Saturday, May 4, 2013

No time like the present

All I can say is, everything becomes easier with time, including doing nothing. Especially doing nothing.

I felt snarky one day (back in December 2012, sometime after the last entry here). I wanted to write something pithy, truthful, and memorable. I came up with "blogging is for people who have free time; people who work have no free time".

However, given the wealth of blogs written by people who have so much more on their plate than I could ever dream of, this was obviously untrue and clearly at odds with "if you want something done, give it to a busy person to do". It was also mean, and like all mean things, said more about the person behind it more than anything else.

(Bitter, pithy, and memorable works though, right. Just not for me!)

Unhappiness makes people mean; jealousy makes people unhappy. That's easy to understand and remember, but less easy to apply to yourself.

Cause: Any freelancer knows that when it rains, it pours, and you better save something up for a rainy day because it's a feast or famine situation out there every day. Fortunately for me, the rain has been steady, so to speak.

Effect: Unfortunately, and I don't know if this is true for other freelancers, I began to feel that I should work all the time. Fear puts the F in "freelancing": What if Client A drops me? I could get by with Client B, but what if they dropped me too?

Lesson: Constantly accepting jobs leaves you (me) feeling that time spent doing other things online is frivolous simply because it doesn't pay. On the other hand, being paralyzed by the guilt of not working also does nothing for the bank account.

Conclusion: Writing for yourself may not pay cash, but that's okay because you're happy doing what you enjoy.

So now everything's cool.


Snuze said...

Write because it makes you happy. Not just because you get paid for it (though that is cool too).

Angela Gripesalot said...

Thinking of X words/hours x Y time x Z fee like that is no longer my cup of tea though. Viva felicidad! (I hope that's correct.)