I got the word that the people who were thinking of buying the store web site have decided not to do so. This means that I can take caring for that site off my list of unpaid things to do. It also means that I have to decide what to do with the store xanga. I began detaching it from the store, in case I decide just to keep it. It can be handy to have a nice site to stick things into. I debated about whether to link to it in this post, so that I could benefit from the good advice of my excellent readers here, but of course doing so threatens my anonymity. Tell you what — a lot of you already know, so I am going to go ahead and ask your opinion. It’s an investment of a couple of hours a day. Is it worth my keeping it? Should I look for a new sponsor for it? What do you think?
I also got a rejection from a job application. This is not bad news. For one thing, PayScale assures me that it would have been a pay cut from my previous job, so I wouldn’t have been able to take it anyway. For another, it was nice to hear something. I have now applied for 20 positions. I’ve had two interviews — the one which offered me a position I couldn’t afford to take, and the university temp lady, who was very positive and offered a temp job that I couldn’t fit into my calendar. The rule of thumb for job hunters is that you can expect one interview for every ten applications and one job for every ten interviews, so I guess I’m on track (though I am hoping that the job offer I got is not the one in a hundred). Still, it can feel as though I’m sending things out into the ether with no way of knowing what happens next. #2 son pointed out that having had a response on this position, one of the first I applied for, implies that I may yet hear from some of the others.
Something cool happened, too. I submitted a blog post to one of the big SEO blogs (don’t laugh — there are big SEO blogs in the same sense that there are big knitting blogs) and they posted it. I was quite happy about that. There were notes in my mailbox all through the day saying someone had commented, and all of the comments were nice, so it was fun to take little breaks during the work day to go read them. And one said to drop him a line, and it turns out that he has some content provision (that’s what us SEOs call writing) to farm out, and is checking with his client about farming it out to me. So that was exciting.
Then Fine Soprano made a great suggestion. That had happened the day before, actually, She’s a music teacher, and I am doing some marketing to schools at the moment, so I told her about it. She reminded me of our mutual friend the Public Information Officer for the school district. I have never yet included him when marketing anything. However, I took her suggestion, and he emailed me right back saying that he would add the info to his official list for teachers.
First I had to fill out a form. I found this form hilariously funny. Here’s the first question, following the part where you fill in your names and stuff:
“NSDC Standards (5.01)
Context Standards (Check all that apply and provide details of how the event meets the standard.)
___X_ 1. Requires skillful school and school district leaders who guide continuous instructional
Yes, you are reading that correctly. You are supposed to explain how your workshop requires skill on the part of the district superintendent. All the “questions” are like this. That is because they have just lifted a bunch of phrases from the NSDC standards document. Fortunately, that document is online, and I was able to go read the sections and then come back and write something relevant to the section for my “answer” to the “question,” but isn’t that a stitch?
Anyway, being on the official list makes it more likely that the workshops will fill, and having the workshops fill would make it certain that I could pay my bills in July. I have two clients who are supposed to come on board in June, plus the assignments of the Computer Guy, so I am feeling pretty sanguine about June. And most jobs for which I am qualified would have August start dates. So I may be okay for the summer, and then I may very well be employed after that — or else still working freelance, but feeling more confident about the lance in question.
Thomas Friedman, in The World is Flat, talks about the kind of people who can expect to have jobs in a flat world like the one in which we now live. The cheapest, of course, but that isn’t an option for most of us in America or Europe. I can’t even be the cheapest in my town, I have been surprised to discover. To be employable in the new economy, we have to be among the four kinds of people Friedman says can count on jobs. We can be special, specialized, “anchored” (doing a job that has to be done in situ, like cutting hair), or really adaptable.
I think it is possible that being able to write simultaneously for humans and search engine robots is a sufficiently specialized skill that, in combination with a high level of adaptability, I could be employable.
This has been a long and probably also a dull post. It could have been worse; I could have described to you the work I did yesterday.
Today I have a couple of blog posts to do, and I need to finish learning how to use Visual Studio. I may need to pick up flyers and carry them around to the schools, and I have tutoring again. I have possible house guests for the weekend, so I suppose I had better do some housework at some point.
I will leave you with the other exciting thing that happened yesterday: my son made me a table.
I have not photographed it well. Nor is it in its home spot. It is just sitting in the middle of the floor. But it is pretty amazing, isn’t it? He made it in welding class, so it is all metal.
I will find the best possible place for it, and take a picture that conveys its true gloriosity.