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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Something I got from email... U do it 2!

Bold all those that you ever were guilty of doing. When you are done, add one thing that is true about yourself to the end, then post the list to your blog. (In my case I'm also changing the font color, because bold wasn't showing up on my blog)

I’ve run away from home.
I listen to political music.

I collect comic books.
I shut others out when I’m sad.
I open up to others easily.
I am keeping a secret from the world.
I watch the news.
I own over 5 rap CDs.
I own an ipod.
I own something from Hot Topic.
I love Disney movies.
I am a sucker for hair/eyes.
I don’t kill bugs.
I may kill anything that crawls (Bugs)
I have “x”s in my screen name.
I’ve slipped out a “lol” in a real conversation.
I love Spam.
I bake well.
I would wear pajamas to school/work. (I work primarily from home now, so why not?)
I own something from Abercrombie.
I have a job.
I love Martha Stewart.
I am in love with someone.
I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
I am self conscious.
I like to laugh.
I smoke a pack a day.
I loved Go Ask Alice.
I have cough drops when I’m not sick.
I can’t swallow pills.
I quit smoking.
I have many scars
I’ve been out of this country.
I believe in ghosts.
I can’t sleep if there is a spider in the room.
I am really ticklish.
I love chocolate. (But it has to be rich, creamy and preferably DARK)
I bite my nails.
I am comfortable with being me.
I play computer games/video games when I’m bored.
Gotten lost in the city. (Which city? I've been lost in a few!)
Saw a shooting star.
I have had 2 serious surgical procedures.
I have kissed a stranger.
Hugged a stranger.
Been in a fist fight with the same sex.
Been arrested.
Laughed and had milk/soda come out of your nose.
Pushed all the buttons on an elevator.
Made out in an elevator.
Sworn at my parents. (Mother)
Kicked a guy where it hurts.
Been skydiving.
Been bungee jumping.
Broken a bone.
Played spin the bottle.
Gotten stitches.
Bitten someone.
Been to Niagara Falls.
Gotten the chicken pox.
Crashed into a car.
Been to Asia.
Ridden in a taxi.
Shoplifted.
Been fired.
Had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back.
Had a crush on a teacher/coach.
Celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Been to Europe.
Slept with a co-worker.
Been married.
Gotten divorced.
Saw someone dying.
Driven over 400 miles in one day.
Been to Canada. (For about 15 minutes... long story)
Been on a plane.
Seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show. (At home on DVD)
Thrown up in a bar. (Does outside the bar's door count?)
Eaten Sushi. Only JB rolls and Pad Thai... do they count?
Been snowboarding.
Been skiing.
Been ice skating.
Met someone in person from the internet.
Been to a car show.
Gone to college.
Done hard drugs.
Taken painkillers.
Met a celebrity.
I like playing practical jokes.
Seen all nine seasons of the X-Files.
Once swore Disco would never die.
Seen a ghost.
Attended a professional sporting event.
Attended a live rock concert.
Stayed up all night.
Lied about my name.
Thrown something at a spouse
After a night out, have gone straight to work without going home. (I don't remember if I did or not!!!)
I cut all the wires in my husband's car for spite.
Had sex on a boat out on a lake.
Smoked weed at a rock concert.
Left a "paycheck" job to work from home.

Friday, October 21, 2005

The ABC's of employment in web design

A is for attitude. I was told I got the job because of my attitude, and apparently my attitude was the primary reason for my leaving as well. However, while I was told that "bad attitudes are not allowed in the office, they must be left at the door" my boss did not practice what he preached. (Who truly does?)

B is for business. I learned a lot about how to run a web-design firm while I was there... but not how to run a business. In fact, quite the contrary: I learned how NOT to run a business. For example: taking one long weekend a month to go sailing when you have clients whose problems you're ignoring (and whom you haven't even informed of your absence) is a no-no.

C is for Clients. Clients are the backbone of a service-oriented business. Without them: you have no business. It is not good PR to let clients think you're ignoring them. (Or to blame it on your secretary when it's really YOUR fault that you didn't get back to them or whatever)

D is for determination. I have been propelled forward in my determinaton to run my own business and not have to put up with someone else's malarkey again.

E is for Example. I believe that if you're going to sell websites, first and foremost your own should be a shining example. To this end I created a new site devoted solely to that purpose. Clients are put-off by a crappy site.

F is for fun. If you're having fun with what you choose to do for a living... it's not as strenuous as it is if it reaches a point where you're not anymore. I could not live for long with a job that was mundane and routine. When it's no longer enjoyable, it's time to consider a change of strategy. (Like a ship must change course on occasion!)

G is for guts. You have to have guts to make it in any business... if you don't: you'll never get out of the gate.

H is for happiness. Happiness is not as elusive as many profess. The truth is we are all as happy as we choose to allow ourselves to be. Working at a job we hate is a sure-fire way to avoid happiness.

I is for ineptitude. It cannot be hidden, and is only magnified by any attempts to do so. Ignorance should not be confused with ineptitude, as ignorance can be remedied with sufficient education, but ineptitude is often an ingrained ambivalence revealing itself through disinterest in one's work... leading to sloppiness.

J is for J.O.B. This has been defined as "Just Over Broke" which is truly what most paychecks leave you after all your concentrated effort. Rather than make what you can then figure out how to live on it, why not choose how you want to live, then do what you must to support that lifestyle? When the rewards are satisfying it's much easier to maintain discipline and press forward.

K is for kind. It is essential that you be kind to yourself, or you will be less inclined to do likewise for others. When you have treated yourself well, it extends to the world around you, and makes you want to treat others with kindness also.

L is for lies. Lies are never good... and when you tell others that you didn't do what you told them you would because of your secretary, that's just plain lame. Own up to your inadequacies, and overcome them. When you lie, you're truly deceiving yourself more than anyone else.

M is for management. Management must be applied, not implied. Someone has to take control of the situation, and if no one does, everyone loses.

N is for necessity. The old adage, "necessity is the mother of invention" could not be more accurate. In fact, if it were not true: you would not be sitting at a computer reading this right now.

O is for office. While offices are important, it is essential that more office space than necessary be avoided. The extra expense of the additional space could be put to much better use paying someone to telecommute for more hours than you would be able to afford to pay them if you had to maintain another office and its ancillary equipment.

P is for payroll. If you have fewer than five employees, it's ludicrous to have a payroll company or an employee devoted exclusively to payroll. It makes much more sense to hire each individual as independent contractors, responsible for their own taxes, etc. until the business can support the additional expense a payroll entails.

Q is for quick. When you're in the business of creating and maintaining complex web-stores for high-end clients who are accustomed to raking in thousands of dollars daily through their sites, it's not an option to be "unavailable" in case of emergency. For those people, every minute their site is inoperable has dollar signs attached to it.

R is for reliable. Set a schedule and stick to it. If people feel that they can never find or reach you when they need you, they'll move their business over to someone else. If not now... eventually. Loyalty only stretches so far!

S is for style. Style can often compensate for lack of talent to some degree... but all style with no talent will get you nowhere. If you have a lot of style but no talent, your best bet is to partner up with your opposite: someone who has lots of talent but no real style.

T is for tools. We all know that there are special tools for every job. If you have a preference for what you want someone to use, make sure they have it. Don't skimp on this, because it will give you headaches in the end if you do.

U is for unreliable. If your clients continuously get the run-around every time they try to reach you, they'll soon peg you as unreliable, and before long they will be someone else's clients.

V is for vision. It requires vision to propel a successful business through the murky depths of consumer demand and market saturation.

W is for willingness. With willingness to put forth the required effort, an incredible amount of cooperation can be obtained.

X is for the variable x. Your income is x. X can be big or little... but it will not grow without either dedicated effort or unbelievable luck. The latter is so rare it's not likely enough to rely upon.

Z is for zero. Zero is the number of times someone has ever succeeded without making any mistakes. You may want to re-read that. The fact is: we all make mistakes. We're only human. But focusing on the mistakes rather than the solutions will get us nowhere.

Quit my job

Well, I decided it was time to give up the agony of schlepping 50 miles round trip sometimes for less than two hours' worth of work. My boss made it really easy. If I don't get too buried in work here... I'll log in later and post some more on the subject.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Just droppin' in...

And hopefully will be able to do so more and more now that I'm working on shifting to freelance (is it still called that when I finish incorporating my business?) work from home rather than the 50-mile round-trip schlep I have to take to work at my official "job".

Still gonna work for him and the other PT boss for the foreseeable future... but not every day. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Rainbow Websites

It's finished and online at http://www.rainbow-websites.com. I'm so thrilled with the way it turned out. I still need to add content to a few pages, but I'm at work right now, so it will have to wait. Comments?

Sunday, October 09, 2005

New Website

I'm building a new website for marketing my web skills. It's cleanly coded and not at all like my experimental octopus of a site that I currently have. I intend to break down my sites into separate categories, each having its own unique flavor. Stay tuned for the URLs... I'll put them up as soon as I've secured my hosting and such.

Monday, October 03, 2005

BTW...

I've noticed that there are several things I mis-edited on this blog. I'm planning a complete site overhaul... and this will probably be on the back burner for a long time as a result. Sorry.

Too many spam comments!

I've had to turn off the comments, other than Haloscan. Now it's only for registered users of this blog, and since there are none... you must now use Haloscan if you wish to leave a comment. At least then I can quickly find and remove the crap. The way Blogger is set up, there's no easy way to find the offending posts.