@Rubyinthedust Good point. At first, I thought normcore was just a phrase for wearing a uniform -- same style of clothes in a bunch of different colors. I've rocked that look for years.
I just wish they would call "Normcore" the "Seinfeld style" and get it over with.
@stonefruit Regarding your Docs, you are smart. I've had my Doc boots for years, and they are as sturdy as ever.
As one of my coworkers said, "Don't change! Don't you ever change!"
I started out doing what I love (teaching), and I often felt like it was being turned against me. No one came out and said it, but I always felt like I had to prove how much I loved my job by not fighting for my own rights, like benefits. What on earth is that about?
Now, I'm in a job that I don't love quite as much as helping people learn. I'm lucky in that enjoy my job, but if anyone ever hints that I'm not loving it enough and that I have to "prove" something to them, I give them an eyeroll.
Hours, pay and benefits come first. Sounds harsh, but it's true. If you have a good job with reasonable hours, then you have a better chance of doing what you love in your spare time. It's not guaranteed, but at least you have more control.
I am jazzed about this series, as I have thought of starting my own site more than once. Boy, am I glad you mentioned Getty and paying for images. Attention to all of those who want to start your own site: Wikimedia Commons will be your best friend! Otherwise, you will probably need to pay for images, or you will get a nastygram from the owner of the images you're using.
I have one potentially nosy question: How long did it take you guys to break even? You are role models for promotion, but whenever I've considered flying solo, but there are also up-front costs for your domain, hosting, tech support, etc.
Okay, second nosy question. Who handles your ad sales, or are you on a network?
THANK YOU for this series. I cannot wait to read more.
@california honey Oh, I've heard the "negativity" line aplenty in Orange County. They know how to do passive-aggressive.
In those moments, I get in touch with the "Masshole" side of my personality, and then things get really interesting.
Your wisdom is deep and true. Your translations of Californian are impeccable as well.
Well done. Now I'm off to tell the speakerphone-obsessed person down the hall to pretty please close her door during her next conference call, or I will get negative.
@Legal Not gonna lie. Admiration of Ayn Rand is the world's most reliable asshole detector. The second I hear a person talk about how much he or she loved "The Fountainhead," I know we will not get along.
Whole Foods shoppers can be a mixed bag, but they are often the rudest shoppers I've encountered. But I have an addiction to their muffins, so that makes me weak in their libertarian eyes, right?
@iceberg Periwinkle is everything. Never change, periwinkle!
@hallelujah They must be delicious by this point, what with their organic diets.
@Winter Wooskie Yep. A friend of mine made it onto "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," and he was introverted, but he was good at shutting off distractions, like bright lights and Regis Philbin.