It's funny. When I hopped into doing freelance full time, I thought to myself — and said to others — "this'll be great! I can now talk freely about all the stuff I've been working on. My blog will be updated constantly, my readership will grow, and I'll have adoring fans from around the world!"
And yet here I am, back down on earth in reality. Turns out, there's no freedom in freelance.
When I worked in a company, I blogged about the things I ran into but never gave much context to them. I never mentioned who the project was for and I certainly didn't talk about the projects I worked on. I made sure to maintain a professional line. I certainly didn't want to get dooced. Although, a co-worker once submitted a project we worked on to CSS Vault of which I'm sure the client never saw nor cared.
Running my own show should give me the flexibility to say what I need, right? Well, sort of. Now I run into the situation where my blog is my business. People want to do business because of the blog. I can't just complain about my clients, now can I? (not that I've had to) It's also strange to know that clients read your site (just about as strange as knowing family and friends read the site). Let me tell you, it's strange to work with a client and have them go, "Oh, great post, by the way." (nervous laughter) "You read that, did you?"
Or, when I wrote of my lack of productivity. Clients love to hear that. Heck, the fact that I'm posting to my site at all could be an indication that I'm not working on their project. (My wife has used this argument. "If you have time to post to your blog, you have time to take out the garbage.")
I see the attraction for those who set up blogs in anonymity and post about all the crazy stuff they run into. But I'm proud to have my name on this site. I think I've represented myself well and sometimes that means putting myself out on the line from time-to-time. In the coming months, I'll try to share some more of what I'm working on.
Now to go throw out the garbage...