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Blogging, ‘Expose Yourself’ Edition

Due to the Covid19 pandemic career paths shifted significantly although not entirely unpredictably. Pop-culture mentally prepped us for a world deprived of technology filled with hand-to-hand combat and dog-eat-dog competition for resources like clean water and secure undisclosed locations.

Then reality rolled in all casual and was like, “Nah y’all. Stay at home, drink lots of water, work online and wash your hands.” Then it rifled through your fridge, ate the leftovers you were planning on having for dinner and crashed on your couch without asking. Continue Reading

I was busier today than I planned to be

One of my old domain names became available and I was able to register it last night. I promised myself no new domains, but this isn’t really a new domain is it?

Back in olden times, I dipped my toe into the freshly formed blogging pool by starting a knitting blog called PointySticks. It was hosted on Blogspot. I poked around different platforms for a bit before deciding I was a WordPress woman. I ended up with dot-net top level domain because some other web savvy knitter was more forward thinking and had registered the dot-com. Continue Reading

Not feeling good about Upwork

Upwork is a rescaled and rebranded eLance.

Upwork is a platform for clients and freelancers to find each other, collaborate and trade money for (deliverable) goods and services. They have a desktop app, iOS and Android apps, website and community support forum.

Upwork provides a variety of useful services to freelancers. Freelancers can set their own hourly and flat fees, offer projects and deliverables and respond to work offers. Upwork verifies users identities and payment methods, acting as an escrow between parties. Continue Reading

Real Company, Fake Job

There are real data-entry jobs. Data-entry is a real thing. Online data-entry work is a real thing.

Unfortunately, recently it feels like 90% of the ads for online data-entry work actually lead to grind (I still love you mTurk) or survey sites.

Now there’s a wave of hiring scams that are targeting data-entry, clerical, and transcription workers with the promise of freelance work from home. The story is pretty slick, the ads are varied and look official and they present as a big corporation that needs to adjust to the current pandemic. This scam is extra cold because it targets people recently laid off or unemployed trying to be industrious. Continue Reading

Bringing Your “A” Game..

…when there’s no one in the stadium is disheartening. You spend your precious time and pour your professional qualifications into profile after profile and submit bids on jobs to be passed over again and again. It can make you want to shed your business casual attire and slip into something more comfortable like day drinking and Twitter feeds.

I know the feeling all too well. Way too well to be entirely comfortable writing about it at any given moment but I have something to tell you about that feeling. Continue Reading

Staying Productive (even when there’s nothing to do)

Just kidding, there’s always something to do.

Clean up your desktop, organize files into clearly labelled folders and delete unnecessary files. I organize by my folders by project type, date and project name and move them to my documents folder.

Make all your devices talk to each other. If you do this make sure to remove any devices you no longer use (or even have) and double check your security and home network administration settings. Follow up by making your all your security updates are updated and installed. Give yourself an extra special pat on the back if you can fire up your printer from every device in the house. Continue Reading