I have a profile on the LinkedIn system and regularly receive updates on what changes have been made on the profiles of people within my network. This morning I found this in my inbox (the two lines refer to the same person):
What I want to know is, did he go on a course (updated education) and learn to be a poet (additional skill). Or was it something that happened (updated experience) that brought out the poet in him?
I’m not meaning to be snide about it. After all, my own contact with the guy in question is through the world of poetry, and I don’t doubt it’s a valid point to include on his profile.
What I’m really questioning is why it took me so many years before I felt I could call myself a writer. And why it still sticks in my craw to say I’m a poet.