“Relevant, innovative and cutting edge” is how Kennith describes The Grid. Nearly two years since blogging, from November 2011 to November 2012, Kennith George was with The Grid in its infancy and has seen it grow. When he began back in November 2011 he was a part-time planning intern near Tacoma, Washington. As part of his plan in pursuing his career goals, he approached The Grid with determination and the knowledge that the internship “would be a short step in my career goals, but important for demonstrating to potential employers that I was truly interested and passionate about urban planning.” Kennith is now a Planner with the Chelan County Department of Community Development in Wenatchee, Washington and admits that “the opportunity to research and blog about environmental design topics was helpful in developing and sustaining interest in urban planning. ”
Kennith recalls that his internship opened him up to the world of blogging, but also provided hands-on social media training. “When my first few blogs were posted I started promoting them on my Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. After that, I saw my followers on Twitter and my ‘Likes’ on Facebook increase. The experience allowed me to see firsthand how different social networks can be used together to help promote the content I was providing. ” And while he was intensely busy writing over the course of the year, Kennith also found that the international community was a great resource that covered “diverse topics that informed and inspired own blogs. ” Two years after The Grid, he reflects that he continues to feel “a sense of achievement from the growth saw in and writing, and the excitement of having been a part The Grid’s growing coverage of free and valuable information. ”
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