Intense wisdom from my first week of blogging

I am looking back at what I thought was blog-worthy in March of 2004. Yeah, I am up in the middle of the night with my sick dog, checking mail and facebook and now this. Hey, my cable is out (OK ,on now), and I’m trying to decide when today becomes tomorrow and I can break out the coffee. And I am a little excited because my XBox/Kinect bundle is waiting for me at BestBuy (woohoo, a little Dance Central coming to casa de Hamilton!). In the words of the kid in the Disney commercial: “I’m too excited to sleep.” And too scared of Jonas getting sick again. Anyway, back to the blog posts. Yikes. My first several blog posts were…how do I put this?…bad. They were really, really bad. I am not being too self-critical telling you this: I was scared and had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know the kind of  attention my blog was going to get; quotes in WSJ, mention in FastCompany, speaking at conferences. Anyway, the first post where I decided to get real (because that is really what this has been about, right?), I offered this glimmering nugget of wisdom that I think you will find very worthwhile today…

“**sometimes, if you think you are getting a headache from staring at your computer screen, you just need to loosen up your pony tail”

No, no. No golf clap necessary. This was just intense insight and a sentence that would change your life. OK, seriously. I didn’t mean it at the time and just realized it, but there is some serious symbolism there. I have got to loosen up my pony tail; stop taking things so seriously and just relax and enjoy my life instead of spinning cycles on stuff that won’t make me happy. Two more things…why is there an apostrophe in won’t?…and also seriously/serious/seriously in one paragraph is editorially cringe-worthy. I’m too tired to mix it up. 3:39 AM, that’s the best I can do. Should I care? My loosening pony tail says no. Yes…it speaks. More life-changing wisdom to come.

Comments (2)

  1. Ben says:


    I just googled "work for xbox" and came across an old post in your blog from 2005 called "Marketers…want to work in XBOX?"  I was curious how one would go about applying for  a position within the Xbox part of Microsoft? There didn't seem to be a "xbox" designation within the application part of microsoft's website.


  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    Oh yeah, it can be a little confusing. You want to start out looking for a position of interest. On the main career site page, select a country or a function to get to the next search page. Or if you just yse "XBox" as a keyword for the search, you'll find all the related positions (though I recommend narrowing by geography and function based on your preferences and background). I think that part that might be confusing is that XBox is a product, not a division. The division you would be looking under is the Interactive Entertainment division.

    Once you find a position that matches your background, apply to the specific position. You can apply to multiple positions but many people make the  mistake of applying to many unrelated positions. I would juset pick the few that best match your background.

    Hope that helps. Now if a Microsoft recruiter calls you, Ben, you might want to leave out the part where you "googled" info on working for XBox 🙂