Every layoff comes with a story. The question is – is that story really interesting enough to create an entire blog revolving around an individual’s unemployment story? A resounding yes would be the answer coming from every unemployed person out there who has started a blog about being unemployed.
Readers, on the other hand, will be the judge of these so-called “recession blogs” sprouting up as job loss rates increase each month. These days it seems like everyone is running to their computers to spout off their knowledge since suddenly being an economist, sounding off about the dreary state of the economy, and the dire situation the unemployed face. The only problem is they don’t actually know what’s going to happen – but luckily for the readers, they’re invited to follow the journey as the recently laid off acquaint themselves with unemployment.
Some of these recession bloggers set out with the intent on just getting anyone they can possibly find to read their blog, like old coworkers, family members, and friends who would otherwise have to converse with them to check on their job search. Of course, one could easily turn to their usual methods of keeping friends updated via Facebook or Twitter. But then again, these recession bloggers aren’t satisfied with just reaching friends and family, they want to spread out and reel in a whole new audience – strangers that might actually care about reading another stranger’s tales of unemployment.
Part of the unemployed blogger’s hope is that they might be discovered by some recruiter believing all the stories about being a fantastic employee, and check out the resume conveniently posted on the site. Others just hope that they’ll have enough readers out there that if 1% left comments, they’d feel like they have some sense of self-worth, and some reason to continue pouring out their feelings in a public venue. What the bloggers probably didn’t expect is to find themselves as part of a new community of unemployed bloggers who frequently help break up their day by reading the other blogs of the unemployed. These tales end up being a great way to kill time, find solace in knowing others are suffering just the same, and find some genuine entertainment when the rest of the internet has been exhausted. So check out some of the recession blogs listed in Stuff Unemployed People Like’s blog roll, and have yourself some fun.
*SUPL is not responsible for inactive blogs where the creators obviously found new jobs and moved on.