Blogs were just really getting more popular with 'Mommy Bloggers', etc. and everyone was starting their own blog.
A friend of mine, and at the time co-worker and I, decided to build our own blog and business to finally take back what was ours- Our time, energy, wits, know how and enthusiasm, all was soon to be wasted by being laid off.
We started a site called The Speckled Umbrella. Covering everything under the umbrella when it comes to job search, resume assistance, cover letters and all of the tips you would need to know that Human Resources uses to weed out resumes when they are searching for the right fit. We put our heads together and did just that.
It wasn't long before we realized all of this information would be wasted if we didn't get our site out there for others who were suffering such as we were, the unemployed.
Day after day went by and we learned a lot of new things. Writing about our site and the tips therein and submitting that information to sites like Ezine Articles. How to get noticed on LinkedIN and many other things to really get out there.
I have to admit that since 2009, it has been a fun ride. Even though I haven't quite figured out how to avoid being laid off EVER, both times that I have, I always had my business to come back to and pick up where I left off. I won't say it isn't work, because it is, but when you are meeting new people and following that learning trail that the internet provides makes it seem like the ultimate adventure.
I've made a lot of friends online who I feel I know better that half of the people I know in Real Life. I think it because people are more apt to open up online. Consider how many people blurt out crazy stuff on Facebook- it's just how they feel. It's interesting that when you work at home, you can hop online and meet the most amazing people through forums, popular blogs and even people you wouldn't normally talk to on Facebook or LinkedIN.
If you haven't ever considered starting something like your own blog, website or just as simple as an Ebay or Etsy store, consider starting today. I've been researching all of these for the last 3 1/2 years and only really spend time that I would otherwise spend trolling Facebook or Stumbling across the internet. :)
The tools today make it so much simpler than it was when I first started. Almost makes me jealous for you and the success you could achieve if only you knew what was waiting for you out there on the web.
Think about it. You have a lot to offer yourself. You may as well be rewarded.