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Didn’t get a ton done yesterday. I worked until about 1:30, then took off to try catching a bird. Yes, a bird. Seems there’s this pink-footed goose in town – all the way from Norway – and he wanted to see it. We didn’t, but we did see some nice country. This is why I enjoy freelancing – just hop in the car and go look for birds.
Because it’s Friday and because I’ve had a busy, somewhat stressful week, I’m resurrecting my occasional rant on all things odd and frustrating. This week’s contenders for top pains:
Outsourcing production, then what? I see what they’re saying – it’s cheaper to handle magazine production elsewhere, but is it? Really? And how long before these geniuses try outsourcing the writing to another country?
Top blog lists. I appreciate very much that I was nominated (and seconded) on a list contest recently. It means you guys are getting something useful out of me, and that means I’m doing what I’d intended. You’re the reason I’m doing this, after all. What I don’t like is the nature of these “contests” – the feeding frenzy as writers beg to be put on the lists and the blog owners probably choose arbitrarily and not based on any criteria other than the nomination and what they’d rather list. There. I’ve said it. I probably won’t win because of it, but you sign up for honesty when you come to this blog.
Client posses. A writer friend sent me a note yesterday about a current client who’s decided to run her work past a few friends. Only he didn’t read his contract, for she had taken my advice and had put a no-third-party clause in the very contract he’d signed. She’s about to spring on him the fact that Joe’s and Fred’s input will cost him. Hourly. Just trust your writer to do the job correctly or state at the outset who has editorial input. We’re fine with either. Otherwise, you’re paying extra.
Article spinning. Like I said two days ago, it’s just another form of theft. It’s wrong, and writers who think it isn’t shouldn’t be writing.
Article skimming. Here’s what I hate about this. If you take an excerpt of my blog and put it on your conglomerate “newsletter” or website with a direct link back to my entire article, fine. If you take the entire page – or more – and wrap your URL around it along with all those ads you get ad revenue from, well, now you’re making a profit from my work. I don’t care how you paint it or try browbeating or condescending to me about how it’s not copyright infringement, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s not your work and you’re earning money by taking it without permission.
The 24/7 client. I dropped a client a while ago who thought it was my duty to be available at all hours. Her words: “I need to reach you at a moment’s notice, so be on IM from 7 am to 9 pm.” I had some words for her, too. They remain unprintable. But the story emphasizes the point that clients who push the boundaries do exist, and we need to understand it’s okay to enforce those boundaries. That’s one client you shouldn’t be afraid to lose.
What has you going kaboom this week?