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As I’ve mentioned throughout this site, I’m very passionate about what I do. It is a driving force in my life, and is highly fulfilling. As a result, I tend to talk about it. At length. To everyone I know. I suspect that this blog will be no exception.

Hopefully, my quirky interests and odd sense of humor won’t confuse/infuriate you. If they do, well, I won’t be offended if you decide to read the musings of someone more interesting than little ol’ me.


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The Longest Blog Post In Watson Design History

5.27.10, 08:56pm | Freelancing, Web Design,

My my my, I sure have been QUIET lately. It’s been over a month since I’ve written a blog post (par for the course), and I actually took down my last post because it seemed weird and not appropriate. Or something. Don’t ask me too many questions, I’m a tiiiiired little Molly. So, to make up for it, I present: The Longest Blog Post In Watson Design Hiiiistoryyyyyy.

How have I been? I’ve been busy. Very very busy. Specifically, busy, then moving, then busy while moving, then unpacking, then dead, then frustrated, then busy again.

About a month ago, I was making updates to an existent client’s website (RosetteRoyale.com), and then immediately launching another website for Rosette, The Naraya at Wolf Creek, 2010. I really love working with Rosette, he’s hilarious and flexible, and he thinks everything I do is just fantastic (ego booooost). The Naraya site was a particular joy to work on, because it’s such a great cause and they really needed web help. The Naraya is a spiritual Native American dance ceremony that lasts three long days and nights. Over a hundred people attend, and the folks organizing it are all volunteers. They needed a website to make managing the event easier. So that’s what I made for them!

The site is basically just a registration form for the participants, where they can express food preferences, and volunteering preferences, and make donations. The really fun part was the Admin panel. The Admin panel allows the managing volunteers to see who’s registered, how many omnivores/vegans/vegetarians there are (with special diet needs noted), who all volunteered for what job, how much money has been donated (and how much is donated online vs. checks coming in the mail), and printer-friendly release forms. And a whole bunch more. It’s great, it’s solid, and Rosette keeps raving about how helpful it is to have everything in one easy-access place.

Right in the middle of that, my husband and I moved to a new apartment in West Seattle. Which was a little crazy, but we managed to get everything out, clean the old place, and even get a little bit of our deposit back. SCORE.

After we finished moving, I took a good long break from work and went all crazy-organizer on our apartment. Of course, there’s still SOME stuff that hasn’t been unpacked yet. I can see a box a miscellaneous crap on the table right now. That’s the curse of moving, I guess… you get 90% done, and think “f*ck it, that’s good enough”.

After THAT, I kind of fell into a burnt-out coma. I did lots of reading, walking, and exploring West Seattle. WHICH I LOVE. I also felt intensely guilty for not working. So eventually, I went back to my old nemesis, Craigslist.org. “Alright, Craigy,” I said. “I don’t like you, and you don’t like me. But you’re where the gigs are. Try not to be too much of a dick about it.”

And after about three weeks of frustration and angst, SUDDENLY, I’ve gotten contacted by a good handful of people looking for someone just like me. First was from the Tahoma Choirs in Tacoma. When I was in high school (plus my first year of college), I was in the Tahoma Girls’ Choir. That’s right, folks: Choir Nerd. RIGHT HERE. Heck, I spent all of high school and college in academic choirs, and two years had some TGC thrown in too. Is it any wonder I love Glee?

Anyway, they are sorely in need of a website re-design, particularly one which will make it easier for them to update their website on a regular basis. I am all OVER that. Can anyone say ExpressionEngine?

The next one was from this really nice therapist named David Calof (website over here). His problem is similar to TGC’s: need a new website, need a way to manage it, need it to be easy, plus a few bells and whistles. Helllooooo ExpressionEngine! You know I love you. Let’s make this guy’s life a little easier. I just wrote a super-long proposal today, and sent it off to him. Hopefully he likes my crazy wacky ideas.

And another! A West Seattle Web Designer named Deborah McCarroll in need of a Web Developer to build the sites she makes designs for. Oh! OOH! Pick MEEEE! She seems pretty DAYUM awesome. Matter o’ fact, we’re having our first meeting tomorrow morning, at my favorite West Seattle coffee shop, Coffee To A Tea. Good coffee, great tea, and itty bitty cupcakes. AwwwwYEAH.

And there are a couple more opportunities drifting on the horizon. And it feels good to be busy again, even if I’m a wee bit exhausted at the moment. I realized that when I’m busy and have a lot to do (assuming it’s related to web design and development), I’m ridiculously happy. When I can’t find work is when The Depression hits. I get all bummed out and start considering working at a grocery store, or becoming a bus driver. That’s the downside of freelance work. In between jobs you really have to pound the pavement and try to drum up more work, because the alternative is horrid. Hello Angst! Hello MopeyFace! Hello FeelingsOfDoubt and SelfLoathing! Why don’t we all sit down and feel BAD about ourselves, hmm? Doesn’t that sound like FUN??

So, anyway. I’m alive. I’m working. I’m happy. Summer’s coming, too, which helps enormously. Now if I can just convince myself to start running again….

This blog makes me happy.  Just sayin’.  ^_^

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