Simply Sunday – 4/6/14

sunsetI guess I’ll pick up where I left off with Simply Sunday. I thought about not writing this piece because I feel like I don’t have a lot going on. The point where I let this blog slack off is about where my work projects started to dry up and I felt like maybe I didn’t have a lot to offer. Truth be told, I’m still around, still paying my bills, and still struggling – but I’m still doing this thing with my life – freelancing and surviving. The honest reality is that it’s not always fun and games and sometimes it’s a struggle.

So, that said, my week in the form of a list:

  • Struggled with juggling some extra work at the dojo b/c my man was sick. This isn’t a bad thing, but was a little bit of pressure as I was by myself for a day. I also had a minor relapse of my own illness. I guess that’s to be expected when people who live together get sick right after each other. We’re both fine now. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 10/6/13

sunsetIt was another long week. I struggled a bit with fatigue, so there was one project I wish I had done a bit faster, but I got it done eventually. This coming week looks to be a bit rainy and I have a couple of obligations – a lunch and a trip to help my grandmom out, but both of those should be relatively short distractions.

So what did I get done this past week?

  • 8 hours on the timed finance project
  • 2 posts (700+ words) written for a finance project
  • Project guidelines and information to an outsourced worker for a project I do for a larger client; this involved some research and configuration, mostly for an email project
  • Only one post here on WFP, and I didn’t keep up with the FB page as well as I could have.
  • 3 posts for Bubblews [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 9/29/13

Whew! I feel like I can hardly breathe. It’s barely 7:30pm on Sunday night and sunsetI’m exhausted. I have a lot to do, but most of what I really needed to do this past week is finished. I wrapped up a huge project and have another one to complete in the next few days, but things are solidifying. Sorry for my absence, as a result.

So here’s what I got done this past week:

  • I edited and published 34 guest posts for a SEO project.
  • I put 9.5 hours towards a timed project.
  • I put 1 hours towards a social media project and finally found someone new to outsource this task to. This is something I won’t have to do this coming week.
  • I wrote 25 articles (400-500 words) for one SEO project.
  • I wrote 11 posts for Bubblews. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 9/22/13

sunsetIn the wake of my technical woes, which weren’t as resolved as I’d hoped them to be, I’ve been sort of busy. Things are picking up again, but they’re still scattered and I’m not quite making as much as I need right now. I’m trying to stay as focused as possible, but there are only so many workable hours in the day. A girl has to sleep sometime, right?

So what did I do this week?

  • I edited and published 25 guest posts for a project.
  • I put 11 hours towards one timed project I do weekly.
  • I put 2.75 hours into a different timed social media project.
  • I did some research for a holiday-related writing project. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 9/15/13

sunsetHoly cow. I can’t believe we’re already half way through September. This makes me feel a bit nervous, because I don’t feel recovered from July and August yet. I do have quite a bit of work lined up this week, and I’m looking for more, so I hope I’ll be back on track soon.

Sometimes, when you’re writing – or managing a project with other writers – what you do is dependent on other people. I had a lot of trouble with that this week. My client neglected to send me some reports I needed, so I lost hours on his project. A couple of my writers had trouble keeping to schedule this week, for their own reasons, so parts of the project they’re on got delayed as well. But, I’ll recover. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 9/8/13

sunsetAnother week flew by. I had a few struggles, but it wasn’t all that bad, to be honest. I have a plan for this week, too, so I have high hopes.

So what did I do this past week?

  • I put 9 hours into the timed project I do for one client. I really wanted to get to 10+ but he is a little slow to respond with info I need from time to time. I’m looking at my tracking sheet and I kept up a great schedule until the end of the week (when he had internet trouble).
  • I sent one follow-up email to a client who had told me he’d be in touch. He had been sick. Now I’m wondering if that was an excuse to cover for his budget issues. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 9/1/13

sunsetOk. Today is not Sunday, nor is today September 1st. Thing is, I didn’t write my Simply Sunday post on Sunday. I got a bit wrapped up in a project and making sure I took some time to relax over the holiday weekend. So sue me. I didn’t miss any client deadlines!

One of my major projects last week was the new website design for our karate school, Moo Duk Kwan Martial Arts. The site I had up before was ok, but it was an old theme and it worked more like a blog theme than a business site. This site is a lot easier to navigate and I think it’ll be a great marketing tool now that it has a more professional look. Because this was such an urgent focus, many of my self-imposed goals for last week got tossed out the window. I’m alright with that. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 8/25/13

sunsetWhile the month of August is still proving to be quite rough, I did have a somewhat productive week and I hope that a lot of what I did will open up some new paths for me very soon. Meanwhile, I kept busy every day and tried not to stress about where I was not, focusing instead on where I want to be.

So here’s what I actually got done this week:

  • I spent 9.25 hours on the timed project I do weekly.
  • Sent a follow-up email to a client (A) who hadn’t responded to me in over a week. This is important. Don’t let people fall off the face of the earth. Sometimes emails slip through the cracks. This particular client was sick and promised to be in touch by early next week with instructions. He’s a newer client, so we’ll see what happens.
  • Sent another follow-up email (a series of emails) to a client (B) who also dropped off the face of the planet. He had just been overwhelmed. We discussed changes to his project and I’m working on it this coming week.
  • I wrote one page of copy for a new website one of my main clients is putting together to sell a medical product. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 8/18/13

sunsetThe month of August is always a bit slow for me, and this year seems to be no exception. I didn’t have ton of stuff to get done last week, but I managed to do some work projects and I mapped out some of the things I need to get done this coming week.

So what did I do?

  • Created and implemented a new payment system for one of my main clients. He travels a lot, so PayPal restrictions on IP addresses sometimes make our transactions difficult.
  • I edited and posted 26 guest posts for one client.
  • I put 9.25 hours into the timed project I do weekly. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 8/11/13

sunsetWorking as a freelancer isn’t always easy – at all. The past several weeks haven’t been what they could have been, but this past week was just plain awful. We had issue after issue with family and their medical needs; I gave myself the blister from hell with a new pair of shoes (and it got infected); my personal blog has been hacked (resolution still pending); I had family obligations I had to at least make an appearance at; and one of my clients dropped off the face of the planet for a few days with no communication at all (resulting in what is still and pending, late payment). Life, my friends, is sometimes rather unpleasant.

Regardless, I’m moving into a new week with fresh determination. My kitchen is clean (for the most part); I have ingredients for my favorite daily tea on hand; my iPod is charging for a morning walk/jog; and I have a new set of goals. [Read more...]