Content Creator for the team. As an EIC, I have also made connections with other teams from all over the country — we even support each other’s work through social media. I have made close, diverse friendships that I now can’t imagine being without.
It challenges you.
I’m not going to sugarcoat this and say that being a Content Creator is always a breeze. It’s not. Writing one article a week sounds like a piece of cake, but putting yourself out there can be scary, let alone on social media for billions of people to see.
Knowing what to write at times is a struggle, or knowing whether or not you are ready to share with the world what you have created — it isn’t always an easy answer. In those moments that you are pushing the boundaries, or stepping out of your comfort zone, you are growing. You are taking risks and you are building your character along the way. The most incredible feeling is working hard and challenging yourself and seeing it pay off. Not only will you improve as a writer, but you will improve as a person.
It opens new doors.
Before Odyssey, writing was just a hobby of mine. I am a Psychology major with plans to pursue a career in counseling and human services/policy making. Now, after months of being a Content Creator and EIC, I am seriously considering making a career out of electronic journalism. This experience has shown me that I don’t have to take the orthodox route. I can use something I love, like writing, to reach my end goals and it is SUCH an amazing feeling.
You know you want to.