Weld / Blog Like A Girl


I was invited to guest blog over on the Miller Viewpoints blog…  while I appreciated the opportunity, and am truly honored that they asked, I have to say it was a little different blogging through a corporate machine.  First off, they wanted 250 words.  Two hundred-fifty words?  Are you kidding me?  that just gets me started! “The 250 words is just a rough guide,” they assured me.

So, I turned in my 876 word piece, Weld Like A Girl: Tips for Women in the Welding Industry. And waited.

Five days later, word came back. “Because it’s longer than we typically use for a single post, we’re going to make it into a series…” said my Miller contact.

Sounded fine with me.  I was proud of what I wrote, and three posts is better than one!

And so I waited some more as the edits, the approvals, and the blog post itself wended its way up the corporate chain of command. Word finally came back a week and a half later, “….they would only approve uploading the first topic, covering ‘Knowledge is Queen'”


It was a little disappointing, all that writing I did. All that editing they did…  and then I realized I can post all my tips for women in the welding industry here!  I also realized how awesome it is to work for a small business like Arc-Zone.com.  I work closely with the owner, Jim Watson aka Joe Welder—  an owner who gives me a lot of free reign creatively speaking, for which I am grateful…   and as a small business we can move quickly to post information online, or in our ecommerce store adding product.  And there is no chain of command. A simple phone call, an IM, an email. That’s it. We can move fast, responding to market conditions, new opportunities, new high performance welding accessories…. it sure makes things fun, and hopefully beneficial to our customers as well.

In fact, if you ever want to know what’s new at Arc-Zone.com two places to check–  WeldLikeAPro.com, an archive of our newsletters and Arc-Zone.net where we post updates we’ve made to our website.

And if you want to read my un-censored version of Weld Like A Girl, I’ve posted all 876 words here.


8 comments on “Weld / Blog Like A Girl”:

  1. Dufarbe

    Amen — I wish our government work like Arc-Zone! Well not that we need another open wallet and empty policy like we gave Halibutron — no bid, no oversight, Remember fuzzy math?

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  3. Bob

    This website has some of the best articles located all in one place. Outstanding information and I have passed it on to some of my Harley lovers. And what a great domain name, I may add! An absolute bookmark for sure. Best of success and good welding!

  4. Ray Wilson

    Carmen, thanks for another source for welding info. I get aggravated quite often with the Miller site as there are a number of egos there that oftentimes make my blood boil. If you aren’t a welding pro you are not very welcome. I have found in life, many interests, and with many interests you don’t become expert at any. I enjoy welding and creating projects for my, and my families use, and don’t do commercial work at all. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to do a professional job. Again, my thanks! Ray

    1. Editor

      Ray! my pleasure! I enjoy finding sources for information and passing it along! I know what you mean about the egos though. unfortunately people with big egos are everywhere 🙂 Let me know if you have a specific topic you’d like me to address… and most of all THANKS for stopping by!

  5. Samantha

    Hi- I’m starting my first welding class in a couple weeks and I was wondering if you would recommend ordering smaller gloves than what school kits start welders out with? I tried a pair on in store and they hung about an inch off my fingers.

    Hope to hear from ya soon thanks!


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