I’m still sick and feeling sorry for myself, though actually the chicken pie did help a bit.
So did the good news about our educational website. #1 daughter points out that we’re be highly successful with the website that doesn’t pay anything, while our rankings have slipped at the one that brings us work. It’s true. But it seems to me that it’s a worthwhile project. Bill Bryson, in At Home: A Short History of Private Life, points out that the country rector of the 18th and 19th centuries often had a good income and education, and very little work to do. This allowed them to do some amazing things in the way of research and philanthropy, bringing us a whole lot of amazing scientific breakthroughs.
For a long time we focused on the things with the best ROI. But perhaps the internet now encourages us to spend time on things with less obvious monetary value, simply because it’s easy. We can all blog and review stuff and make websites and write for Wikipedia, and some of that stuff turns out to have value for someone eventually — occasionally even monetary value. This is the argument I present to #1 daughter.
She’s right, though; if we were doing as much for our company website as for the educational one, we might be richer than we are now.
Right now we have a bunch of proposals out. I feel reasonably rich right now, though the business owes people some money, and if any of those proposals comes through I will feel quite rich. As one of the guys I interviewed recently says, getting to get up every morning and do what you love is being rich.
Breakfast and aspirin may help me feel more like doing what I love and less like going back to bed and feeling sorry for myself. But I am planning to quit at lunchtime if I still feel this rotten. Blogging and grading of papers first.