Today it is six months since I lost my job at the store. I have earned more since then than I did at the store, I am having fun, and while I am still reluctant and nervous about self-employment, I no longer feel unemployed.

In honor of the day, I want to make a list of the people I’m thankful for:

  • my family, including my husband, my children, and my parents, all of whom have been amazingly supportive through my uncertain travels from unemployment to self-employment
  • Arkenboy, who originally introduced me to the acronym SEO and the words “keyword,” “link,” and “Dark Art.”
  • Janalisa, for sharing her business acumen and bracing good advice
  • That Man, who encouraged me to try to find SEO work
  • Formerprincess, who was my Client #1
  • The Computer Guy, who agreed to meet with me, employed me even though I’m not a 23 year old computer engineer, taught me some useful tech things, and has given me steady work even though he sometimes feels a need to tell me things like, “You know line breaks don’t matter in HTML?” which is the equivalent of “You know you knit with two hands?”
  • L. Sandy, who redid my resume for me so it would look modern, and told me to take as much contract work as I could
  • The people at SEOmoz, who posted my SEO essays and made me feel as though I could call myself an SEO, not to mention teaching me that term, and also a lot of the other things I know about SEO
  • Blessing, without whom I might never have learned how to get paid for my work
  • The Big Client, who paid me enough to live on while I recuperated from losing my job, and taught me to track data in an uber-geeky way
  • Client #3, who hired me while I still didn’t know what I should charge, and has encouraged me and also refers people to me without telling them how little I charge her
  • The people who offered me jobs at startlingly low wages, thus ensuring that I wouldn’t take them
  • The people who offered me well-paying jobs, for helping me realize that it wasn’t the money that made me not want to take those jobs
  • The people who had me take that psychological test as part of their interminable hiring process, because it actually gave me some good insights
  • Sukey, who stared at pictures of writing implements for way more hours than I would have, and was kind and pleasant as I tried to describe the look I wanted on my website in completely abstract terms
  • My department chair at the college, who called me at just the right time so I would actually accept a job that has given me up-to-date classroom experience for my education blogs, gas and grocery money, and an .edu link for my wesbite
  • #1 daughter, who told me that whether or not I had enough work was up to me, not The Big Client or The Computer Guy
  • #2 daughter, who helped me buy clothes and drive on the freeway, both of which are much harder for me than writing websites
  • My students, who have provided a good human counterpoint to my tech work and told me I was awesome
  • My clients, of course, including both those who say nice things and provide human contact and those who merely pay me