Freelancing can be associated with many F-words (no, not THAT one), but they won’t all fit on the subject line. Feast, famine, and fire hose are all excellent descriptors of volume and timing as freelancing work ebbs and flows. Then there’s flexibility, the F-word that allows me to take a day here and a day there to attend a workshop, embark upon a naturalist expedition, or get some volunteer work done during the work week.
I hope your week was as productive as mine! Don’t ever let a freelancer tell you that it’s either feast or famine. I am here to testify – there’s a third category, called “fire hose”. That big, juicy project was also a hurry-up project that required all of my waking hours this past week. Mostly, I had my head down getting it done, but I did manage to squeeze in a bit of news-reading here and there.
Online privacy tools and more – The Roundup 08-08-2015
Another week, another collection of things I read and posted about. The big topic of discussion this week was the GOP debate on Fox News. You’ll be grateful to hear that I won’t be commenting on that. At all. You’re welcome.
I’m changing the name of this weekly post, and it will be different every week. Yoast made me do it. May have to migrate to another solution, but for now, it’s still some flavor of Roundup.
ONLINE PRIVACY and RISK MANAGEMENT
Useful suite of online privacy tools for consumers | 10 Websites to Protect Your Privacy : Discovery News http://t.co/xJsMqXWJKl
Having worked in information risk management most of my career, the tendency to think like a risk manager spills over into my personal life. However, most consumers who use various social media channels haven’t yet caught up to why personal information risk management should even be a “thing” in their lives. At last, here’s a collection of consumer-grade tools and easily-understood rationales for their adoption and use. Covers permissions, VPN, online search, and other topics and tools. You’re welcome!
And then, there’s the latest privacy insanity from Facebook –
Ah, the REAL reason Facebook insists upon real names | Facebook’s new patent could make you rethink your friends list http://t.co/0Jov1l85YW — Erin White (@WhiteErinM) August 5, 2015
I know a woman who was denied an opportunity for her company to partner with Company X because of something her husband did in his youth. Yes, they not only background-checked my friend (as well they should), but also her husband – who hasn’t anything to do with her business.
I believe that on the job, people should be judged on their own performance, and not that of their friends or family. Anything beyond that, and you’re drifting into a very gray area where the risk of a lawsuit could outweigh the risk of employing staff who hang out with human beings prone to human error.
PS – my friend’s company is kicking Company X’s tail at the moment. I bet they wish they had a piece of that.
I used to blog for What’s Your Impact?, a website concerned with climate change. Every now and then, one of my posts resurfaces, and they give me a shout on Twitter. I wish I still had time for this, but I need billable hours these days.
I’ve run across the concept of “dominion = stewardship” before. The concept exists in various religious and spiritual traditions, and has been expressed by prominent figures throughout history. So many who believe in using, abusing, and laying waste to the Earth’s resources fail to comprehend that “dominion” does not mean “I’m the boss of you, Planet Earth, and I’ll do with you whatever I want”. What it really means is, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required.” (Luke 12:48). Or to put it into more contemporary terms, “With great power comes great responsibility” (Spiderman). It is my most fervent wish that the world’s leaders would embrace the concept of stewardship, instead of allowing Big Money to run roughshod over the planet.
I was excited to try out Hootsuite’s solution for scheduling Instagram posts. To be honest, I think I like Latergramme’s solution better. It’s a little clunky to have to manually transfer captions. I’ll give it a few more tries before reverting to Latergramme.
Working from home successfully is not just about how you’ve outfitted your home office. There’s a refrigerator down there, and I often hear it calling me. Working from home can be both a challenge and a blessing when it comes to nutrition. If it’s in the house, you WILL eat it. Therefore, if it’s in the house, make sure that it is healthy, nutritious, and convenient. A little prep ahead of time plus judicious use of the freezer can go a long way toward keeping you well-fed but not unhealthy.
Obligatory nature geek post; finally edited the photos from a hike through Paynes Prairie that took place at the end of June. Lots of bright light is not a photographer’s friend, but we do what we can – enjoy!
A stalled “rainmaker” weather system over Southwest Florida resulted in some astonishing rainfall totals. Unpleasant weather yielded to a break after a week. In the meantime, it was a good opportunity to stay inside and get some meaningful work done. When it was over, I visited the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve to check out the water levels. Let’s just say the Gator Lake overflowed!
Welcome to the Reading Roundup for Week Ending July 17th, 2015
The work week is always unpredictable in the life of a freelancer. Consulting gigs present themselves when they present themselves, so adaptation to a life of ambiguity is a must. Other forms of interruption may also present themselves. This week, it was the arrival of my pre-ordered copy of the long-awaited Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. Due to the aforementioned unpredictability of workload, I’m only just smack-dab in the middle of it – will let you know how I liked it.
Here are some of the other things I’ve been reading and sharing this week:
Facebook is once again poised to change the algorithm that determines what users see the most of in their news feeds – and it may mean good news for non-profits. See New York Times article, linked at the end of this post for details.
I’ve long been dismayed at the sorry state of LinkedIn “endorsements”. The model makes it really easy for anyone to endorse you for anything – whether they know you have that skill or not.
Mostly I’m baffled by what motivates someone I sat next to in high school choir class to endorse me for my risk management skills. We’ve never worked together, not since the decoration of the homecoming parade float back in (excruciatingly long-ago date deleted) . How does she know if I’m Continue reading The uselessness of @LinkedIn endorsements→