Feministing.com Founder’s Biggest Career Mistake
Jessica Valenti is a feminist writer and blogger. She is the founder and editor of the popular blog and online community, Feministing.com, and the author of three books: Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut…and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, and The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women. She is also a co-editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009.
Question: What has been your biggest career mistake?
Jessica Valenti: Biggest career mistake. I think my biggest career mistake has been taking on too much. And I think this is kind of -- I think it's related to the Internet world, where you're always multitasking and you have a million windows open and you feel like you can do a lot at the same time. And of course the down side of that is that you're not taking a lot of time to be thoughtful and to think about each piece that you're reading or each thing that you're writing. And I do wish -- along the way sometimes you look back at the stuff that you blogged five years ago, and you can't believe that you wrote that. I do wish that I would have taken more time to be thoughtful with everything that I put out into the world, rather than be so excited that anyone was listening that I just kind of spewed it out as quickly as possible.
Recorded on December 11, 2009
Multitasking and taking on too much took a toll on quality control.