English Majors: Putting Useless Talents to Work for Your Content Team

Throughout the movie Planet Terror, protagonist Cherry Darling frequently counts off her various “useless talents.” I can relate. My plethora of useless talents is what led to me major in English. Inspiring, right? I can draw cats and unicorns, play guitar, sing, write fiction, bake delicious vegan cookies — those are all cool talents, but in college I decided to go with the least useless of my useless talents, so I majored in English.

The English program at my university mainly focused on literature, but that doesn’t mean I’m limited solely to writing feminist critiques of J.D. Salinger’s oeuvre. English majors are pretty versatile. In my career, I’ve done layout, editing, writing, blogging, project management, mentoring, and more. I originally set out to go into teaching, but quickly found that writing, editing, and layout suit my introverted nature better.

4 Writing and Editing Blogs You Should Bookmark Now

Being able to write compelling, sound copy can mean the difference between looking like the smartest person in the room and looking like a drooling idiot. Knowing proper grammar rules (or having an editor who can remember that stuff for you) can also save you a lot of embarrassment. And even those of us who have a good grasp on language and writing hit a wall or forget a rule now and then. If you’d like to brush up on your writing skills, learn some obscure details about language, or geek out on grammar, here are four blogs you should bookmark right now.