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So, what do you do for a living?

Blogger/Vlogger/Freelance writer Jew in the City, aka Allison Josephs, posed an interesting inquestion on her Facebook fan page: “What should I call myself? I have this problem where people will ask if I work and I say yes, and then they ask what I do and I say, I don’t know what to call it. What should I call it??”

People volunteered many ideas for Allison, including Professional blogger, Torah journalist and Professional Vlogger.
Eventually someone asked, “Do you get paid for this?” Allison said no. “So can you really call it a job?” And that’s when I used the mom card. Being a stay-at-mom is a full-time job you don’t really get paid for. In fact, a recent Time magazine article said that if we started paying our moms what they deserved, they’d be making upwards of $100K a year.
Well, when are we going to take our Moms…and our internet educators and bloggers seriously?

Watch my video response:

Check out:

“What does your wife do?” An earlier post about what my husband tells people I do.

“What do I do?” A mother of four and blogger weighs in.

4 thoughts on “So, what do you do for a living?

  1. Personally, I tell them I have the best job in the world as a full time mommy. When I do need to work out of the house (when son was in nursery and daughter wasn't born yet) I made sure to tell everyone that working out of the house was my second, part time (37.5 hr a week) job.
    As you you….to me you are an inspirational speaker/writer. No, I am not joking. You are inspirational. On top of that you are a (excuse my language) “Jewish world bullshit detector” Does that work for you?


  2. Hey, we were just discussing this on my group a couple weeks ago. It was right when your husband dubbed you “conversion counselor.” Maybe you can do tutoring and small classes for extra money. You should ask your maharat.

    I used to hate this question (you know what I do for pay) but, now that I'm back in college, it's so easy, especially since I look college-aged instead of my own age.

    Re: full time moms, I've been meaning to blog that again… I have opinions about that.


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