|Does your spouse understand what you do?|
Treading water in the depths of the Internet
| 6:19 am on Apr 27, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Lets face it! This a a weird occupation we have chosen to
pursue. If you are doing this for living rather than a hobby you are probably consider some what of a weird character.
You probably are up till 3.AM trying to straighten out some
archaic problem on you Adsense or Affiliate site. Trying to
strengthen your SEO and Keyword string.
Your earnings are all over the place and the spouse is
getting tired of it. They keep saying "why don't you get a
job at Home Depot like my cousin Earl" " its steady money
and he has full medical insurance"
Your in-laws are begin to look askance at you and wondering what their daughter ever saw in you.
Most days you forget to shave and work in you sweats and
Your wife thinks your are playing on line poker and maybe
watching some porn site. NEVER! well, may be some times.
I guess its a mild form of addiction. But it sure beats knotting a tie and doing the 9 to 5 in the cubicle bit.
The closest analogy I can think of is the California 49ers
in the gold rush day of the 1800s.
Many dug, but few struck it rich.
So solider on you vagabonds of cyberspace. Our day will come!
| 6:27 am on Apr 27, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|You probably are up till 3.AM trying to straighten out some archaic problem on you Adsense or Affiliate site. Trying to strengthen your SEO and Keyword string. |
Absolutely not. When it's time to stop work, work stops. If you don't pick appropriate hours and stick to them then you'll quickly burn out and end up wasting more time than ever.
|Most days you forget to shave and work in you sweats and slippers. |
Interesting! I find I am most productive when I shave and dress smartly, even if I'll see nobody all day. Some things are psychological.
|Many dug, but few struck it rich. |
Consider this - most of those who struck it really rich in the gold rush never dug at all.
| 6:43 am on Apr 27, 2007 (gmt 0)|
You are absolutely right in your post.
But just like their are many types of web sites, there are
many types of webmasters
Organize/disorganize, neat/not so neat. Night owls, early
risers. Smart/the rest of us. Etc,etc,etc
But thats the beauty of the Net. You can tackle it however
fits your style and personality.
There is no one right way to do it.
The end results are all that matter!
PS.You have a great looking blog/newsletter!
| 6:59 am on Apr 27, 2007 (gmt 0)|
>You probably are up till 3.AM trying to straighten out some archaic problem on you Adsense or Affiliate site. Trying to strengthen your SEO and Keyword string.
Yep....but 3:00am is early for me....bedtime, when in the zone, is usually after the sun has come up!....more like 6:00am
>Most days you forget to shave and work in you sweats and slippers.
I look like Dr. Gregory House most days.....me and my rasor aren't the best of friends anymore. We usually only see each other on the day of the week I take my wife out to dinner!
>Does your spouse understand what you do?
After 7 years....she does now....to an extent. She doesn't totally understand the madness, but she appreciates the multi-million dollar home we have, and the flashy sports car she drives.....
Before this style of life I spent 5.5 days per week away from her.....now we are together 100% of the time. She likes that more!
Before this she worried about money!....now she spends like crazy and I worry more....call that one a push!
During the last 7 years we have been much closer than we have ever been. That is a good thing! We enjoy life, although still view it differently!
It might get boring if we all had the same opinions.......compromise is often good :)
| 7:06 am on Apr 27, 2007 (gmt 0)|
While I have made it a habit to work dressed and clean shaven since it really improves work productivity I have encountered all of the other problems, not with my spouse, since I am single - but with all kinds of people.
There is simply no short job description everyone understands, and if you tell people that your work has something to do with the internet and websites - you usually get a comment like: I did a website for my small pet club once. And if I tell people I sell online they think I am selling on ebay.
When I started on my own directly after finishing university I always got asked by my friends if I had not found a job yet, and when I insisted I was not looking for a job since I was self employed I would usually get a pitying look that said. "Yes we know."
Even today I always get asked stupid questions - if I earn enough to make a living when I visit relatives. When I help out my grandpa, for example with mending his fence or something, he afterwards wants to give me a small amount of money. Although I have more money in the bank than he does and all I would accept for my help would be a bottle of wine from his cellar. But no he insists, because he thinks I need it since I do not have a decent job. And my grandma annoys me with comments like: "Your cousin has a job as chemical laboratory worker and earns 3000 a month."
Now I understand why many people buy a big car and start showing off their wealth. It is simply to get rid of those annoying comments. No kidding for a short time I thought of changing my old VW Golf that perfectly suits my needs in favour of a new and bigger car only to show it of and silence those stupid comments. Fortunately I came to my senses early enough.
| 10:26 am on Apr 27, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|There is simply no short job description everyone understands |
I always find it a problem trying to explain to people what I do. I now try to avoid it but that just reinforces their wrong impression. What I often do is impress on them how busy I am but I don't think they believe me.
My next door neighbour (retired) is now in Fuerteventura for three weeks holiday and I have been left to take him to the airport, feed his fish and water his plants every day. He had no problem asking me to do this because he occasionally sees me standing out at the back with a pair of shorts on and a mug of tea in my hand. I believe he thinks I am unemployed but then to him I suppose I don't look like I'm working. :(
I think my wife now appreciates that I am busy. After all we have a (slightly) better standard of living than we did when I was in employment. She still insists on interrupting me to discuss the requirement for a new bedroom carpet, and gets annoyed when I show no interest and tell her to just go and buy the bloody thing. ;)