So as you all know, I started a new job about two weeks ago at Cedar Fort Inc. here in Springville. Cedar Fort is a publishing company- and owns a few imprints such as: Sweetwater, Bonneville, CFI, Horizon, and Pioneer. They also distribute things to Deseret book and seagull book such as scripture holders, rings, bracelets, bookmarks, games... etc. It's the second biggest company in the LDS book business (first being Deseret Book- of course, the church sponsers them.) Anyway, we sell things in Walmart and Borders, and online at Amazon.com.
There are probably somewhere around 15-20 employees- The owner Lyle, Bryce who does website stuff and will basically take over the business when his dad retires (it's a huge family business), Spencer who does something with pictures and catalogs (also a son of Lyle's), Tanner who makes youtube video's (Lyle's youngest son- and also one of Kevin's best friends), around 4 or 5 editors, 3 graphic designers, a business manager, a warehouse store worker, bracelet makers, warehouse workers, a receptionist, an acquisitions person (who reads all the manuscripts and decides if they are good enough to be edited), and someone who does order entry. They also have about 5 employees that work from home that do national sales and make appointments with big companies who sell our stuff.
Then, there is me. I make the blogs, and do all the social networking. No, I have never had experience. I have just blogged on here, and have been a facebook freak stalker.. (ok, not to the extent.) They basically just hired me because I was friends with Tanner- one of the sons. I have been really excited about the job, and I absolutely LOVE it. The first day, Bryce showed me how to use a mac (which is what I use, super super nice) and told me a few things about the company. He told me he wanted me to start with 4 or 5 blogs, get them going good, and in a few months he would start checking my progress and really breaking down everything to see if what I was doing was helping the company. So basically, he said I have free reign. Ok- that is hard for me. That's the hardest thing about this job. I have always had a job where someone tells me what to do- now I am in charge of everything, and do what I feel will benefit the company during my time here. Yes, that overwhelms me.
However, this job will help me in my life forever now. For one- I have learned SO much- about social networking, blogging, photoshop, writing, the internet, PR, TONS. I really have. For two- If I ever needed to go back to work after kids or if I lost my job here or quit, I would have experience doing this awesome job (which I consider is an adult job haha) and would have a better resume. It would be easier for me to get a better job in the future. I really enjoy it here.
With that being said, this job isn't easy. You might think I am lucky because I get to do whatever I want- but its not easy. Everyday I have a HUGE list of things I want to accomplish. I have to update all the blogs every day- which includes researching items and church history so I can write articles. It's almost like I am in school again! I also have to use photoshop alot; something I haven't used alot of since high school, I have to rack my brains to be creative every day, I have to read other blogs to see how they are attracting readers, I have to do facebook, come up with promos and contests for the blogs, find authors that wrote books here so I can link to their websites.. and the list goes on and on. It's very hard and very overwhelming. It keeps me busy- which I like. I still have so much to improve on, and so much to learn, but so far, its been a great experience and I have loved it.
The company really does have some AMAZING books and products. Right now I am reading "Shattered Silence" by Melissa G. Moore. It was on Oprah- and its an amazing book. They have some art here as well thats absolutely beautiful. I bought one of the SLC Temple- yay! I didn't have a picture of it yet. Anyway, I basically wrote this post to inform you all about my job and questions you might ask- and to ask you for some feedback. Now that I have the blogs basically up and running, I want to know what you like and what you dont like about them. What can I do better? I wont get my feelings hurt- I promise. I want you all to be honest. I will soon be starting weekly give away contests on mondays- hopefully starting next week so that is something to remember when looking at the blog. You can leave your comment here, or e-mail me your feedback to email@example.com. I would REALLY appreciate it. I need all the help I can get!! Thanks.
Cedar Fort Books
Cedar Fort At Christmas
Cedar Fort Media
Cedar Fort Church History