with Mir Kamin
I'm a freelance writer and mother of two working from home, which theoretically means I can set my own schedule so as to best accommodate my family. In reality, "flexible hours" often equals "working too much." Yes, I'm my own boss; no, that doesn't mean life is easy. It's hard to leave the office when you live there. But I love what I do and feel very lucky. And not just because I get paid to work in my pajamas.
To learn more about Mir, check out her profile on Work It, Mom! or visit her blog at http://www.wouldashoulda.com/
(Pictured here: Not my actual computer, which was not harmed in the making of this post.)
So, I consider myself pretty savvy in the ways of the online world, you know? I blog for a living. I know my way around the keyboard and I’ve been around the Internet a few times. This isn’t my first rodeo. And while you’ll never see me claiming to be a “social media expert” (I know some people really are that, but I also know that pretty much anyone with a computer feels justified calling themselves that, these days), I feel like I’ve done a decent job keeping up with the various online outlets which allow for networking and socializing and staying abreast of what’s going on.
I also usually have a good chuckle whenever anyone starts complaining about changes in any sort of free online service as if it’s actually something that matters. Sort of like… oh…
… that. Because it’s just Facebook! Or Twitter! Or Klout! Or LinkedIn! Or Google+! Or… whatever.
Really, most of the time, I don’t think about it much.
I don’t know if there have been more changes, lately, or if I’m getting old, or I’m under more stress than usual, or if it’s some weird combination of all of these things, but lately I feel like I’m turning into the Internet equivalent of the cane-waving “you damn kids get off my lawn” lady.
Because… now they’ve gone and mucked with my beloved Google. I mean, Gmail is insisting that I may want to change over to their “new look” on my email—which I don’t—and it’s already started showing me my documents in some weird interface. Furthermore, I went to read blogs today, and Google Reader looks all… weird.
And just like that, I became that indignant person complaining about the changes to the free stuff I like.
I had to take a break from that and go give a bunch of people some Klout. (Not because I really care about Klout, you understand, but because they sucked me in with their Perks. I like the Perks, I can’t lie.) And then I spent some time on Facebook, where people were complaining about Google Reader. Suddenly I realized that maybe I’m not quite as up-to-date and adaptable as I assumed.
Thank goodness I can still complain about it on Twitter. Why, that’s practically a requirement of the profession, at this point.
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