I get hooked on games for a number of reasons. As with Spider Solitaire, I want to win. So a loss requires me to play again, to better myself. Bejeweled is odd because you’re chugging along, making rows of 3, 4 and 5 matches and suddenly it flashes up with “No More Moves” and the game is over. It always takes me by surprise, and irritates me to no end. I never see it coming, and in a time constrained game I prioritize score over strategy.
In the freelance world you can’t ignore a piece of the equation. So I’ve been marketing as I work on 2 jobs and trying to not worry about what would happen if I got all the jobs I bid on. Like too much work would be a problem? Actually it would, I don’t want to stretch myself too thin and perform poorly. Let’s face it, I’m not going to get them all, because on every job I bid on there is someone else who bids lower, much lower. He or she couldn’t really value themselves that much if they’re willing to bid $50 for a whole website rewrite? And, I’m not going to get some of the jobs I bid on for other reasons too numerous to catalogue. The jobs and inquiries I am getting are because the clients have liked my style or some piece of my work resonated with them.
What I’ve realized is that I have to pay attention to what honors me, as well as what would engage me as a writer. So, I’m not bidding on jobs like pretending to be the guy on a dating site and making first dates for him (yes, seriously!) or pretending to be a commenter on a blog and creating fictitious ‘good’ reviews of the product. Nor will I do an 600 word article for $3.00-yes, those jobs are out there too.
I’m plugging along, looking at jobs and thinking about what would be useful in building my resume as well as providing income in a reasonable way. This isn’t playtime here and I’m just now realizing how much work is required to build a successful reputation and business. There is a foundation to be laid, with much planning. This week I’ve been working on a very structured to-do list! And, very new for me; I even have blocks of time allocated. It works and has energized me. Yesterday I only had time to play Bejeweled 2 once, it was at 10:15 PM and when I ran out of time at level 3 I shut down the computer and moved on! My time is too precious.
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