Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Goodbye Self Employement, Goodbye Info Overload

For the past 6 years I've been a self employed designer. I've been contracting for tech start-ups and small businesses. Afraid to turn down any work in a recession, I even turned to social media marketing. But then a funny thing happend over the holidays. The clouds parted, the sun shone down, and a sea of bullshit parted. A good friend referred me to a good recruiter for a good job at a good company with smart, friendly people. All the stars were in alignment. I took the offer. 

It dawned on me as soon as I took the offer how much easier my life will get. All of a sudden I don't have to "eat the dogfood" and be on Facebook all of the time anymore. All of a sudden I can cancel about 50 email newsletters I was subscribed to just so I could be "on top of things" from home. I no longer have to care what the tech pundits say (because I'm not selling web design services to anybody anymore). I don't have to use foursquare, I don't need to care about "location based services".  I don't have to play Farmville to learn "game design" tricks. No more chasing technology trends just so I could "talk the talk". I could actually revert back to a dumb phone,  save some money, get rid of all the annoying, distracting, notifications!!! I can get my privacy back. I don't have to "live my life online" I can actually just ... live. I won't have to care about "reputation management" and I can metaphorically pee all over my stupid, invasive, abusive LinkedIn profile. (Does LinkedIn Actually do anything for job seekers?) No more small clients to get on my case because I didn't reply to an email over my weekend. I can literally, just, login to Gmail once a week. Actually, I think I'll drop Gmail and become an Apple girl because I don't want to socialize with 13 year olds on Google +.

I am sooooo looking forward to the stress reduction AND a long commute to Washington, DC. The commute will be relaxing after being self employed.