What I Have Learned So Far as an Odyssey Online Content Creator
Start writing a post
Student Life

What I Have Learned So Far as an Odyssey Online Content Creator

It's as fun as teaching a monkey to juggle.

What I Have Learned So Far as an Odyssey Online Content Creator

About 3 months ago, I made a decision that would shake up my weekly routine forever. I went from a Content Creator Reader to Content Creator on the wonderful website the Odyssey Online via my school's (SUNY New Paltz) chapter. Ever since, I have spent my days writing about Long Island summers, things better than the almighty god Donald Trump, the various stages of completing schoolwork, preaching for peace, and so on. Like every experience I have gone through, there is a lesson to be learned. In this case, there are multiple lessons I have learned. As a Content Creator for Odyssey, here they are:

1) So many possibilities, so little interesting ideas

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F24%2F636103333264929587-1002722048_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=532&h=cfd6ce084728c2517c269646365b64a4c9ccc1a3b1cd9c0d867daf0a523bcc04&size=980x&c=2272293012 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F24%252F636103333264929587-1002722048_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D532%26h%3Dcfd6ce084728c2517c269646365b64a4c9ccc1a3b1cd9c0d867daf0a523bcc04%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2272293012%22%7D" expand=1]

Thinking of an idea for a new Odyssey article every week isn't as easy and magical as it seems. It takes lots of thinking, brainstorming, and procrastinating to come up with the genius of work you see by myself and other Content Creators every week. Nothing feels more satisfying when you come up with a great idea, but then you have to start thinking about....

2) Deadlines, Dead-Lines

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F24%2F636103331195105389-711890402_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=492&h=e97964bfd38da75db70c8577306a134c16c3a497e60a3e4baad2a44aab55f937&size=980x&c=4128584808 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F24%252F636103331195105389-711890402_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D492%26h%3De97964bfd38da75db70c8577306a134c16c3a497e60a3e4baad2a44aab55f937%26size%3D980x%26c%3D4128584808%22%7D" expand=1]

Everyone is familiar with this. Someone higher up who reigns over the puny little working folks assigns a new job or task or essay or Odyssey Online article. That puny little working folk gets to work, but doesn't feel like starting it. But then he/she sees the words: "Deadline: (INSERT DUE DATE HERE)" He/she gets to work. But then he/she has other things to do. And also, he/she has to eat, sleep, teach a monkey to juggle, visit every country in the world, balance a sofa on his/her chin, hang out with Barack Obama, save the city from weird looking creatures who are trying to attack us, and shower. Doesn't sound that bad, doesn't it?

3) Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F24%2F636103323874902062851887190_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=597&h=2a31e0a8666bac91af52724ae3dadf676285477b2b6c3c7be03072202cf37b55&size=980x&c=145269094 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F24%252F636103323874902062851887190_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D597%26h%3D2a31e0a8666bac91af52724ae3dadf676285477b2b6c3c7be03072202cf37b55%26size%3D980x%26c%3D145269094%22%7D" expand=1]

As mentioned above, it is all about working. On top of writing the next big thing, an Odyssey Content Creator like me must also balance academics and extracurricular activities (such as writing for the Odyssey Online!) It's a tricky balance, but time management is the best way to handle everything life throws at you.

4) Sharing is Caring

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F24%2F636103345988075015-249716832_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=133&h=7ec4f6dd53ad97a36eb7a5f892a535a37f1509c2ae748ec0ecfc26351b6f14e0&size=980x&c=729589292 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F24%252F636103345988075015-249716832_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D133%26h%3D7ec4f6dd53ad97a36eb7a5f892a535a37f1509c2ae748ec0ecfc26351b6f14e0%26size%3D980x%26c%3D729589292%22%7D" expand=1]

How does one spread the good word of my articles? Become a Missionary! No, LOL, just kidding. There is a magical thing that exists on the internet called social media, and it is one of the best things an Odyssey Online Content Creator has to his or her advantage. Sharing it across Facebook and Twitter is marketing at its finest in these digital times, and because I am not a marketing major, nor do I have a big marketing strategy, sharing it across Facebook and Twitter will have to do.

5) What I Like About You

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F24%2F6361033393254881571979206833_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=290&h=6b97bf63362b43fefab279da423b549a66c841a6c83ebe50c73c079e100cef78&size=980x&c=2374703602 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F24%252F6361033393254881571979206833_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D290%26h%3D6b97bf63362b43fefab279da423b549a66c841a6c83ebe50c73c079e100cef78%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2374703602%22%7D" expand=1]

No I am not trying to be romantic here, but I just want to be liked as an Odyssey Online Content Creator. You see kids, social media is one big bizarre cycle: Someone finds or writes something cool and unique, then posts it to his/her social media channels for all of his/her buddies to take a gander at, those buddies comment or "like" it (the latter being the more common action), the poster becomes an enormous success in his/her home page, repeat. You learn something new every day.

6) Still....

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F24%2F6361033273965180241379468442_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=829&h=e4e3943d78eb0883086905a714cc2360ce024ff673bb77eeee411e4ef51c8acb&size=980x&c=3021244221 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F24%252F6361033273965180241379468442_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D829%26h%3De4e3943d78eb0883086905a714cc2360ce024ff673bb77eeee411e4ef51c8acb%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3021244221%22%7D" expand=1]

I love so many things: Food. Television. The Weekends. Sleeping. But one of the things I have enjoyed since the end of June 2016 has been writing for the Odyssey. It has given something for me to do, helped me hone my writing and social media skills, added something to my resume, and made me famous among my small audience of readers. To quote Charlie Sheen: "Winning!"

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

10 Small Reasons To Smile​

There's always a reason to be happy.

10 Small Reasons To Smile​

It doesn't cost a thing - so smile.

Keep Reading... Show less
11 Songs That Will Hit You In The Feels, No Doubt About It

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to music is making different playlists on Spotify. I find it so fun to go back to old songs, find new ones, and categorize them into my different playlists. We all have that one playlist that we resort to when we are really feeling some type of way — also known as a "feels" playlist. If you have one of these playlists or feel ~inspired~ to make one, here are 11 songs that are a must to add.

Keep Reading... Show less

To My Fellow Girls With Resting B**** Face

A letter to my friends with RBF about understanding your own face and helping others deal with it.

Jupe du Jour

To the girl with resting b**** face:

Keep Reading... Show less

The Boyfriends Of The 2000s

Thank you, J14, for the Posters

J14 magazine

Every girl remembers her first crush. Even if your first crush was the boy in your kindergarten class that ate crayons, your first true love will always be the one that holds the key to your heart. Growing up in the 2000s, everyone knew who your dream guy was. Your family probably still give you grief and your best friends probably still reminisce, so it is impossible to forget your first celebrity crush. You bought a Tiger Beat magazine every chance you could just to read up about what your favorite celebrity was doing. Your room was fully decorated with posters of them, and it wasn't unusual to have fights with your best friends over who was going to marry him. If you were a 90's baby, lucky you because the 2000s were full of boys that were easy to love. I hope you enjoy a walk down memory lane and quickly realize that Bieber was definitely not the first guy with that hair cut. Here are 15 90's baby's first boyfriends.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

20 Things I Learned By The Start of My 20s

No one expects you to have your life together by the time you're 20, because honestly, they didn't either.

Allyson Foutty

We are all often faced with many life challenges throughout the time leading up to our 20s. Before this time, and throughout it, we often look back at the things we've learned and how they've influenced who we are as people today. Some of my biggest influences were some of the challenges I've faced, but they've taught me 20 important things by the start of my 20s.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments