Editor's note: Patty Fernandez is part of the wowOwow Executive Intern Program, where experienced editors learn a new skill from our younger, Internet-savvy staff. The Intern program is our first initiative to wowOwow's Think Up! program. Think Up! is our way to promote an idea that could inspire others willing to share a new career skill with some of the many who are seeking work amid the economic downturn. In her first blog post at wowOwow.com, Patty reflects on her experience thus far. Visit wowOwow.com again soon for her next blog post.
I had been sitting on my couch for a few too many weeks when a friend mentioned that he'd heard through a friend about this new website that needed some help -- unpaid. I was laid off last summer from my job copyediting for a major financial publication, but at the time, I actually hadn't minded -- I was even kind of excited. I got the summer off with severance pay! Plus, I had a good amount of freelance work coming in. But it didn't last. Not long after the severance ran out, the freelance work seemed to dry up completely. I had nothing but time on my hands.