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    Recently, I read a very interesting article in the Tampa Bay Times a local paper distributed in the area published by the St. Pete Times. In this article two employees who were laid off at their previous job discuss blogging through the recession. It's vital in this economy that we unite and form a covalent bond. We are Generation Y: The Millennial Generation. It is up to us to carry on the legacy of our past and lead this nation. We were put on this earth for a reason. There are no other options but to weather the storm. "Believe you're worth more push on & stay strong. If you're hungry and motivated you won't starve for long." - Y Society Fear begets fear. Complaining is not going to solve anything. If you have talent utilize it. Don't be afraid to take a chance. Believe in yourself. Whether you have a degree or you are a starving artist looking for work only you can make the change within. From Thomas Edison:

    "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."

    "Hope is the dream of the waking man." - Aristotle

    "Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model." -Vincent van Gogh

    "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." - Theodore Roosevelt

    "Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today." - James Dean

    History tells us that the great were great for a reason. We were born to make a difference. It is kismet. Here is a brief description of their site: The unemploymentality is a transformative state of mind that is the result of a sudden loss of job. Initial symptoms include spite and resentment towards the ubiquitous “economy.” People in these early stages can often be found at bars and Speakeasys, their heads hung low over a pint. Later stages of the unemploymentality are subtle as it adapts to the individual’s social, political and cultural environment.

    You may not be able to identify someone with the unemploymentality until you ask, “So, what do you do for a living?” At which point the person may rant, answer with sarcasm or avoid the question altogether. But don’t count these people out. They’re a resilient bunch. The advantages of the unemploymentality are countless hours that are often devoted to personal expression and creativity, once job boards and Craigslist have been exhausted for the day.

    The purpose of this blog is to report and document the growth of the unemploymentlality, case-by-case, as it spreads across the globe in all its glory. Do you have the unemploymentality? We want to hear from you.
    Laid off together, two co-workers blog through unemployment.

    An Artist's Unemploymentality from Unemploymentality on Vimeo.

    By Peter Couture

    When the going got tough, Tania Khadder and John Henion got blog­ging .

    After the co-workers lost their jobs with the San Francisco media com­pany Current TV, they decided to vent their frustrations online. Welcome to

    “We both got laid off together on the same day from the same compa­ny,” Khadder says. “We thought, ‘Why not do something other than com­plain to each other. Let’s start a blog.’” Now Khadder, 29, and Henion, 33, are part of what may be the econo­my’s few growth industries: recession blogs. As the New York Times noted recently: “We are in the worst eco- nomic downturn of the Internet age, and bloggers are making the most of it.”

    Unemploymentality serves as a resource for everything from offbeat career advice (Job fairs won’t get you a dream job, but they could get you a dream date) to first-person journals (“Diaries of a Temp”) to plain old bonding.

    “We kind of see it as like a tongue­in- cheek look at the recession and at unemployment,” Khadder says. “We’re not covering hard news, really. Although, it is a serious topic, we’re trying to make light of it and have fun with it.”

    Unemploymentality has what one expert on the Blogosphere calls an “af­finity mentality,” which it shares with other well-known recession blogs such as Pink Slips Are the New Black and Tales From the Recently Laid Off.

    “If a site can provide some type of positive encouragement or feedback … then you’re fulfilling a psychological need,” says the expert, David Johnson, a journalism professor at American University in Washington, D.C.

    Indeed, part of the fun of Unem­ploymentailty comes from the blog­gers’ knowledge that despite their hardships, they still have it pretty good.

    “I think we definitely speak for a certain generation, almost a spoiled generation. And we’re aware of that,” Khadder says. “It’s like, I might be broke, but I’m not in danger of becom­ing homeless because of it. It’s more like for people in our generation, we’re just spoiled that we can’t believe that we have to go without our Netflix sub­scription.”

    Both Khadder and Henion have become minor pundits, appearing on National Public Radio and even enter­taining a book offer.

    Henion finds it all amusing. “I kind of think of myself as the Happy Gilmore of writers,” he says. “I’m a filmmaker posing as writer.”

    Henion contributed a multimedia documentary, Salina Street , to Un­employmentality . It’s about a neigh­borhood in Syracuse, N.Y., that’s seen better days. And he recently has been ge tting some freelance video work.

    “Even if (our blog) does die off in a while,” he says, “while I was unem­ployed it gave me something to do to highlight my toolbox.”

    The same goes for Khadder.

    That’s because an employer came calling . Khadder is now an editor for career-related Web sites.

    Her hobby is now her job.

    “Basically I never thought that starting that blog would get me a job, but it kind of did in a lot of ways,” she says. “Happy ending. (pause) So far.”

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