Unrelated Thoughts

Poems that are not in The End of the Word as We Know It, by Wes Unruh

four sick days in a row

with the last few days of cold and snow, apple cider fresh from the farmer’s market, chunks of hard cheese and bowls of thick miso soup from Le Marche Vert, and a rhinovirus that just won’t let go, I’ve gotten a bit behind in my struggle to single-handedly maintain 14 different blogs, websites, and ongoing projects. As a freelance everything, I don’t really have the ability to slouch or half-ass my way through a day and let the next shift clean up my mess. It’s pretty much all me..

So I’m sitting here, finally able to breathe through both nostrils more or less and almost able to take a full breath without lapsing into a hacking, sneezing, sputter-y mess. I’ve got three projects that need instant, ongoing attention that need to be done. Prioritizing the workflow has become essential, meaning that I’m already wasting too much time here, explaining the slow-down here and at Alterati.

Right now I’m supposed to be working on my clients online presences and researching for my next book. By the end of the year I hope to have revamped the bulk of my own online presence, intending to be a lot more consolidated and interconnected. Until then, I’ll keep trying to make up the last four days of missed work, while struggling to do a week’s worth of dishes and a month’s worth of cleaning. Sometimes working from home means being unable to ever stop working, a state of mind in which every available moment means seeking to optimize every aspect of my client’s web presence and my own endless tweaking on research blogs and websites for better search ranking. Freelance means never shutting down — only blacking out now and then before initiating another twelve-hour stint.

On the other hand, I love freelance work. I’ve gotten more out of helping people directly than I ever got out of working for a corporation, and there’s something absolutely pure about being able to apply theory and experience to solve problems in the most profitable way. So I can’t wait to stop coughing and sneezing, and actually get some work done. Until next time…


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