An update

I want to write something. Quite badly in fact. But I’m too tired. Instead, I give you *Random thoughts from a tired mind:*

Lots of new work. It’s exhilarating and challenging. It feels really good to have trusted my instincts and taken a pretty big flyer.

I turn 35 this week! My youngest daughter turns 2 the day before. She’s my birthday present.

This past week, because of the effectiveness of blogs, I spoke with people in Australia, England, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, New York, Rochester, Maine, and Washington. That’s *spoke*. Like on the phone (thank you Skype Out). I’ve been interviewed for a podcast and helped teach a course. I’ve been contacted by some pretty amazing people doing pretty amazing work. All because of blogs.

The astounding thing about all this is that one’s network grows exponentially. The rate of acceleration is astounding. What’s more, the network’s influence is simply mind-boggling. The time between work requests has shrunk from months to weeks to days.

It forces me into a manager’s role. I have to give up some control in order to achieve some efficiency. The trick is managing the balance. I’m learning (through trial and error) what it takes to deliver top notch service. I’m not talking about top notch design. I’m talking about the whole client experience.

This is where it would have been _very_ beneficial to have spent some time in a well established web design studio. All my experience was in print. My web work has been all freelance. That being said I do have pretty extensive experience in customer service. So I’m halfway there.

Because I work from home, I’m still able to be with my kids every day. They give me strength I didn’t know I had.

Finally, TBS Express, the a la carte business blog service will be up and running by the end of the month. I had initially planned to have it up and running by now, but in order to allow the work to be really top-drawer I’m taking some extra time. If you’re interested, you can see a few of the template samples “here”: