Welcome to the new Words on the Page blog home!
I’ve finally made the move to WordPress, leaving behind Blogger, which was this blog’s home for the last decade. While it was a nice place to be, it wasn’t allowing me the function that WordPress does. Not that I’m a designer, or even adept enough at WordPress to do fabulous things.
In fact, this blog being absent for about a week is evidence that site building is not my strong suit.
Thanks once again to Jenn Mattern for coming to my rescue and getting this site up and running. Try as I might, I was missing some step somewhere that impacted how it displayed. Like a fool, I’d decided to follow instructions posted by someone who made it sound easy. It isn’t hard, but something in the site builder’s instructions didn’t quite work.
But here I am. And I’m happy to be back.
Because I was up looking over Jenn’s virtual shoulder until about 10 pm, this post is about appreciation. We writers live in our own little pods of existence — we sit at desks, tables, or chairs working alone, communicating virtually, and missing out on the face-to-face camaraderie that comes with the 9-to-5 world.
But that doesn’t mean we miss out on having our community. People like Jenn, like you, are part of my pod. I hope I’m part of yours. When stuff happens, you’re there. When it happens to you, I’ll be there. Unless it’s website-related — in that case, you’d rather I weren’t there (trust me).
Jenn had my back this time. There will come a time when I’ll have hers, or yours. There’s no competition among us, not in my view. Each of us brings something unique to what we do. We could have the same niche areas and never compete for clients. We don’t have to. Contrary to the pronouncements that “freelancing is dead” there are more clients out there than any one of us (or group of us) could possibly get to.
That’s what makes this job exciting.
Then there are the conversations with like-minded creatives. We get each other. We understand the challenges, have different ways of facing them, and we share with each other.
That’s what makes this job damned great.
I appreciate Jenn (and I hope you do – otherwise, you’d not be reading this right now). And I appreciate every one of you, no matter how long I’ve known you or how frequently/infrequently you post. Even you who lurk elevate this blog in some way.
So welcome to the new face of a familiar place. Now that this blog has the space and function for this blog to grow, let’s see what we can do together.
Writers, what people, things, or events in your working life do you appreciate?