A leap into the unknown: Behind the blog

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I’m Nieko. And before you continue reading this post or scroll to the bottom to see my photo, I want to surprise you. I’m a girl — a girl with a guy’s name. That’s something I’ve surprised many, many people with the first time they speak to me over the phone or meet me in person. When I was younger, I hated it but now that I’m older, I’ve grown to like it!

With that out the way, I’ll continue with my introduction. I’m a senior at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, majoring in communications with a focus in public relations. I’m interning at DXC Technology in Tysons Corner with the Global Content Hub, and I absolutely love what I do here.

This summer, I’ve been assigned to work with the DXC Blog space (i.e., this!). And, to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how well I’d do. I’ve blogged before, of course, but only as a young girl who posted photos of what I liked to eat, do or buy. I wasn’t sure what to expect since my only experience included drooling over pictures of food.

So how did I prepare myself for such a challenge? I put on my big girl pants and said to myself, “Nieko, you’ve never backed down before so why start now? You got this.”

Learning the ins and outs of blogging

The first few days, I learned something new every day (would you look at that!). I went home each day with a fried brain — but also with a drive to go back the next day, eager to learn more. I gained the most experience in WordPress and Kapost, two platforms I had never heard of and can now tell you the ins and outs of it.

New experiences are what I live for. Expanding my knowledge is also what I live for. Having a hand in being behind the blogs became the perfect combination of the two. And I was excited!

My biggest tasks included researching A/B testing throughout the blog and overseeing community outreach for the DXC Cares blog campaign. The two gave me an awesome sense of purpose and made me feel like I could use my ideas and skills to contribute to the company.

Researching A/B testing was my self-selected summer project. A/B testing is a method of experimentation used to test variations of webpage elements to see which version performs the best. I thought it would be a really cool idea to test blog post headlines. I got to researching, made a PowerPoint pitch describing WordPress plugin options and presented it to my supervisors.

The DXC Cares blog campaign was given to me by my supervisor at the time. Because she was moving out of the country, she gave me the reigns of the campaign. After working with me so closely, I felt that she saw my potential — and that made me feel good.

I was in charge of contacting candidates, receiving their stories, and editing and staging the stories for publication. This gave me my first full-on sense of blogging. From that point on, I took on more tasks and responsibilities, testing my boundaries. I even ghost wrote a blog post for a candidate (go me!).

Hang on, plot twist!

Another cool aspect of my internship included learning remote communications. I was put in a unique situation when my supervisor, who worked in the Tysons office with me, moved. My new supervisor worked remotely in Atlanta. This taught me how important it is to quickly adjust to change and effectively communicate in a corporate setting.

Because I tested my boundaries, I gained more experience in the communications field. That was the main reason why I wanted to participate in DXC’s internship program. With a focus in public relations, I can say I successfully got my foot in the door by expanding reach to the DXC client and prospect base through blog content.

I learned so much during my summer spent with DXC’s Content Hub; no lesson was too small. I think the biggest lesson learned was this: Never be afraid to take a leap into the unknown. Some of your greatest achievements will come from your scariest endeavors.


Nieko Ridley

Nieko Ridley is a summer intern working in the Global Content Hub and closely with DXC Blogs at DXC Technology’s Tysons Corner location. Nieko is an upcoming senior at East Carolina University, majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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