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Do you enjoy what you are doing?

I'm fairly new to this and i sure do!

     
5:14 am on Mar 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hello all, long time lurker first time poster here. I have been doing webdesign now for about a year and a half and just found this forum about a month ago. Thanks to this forum I have now out passed my pay scale (note to self: talk to boss) thanks a bunch. So I have just recently started providing services to others in my spare time until the time when I can fully support myself from home. My question to you would be is: Do you enjoy what you are doing? Have you all been doing this for long and if so do you still enjoy it or has it just become "a job". I sure do enjoy it. I love the wonderful and heady mix of both creative release and techno uberism. What are your feelings? Whatever the case, I sure do enjoy the forums.. So much knowledge so little time. Thanks to all.
5:22 am on Mar 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I love it.

Recently decided it's going to be my career. What could be better than having a career that revolves around doing something you like.

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The work itself I love. I remember the fascination I felt when I got my first ever web page up and running, mainly because I still feel the same fascination with the web now. I havn't been doing it all that long, about 3 years since I first got paid for doing some work on a site.

For me, it becoming 'just a job' has more to do with the conditions you work in than what you do. Right now I work for a pretty unpleasant company where company policy seems to be that the way to do things is through confrontation and shouting. I take the opposite view and find the atmosphere very counter-productive. Even though it has become a grind and I get that 'just another job' feeling quite a lot, I still get excited about what I do and every day I learn something new.

Finding this site and beginning to learn about website promotion has opened up yet another whole new world on the web for me. Its a real rush building up a site and watching it slowly climbing up the SERPS, watching the traffic come in and seeing start to turn into business.

So I suppose my answer to your question is that despite the fact that I don't like the place I work and sometimes dread going in, I STILL enjoy the actual work itself. That must say something.

Theres so much to learn to run good and profitable websites that IMHO you'll never run out of interesting things to do. Perhaps some of the 'old hands' might get jaded but if you read their posts it certainly doesn't seem that way :-)

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I do love it. And even when I start making money I'll dig it too ;)

It's the perfect job for me because I can just roll out of bed in the morning, fry up some eggs and stumble into the office 10 feet away. Gives a good amount of time to pursue music related interests as well - that's what's so cool, it's all right there. Pure Creation.

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I have been doing this for about 4 or 5 years now. For the most part I love it. I am basically my own boss and have complete freedom over what I do. I sometimes fall into ruts and get bored but something always pulls me out of that quickly. There are so many opportunities and challenges that this never becomes boring. I always have something to do but never have work that I have to do.
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I hate it! But I hate everything else even more! So in an attempt to minimize that hatred I decided to do some web work. But now I hate the fact that I do it just because I hate it a bit less than everything else. I hate PHP [php.net] and I hate Perl [perl.com] and I hate Apache [httpd.apache.org] and computers in general. Thatīs quite a bit of hate, donīt you think. And donīt believe one word of this. BTW you should never ever believe anything I post.

The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.

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"Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved."

W. Somerset Maugham

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...stumble into the office 10 feet away.

Wow! Wish I had that space. Stumble six feet and fry up the eggs on the hot plate on top of the monitor.

What's not to love!

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>>is better not quite achieved

cornwall, I guess itīs quite alright then that we get older each day so youth is not achieved anyway and that most of us are not so wealthy as not to need to work to make a living.

But one cannot take Oscar Wilde seriously anyway. And itīs not about thruth but style... There we go again ;)

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I had almost given up on this thread till i was browsing it at work (naughty me) and noticed that it had been hit another time or two. Some kind of delayed reaction i suppose or forum everflux.
Mack: spot on. that i would believe to be the real dream everybody strives for. find something you enjoy to do and then find somebody that will pay you for it.
ppg: I am in quite a similar position that you are i'm not quite that happy with my current working environment but at least i have nailed the particular avocation. (way better than some of the factory work i have done in the past.
andreasfriedrich: i will remember that in the future, (and will make a point to quote you at the most in opportune times ;-)

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
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Thanks for all the fish.

3:15 am on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Did someone say fish?

Oh....that was a metaphor....sorry. Nothin to see here...keep moving along.:>)

Oh, I love it also. Fact is I did this before I made 'dime-one'....and would still do it if I didn't make any money at it. Although the money is great, the fun just makes it better..

I get myself into a rut every now and then, but in general, it is better than TV.

Besides, I get to have a sort of 'celebrity' status in our city. Free radio and newspaper 'infommercials', just from being the best in our city.

I think some are disappointed when they see my home-office. Beer cans and smokes everywhere...nothing like they'd expect. Then again, my mother always said I was the 'strange one'.

:>)

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>>Do you enjoy what you are doing?

Not today. :)

Most of the time, yes. Design for me is pretty much plain vanilla, but it's still enjoyable from a creative standpoint, especially when given free reign.

Search engine work is one of the most exciting, fun things I can think of. It's kind of like working puzzles, figuring out how all the pieces go together, which is one of the reasons updates are such fun, seeing if we've solved it right.

Out of it all, being around the board is my absolute top favorite, so it's nice to be doing work that's related, to have a justification to be around here a lot.

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Love it (though I've been known to burn out from overwork -- too much of a good thing isn't good :). With so much to learn and keep up with, I think that almost everyone that does it has a passion for it to some degree. Or would addiction be the right word...
 

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