BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,

Something I put up on Facebook this morning ...

I caught a couple of minutes of Mad Men this morning ... and this was there:

Don Draper: "We're going to sit at our desks and keep typing while the walls fall down around us because we're creative - the least important, most important thing there is."

Sounds like my life.

I'm not even sure what the context was (except it sounded like the agency was in deep trouble), but the thrust of it was very much like my days. I have almost no "pattern" in my week, spending 12-18 hours at my desk every day, every day, every day - with the occasional networking event getting me out of the house, or the couple of hours each week that I manage to go out to the park to get some reading done. I work on web sites (the new TJ section of is going to be unveiled soon - I just need to change the site and internal link structure for the existing pages), I write blogs (my own, my reviews, Green Tech Chicago, and those few that I actually get paid for), I do PR materials and web outreach for Nature's Little Recyclers (I have a release going out today), I read site after site of "industry info", trying to keep up on a dozen or more areas that I might end up working in, and, of course, I research jobs and crank out resumes on a weekly basis.

Unfortunately, all this "massive action" brings in only a drip-drip-drip of income, and we're faced with "the walls falling down around us" (almost literately at the moment), because of it.

There's a popular adage that I've had thrown in my face more than once over the past few decades, initially attributed to Albert Einstein: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.", but I've run out of ideas of DIFFERENT things to do. Over the past five years, I've sent out somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 resumes and have managed to get less than a dozen actual interviews from that, and (obviously) no on-going jobs. Do I stop applying for jobs? I get nearly zero money from my writing and other efforts, do I stop these activities?

I have skills spanning the whole "communications" spectrum, from graphic/design/photo chops, to audio/video skills, to writing in numerous contexts, to event planning (hell, I used to be a CMP), to editing and book development, to general management. But none of that seems to matter. In the current work market people are looking for particular gears to drop into particular slots in their machine ... the "ninja", the "rockstar", the "one trick pony" that's good for one function, and can be swapped out for the next hunk of meat as needed. I'm more a "swiss army knife", with functionality across a wide range of activities ... but it seems nobody needs that any more.

And now we're over the edge of the financial abyss ... and all I can foresee is that I'm going to "sit at my desk and keep typing" as long as I still have a desk to sit at.

What a nightmare. What a waste.

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