When you write anywhere for a good length of time, you often have things you wish you could change. The nice thing about having a WordPress blog instead of a handwritten diary is that I can change these posts at any time. I won’t, though. I meant them when I wrote them and I’ll let them stand. But I would like to point out a few I don’t necessarily agree with anymore.
Sometimes freelancers come in packs. We blog together. We cowork together. We commiserate together. We even form unions together. We’re a community. And then sometimes one of us breaks away from the pack.
So often we freelancers forget that the project means a lot more to the client than it does to us. That’s because it’s their baby. They created–gave birth–to it. They nurtured it and put in the hard work to get it where it is today. And then they realized they could only do so much for it and handed it over to us to give it a push to get it to the next level.
You don’t know me. Well, maybe you do. But the way you know me is because your previous client asked you to email me some files because they are my new client. So when I got your email with unusable files and the snarky message, I was a little surprised. I mean, it seems like you’re angry at me for some reason. Again, we’ve never interacted before this. You had a lot to say about the client. You had a lot to say about me. And now I have a few things to say.
So remember when I said that I needed to find reasons to brush my teeth and leave my home office more often? Well, I wasn’t just writing that so I could tell you about a three year old’s bad breath. I was serious about getting out and about. I started with a lecture with CreativeMornings Austin.
Now that I’m in Austin and back to full time freelancing, I guess I’ve been taking advantage of alone time I can get now. My world consists of my bedroom, my office, the mailbox, and the playground down the street. It was so needed after the constant interactions I had to deal with in NYC. I’ve been reveling in it, actually.
But maybe too much.
So a while back, I made a decision to socialize more in person with my various communities than online. It easy for the computer savvy geek in me to limit my interactions to tweets, posts, and likes. But I also believe that forgoing in person connections makes PJ a dull girl. So I push myself to make public appearances when I can.
Note: Yes, I made up the word “un-quit.” So what? I like it. I think I’ll use it more often.