For most of us unemployed types, losing your job is a really, really lonely feeling. Although you read over and over about how unemployment is on the rise, such and such huge company laid off hundreds or thousands of employees, it’s still lonely. There are all these fellow unemployed folks out there suffering along with me, yet I don’t know any of them. I can’t listen to their stories, we can’t share tips on bargain hunting, there are no support groups to attend, no one’s giving me that knowing pat on the back. Instead there are just a lot of other people WITH jobs saying things like, “Wow, I’m really sorry. That sucks.”
But then I heard about a blog where other unemployed people were actually coming together. A place where people in my shoes tell their stories, find confidence to apply for yet another job they might not get, and most of all, feel like there are others out there suffering along with them.
Portraits of an Economy, a blog managed by Rebecca Woolf, the blogger behind the lovely Girls Gone Child, accepts stories from everyday people, posts them online, and steps back as a community comes to life. On a whim I submitted my story last week, and recently found out I was selected. I’m not sure if everyone who submits is featured, or if some don’t make the cut, but either way I’m happy to have been selected if only to continue to reach out and give, and maybe even receive a virtual Internet hug from other unemployed peeps.