and who cares.
Depression will do funny things to motivation.
and who cares.
Depression will do funny things to motivation.
Yesterday, you’ll notice a suspicious lack of post. This was because of my discovery of “Pomskies.” Yesterday I did a few things… but mostly installed a new graphics card and looked at puppy pictures. It was dismally unproductive. Today was better. At least as far as productivity goes.
Fabulous. Day done.
Today was very slow for me. Much like the calm before the storm, TwoCan is about to be very busy. So while today was slow and really not so great, that’s just today.
Today was sluggish and blah- but I did get some things done. I guess slow just happens sometimes, eh?
It’s so silly… every last bit of graphics work I do happens in a velvety yellow chair, planted in front of two monitors. I don’t have to go anywhere. If you want to see my face to make sure I “look American” or something, why don’t we just Skype? Oh well. Also- you don’t want to know my hourly rate. Don’t ask me my hourly rate unless you want to be disappointed. I’ll give you my project rate and you’ll have to just accept that. Sure, I can quote you $15/hour like some of the other “graphic designers” on CL, but like them, that means I’m going to tell you it took me 20 hours to build your logo. Either that, or they bought/stole those graphics. Oh well. I don’t want to work with clients that want to pay me in cheese crackers (though, ironically enough, I did respond to an ad today that could pay me in MEAT… but I eat a lot of meat so…). I guess I am just feeling like I am out-growing CL. We posted an ad to see what sort of responses it would get (yeah yeah, maybe not exactly the most honest thing to do to my fellow designers)- and it was depressing to see the results. In under 2 hours there were over 20 responses… about half of which look “acceptable,” regardless of prices. I’m not sure how I can compete. It’s maddening. That being said, we do have clients, do have more websites lined up to create, and I am doing well. So maybe we just grow out of it. Who knows… this is all so new to me.
The things I did today:
Craig’s List Idiots
The grammar in this post is horrible, that goes without saying, but what I find amusing is that he is so secure in the idea that his silly reality show will not only gain local/national traction… but they are “going global with this.” I think you are a bit ahead of yourself, Mr. ‘no pay.’ And let’s count… that’s… SIX EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!!! OMFG LOL ROFLCOPTOR WUT!? Yeah people, calm down and just try to be professional.
I thought at first that this was a troll by some dissatisfied designer or video editor. No… they’re actually serious. They are actually offering (and ONLY for an accepted video) a LinkedIn connection. Is that payment these days? Does that matter? Unless he’s some HUGELY connected CEO of some Florida Fortune 500 company… that’s not compensation. That’s the business equivalent of “I’ll add you on Facebook.” Dude is seriously stupid. He is looking for a “seriously confused production”… is that some brand or technique I’m unaware of? (of course, if it is, cool, fine, he’s slightly less an idiot) This guy literally ONLY seems to have an “idea for a logo design” but wants a whole video. For this video (that likely needs a logo… he only has an “idea”), he’s offering a connection that means nothing. Idiot. I hope he gets terrible quality and has to start all over many times, spending lots and lots of money and getting nothing. People like this… either go nowhere because they REFUSE to “get a little skin in the game,” or they go nowhere because they have terrible quality materials they paid little to nothing for.
People on CL, in general, suck. I just want to get to a point where all of my work is given to me by my existing contacts. NOT because I don’t want to do the work… I just don’t like anyone else I keep finding. It is making me a little bitter. At least today. Today I’m bitter. Let’s hope tomorrow I’m not.
This is going to be a short and sweet post- mostly because I completely and utterly forgot to do it on Friday OR the portion of Saturday that I worked! It was a crazy busy, crazy good week last week and this work log just sort of got away from me. But I won’t be skipping it!
List list list list list listtttttttttttttttttt:
I’m sure this is just about the most disappointed log post ever, but things are going well at TwoCan! Stay tuned 🙂
Normally I wouldn’t use profanities (even if they are PG-13 words) in a title, but today was really, really good. I am at about 90% (or more!) with the United Way WordPress I’m building (some of the code is being difficult and annoying…). I’m not ready to talk about it all just yet (especially because I’m guessing NDAs will be in the mail soon…) but things are happening- really really cool things. 19 days of doing the thing… who would have guessed? It seemed like I didn’t do a lot today, my list will be very short, but it kept me busy ALL DAY. I’m just finishing up now, at 9 pm. I KNOW I could have done a lot of this work tomorrow, but I wanted to do it NOW. Haha I think because they have a live test server, I’m more anxious about leaving it in a “pretty” state. We will be finishing this project almost two weeks ahead of schedule.
Today’s short, but important list:
Today’s Craig’s List Idiot:
You know, had they worded this without the psycho, I may have responded. Instead, they come off as super crazy pants. I always wonder what kind of designers these sorts end up working with. I know I wouldn’t be able to handle it!
So today looks like it was short and sweet, but it was actually super involved. I was working in WordPress pretty much non-stop, learning all matter off stuff about how WP works and even a little bit about coding (and navigating code!) I’m really excited to present this product, I’ve been working really hard and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. I’m sure that in a year, I’ll look back at this and scoff (as I do with some of the first wix sites I did…) but right now, I feel super good about it. It stands up next to pretty much any other version of the ‘Radiant’ theme, and it DEFINITELY outshines a vast number of local United Way chapter sites. I know they will be able to proudly show off their new site! I’m really happy to be doing this for an old friend too, somehow it has a nice bonus feel to my confidence. Like maybe, for my age, I’m doing ok. I’m doing real business with real colleagues who are my age and have known me for years. It makes the everyday struggle of all this “business stuff” less apparent, like I’m actually… doing something right for once.
On top of my own business victories today, Karl had some really incredible ones as well. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to share a little more about that!
Oh! And a very special surprise addition to my resume coming soon! shhhhh… 🙂
Today was a rough day for me physically, I’m on day 3 of Atkins and my body wants carbs like an addict wants substances. I felt, all day, weak and falling apart, in pain and cramping, and just overall ill misery. But my business day? Oh… oh my business day was fabulous. So much went so well, so much happened, I learned so much… I feel SO CONFIDENT.
This great day’s list of greatness:
“A day is successful when you showed up, not when you break 10 likes or get 100 new subscribers” -seanwes
Craig’s List Idiots: (because justice, that’s why)
First of all, did you just randomly select an Adobe product to list for this project? I mean at least laymen guess Photoshop. And why do I have to meet you somewhere? So you can breath over my shoulder? I mean… this could take a couple hours you know- are you going to force me to work in a public place while you lurk? How do you know it shouldn’t take more than an hour? You don’t even know the appropriate file in which to create a logo! You’re then not even giving your designer an option of when to meet (because hell! you need it tomorrow!) or where. So you’re going to force your poor designer to a specific place and only give up 40 bucks? You’re quite literally disgusting.
So you’re just giving your name and then farming for logos? You’re paying $200- which for CL, is actually a reasonable compensation (which leads me to believe you may have a brain), but then you go and pull this poor-grammar-ridden stunt. “Remember it’s a junk removal business…” um.. ok.. you already said that. Do you think I wouldn’t go back and read your 3-line ad again as I design? “…please be creative thanks” Wow. Ok um- so have you been trolled or something? Did someone send you WordArt? Or do you think that we designers are just lazy piles that slap stuff up with no thought whatsoever? ugh. You’re not worth my air, sir or madam.
Today was a really exciting day. While I feel like I’m falling apart because my body thinks it needs carbs, I feel on top of the world with all the business stuff. We had a check sent to us today, have another deal signed, and are pitching two more tomorrow we feel confident about. Seriously- this is so awesome! 18 work days. That’s all I’ve done so far. According to James Clear’s article, the initial minimum to form a habit is 21 days. I’m almost there. On average, it takes humans 66 days- but I’m feeling pretty superhuman these days… nothing can bring me down!